Oil and Water

“Do you think that there is a middle ground…that both sides of Congress can work together and come up with a National Health Plan that works for everybody?”

This was the question that Liberals most often intoned during the Pelosi Push last year for Nationalized Health Care. My answer? That’s like asking, ‘Why can’t they come up with a car product that greases and cleans at the same time?’

The adversarial relationship between oil and water is familiar to everyone from the housewife to the auto mechanic. You “can’t mix oil and water” goes the expression. My physicist brother and his chemist wife, would know the natural reason why this is true. I only know that one can get you very dirty and the other cleans you. In our society both are irreplaceable. Each symbolizes a natural process intrinsic in advancing the culture. Among many other uses, oil greases mechanical bearings and joints without which progress could not occur. Water, on the other hand, helps to clean and remove dirt thus preventing infection and decay. Both perform an essential service to society, yet together they are incompatible. Separately, they work miracles, yet together they are useless..
In politics, we can extend the comparison further. We have watched over the last two years in the U.S. a growing conflict between two opposite political philosophies. The current administration has demonstrated its belief in federal or centralized government. By means of Democrat Party initiatives, government has grown remarkably in just two years. While the number of private jobs has decreased, the size and scope of central government has burgeoned. Last year, Uncle Sam paid out $408 million in bonuses to 1.3 million federal workers, according to the Asbury Park Press, which obtained the information through a Freedom of Information Act request. That’s about $80 million more than the previous year. About one in four federal workers received a bonus, and awards ranged from $25 to, in the case of one lucky State Department worker, $94,500. . . .

The opposite political philosophy has been expressed most famously by the“Taxed Enough Already” party. Most simply stated, the Tea Party movement believes in smaller central government, the polar opposite of the current administration’s position. Yet this also is a movement that is accelerating in numbers. Polls indicate that in only 18 months the Tea Party movement has established 2,400 new Tea Party offices throughout the U.S.A. At Teapartypatriots.org there are now well over 600,000 members while Democrats.org, the website credited with expanding the Obama campaign, now claims only 125,000 members.

Over the last two years, the Obama administration has demonstrated its oily proclivity toward dirty politics. They have shown little reticence to “grease the palms” of Senators in order to get the desired vote. The Democrat/Pelosi push for Obamacare featured “the Missouri Compromise”, “the Louisianna Purchase” and the “Cornhusker Kickback”. Each of these political shenanigans required a generous application of political oil. As one observes the methods this administration employs, their under-riding philosophy becomes crystal clear. The ends (staying in power) always justifies the means(lots of oil).

Philosophically, the Tea Party or Conservative movement, looks to the Constitution as its expression of a means to an end. It intends to remove as much of the grease as is not absolutely essential to run government. It seeks to cleanse government of dirty politics, and dirty politicians of either party. It seeks to rinse away non-essential entitlements, committees, government sponsored entities and programs. By doing so it hopes to reinstate the clear-water pools of constitutional freedoms that big government always supplants, just as oil repels water.

Ironically, one of the events that helped highlight the Administrations adherence to its oily philosophy was the BP Oil Spill. While voting Democrats had blamed his predecessor for lack of response to the Katrina disaster, they could now see blatant disregard for common people by their own Messiah. While claiming immediate response, it took two months for Obama to talk to the President of BP and call for help in cleaning the Gulf. His priorities seemed to be, punish BP and cancel all remaining oil contracts, thus heartlessly and needlessly putting tens of thousands out of work. President Obama’s approval ratings plunged immediately.

Even more ironic is the fact that this administration is promoting the replacement of oil with solar and other cleaner power sources. They seem willing to bankrupt the country by pushing through tax heightening programs such as Cap & Trade in a desperate effort to eliminate fossil fuel dependency. While that may seem a worthy goal, their means of accomplishing it undermines their ends, perhaps proving finally the axiom: you can’t clean up the environment if your hands are dirty.

A relative asked me during the Pelosi push for Obamacare, “Don’t you think both sides can work together to come up with a health plan? I had to remind him that unfortunately, oily politics does not naturally combine with the pure waters of the Constitution. My answer could only have been the oldest one: you ‘can’t mix oil and water.’