Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two Stories

Two stories keep rattling around in my mind.  The first was on a poster in my high school geometry teacher's classroom.  Surely you've seen it, too:

The first: Once upon a time, there were four people; their names were Everybody, Somebody, Nobody, and Anybody.  Whenever there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Everybody's job.  Everybody thought that Somebody would do it, but Nobody realized that Nobody would do it. So, consequently, Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.

The second: A poem by Martin Nieller -

THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

and by that time no one was left to speak up.

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Why are these on my mind so much?  I don't know, exactly.  I have this horrid, undercurrent-feeling of America changing and Nobody is doing anything about it and that by the time it truly affects Everybody, no one will be able to speak up.  Over the past 60 years, the American government has grown bloated.  The past 15 years have seen exponential growth.  
I keep hearing my liberal friends, who are indeed dear to me, saying that the health care law is the same as invading Iraq under false pretenses.  Going to war and changing how the government affects Americans' lives are two completely different things.  We've always gone to war amid protests.  As much as we hear  that WWII brought the nation together, there were protests and American cries against it.  Even the Revolutionary War wasn't a unanimously supported war. Going to war is nothing new.
Forcing people to buy insurance is new.  The federal government taking over 1/6 of the economy is new. Governmental takeover of huge chunks of the banking industry, the auto industry, and healthcare is new.  It fundamentally changes the nature of government in America. The Democrats in Congress have taken the decades' long trend of ignoring the 10th Amendment to new heights.  
I hope Americans wake up before casting their 2010 votes.  The only way to reclaim our country is to vote out every single Democrat and vote for candidates who pledge to repeal the health care bill and decrease the size of the federal government.  We have to repeal the health care law and write a new bill that will actually serve Americans, not the government.  
Anyway, those are the two stories rattling around in my head.  May they rattle around in your head, too.
~ G


  1. Nice blog... Reaganite Republican recommends your cookies and your cheap laundry detergent receipes. I might just have to try both! That is, after I figure out where I can get similar products here in Auckland (and convert to metric!!!) :-o

    Sometimes I reallllly miss the stores in Chicago where I am from...

    I've been in NZ since 2007 and have been venting my frustrations with the statist regime of Obumbles and crew over at my blog. (Check it out if you're interested in seeing NZ pix and reading more right-based conservative and perturbed postings?!)...

    Lottta bloggers on the right these day I can't keep up - but thank god for conservative and alternative news, eh? (Limbaugh, Breitbart, AtlasShrugs, GatewayPundit and others keep me from losing it ... what HAPPENED to the USA I left in 2007? damn it...)

    My husband likes my blog and tells his co-workers to go read it (so be proud of yours!)...
    Alas, many are just kiwis who aren't all too happy with USA.

    There are some conservative voices down here in NZ, too! (yeaaaah!)

    have a great day and keep up the great blogging...

    cheers (means 'see ya' in kiwi-ease)...

    Lisa G in NZ

  2. Thanks, Lisa! I'll check out your blog. The right certainly has developed quite a presence in the blogosphere. 2010 and 2012 can't come soon enough and I hope between our little voices, mingled with the big voices, we can make a difference. I keep hoping and praying that Obama is the current Carter and he'll be a one-termer followed by a strong, conservative two-termer. So is that two-termer? Hard to say right now, isn't it?



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