Some lessons in life never seem to sink in, especially political lessons. Take the young boy who didn’t know Politically Correct policy on the King’s clothiers. While the King was parading around in his “altogether”, pleased at the workmanship and finery which had been created out of nothing, nobody had the courage to point out the obvious; except a young boy who didn’t know the rules.
Rep. Joe Barton (R) Texas, must be a kindred spirit to the boy who yelled out, “The king isn’t wearing any clothes”, only this time the remark pointed to a different observation. Rep. Barton pointed out what many fear is going on; the Obama administration used “shakedown” techniques to obtain $ 20 Billion from BP this past week.
“How terrible!” The Republican base gasped as Barton’s words escaped the confines of politically correct rhetoric. “Barton doesn’t speak for the rest of us. He’s sawing off his own political career. Our King’s new clothes looks just fine to the loyal unwashed.”
One of the lessons I learned while growing up had to do with avoiding the appearance of doing evil, a general admonition of great value. If you’re with a lady in a room conducting legitimate business; but could easily be involved in something less becoming, make sure the door is left open enough to avoid the appearance of misconduct. The door being left open invites a healthy environment for keeping activities well within morally accepted values and reassures casual observers.
This past week BP supposedly volunteered to fork over $20 Billion Dollars to the Obama Clean up the Gulf Entitlement Fund ( the name of the fund may be slightly different ). The idea just came to them to spend $ 13 Billion more than they have in total assets. This all happened behind closed doors.
Curious minds might jump to the conclusion that BP was being strong armed, that Obama’s Chicago gangster political operations might have been part of the reason for BP’s sudden magnanimous gesture; in other words, a shakedown. The thugs have in their possession strong evidence which BP would rather not reach the public.
Perhaps they have pictures of BP board members involved in group sex orgies at the share holder’s meeting, email correspondence similar to those obtained from East Anglia wherein BP executives joke about the little people being covered in sludge or other damning evidence which would support criminal charges much worse than mere negligence.
A reasonable and prudent person might jump to the conclusion that BP didn’t simply volunteer to spend $ 20 Billion Dollars out the clear blue sky, or is that clear blue Gulf? About the only thing Rep. Joe Barton might be guilty of is speaking his mind, saying what many believe to be true; but forgetting that the King’s new clothes are not open for discussion.
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This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal , a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.