You Say You Want A Revolution…

OK, I’m starting to get disturbed. “Disturbed,” as in “worried and angry.” One thing I’ve always been good at is spotting patterns (whether they are there or not, sometimes), and I’m seeing one now that is rasing the hairs on the back of my neck.

 

More and more liberal officials and commentators are making statements about challenging or setting aside or just plain ignoring existing laws and Constitutional principles as a way of resolving our current political and economic issues. I touched upon this recently, but since then it’s gotten only worse.

 

For example, one past one I missed was Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times columnist, Nobel Prize-winning economist, and former Enron advisor Paul Krugman, back in 2009, wrote glowingly about how lucky the Chinese are in having a one-party dictatorship, which can just do as it wishes when it feels like it.

 

OK, I mixed up the credentials of Tom Friedman and Paul Krugman. Krugman is the Nobel prize-winning economist and former Enron advisor who is egging on the “Occupy Wall Street” mobs and encouraging their rebellion.

 

More recently, Chris Matthews came out and said that President Obama should follow President Lincoln’s example and simply recognize that a large chunk of Congress is “in rebellion” and act in utter disregard for them.

 

This thought was expanded upon by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), who actually said that Obama “I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past. He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”

 

I shit you not, folks. A member of the House of Representatives is saying that Congress, in refusing to pass Obama’s bill, is the equivalent of declaring open rebellion against the United States. This jackwagon doesn’t know that the Congress to which he belongs is not subservient to the president, but a co-equal branch of government. Some are saying that Jackson’s declaration is aviolation of his oath of office — I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God” — and ought to be grounds for expulsion. I’m with them.

 

Years ago, I read a description of the American system of government that summed it up quite well — “institutionalized revolution.” We’ve had the reins of power change hands countless times, often with great acrimony, but not once has it ever resorted to violence — not even in the tumultuous 2000 presidential election (thank you SO much, Florida). For example, I and a lot of others (probably a lot of you) weren’t happy about the 2006 elections, and even more depressed about 2008, but almost to a one we all said “OK, we better get our act together for 2010 and 2012” — and we did the first part.

 

I’m all in favor of rebellion and revolution. I just like it done the American way. I intend to exercise my rebellious nature on November 6, 2012, at my local polling station.

 

All these prominent voices on the left seem to want to bring about that revolution a bit earlier, and in considerably more radical ways. And they’re seeing the Occupy Wall Street as a sign that they just might have a significant amount of support for their fantasies about overturning their system.

 

Funny thing about rebellions, though. They tend to have two sides. And there’s no guarantee that you’ll win — especially since the “rebels” in this side aren’t the ones with the most guns.

 

Hey, left: your house is seriously in disorder. I strongly urge you to clean up that house of yours. Get them out of your house — or keep them from taking control. Because if you let them take control and they actually start pulling the kind of shit Representative Jackson and Governor Perdue and Mr. Matthews and Mr. Friedman and others are calling for, my side might just have to clean your house for you.

 

And that will not do your house much good. Look up “collateral damage.”

 

I find, of all things, lyrics from a Beatles song most applicable here:

You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We’d all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well you know
We’d all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright

You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We’d all want to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We’re all doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you’ll have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well you know
We’d all love to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know know it’s gonna be alright…

(Perhaps change “Chairman Mao/anyhow” to “The  Che/anyway”)

 

 

Your move, left. You wanna deal with your dangerous people, or do you wanna let us do it for you?

 

 

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