Friday, July 6, 2012

Robin Vos: Freedom Fighter...With Notes


On the 4th of July, Little Lord Pops the Corn penned a patriotic screed designed to uplift the citizenry and naturally the Journal Times printed it.

We bring you Vossy's commentary...with notes.

It's important to remember why we became a free country ...or A selective lesson in history that serves my political agenda

When President John Adams wrote to his wife about the Declaration of Independence, he said people should celebrate it with “Pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Interestingly, John Adams also said “Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.” 


It’s great that nearly 250 years later Americans continue to celebrate our nation’s independence like our founding fathers hoped that we would. The Fourth of July has become synonymous with fireworks, parades and waving the American flag. Watch how I will now wrap myself in said flag to make my point. However, what should not get lost on this holiday is the reason why we became a free country. And by free - I mean white pasty men like myself. Blacks, native Americans and women could all go fuck themselves.
Every Fourth of July, I am reminded of what our founders went through and the courage they had to take a stand against the oppressions brought on by a tyrannical government. We shall leave out the part about the original Boston Tea Party which was an anti-corporate protest over tax cuts for giant transnational companies. When the Continental Congress endorsed the idea of dissolving ties between the colonies and the king of England, they were putting their lives and our country’s future on the line. Above all, they wanted individual freedoms to prevail in America. It was a Declaration of Independence, not dependence. Yes, corporate welfare was quite unpopular, isn't ironic that Vos is the very same kind of politician the founding fathers fought against.   
We all know the basis of the historic document that stated everyone has the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The declaration also stated a laundry list of crimes against the colonists and the states, from imposing taxes without consent to depriving citizens the benefit of a jury trial. Which is why I myself am the author of several tort reform bills making it harder for regular people to have their day in court.The founding fathers wanted free and independent states where people had a voice in their government. And so I have proposed new recall legislation to make sure the people can't remove me from office when they get tired of me not listening to them.
I continue to embrace the founders’ ideals that limited government is a good government and that states, not the federal government, should determine what’s best for their citizens. Unless the federal government wants to give us money and then we'll do whatever they say when you are not looking. Government should not tell people how to live their lives; individuals should have the right to make their own educated decisions. Which if was actually true: blacks would still be slaves, women couldn't vote, children would go to segregated schools and grandma and grandpa would have no Social Security or Medicare.  
It’s amazing that even today, many years later, government programs go against the very reason we became a free country. To stop tyrannical politicians who's only concern was their rich corporate friends and benefactors. Just look at the massive government takeover of our health care system with Obamacare. Which maintains the status quo of corporate health care over cheaper and more comprehensive programs like Medicare and the VA. There are at least 20 new taxes topping $500 billion and a federal government telling individuals that you have to buy insurance because it’s actually deemed a tax.  Oops, Mitt Romney says it's not a tax Robbie. States will be compelled to expand Medicaid and employers will be stuck with a huge bill for government health insurance for their workers. Pooling them into bigger groups of people so the cost of health care actually goes down and 40 million people finally have health care and we don't have to pay for them when they walk into the emergency room to see a doctor. For those reasons and many more, we must repeal and replace this horrible law. Because I'm all about remembering why we became a free country...so assholes like myself could get elected, make millions writing self-serving legislation, ignore ethics complaints and meet pretty girls who like effete men.
One of the greatest obstacles to the freedom of future generations of Americans is the national debt. Really? The national debt is the greatest obstacle to freedom? Not decent education? Not personal safety or social equality? Geez, what a putz.
President Obama once proclaimed that it would be “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” to pile on more debt, yet he added $5 trillion on to it only years after making those remarks. Because unlike George Bush, President Obama put the two wars we are fighting on the books so Americans could see the cost. Under Barack Obama, spending, taxes and the deficit are all down. It’s time that our nation tackled that debt burden. Which Republicans created. Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the price of out-of-control spending of big government. We are just going to slash their education and access to health care and wrap it in a pretty American flag while I light up cigars with my fat-cat friends I just gave massive tax breaks to. They, too, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Just not equal education, reasonable access to a doctor or the ability to sue companies who poison and harm you or your family.
So, when you wear your red, white and blue and watch the parade this Fourth of July, I hope you renew the spirit of 1776 by waving the flag of freedom and remember why we became the land of the free and home of the brave. I have so literally jumped the shark with this shit, I can't even look in the mirror anymore.
State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester R-Koch, R-ALEC, represents the 63rd Assembly District.