"You're paid to stop a bullet," is a line some of our older readers may have heard on an album by the "Limelighters," or a like group, from the 1960's. Google attributes the quote to a lyricist of some note named E. Y. Harburg. The reason for the quote and the group's take on it should be evident to anyone watching the national news this morning (15 October.) It seems some of our vets took issue with the closure of the WWII monument in Washington, one result, it seems, of the House's attempt to gain concessions from the rest of the government that they could not get using the normal political process (how many times did they pass bills to de-fund Obamacare?)
The full quote follows:
"You're paid to stop a bullet,
It's a soldier's job they say.
And so you stop your bullet,
And then they stop your pay."
Then the folk group adds to Harburg's tetrad:
"Should I write a letter to my congressman?
A congressman has two ends:
A thinking end, and a sitting end.
And since his whole success depends upon his seat,
Why bother, friend?"
This is a comment on our "political environment." Humans, you know, live in an environment that is much more complex than just water, earth, atmosphere, and fire, and, as such, one of those additions we must deal with is our "political environment," an add-on that could totally destroy the natural environment we enjoy at the drop of a mad-man's hat.
It seems our politicians are moving down a road to disaster for many of us, our veterans included. Who can do anything about it? Well, I guess the rest of us may hold the key.
The "Speaker of the House" is not just the "Speaker of the Republican membership of the House," even though he seems to act as if that were the case. He is the one member of the house that all Americans have access to, not just those who originally elected him. If you think the House needs to stop trying to blackmail the rest of the government, you need to contact him with your demand that this tact be dropped immediately. Of course if you disagree with this assessment, you should contact him to congratulate him on his success. Whichever way you are leaning, the Speaker needs and deserves your advice. Let's see how long this governmental site might withstand a concerted effort by Americans wishing to be heard. Hopefully it was not constructed by the same "programmers" who wrote the intake site for "Obamacare" insurance hopefuls.
If you think it's a good idea, why not forward this article to your contact list. If the Speaker hears from enough of "The American Public," he may just take his job as Speaker of All the House seriously: http://www.examiner.com/article/our-political-environment-a-1960s-take (the link to send.)