Through the eyes of The Duke


Filed Under General on Apr 5 

There are many standards by which one can judge the state of America at any given time. Ronald Reagan once asked Americans that famous question “are you better off today than you were four years ago?”. That’s a pretty good presidential barometer, however I prefer the standard set by John Wayne when he declared that a good republic was a place where

People can live free. Talk free. Go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose.

Let’s check the state of our nation against the John Wayne Standard, shall we?

First off: Live free

Sorry, dear reader, it is no longer possible to live without charge here in the United States. Now you will incur a charge simply by continued respiration. If you continue to breathe, you will be required to purchase Obamacare regardless whether or not you desire it. When you look at the medical and environment facts of the matter, your continued respiration causes the CO2 levels in the atmosphere to increase. So, think of it as a carbon tax. Maybe you’ll feel better. I know Al Gore will.

Next up: Talk free

Even though that out dated, overly restrictive (on the government) document commonly referred to as “The United States Constitution” guarantees something called “freedom of speech” to every citizen, don’t count on that protection if you happen to be a corporation who dares to accurately reflect the costs of Obamacare in your quarterly financials. Never mind the fact this is required by a heavy handed government regulator known as the Security and Exchange Commission. If you dare to contradict The One’s assertions that His healthcare package will reduce costs rather than inflate them, be prepared to come to Washington. There you will be dragged before the kangaroo court of the (are you kidding me?) honorable Henry Waxman. He will sit upon his chairman’s throne, look down his over-flared nostrils at you and rhetorically flog you for your impertinence in the face of Hope and Change. By the way, T-shirts emblazoned with Waxman’s likeness are three for $10 outside the Capitol.

And then we move on to – Go or Come

Never fear. You can still move about the country as you wish, as long as you don’t do so in an SUV. In case you haven’t notice, the cost of gasoline on The One’s watch has gone up about a buck a gallon. This makes it more expensive to drive your average SUV. Don’t worry though, with The One’s arbitrary increase of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) will price any decent SUV out of reach for the average American beginning sometime in 2016. By then we’ll all be driving SmartCars – and we’ll be happy about driving a car which can’t survive a front end collision with your 10 year old’s bicycle.

Up next, Buy or Sell:

An act that is the life blood of the national economy – and now it’s one targeted by The One as a potential source of job killing revenue. Beware the “value added tax”. It’s one of the principal reasons Europe’s economy is in the perpetual toilet. I won’t bore you with the particulars. Krauthammer says it much better than I can.

And finally – Be drunk or sober

This part of the John Wayne Standard remains untouched. Some thought that Ted Kennedy’s passing and Chris “Half A Waitress Sandwich” Dodd’s retirement would somehow put a damper on the influence of booze in the nation’s capitol. Never fear, dear reader. Nature abhors a vacuum and so does the void left by the two aforementioned senators. This void has been bravely filled by Montana’s very own Max Baucus.

Montana has roughly three bars for every resident. Evidently Max brought at least that many to DC with him. He’s been caught more than once Legislating While Intoxicated on the Senate floor.

Barack Obama’s standard for America is almost diametrically opposed to that of John Wayne. The One’s standard is one where

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say “OK”.

This is where the big difference really is. The America I want is a republic like the one John Wayne praised – a place where people can do whatever they choose. The America envisioned by The One, The Pelosi, Dusty Harry and the rest of their merry band of thugs is one where they dictate what people can’t do.

Which one do you want?