Dear America,even the lofty and self-righteous coffee bean requires a good grounding to start the day...
take note, Mr. President.
The real question is, Mr. President, are you serious?
From yesterday's presidential size lambasting of the United States Senate for acting according to the people's will, by the people, for the people -- all broadcasted live -- at the presidential podium -- with a presidential glare and presidential grimace ...oh, and with presidential props, of course:
"I've heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. A prop, somebody called them. Emotional blackmail, some outlets said. Are they serious? Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don't have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their -- their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?"
Isn't that rich.
So according to you, Mr. President, only one side gets to lobby? Is that how it works now? Of course these families have a right to have a say. Just as all the rest of America.
Are you serious?
It's especially disconcerting considering how well you play the props all through the years. This is what you do...all the time... Mr. President. Who can forget the doctors in white coats for health care, the use of children, senior citizens, first responders, the military, or, heaven forbid, caskets? I mean, my goodness, Mr. President -- look who you have standing right smack next to you? Gabby Giffords!
Your presidency lives, thrives, off of props -- for political fodder -- every cotton pickin' day!
And what up with this tone? And what up with letting Harry Reid get a pass?
Not even a whisper about the Leader of your Senate -- being a fellow Democrat and leading the democratic majority, no less -- having, himself, voted no! Harry Reid VOTED NO! Hello?! Are you serious, Mr. President? I thought you said,
"And I talked to several of these senators over the past few weeks, and they're all good people...But the fact is, most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn't want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. It came down to politics."
But did you talk to Harry?
Um and call me stupid, but isn't it always politics? Politics, and the science thereof, is the business you are in, you freak.
[my apologies for that outburst, not sure what just came over me.]
[ah who are we kidding. I'm not sorry.]
And what's up with this fixation of yours on this man-made super majority of 90%? It felt like 90% of your presidential remarks included speaking on behalf of the "90% of Americans" who you seem to magically pull out of a hat (90% wool over the eyes) to your side of the stage. That's a good one.
And basically calling the NRA a mad bunch of rootin' tootin' liars? wow. Just who needs a good grounding on telling the truth?
But you know what else, Mr. President -- this girl doesn't believe 90% of what you say.
For any of you who wish to read the full presidential remarks blow by blow, go here.
I must go before I say something I may regret.
It's time for a second cup of coffee. Feeling a smidge cranky.
And hopefully -- for the benefit of anyone I run into today -- may the quality time alongside a little sunshine in a cup result in the immediate release of the residual steam clearly clinging under the rim.
It may just be the perfect morning to crack open the new, yet used, American-made gleaning courtesy of Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack. The day is calling for anything and everything to ground myself for whatever lies ahead.
What a day in the life.
What a week, what a week,
huh, boys and girls.
Make it a Good Day, G
and let us add Waco, Texas to our prayer list, too.