Show and Tell

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them”.

                                                                                   ~Maya Angelou

The American people appear to be waking up (albeit still a little too slowly andway late in the day) to the fact that many members of Congress do not have their best interests at heart.   In fact, some (many?) seem to have only two unified goals:  preventing President Obama from keeping his word to the American people on just about everything and making certain that he serves only one term.

Time and again,  even in the face of rampant unemployment, Congress has refused to discuss and has voted down the jobs bill.  Despite overwhelming support by the American people, who favor passing it, the actions of Congress say ‘Teachers, police, firefighters—Who needs them?  Apparently this Congress thinks we don’t.  Or, worse, they know we care, but they don’t care about more lay-offs and the increasing crime rate in cities where a large part of the police force has been laid off due to budget cuts.

Congress is showing us by these actions that they will pursue a Pyrrhic victory, as long the end result is the unseating of President Obama; their actions repeatedly show us their intentions.  As said in most every infomercial, ‘But wait, there’s more! ’; just as every infomercial has a pitchman, here’s senatorial pitchman, Mitch McConnell, to tell you about it:

Some will argue that was two years ago — so here’s a recent tweet to reassure you they are still stuck on the same message:   “My idea to stimulate the economy?  Make Obama a one-term President” ~ RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

*Tapping on the microphone...* Hello?…Is this thing on?

I have to wonder if the next question should not be ‘Can you hear me’ but, rather, Are you listening?   They are showing us what their intentions are and they are telling us their goals while showing blatant disregard for our basic needs.  They favor tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the majority who are not wealthy — even when over 70% of Americans favor ending these same tax cuts.   They’re holding hostage a bill that provides for basic needs because it would raise taxes on the wealthy — even when some of the wealthiest Americans themselves have stated they think it’s only fair they pay their share.  If that isn’t show and tell, I must have missed that part of kindergarten, because I don’t know what else you would call it.

The American people have a voice and the means to take action; it’s the right to vote.  If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines waiting for someone else to bring about the changes we all need, then you need to heed the words of the infomercial pitchman: “Don’t wait - Act NOW”!  Register to vote if you haven’t already done so and, if you are registered, make sure there isn’t some thinly-veiled voter suppression initiative in your state that prevents you from voting.  It’s time that the American public realizes that we can play “Show and Tell” too.  Show up at the polls and tell them, you won’t support politicians who do not support you!

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