Sunday, August 31, 2008

"States Rights" + Barry Goldwater Jr. Speaks in St. Paul--Undeterred by Gulf Coast Storm

While George, Dick, and John are in some bunker watching the Weather Channel (and not appearing as scheduled at the RNC) Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. addressed members of the Texas delegation and others. In fact, come to think of it, it's basically just the people who are intent on restoring our republic who showed up to speak in MN. Those who intend to position themselves for best media advantage this week, despite not being the Governor of a Gulf Coast state, are ambulance chasing somewhere along Gustaf's predicted landfall. At this very moment, "the boys" are with Geraldo in the heart of the danzer zone--that tiny area between Port Aransas, TX and Miami, FL.

I really don't see why a nation's president sees fit to interfere with the operation of a state's response to a predicted weather-related threat. Oh yeah--maybe it's to give beefy FEMA something to pre-emptively do. I thought the states' governors were left with the decision on whether or not to issue a distress call to Washington in the event of a real or predicted emergency. It seems all Washington does these days is volunteer their help on our dime. It seems all Washington does these days is assert themselves where they are not wanted or needed and make themselves scarce when it comes to decisions that truly are in their jurisdiction.

I don't think Governor Palin would take too kindly to FEMA announcing their arrival en masse into Alaska, giving her a token salute, and then advising her of their mission in her state*. Kudos to Governor Perry for his handling of the storm preparations. That is precisely his job!

States' rights. That's all I'm sayin'. Got it, Gustaf?

I will laugh if the storm just totally dies out before landfall and all of the ruined plans and aggravated delegates were over nothing. If McCain loses the election because he didn't bother to run the scheduled convention this week, he deserves it. The thousands of members of the state delegations and their guests are the ones being inconvenienced by this Weather Alert in a distant land. many of them paid their own way here. Do you think FEMA will reimburse them for their trouble and then park some outrageously priced metal trailers in St. Paul "in case" the convention goes a few days too long and the hotels throw us out for outstaying our welcome and their availability?

There's another kind of water that is causing quite a ruckus at the RNC. It's worth mentioning that when Barry arrived at a party across town and was introduced from the microphone, the whole place erupted in chanting: "Bear-ree! Bear-ree!" Perhaps there are still some folks-God bless 'em!-left in politics who properly care for their conservative conscience.

States' rights! That's all I'm sayin".

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