Read my lips!
Are we ready for 2010? Boy, that’s a good one; by the hindsight looks of things, we haven’t been ready for a new year since Ronald Reagan became ineligible for the presidency.
Let’s take a thumbnail look, presidentially speaking.
1988 brought us George Herbert Bush who, among other things, famously said, "Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES!" He then promptly bought in on a liberal (Democrat) plan to: (1) Eat plenty of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day
(2) Lower taxes
(3) Begin preparing young George W. Bush to run against Al Gore in 2000
(4) None of the above
Those of us old enough to remember anything, (A) remember where we were and what we were doing when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and (B) remember the elder Bush reneging on his "Read my lips" promise, to the everlasting regret of conservatives everywhere.
George Herbert Wilson Bush was also in on a 1991 plan to "help" Israel give away land for "peace" and nearly got his Maine home blown away by a blockbuster nor’easter of Biblical proportions, most unusually, backing-up onto the Eastern Seaboard shortly after his "trade" proposal.
Coincidence? You decide, but it probably isn’t real smart or wise to try and give away what the Good Lord has given to Israel…or to anybody, for that matter.
1992 brought a (partially) forgiven George H.W. Bush running against Arkansawyer Bill Clinton … and a Wild Card, Ross Perot. Not being able to whip’em both, Slick Willy slid in with 43percent of the national vote. Clinton did a repeat in 1996, improving to 49.2 percent in a victory over Bob something-or-other Dole.
At least eight years here of not-being-ready America.
2000 proved Y2K Knot2Bee and another Bush eking out the presidency with 47.9 percent of the vote, though Al Gore (inventor of the Internet) is said to have gotten 48.4 percent.
His new invention should have told Al about Electoral College Votes!
2004 saw G.W. Bush improving his national vote percentage to 50.7 percent over the guy who was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Y2K never did show up, though the national news media did ascertain that Bush caused Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
2008 jumped up and bit half of America in the derriere, of which half we belong. New England, The Left Coast, The Rust Belt States, and Southern States overrun by New Englanders and Rust Belters were exempt from being bitten in the you-know-where…..or so they think.
2009 brought us proof of Global Warming, though the content of some intercepted emails from scientists to scientists on the matter does give one pause.
2009 also saw that ACORN was not what it was advertised to be.
Not about gathering nuts, but evidently mistaking us to be…until they were discovered with their hands in the cookie jar. Goodbye ACORN; we won’t miss you "Community Organizers."
So, 2010 is upon us…and we may not be ready, yet again.
May God, the Alpha and the Omega, the GREAT I AM, Yahweh bless.