Things Iâ€™ll Never Get Over
By: Patti Bankson
Sometimes when the two dogs in our household are out in the backyard â€œstalkingâ€ something, itâ€™s hard to get them to â€œcomeâ€. I can call, â€œHere, Chico. Here, Gwinnyâ€, â€˜til the cows come home, and Iâ€™m lucky if they even look my way. But! When I tack on the word â€œtreatâ€, suddenly they come running at full speed. They immediately sit down and look at me with that expectant, excited look on their faces. As soon as Iâ€™ve given them their treat, they start chewing it up, obviously enjoying it, without even so much as a â€œThank Youâ€. Can you imagine that? Well, of course you can… theyâ€™re dogs, for heavens sake.
Interestingly, what works for our dogs at home, seems to work in politics, too. Our politicians in their efforts to push through their agendas get in front of us and call, â€œHere, Voters… Here, Voters.â€ What happens? Nothing. So, they move on to what they know works, â€œHere, Voters, â€œHere, Voters… wanna â€œtreat?â€, and suddenly whoeverâ€™s offering the treat has to climb a tree to avoid the stampede! This â€œwanna treat?â€ technique is being beautifully and artfully used by our current administration to push its leftist agenda to the point where if our country were a ship, it would be listing. Badly. Taking on water… getting ready to go under.
Iâ€™ll never get over how unapologetically they do it. Standing in front of a bank of microphones, a gazillion American flags as backdrop, some â€œI-havenâ€™t-seen-a-camera-I-donâ€™t-like-or-a-dollar-I-wonâ€™t-spend politician smiles and proclaims that the program theyâ€™re â€œofferingâ€ is… â€œgood for Americaâ€. Thatâ€™s what they all say; both sides of the aisle. Why, youâ€™d think the only reason they do anything is for the good of the American people. Sadly, those who are looking for â€œa treatâ€ always fall for it.
Iâ€™ll never get over being thankful that the rest of America, recognizing that weâ€™re headed in the wrong direction, is unapologetically standing up to protest the Obama Steamroller, spend-until-weâ€™re-bankrupt-and-Chinaâ€™s-knocking-on-the-White-House-door method of government. And what â€œtreatâ€ do we get? Weâ€™re called â€œastro-turfâ€ (Thanks, Pelosi!), nut-jobs, and the (obscene) â€œtea-baggersâ€. Worse than that, Obama tells us that we should just shut up, grab a mop and help him clean up the mess he â€œinheritedâ€.
Just shut up? Wow, Mr. President… What part of Free Speech donâ€™t you understand? Besides, after 11 months in office, itâ€™s no longer about what you may or may not have â€œinheritedâ€… now itâ€™s about what youâ€™ve done, and are doing, to Change that â€œinheritanceâ€. So far? Not so good.
But, you know what? I donâ€™t want to talk politics anymore today… Iâ€™d rather take some time for Thanksgiving… for some of the other things Iâ€™ll never get over.
Iâ€™ll never get over being thankful to be an American. Iâ€™ll never get over the wonder of having a husband who loves God, and who, after all these years, still likes and loves me… Iâ€™ll never get over being thankful for his â€œgiftâ€ to me, our four loving and forgiving â€œkidsâ€, of whom Iâ€™m very proud, and Iâ€™ll never get over being thankful for their â€œgiftâ€ to us, our five prettiest-handsomest-most-adorable-most-wonderful-in-the-world grandchildren.
Last, but definitely not least, Iâ€™ll never get over being thankful to God for His love, His forgiveness, and His daily mercy.
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