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...And Charlie Brown Will Never Kick That Football!




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March 13, 2011 | 1,614 views | 1 comment

Harlingen, Texas, March 14, 2011: For 50 years America and most of the world watched the antics of the “Peanuts” gang in newspapers, books and on television.

We are still watching these cartoons in daily reruns across the country. The longest running joke in the series concerns Lucy holding a football and Charlie Brown attempting to kick it. At the last minute Lucy grabs the ball away and Charlie delivers a failed kick into the air. Over the years Lucy has made repeated promises not to pull the ball away when Charlie attempts to kick it. She “promises” that this time she will really hold the ball in place. Charlie always believes her promise, she always pulls the ball away and he still never gets to kick that football.

The American public always reminds me of that gullible Charlie Brown, who keeps accepting all of those false promises made by Lucy. We believed the government when we were told it could repair Medicaid and Medicare. That never happened. We believed the government when it told us it could improve our lives with a War on Drugs. Things only got worse. We believed the many promises to fix Social Security that never became a reality. We believed the government promise that every citizen could own his or her home, only to see the mortgage market crash and burn.

But, Americans believed the promises made by their government. When told that creating the Department of Energy would find new sources and end our dependence on foreign oil, we believed that promise. Almost forty years have passed since its creation and we still are dependent on other nations for 50% of the oil we consume...and at prices four times greater than they were when the Energy Department was established.

Still, we cling to the government for all the answers. When the politicians told us that forming the Department of Education would solve the problems of educating our children, we believed that promise. Now we have dropped from first place in educational ranking to 18th place among the 36 most educated countries. Today that same education agency admits that up to 82% of our schools could be labeled as failing because they cannot meet acceptable government standards.

At least we all know the government can still keep us safe. It has promised the borders would be secure. It also promised that the illegal alien population would be controlled and reduced. Ask the people who live in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California how well those government promises worked out.

The government has spent decades making promises to members of the armed forces and the veteran community about everything from retirement pay to disability compensation to much needed healthcare, only to break those pledges again and again and again.

So, what is it that Americans have learned? We have learned that politicians in the name of the federal government will promise just about anything, if they think those words might gain them a single vote. We also can understand that just like Lucy, our government will never keep a promise...and Charlie Brown will never kick that football.

Semper Fidelis
 
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