A Little Morning Humor… and Disgust
I sure hope Sheldon Whitehouse writes his own speeches, because I’d hate to think that somebody (let alone taxpayers) paid for this:
But for the duration of our Republic, even though our Republic is admittedly imperfect, that light has shone more brightly and more steadily here in this Republic than in any place on earth: as we adopted the Constitution, the greatest achievement yet in human freedom; as boys and men bled out of shattered bodies into sodden fields at Antietam and Chicamagua, Shiloh and Gettysburg to expiate the sin of slavery; as we rebuilt shattered enemies, now friends, overseas and came home after winning world wars; and as we threw off bit by bit ancient shackles of race and gender to make this a more perfect union for all of us.
The speech is overflourished throughout and peppered with a laughable naivete about political and governmental realities. Its purpose is to make a vague call for “discovery, disclosure and discussion” of the asserted misdeeds of the Bush administration, in which regard, Whitehouse is like the kid who so enjoyed mocking the disliked teacher that he wants the gang to go slash her tires after class.
A democracy repairs itself. Enough people wanted “change” that the country elected a president and legislature from the other party. The process of shifts in the following will traverse the natural course of our political and governmental system:
In short, when you have pervasive infiltration into all the halls of government – judicial, legislative, and executive – of the most ignoble forms of influence; when you see systematic dismantling of historic processes and traditions of government that are the safeguards of our democracy; and when you have a bodyguard of lies, jargon, and propaganda emitted to fool and beguile the American people.
The Senator is free to join the inevitable mob of hypocrites who treat as essential much greater reconfigurations than those for which they lambasted the previous administration (as with the “politically motivated” lawyer firings). But if Whitehouse wants a more significant purge than existing law has already set into motion with the change of administrations, then he’s not just an oaf, but dangerous. In his blue blood ignorance, he’d usher in a North American Banana Republic.
As a constituent, I therefor request that my Senator repeat the last line of his speech over and over, like a mantra, for at least a half-hour per day:
I yield the floor.