Monday, April 26, 2010

And Now They're Mad?

Christian Struzan, in a message to the tea party, penned these very insightful words.   He graciously granted permission for them to be posted here.  My thanks to him.

Christian is an artist living in LA. 

"YOU WANT TO GET MAD? We had eight years of Bush and Cheney, but now you get mad! You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President. You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy. You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got ousted. You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.. You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us. You didn’t get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war. You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq. You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people. You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans. You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden. You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed. You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city drown. You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich. You didn’t get mad when, using reconciliation; a trillion dollars of our tax dollars were redirected to insurance companies for Medicare Advantage which cost over 20 percent more for basically the same services that Medicare provides. You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark, and our debt hit the thirteen trillion dollar mark. You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans… oh hell no. AND NOW YOU’RE MAD !"

By: Christian Struzan

Those with similar views need to speak out  - LOUDLY and CLEARLY!  And NOW!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Words of Wisdom

I read with great interest John Avlon's special to CNN today.  His commentary (read on discusses 42nd President Bill Clinton's  policies, legacy and words of advice. 
The former president said this about the current incendiary language being used by right-wing extremists:  "There is a big difference between criticizing a policy or a politician and demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who enforce our laws."

Mr. Avlon ends with these wise words:  "To see politics, we must view it with the broadest sense of perspective -- remembering that patriotism is ultimately more important than partisanship."