Thursday, March 26, 2009

Signs of a Society with its Priorities in the Right Place. Or Not. (Updated)

Proving, with a fevered sense of misplaced outrage, that stupidity happily resides in Republican and Democrat skulls alike, is one Senator Hatch fiddling with himself while a clich├ęd Rome burns. Or at least, while Rome stimulates itself into bankruptcy.

Behind the push for the hearings is the subcommittee’s top Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. People there were furious that Utah was bypassed for the national championship despite going undefeated in the regular season.

The title game pitted No. 1 Florida (12-1) against No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1); Florida won 24-14 and claimed the title.

The subcommittee’s statement said Hatch would introduce legislation “to rectify this situation.” No details were offered and Hatch’s office declined to provide any.

Hatch said in a statement that the BCS system “has proven itself to be inadequate, not only for those of us who are fans of college football, but for anyone who believes that competition and fair play should have a role in collegiate sports.”

In the House, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a football game a “national championship” unless the game culminates from a playoff system.

I would hope that voters would deliver a stern message to these folks who are so inclined to legislate and overreach whenever their own delicate sensibilities are tweaked by imaginary sleights: leave off this stupidity, gentlemen, or find yourselves a real job and do some honest work for once.

And that goes double for anyone of them who has shilled for the financially crippling stimulus packages that serve to increase the excesses of the last administration in ways I never imagined possible; who collected their massive campaign contributions and then cried “Outrage!” when companies followed the rules that they themselves put into place; who take their sweetheart deals, speaking fees, perks, and payoffs while readying themselves to legislate the compensation of private citizens; and who damned well know that they are playing the nastiest sort of hypocritical, populist games while serving up our hard earned money as sacrifices to their own career ambitions (and, nakedly, failing to serve the best interests of the people of the United States of America).

While folks like Geithner may not serve at our whim, the folks who hired him most certainly do. It’s time to remind them of that fact--to remind them that we (and our pocketbooks) are not slaves to their whim.

Vote the bums out.

I find it sad that we can’t just give them pink slips now, preferring to leave an empty seat to allowing them even one more day of unreasoning abuse of the power that we’ve placed in their hands. The fault ultimately sits with we, the people, though; the worst abusers often seem to be the ones with the longest careers and we keep voting them into office.

To steal a line, we can do better. And we must if we want the American dream to flourish.

Vote the bums out.

Update: I’d strongly second almost every word of this--even to including the reason that RSong has been a little quiet and I’ve been staying off politics for a bit.


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