Diary

The Roof Is On Fire!!

We don’t need no water let the m———– burn
Burn m————, burn

– Harry Reid introducing his Omnibus Appropriations Act. (Just kidding) HT:Lyricsmode.com

The good news from the Senate is that it could not complete a cornerstone agenda item. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 1,900-page Christmas List got lost in the mail on the way to Santa’s Workshop. It seems Senator Mitch McConnell gets to be the Grinch who stole Porkmas and will be sitting down with Sen. Reid to accept his surrender/ work out a more acceptable continuing resolution.

This serves as a great victory, in a single battle, against a nefarious trend. It does nothing to beat back the trend – nothing to solve our nation’s single most pressing problem. It only provides temporary aemelioration in the now.

We, as a nation, have forgotten that we are a nation of laws and not men. We have forgotten the old sports maxim “Big team. Little me.” Our nation’s leaders are now just people who say “MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME. Me.”

These “experts”, technocrats and leaders have achieved what Peggy Noonan calls a Separate Peace. She described this phenomenon in 2005, and nothing I’ve seen since then has convinced me that Washington, DC operates on a different paradigm than what Noonan lays out below.

Our elites, our educated and successful professionals, are the ones who are supposed to dig us out and lead us….. I have a nagging sense, and think I have accurately observed, that many of these people have made a separate peace…

I suspect that history,…, will look back and see that many of our elites simply decided to enjoy their lives while they waited for the next chapter of trouble. And that they consciously, or unconsciously, took grim comfort in this thought: I got mine. Which is what the separate peace comes down to, “I got mine, you get yours.”

(HT: Wall Street Journal – 27 OCT 2005)

We see this “Separate Peace” manifested in our legislatures, communities and corporate boardrooms. The cool kids all have earmarks. They know to “properly value” the assets in their trust to beat the stupid estate tax. They know where to harbor the yacht. They know which gang of looters to send their political “insurance premiums” to.

PHARMA and Goldman Sachs certainly did. Look how well both organizations are making out. People who know the right people have waivers from ObamaCare. It’s amazing how brazenly that this administration has rewarded this legislation’s biggest supporters with waivers from having to actually abide by its provisions.

America has increasingly and steadily become more and more of a banana republic. We are a banana republic that has to ask China for a loan to pay for the increasingly expensive bananas.

It does this in synonymy with the increased power of this new Aristocracy of Pull. As individual consequence for our society’s leaders grows increasingly divorced from the commonweal, their event horizon becomes increasingly shorter in term. “We don’t need no water, let the m———– burn!”

The recent lame duck Congress involved this trend on steroids. Twenty percent of the people voting on legislative matters this month may never set foot on Capitol Hill again after 5 January 2011. Those in charge of the House of Representatives will receive at least somewhat of a significant demotion in position and power. They have until 5 January before they run out of altitude, airspeed and ideas. The latter of which, they didn’t originally have in great abundance two years ago.

We have a Congress that reflects our current national mood. Get some. Get it now. Fear not how you acquire it. Pigford could be the new Uncle Sam. Just rip yourself off another bloody chunk.

It’s on this somber note that I approach the coming New Year. Our addled, deluded and hateful national leadership seems to have mistranslated “E Pluribus Unum.” They think it was Latin for “burn m———-, burn.”

CP: Teh Minority Report