Sunday, May 25, 2008

Writing Well

I have always prided myself for having decent grammar skills. I think my profession took care of that many years ago. Even in school, the English language intrigued me. Song writing (like poetry)has that quality in it, too. Well written thought out words that are placed together in a way that involves the reader or listener. I always thought there were some composers who knew my life better than I did. It was in the way they communicated those words. Outside of some spelling errors and a couple of syntax problems here and there (I sometimes fergit), I think this is a well written blog, even if I do say so my self. And I shall.

One of my favorite people to read on Sunday morning is a guy named Leonard Pitts. Leonard is about as smart as they come. I don't always agree with him, but when he lays out his points on subjects, he usually wins the argument. He makes sense. I love writers like that. He wrote today of Chris Matthews verbally slapping around a conservative talk show host who couldn't remember what Neville Chamberlain did, after this person referred to Obama as being Neville Chamberlain. I personally don't care for Chris Matthews but it was an interesting read. Leonard has written columns about everything and I respect his writing. I have been wanting to send him an email, maybe I will.

Speaking of writing something well, I reprint this for the fact it's dead on, knock out right on the money.
Credit goes to Charlie Reese:
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million in this country - are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
** If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
** If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
** If the Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ.
** If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

And while Charlie Reese wrote that excellent piece, he also wrote this crap:
"The scriptural condemnation of homosexual behavior is explicit and unavoidable. The fact that the Rev. Gene Robinson paraded around the convention with his partner on his arm says about everything you would want to know about liberal Episcopalians.""Had the liberals been born in another time, they would have tripped over each other in a rush to kiss the rear end of the Roman emperor. No martyrs they." He is a top 5 guy when it comes to the website he's got some pretty extreme views.

So, the moral of this post is that there are a lot of varied voices in the blogosphere that will span the spectrum from right to left. Garbage on the left, garbage on the right. And a lot of time, garbage right here.

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