I’ll give you a minute to fill your glass with your holiday beverage or cocktail of choice. Go on. I’ll hum carols while we wait….
You back? All set?
Raise your glass!
Here’s to seeing more heroes emerge in Washington, D.C. in 2013!
(Glasses clink “virtually” as we toast.)
Way to toss back that martini, merlot, or cola!
What?! Spiked eggnog?! Sounds yummy, if a little heavy, but, what the heck. It’s the holidays. Calories, schmalories. We can start the diet-exercise regime in the new year, right?
Mind re-filling those glasses?
What? No humming this time? Alright. I’ll just plug in the tree lights. But, I’ll have you know I was a member of my junior-high chorus!
Ready? Let’s try a Take Two because I’m suddenly stressing over the likelihood of procrastination. Huh? No, not in terms of your fitness regimen. I know you’ll hit the gym on Jan. 1. You’ve done it before. The mojo will happen, especially when you discover you can’t zip those new leather pants under the tree.
I was referring to our elected leaders. We can’t give them until 2013. Procrastination is their mantra. We can’t allow it. Not when they haven’t completed their 2012 responsibilities. Not when they have failed to avoid the fiscal drop off, fiscal slide, or whatever you want to call it. Not when our country’s economic recovery is at stake. I mean, we can hope for better leadership and cooperation in the new year. Better yet, we can insist upon it. Did you happen to see Wayne LaPierre on Meet the Press this past weekend? Talk about an anti-leadership and anti-cooperation mindset! But I digress. More on that in a second….
We need to demand that heroes in our government step forward. This minute! A deal on taxes, expenses, and our fiscal future must be approved before the new year if we are to avoid risking destruction to our financial markets akin to those that occurred last year, when irresponsible Congress members — mostly the obtuse Tea Party faction — refused to compromise on the debt ceiling.
The bigger the deal the better. Why must every bill that’s ultimately approved be a scaled-down, watered-down version of WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN?
Spokespersons for fruit-cake-stuffed and hung-over Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, all of whom are hunkered down in their comfy tax-payer-funded homes, are murmuring about maybe having a conference call today. You know, if the spirit moves them. The leadership promised its members that it would give 48 hours notice if it wanted members to return to work. So far that hasn’t happened. So the earliest we could see Congress in action is Friday.
They need to be here yesterday. They need to sacrifice their remaining holiday to address vital interests of our nation.
Sacrifice. Not sure our elected leaders know its meaning. It’s what heroes do.
Compromise. They do this, too.
President Obama is cutting short his Hawaiian Christmas tonight to return to the White House. He, House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid need to demand that ALL members of Congress return. Immediately. Forget the 48-hour pledge. What about 24 hours? Twelve? Zero???
Leaders lead. Heroes sacrifice. They get the job done. On time.
Even if we wanted to lower the bar, which we don’t, adults compromise and avoid childish blame games and power plays aimed at promoting their own agendas. If our kids behaved the way our elected officials do they’d be in timeouts until they graduated high school.
Here’s to growing the F up! (You can toast this. Sorry it wasn’t phrased more eloquently.)
Honestly! On the fiscal cliff. Each side had been so close you could practically smell a deal. Then poof, everything crumbled.
THE CURRENT MAELSTROM: On the Right, Speaker Boehner, he of the failed Plan B (what the hell was that?!), hasn’t demanded compliance. He’s been too weak to propose a bill that would depend on votes from both Dems and Republicans. He’s failed to say to factions of his caucus (yes, you, Tea Party), that he’s willing to disappoint them, to forge ahead without them. He’s failed to convey a sense of urgency. He’s failed to risk his own ass.
On the Left, the White House has been too proud to schedule another meeting with Boehner to convince the leader that the more moderate members of each party are ready to act. That they are too close to a deal to back down now.
You won the election, Mr. President. Stop bowing down; you’re allowing others to dictate the process. You’re even allowing Republicans to direct appointments to your cabinet. Seriously?! Channel Nike and Just. Do. It.
Now…to the violence debates that have re-emerged since the Newtown tragedy.
Neither a heroic vibe nor a sense of sacrifice were evident in answers provided by National Rifle Association CEO and Chief Lobbyist Wayne LaPierre when he was interviewed by David Gregory on NBC this past weekend. LaPierre refused to throw into the mix of possible school-massacre solutions — along with his (and other’s) proposed mental-health initiatives, security upgrades in schools, studies of violent films and video games — any gun-related reforms. First-graders are capable of more common sense and compromise.
LaPierre seemed so sure that no change would come from banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, tightening gun-owner qualifications, or increasing background checks that he wouldn’t even risk putting such issues on the table. Hmmm. There’s a hero for you.
More like a Coward. One more to add to the mix on Capitol Hill. One more whose selfish, shameful, and moronic defiances we can no longer tolerate.
If you truly believe assault-weapon bans or restrictions on high-ammo magazines won’t help, Mr. LaPierre, why not prove it by backing a test ban that’s more inclusive (assault-style weaponry and high-capacity magazines) than the short-lived one passed during the 90’s?
Step up. Real men and women don’t hide behind their machine guns.
Real heroes are willing to try anything and everything to safeguard their children and their country.
Let us demand heroic action. Quickly. Noisily.
Even among ourselves, the average citizens.
Here’s to calling and emailing one’s federal representatives and demanding action on fiscal matters and on safety from violence in schools, churches, synagogues, mosques, movie theaters, post offices, office buildings, and college campuses.
Before it’s too late. Again.