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Raised Ceiling, Raised Hopes

3 Aug

While I (and most of America) braced this week for the potential of an economic meltdown and our government ending up leading by example for all the “bad borrowers” out there, it seems that partisanship ultimately reigned and our representatives came grudgingly to an agreement to ensure that the country will continues to pay all its bills.

But “Sugar-Coated Satan Sandwich” notwithstanding, I do believe that the most poignant and heartwarming moment on the floor of the House this week would have to be the “surprise” appearance and yea vote of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Monday.  Since being viciously attacked at a local Arizona meet & greet where she suffered a debilitating shot to the head last January, Gifford’s colleagues and constituents (and the millions of horrified Americans who’ve sent the politician prayers and well-wishes over the past seven months) were unsure of when or if she’d be returning to Washington.  Clearly, it was the call for fiscal responsibility that Gabby believed she most needed to answer, even if only in symbolic fashion.

Appearing in the House during the perfunctory undertakings of the session, Giffords brought a sort of halt to the proceedings as she was greeted by thunderous applause and (if the pictures are any indicator) a truly emotional standing ovation from both sides of the aisle as she smiled and waved.

“I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote.” Giffords said in a statement.

The nod to bipartisanship was not lost on Gifford Aide C.J. Karamargin:

 “The congresswoman has always been convinced that Washington can work together and find common ground when they set aside partisanship and work for the common good.  She’s believed that to be true when it comes to border issues, when it comes to defense issues, and when it comes to economic issues. These are principles that she has lived by from the very beginning.”

Intentional or not, I believe that this week, Gabby Giffords has been the poster child for political symbolism.  Not only were she and her colleagues forced to work together to make some tough decisions for the good of the American people, but her return to D.C. also affected a sort of rousing sentiment amongst political adversaries that proved that beneath the wheeling and dealing, there is still a sense of compassion and humanity in the hearts of our representatives.

Just when we thought they’d secured VIP seating on the Bullet Train to Hell, they go and show us a softer, more responsible side…however short-lived that may be.

The Curious Case of Sarah Oblivious

4 Aug

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It is never my intention to torture The Pack Faithful with my daily observations and posts, but I swear…I am, and remain on a daily basis, completely baffled by the obtuse musings and largely droll (though passed off as legitimate) analysis that Sarah Palin will duct tape together and dispense at any given time as some sort of strategic quasi-counter move against the Democrats (although she seems to  take perverse pleasure in targeting the POTUS specifically) to elicit some sort of intrinsic call-to-arms response from all of the real Americans in this here country.  As real Americans yourselves, do not her oftentimes derisive and divisive comments perplex you too, as well and make you wonder what “America” Sarah Palin hopes to take back (and from whom) and what kind of American values she is passing on to Trig and ‘dem?

I’ve said it many times before, but Mrs. Palin is a scary individual.  The fact that she has proven to be contentedly and blissfully ignorant about SO much, yet has the ear of The Earl Grey Uprising and many other uber-conservatives who fancy frameless eyewear, highlighted up do’s and who simply cannot be bothered with fact-checking, is an utterly terrifying reality.  I mean, from her erroneous boasts of being a geography aficionado to her false claims of stellar word-smithery, how in the caribou is anyone still taking Mrs. I-Can-See-Russia-From-My-Back-Yard seriously?

And wouldn’t you know it; seems as though Alaska’s former governor can now add foreign language authority and part-time presidential anatomy expert (seeing as how she has nothing else to do with her life) to her resume of randomness and inaccuracy.  In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” this past weekend, Palin stated frankly that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer had the cojones that President Obama did not have to properly tackle the nation’s illegal immigration issue.

Now, we can’t be mad at Sarah for conjuring up brownie points with the Republican base and her (former) political peers with her recent criticism of the president; that’s sort of the nature of the beast when you toe the political line.  Also, as an American citizen she does have the right to critique her president if she believes that he is being craven on issues that she is passionate about.  Unfortunately for Palin, far too often she comes off as uninformed, nonsensical and nit-picky when she chooses to show-up to do battle against a man whom she is ill-equipped to contend with in any facet of life; politically, cerebrally or otherwise.

But hey, perhaps I am being far too critical of Mama Grizzly (oh, that’s right *snaps fingers*, she is also a covert member of the subspecies Ursus arctos).  It could be that exhibiting her mastery of the language of America’s largest immigrant population (although done to crudely emphasize the president’s supposed ineffectiveness on immigration reform) is Mrs. Palin’s first-step in proactively tackling immigration reform herself…yeah, no.

Realistically, what I would challenge Sarah from Wasilla to proactively tackle would be more quality time with her family.  I’d imagine that if she spent as much time catering to the needs of her children as she does taking pot shots at the president, then perhaps her PR people wouldn’t have spent so much time trying to circumvent the imagery of her daughter as a teen mother statistic throughout the 2008 campaign and she wouldn’t constantly be fielding questions now about Bristol and Levi’s on again/off again/on again/we stopped keeping count/engagement.

Perhaps what Sarah truly needs is the cojones to admit that she could learn something useful by taking a page from her favorite whipping boy’s parenting book!

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