The Boat in the Swamp Needs More Rocking, Not Less:
(Yawning) “Let’s just leave things the same, why rock the boat, we don’t want to be uncomfortable. Besides that, it could upset people, especially those who intimidate us or could hurt us politically. We don’t want to get blamed for stuff that will upset voters.”
This is my perception of what some of our elected Republican brethren in Washington are thinking as they float comfortably in the swamp that is Washington D.C. Little did we know, that when President Trump decried the vastness and harmful effects of the swamp, there would be some in his own party who would want to keep the swamp the way it was and is.
I’m the first one to admit I don’t like change, but come on; we all have to get out of our comfort zone at some point when things are in disarray, and Trump has shown this by example. He gets in office and declares that things have got to be different. He fought like crazy to get rid of Obamacare, and he did what he said he was going to do by enabling us to keep more of our own money. He ordered the changes to the tree-hugger regulations on oil exploration to help with getting out of the energy stranglehold the Middle East has on us.
He unlocked the shackles of burdening taxes and regulations on businesses, and look what happened. The economy is rocking; more people are working than ever before, including Blacks and Latinos. The four percent GDP is a direct result from these changes. And you know what? The changes are nothing but plain common sense stuff, not brain surgery – and the left hates it. They hate the government getting less tax dollars, they hate business. They think its evil and it’s meant to harm us.
Whoops, I digressed a bit, but you get the point, right? If Trump and certain members of Congress would have not rocked the boat, this good stuff wouldn’t have happened. But recently, it seems as though the enthusiasm for boat rocking has sadly diminished.
Rocking (or not) the Boat II:
The freak out over a rocked boat began with President Trump declaring he doesn’t give a rip (my words) about shutting down the government if Congress doesn’t get their act together on immigration reform, including building the dreaded wall. The weak-kneed Republicans started squirming right out of the gate. A Republican Senator stated, “Oh no, I don’t think anybody wins on that. I think that’s a no-win for both parties. I think Democrats will tell you that, too.” Fearless (Not) Mitch McConnell said something about the Senate “having no plans for a government shutdown.” Of course, they aren’t the only right-wingers afraid of rocking the proverbial boat. There are plenty of chicken poop Republicans singing the same song.
The so-called shutting down of the federal government has proven in the past to be not that big of a deal, so what are these guys so afraid of? It’s the same crap I referred to in the very first paragraph of this rant as to why they have no stones.
The damn government should be shut down! The President and his spineless party should have shut it down over the putrid budget that was passed earlier in the year. A budget that spent money on stuff that no Republican with an ounce of a conservative heart should have ever even considered. Worst of all, the budget came in with $800 billion more being spent than was projected to come in!
Right-minded Republicans (including Trump) should have raised holy heck over that budget, but no! That would cause way too much boat rocking, and lord knows that just can’t happen. Now, who even needs a freaking boat to rock, a good portion of the righties are joining the lefties in a swamp swimming party. Not much will change with that sort party going on.
Go Jim Go, Leave Paul Leave:
Talk about boat rocking. I would just love to see Jim Jordan become the next Speaker of the House. The Freedom Caucus co-founder would show the House members what strong-spined leadership is all about.
I heard him say something this week along the lines of, “If the President wants to shut the government down for the good of the country, then we should do it!” When he announced his run for Speaker of the House, one of his statements was, “President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people. Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.”
Have you heard the current Speaker Paul Ryan say anything along those lines? He is yawning in the smooth-sailing boat of the swamp, while guys like Jim Jordan try like heck to change all of that.
Ryan announced he won’t be seeking another term as a Representative, meaning of course he will no longer be Speaker. Though, it seems he has no intention of stepping down as Speaker before his term is finished, and that’s just plain selfish and wrong.
Have you ever had a boss or any kind leader announce they were leaving the job, but would be staying in place until they were gone? Did they lose their effectiveness as a leader? Did you lose your enthusiasm to appease him or her? Of course that happens, it’s called short-timers disease, and it’s a natural human reaction. But Ryan is staying put instead of getting out of the way for a guy like Jordan.
So when it comes to tough issues like a government shutdown, or impeaching Rod Rosenstein for withholding pertinent evidence which the Judiciary Committee has been requesting for many months, Ryan goes into his “not rocking the boat” mode, much to the detriment of healthy conservatism.
From Last Week’s Letters to the Editor:
It’s extremely disheartening to read columns by people in my community who have no consideration or empathy for others. The blind allegiance to an authority who treats human suffering like nothing is sickening to me. Not only do they not acknowledge the atrocities committed by the current president, they DEFEND him. Sometimes, they do it in the name of Christianity – which I, as a Christian, am extremely offended by. And how inconvenient for Doug of Doug’s Rant, that he has an ad for a church at the bottom of the page, while he spouts hatred towards God’s children. We are all God’s children – no matter our race, class, or citizenship status. Can you imagine what Jesus would say if he saw us treating his children – refugees, undocumented immigrants – how we treat them now? God’s children are not just a burden on our wallets.
As I have said before, I can take anything but criticism and being disagreed with. Of course I jest, but I just can’t let this letter go by without commenting.
First of all, the church in which the writer is referring to requested their ad be placed on the same page as The Rant.
Second, I would ask the writer that as a Christian, has he read what Jesus said about judging others without examining themselves? His statement of me not having, “consideration or empathy for others” and “(spouting) hatred towards God’s children” is a direct contradiction to what the bible teaches by simply making those statements. The letter writer doesn’t know me and has no clue as to where my heart lies with regard to others, especially children.
As far as my “blind allegiance to an authority who treats human suffering like nothing,” I will say that our president has done more to help people through his duties as president in the short time he has been in office than any president in my lifetime.
Quips, Quotes & Headlines:
“President Trump can’t seem to get $20 billion for a new wall. So how did Obama come up with $150 Billion to give to Iran? (James Wood, Actor)
Good question; I don’t remember Congress approving the $150 billion for Obama, do you? (Me)
“The Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die & then the judgment. We won’t be judged by media spin masters or forensic audio analysts, but you will be judged by truth & righteousness—by God Himself.” (Franklin Graham)
Graham was commenting on the leaked tape from Trump’s former attorney. (Me)
Counselors Claim Clients Face Trump Anxiety: ‘Fear of the World Ending’: (Headline)
I won’t say these people are paranoid, out-of-touch snowflakes, because I’ll be accused of “spouting hatred towards God’s children.” (Me)
Why are burned-out millennials quitting lucrative jobs? (Headline)
I ain’t saying a word on this one. (Me)
“I don’t care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown.” (President Trump)
I love this kind of boat-rocking. (Me)
“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!” (President Trump)
“The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family and campaign may be implicated. This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight. America must never accept it.” (Adam Schiff)