Friday, September 26, 2008

Ode to the House Republicans!

As everyone is gearing up for the big debate, I wanted to take a minute to recognize the efforts of the House Republicans. They have chosen not to act in panic, because the crisis is so large, but instead to act responsibly because the crisis is so large. When I heard about the showdown yesterday during that infamous four o'clock meeting, I thought our founding fathers would be so proud! Bravo!

Everyone pictures our founding fathers as quiet old white guys that spoke in the queen's English and had tea as they discussed the politics of the day. That could not be further from the truth. While these men were well manner and distinguished they were fighters. They were willing to stand up and fight for what they believed. The idea of open debate is what our entire political system is based upon. But it did not stop with debate, these men were willing to duel to the death in defense of their beliefs. I thought this spirit of fighting for the people of America was dead on Capital Hill. The House Republicans have restored my faith in our system. They are challenging the democrats to a modern day duel.

You see the Democrats could have and planned to slide this bill through without telling the American people what it contained. They thought if they had enough republican in the boat with them, that they could pass the bill throw on $58Million in earmarks. Then when the American people found out what happened, the Republicans couldn't hang it on the Dems. But Thank God, the House Republicans weren't on that boat. The media spotlight moved to Washington DC with the arrival of John McCain, allowing The House Republicans to take their case straight to the people, telling them this bill was not good for taxpayers. The people responded in overwhelming numbers calling their representatives from both houses of congress to demand a better bill.

Due to the unprecedented public outcry, and the effort of those brave enough to stand firm on behalf of American taxpayers, we may have to swallow this bitter pill, but at least the medicine will work. The House Republicans deserve the respect and gratitude of all Americans, for reminding us that We the People still means something, and the government is supposed to work for us, not the other way around.