Political Royalty

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My name is
Molly and I am an American robin. I learned to think by seeing myself
in car door mirrors. I am a mother who has had several broods of
hatchlings. A fellow wrote about my story in Animal
Park
. He only got half the story right as most people do. I
use public school libraries which are often closed. I usually find
windows or openings into schools. I only have to perch on a tree
or bush or deck to watch television news, which is hardly worth
the trouble most of the time.

I landed in
the patio of a retiree who has a lush garden with many delicacies.
There was a tablet of paper on a table and I read what she had written.
I heard her on the telephone talking very passionately about politics
and she said that she would like to write a column for a newspaper
because she had never done it. So here are her words, an American
retiree, a teacher with thirty-one years in the educational system:

"What
we have here in the United States of America is our very own political
royalty who ride in luxury limousines to luxury homes sometimes
on government planes to luxury hotels at luxury resorts and back
to the luxury limousines to one of their luxury homes where they
feast on the finest organic free range meats, seafood, and the
finest and freshest organic vegetables and beautiful fruits few
of us citizens can afford.

As a taxpaying
citizen standing in line for everything, standing in line at the
airport, at the supermarket, at the DMV, waiting at the doctor’s
office, waiting and standing in line while the political royalty
whose salaries we pay live another kind of luxury life. A life
of privilege which I cannot afford. I only pay them so they can
afford it without using their own money.

Meanwhile,
for the actual job I pay them to do, which is to make laws to
keep us free and safe seems to be lost somewhere. Let’s see, roads,
bridges, trains, unsafe lakes, rivers and drinking water polluted,
cities crime ridden, industry jobs outsourced. Household products
foreign made, a question about my credit card takes me to a foreign
land. My groceries, fruits and vegetables are mostly imports.
What we can’t grow our own grapes or broccoli anymore? We can’t
make a wrench, a wreath or a towel anymore.

Crimes in
the public schools have increased when they should have decreased
20 years ago. The obscenities on TV and the movies have become
commonplace and accepted. This is our America today."

The superstate
that has been created in your country is for the benefit primarily
of those in the national government, lobbyists and the industries
the lobbyists represent, often to the detriment to the majority
of the American people. A new slogan has emerged for the republic:
A country for the few, by the few but of the many. They have taken
to calling Medicare and Social Security entitlements, which are
really necessary government services while almost everything else
in the government, including their perks and privileges are nothing
more than “entitlements.”

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August
5, 2010

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