With a troubled heart, I have some bad news to report. The United States of America is sick, and the prognosis is guarded. The warning signs were overlooked at first, having the appearance of a slight abrasion. Unfortunately, it has turned into a full-blown infection, raging throughout the halls of Congress, most notably in the U.S. Senate.
President Bush began his first term, hopeful to unite the two parties. Unfortunately, Al Gore inflicted a wound following the elections of 2000. It started as a small nick from the tip of his dagger, drawing a tiny amount of blood. Then, a dark cloud came over him. He recklessly pushed and twisted the dagger’s blade, until a gaping wound resulted. The U.S. Supreme Court finally was able to wrestle the dagger from his hands. Had they delayed any longer, the wound might have been fatal.
Delayed preparations for an orderly transition of power caused some swelling and discomfort, but the wound appeared to be healing. Senator Kennedy accepted the outstretched hand of the President and worked with him to design a bi-partisan education reform bill. The Senator eagerly boasted of the joint effort, accepting accolades from the President during his first State of the Union Address.
We did not realize at the time, that although the outer wound healed, a dangerous element was lurking deep within. Party leaders began to mutter amongst themselves, that a successful Presidency for George W. Bush might create difficulties for the Democrats in future elections. The conspirators hatched a plan, as dark and underhanded as any in history. They vowed to reject at every turn, any proposal brought forth by the President or the Republicans in Congress.
Tom Daschle and others scripted a plan in secret meetings to address this problem. Senator Daschle assumed the lead role, taking every opportunity to stand before eager cameras and shake his head in mock disbelief. It did not matter what the President proposed or announced. According to Senator Daschle it was the stupidest and gravest mistake ever made by a sitting President. The infection spread quietly, with deadly intentions.
When a body is severely injured, adrenaline and other chemicals pour into the bloodstream, sometimes resulting in miraculous displays of strength and survival. This phenomenon clearly was evident in America, on September 11, 2001. The unforeseen tragedies of that day interrupted the malicious plan as the President rallied the American people.
Tom Daschle made a few misguided attempts to capitalize on the situation, but Americans were not in the mood. The Senator quickly pulled his wagging head back into his shell and retreated with his conspirators to wait. President Bush proceeded to lead the country through turbulent and uncertain times. He confronted the evil doers with steady and decisive actions while he led the Congress down a path to rebuild our struggling economy.
The American people have begun to feel the effects of this disease, and have cautiously applied medication to the problem over the last two elections. At first, it appeared to be working. Senator Daschle was forcefully retired by his constituents and Senator Kerry lost by more popular votes than any other presidential election in history.
There was good reason to be hopeful, but the infection has actually come back with a vengeance. Senator Reid has assumed the role of head wager with amazing ease. Filibusters continue to be the soup of the day in the Senate. Shrill tones echo from Nancy Pelosi every hour on the hour in the House of Representatives.
No, I am afraid that the Democrats are carriers of this disease, called Chronic Obstructionist Disorder. It may become necessary for people who have recognized the illness, to perform some kind of intervention therapy on Americans that remain oblivious. The best way to cure this illness will be to apply another dose of medication during the elections of 2006. If done properly, only a booster dose will be necessary in 2008.
Senator Reid is angry with the GOP, because they have released a report that outlines his record and recalls some of his statements made over the past several years. They did this to help us recognize the infection when we see it. Responsible Democrats, who find themselves in constructive agreement with Republican colleagues, have been threatened by Democratic leaders with retribution, more severe than anything ever seen. They are not willing to take that chance.
We need to express our concern for this disease will all of our friends, family, and colleagues. Perhaps the root of the problem is just plain bad sportsmanship, but whatever it is, the time to stop it is now. Listen and watch carefully, those who you have entrusted with power in Washington. If we do not remove the carriers of this disease, the infection will rage on, and America will suffer long into the future.
From GOP.com (Who is Harry Reid?)
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