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Editorial: The Great Political Dance: Comments From A Snake Bit Bull Frog

By Vernon Burns

When the music stops in this political game of musical chairs the one power player who may not find a seat is The Republican Party as it is now constituted. 

Before I go one step further, I wish to be clear, one more time, in my opinion of todays democrats. As a political party they are the promoters of government dependence, for an ever growing majority, for their own empowerment. They knowingly or unknowingly embrace a marxist socialist agenda under the cover of the utopian goal of complete fairness. The independent and self reliant are an adversary for democrats, except as a source of funding. They play to the low end of our human nature, promising more and more taxpayer provided entitlements as incentives to vote for the democrats. Are they always wrong in everything they say or do? No, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

One thing they are always right about is that by cultivating the worst weakness’s of our human nature, envy, jealousy, and self pity, they will always find a seat and support in this political game. 

Other than all I have just written, I like the democrats just fine. I know where they are coming from and I can deal with that. Just as I know to keep on guard in the Alabama woods in August because rattle snakes and cotton mouths are a part of nature. 

With this understanding, I and a great majority of the voters of Alabama have given our state to the Republican Party in what amounts to a one party rule. We did this because republicans promised conservative leadership and solutions at the local, county, and state level. I can not remember an Alabama G.O.P. candidate campaigning for office who did not want everyone to think he was the conservative reincarnation of our former President Ronald Reagan. Now, most of us feel snake bit.

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If the dumping of the super complex welfare state problems of dealing with medicaid and prison funding on to the backs of the voters in an almost secret constitutional amendment referendum is an example of conservative republican leadership, then I am a bull frog. About 13% of Alabama’s people voted. And a little more than 8% voted yes. 

If the taking of 437 million dollars from the Alabama Trust Fund, with no plan for, or guaranteed pledge, in the law to repay with interest the funds raided is the act of adults, much less our wise conservative republicans, then I am a big green bull frog. 

From a conservative point of view it appears the majority of the republicans we have given control of the government to in our state have little interest in providing the leadership and solutions required to turn what is now a welfare major industry, into the short term social safety net it must be. 

Did the republicans ask for jobs we gave them to shrink the welfare state? Or did they only want control of the check book so they could be the ones handing out the money to an ever expanding client base?

We, the voters, know this is hard. The welfare industry, like any other major industry, has the money and the power to hire lobbyist, and to fund the election of the people they want to protect their interest, financial and other wise. 

We know this is the way business has been conducted forever in our nations capitol and in the capitols of every state in the union. We have generations of very intelligent and compassionate people who have dedicated themselves and staked their careers on expanding the dependent class, and the welfare state. We must always offer more, the need is ever growing. 

It has been said, that the character of a nation can be seen in how they treat the elderly. And the promise of a nation can be seen in how they treat their young. Following this same line of reasoning Hillary Clinton tells us “It takes a village to raise a child.” 

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This is not just the ramblings of the collectivests’ mind searching for utopia. No this is the kind of socialist psycho babel most politicians use to justify, to themselves and the tax payers, the confiscation of our property, the destruction of our freedoms, and the commitment of our elderly, our children, grand children, and even our great grand children to ever more crushing debt. 

Republican Party, whether you realize it or not, you are on trail. At the national level if you are not strong enough and committed enough to rescue our republic given the horrendous conditions in almost every aspect of our national life, foreign and domestic, the people will walk away. You must win this election Big!! Alabama Republican Party you have an even more severe test, because you are in complete control. Do not continue to let us down!!! 

I believe it was President Reagan who reminded us that we, the United States of America, are the last best hope of mankind. This is even more true today than in Reagan’s time and at this very moment in time the last best hope for the United States is the Republican Party. Pray they do not fail. 

With pride and love, I stand by and for the truth of the statement that the United States of America, our country, has been the leader and driving force of more advancement in the standard of living and well being, of all of mankind, than any other nation in the history of man. This has been due to two plain and simple facts, Gods grace and the individual freedom of our people. 

The American free enterprise system has been the greatest poverty destroyer ever known. Give us back our freedom and we will lift everyone. Continue down this path and we all go into the darkness. Time is short, time is short. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Procrastination is still the thief of time…The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause…but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “To late.” 

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