“This is a day of consequence for the American People”
– Rep. Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader, D-Maryland 5th District
Sometimes the legislative process gets personal.
For me, it was just before the big vote on the Wall Street Bailout, CSPAN on the background, still scanning the 110 page PDF that detailed this farce, when my ear caught the name “Spiro T. Agnew”.
That’s just one of those phrases I have my own, internal, “Google Alert” set to.
The concept is not new at all. I have my brain on constant scan for several keywords around the clock. Nixon, Agnew, Watergate, blowjob, Worldspace, lesbian, 9-11, dachshund, akita, redbull, marijuana, naked, Stephen King, Yahoo and bong are all little words which, for whatever reason, set off the internal *perk!* which catches my attention, however briefly. (For some, that may have been deeper into the Mind of Mobius than you’ve ever wanted to be. Trust me, the list is a lot longer and contains elements that would make you shudder in your sleep.)
Some of these alerts actually gain in sensitivity when the alert word gains the status of ‘oldest’ in terms of when you’d last heard it. I’m not sure it WAS the oldest, but when Steny Hoyer uttered that name, my attention was completely focused.
Yes, I really HAD been paying attention to how Rep. Hoyer was droning on and on. Maryland residents have come accustomed to hearing this man babble and babble for years. The funny part is, aside from the fact that he was on the completely WRONG side of this issue, a lot of what he was saying was true. “This is a day of consequence for the American People”. Truer words were never spoken. It was a huge day for the people.
Of course, listening to Hoyer’s speech just further disgusted and worried me – it was an effective rhetorical rally speech. Until my ‘alert’ perked up: “AGNEW!”.
This man, who by at least some accounts has some sense about him (he IS the Majority Leader – I don’t suppose you can be a total retard and get that slot), had just invoked the name of one of the most openly corrupt, sinister and criminal minds in 20th Century politics! Was I hearing this correctly?
Agnew is often attributed as saying, “The cost of failure far exceeds the price of progress.” Fine. Nice quote. Perfectly applicable. BUT….Agnew? AGNEW? How could anybody be so STUPID to invoke the name of Agnew during debate on a bill which is the result of corruption, greed and excess on the part of people JUST LIKE AGNEW! Marylanders endured this inept politician’s rule nearly two VERY long years before President Nixon rescued us and took him to Washington.
Credit where credit is due, right? Hoyer could’ve done worse. He could’ve come up with a quote from Agnew’s successor (in more ways than one), Marvin Mandel. The first Jewish Governor of Maryland, Mandel actually ended up in prison as the result of crimes committed during his tenure.
Rep. Steny Hoyer’s poor choice brought the whole battle home to me, personally, from that point forward.
You see, out of the 400+ members of The House of Representatives, this putz is MY representative.
What he represented to the United States Congress and our citizens yesterday was that the people of the 5th District of Maryland, (home to the place where South Central LA residents fear to tread – Prince George’s County) elect complete morons…because ONLY a MORON would invoke the name of Spiro T. Fucking AGNEW when considering legislation which requires a superlative amount of integrity to succeed.
Others, perhaps even me, will tell you that Rep. Hoyer’s not all that dumb, really. After Pelosi’s self-serving, partisan speech, perhaps quoting Agnew was VERY appropriate – a reminder to all of us, that the entire system is corrupt, our leaders are corrupt, and those idolized by our elected officials are also….corrupt.
Let’s hope that blatant, in-your-face, smug little pep rally speech turns out to be what backfired on Congress yesterday.
Whatever the reason, the American People prevailed yesterday, and although I’d like to hail it as a ”we’ve shown what we can do when we rise up” type of moment, the reality of the matter is that the Bailout was voted down so that those facing re-election in November could save their own skins.
Let’s show them just how right they were. Vote out every last bailout supporter. I’m going to start with the ONE person who, I know for CERTAIN, did not vote as his constituents vehemently demanded.
Do you hear that sound, Mr. Hoyer? That’s the sound of Collins Bailey, Republican nominee for YOUR seat, and he’s heading right for you. I like him. He wants to end the IRS. He’s a Constitutionalist.
On November 5th, he’s going to be MY Representative.
In truth, I am,
Further reading? Some REALLY GOOD Q&A About the Bailout
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