Nevermind Big Bird, What About the Eagle?
Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, gave liberal socker moms fodder for political fire during the recent debate when he declared he would not fund Big Bird via PBS. If it were not so telling of the current state of affairs in this country, the liberal spin on the plight of “Big Bird” would be simultaneously ridiculous and amusing. But the liberals are serious: They are attempting to pass this off as news of import as an attack against Mitt Romney. The truth is, it is news of import that sheds light on Governor Romney, but not in the same light the far left is attempting to portray it.
Why is Big Bird All Aquiver?
From Miriam Websters definition of “Aquiver”:
marked by trembling or quivering
Liberal Lefties, Big Bird, and PBS, are all aquiver, because Romney used them appropriately as an analogy for cutting frivolous and unneccesary government spending. Here is what he stated to Jim Lehrer, employee of the now endangered PBS, and moderator at the Presidential debate last week:
“I want to lower spending and encourage economic growth at the same time. What things would I cut from spending? Well first of all, I will eliminate all programs by this test – if they don’t pass it: is the program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? I’ll get rid of it,” Romney said. “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop this subsidy to PBS, and I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I like Big Bird. I actually like you too, but I’m not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
End Quote, Governor Mitt Romney
In one fell swoop, delivered in a congenial lighthearted fashion, Romney cut to the chase on the matter of the monumental current debt we are now racking up with China, the tragic trend of the inappropriate role of the federal government, and the rampant wasteful spending it chooses to invest where no investment is required. It was brilliant – and Romney’s one paragraph statement demonstrated an intelligence that can speak in simple terms to three major issues that confront America today: America’s tragic dependancy on China for survival, a Federal Government that was intended to protect domestic tranquility, not provide entertainment and propaganda, and the wasteful loss of taxpayer dollars that could be put to far better use.
Nevertheless, Romney’s statement set off a firestorm of opposition from those who care more about the plight of PBS and Big Bird than they do their own nation. Instantly, no sooner had Romney spoken these words, than the leftie angry birds tweeted on the rampage by the millions to champion Big Bird. Why? Maybe it was how Romney said it. Maybe Romney should have borrowed a quip from Obama:
Big Bird is going to have to eat his peas.
Was Romney wrong? No he was not. Our debt with China is spinning dangerously out of control, it is frivolous spending, and it is not the role of the federal government to fund PBS – which is nothing more than a national mouthpiece for the Federal Government, and the liberal left for which it stands for these days. PBS can achieve the same status quo as private networks and keep Big Bird on the payroll. So Big Bird activists, take heart: Captain Kangaroo, another childrens show tantamount to Sesame Street, had phenomenal success for thirty years, on CBS, a private network. Millions of children were just as enlightened and thrilled by his Mister Moose, and Dancing Bear, as children today who watch Cookie monster and Big Bird on Sesame Street. All without the aid of the federal government, and they are far better off for it. This is how private networks make it without federal funding, and enjoy stellar success.
Once upon a time, a pre-Obama time, the same held true for our entire economy. PBS too, can achieve this monumental leap, and join the rest of America in embracing a non-Marxist, capitalist society. What is the hurdle for PBS and Big Bird? It’s called “free-market capitalism” – it’s sole purpose is to support and uphold a Free Republic which is based upon freedom rather than a Marxist/Communist state – and it too, is rapidly becoming an endangered species these days.
Math Does Not Lie: But Liberals Do, and They Can’t Have it Both Ways
According to the guru’s over at Politico, Federal Funding For Public Broadcasting is “About 0.012 Percent Of The Entire Federal Budget”. They go on, as do others who champion Big Bird, to explain that 0.012% is a miniscule number in the overall scheme of things. At least, when it comes to Federal Funding for Public Broadcasting. Also according to Politico, that insignificant percentage translates to about $444.1 million dollars. And so we are told that less than one percent, and 441.1 million, are insignificant numbers in the fevered frey to save Big Bird.
On the other hand, the new unemployment rate came out this week showing a less than one percent drop in unemployment, and only a whopping 114,000 thousand jobs were supposedly created for the millions who are currently out of work. So whats the deal here? Less than one percent and millions of dollars are insignificant when it comes to Big Bird – but less than one percent, and barely 100,000 thousand jobs, are a clear sign of a miraculous and enormous increase of success in the current Obama economy? According to liberal left economics, When it comes to Big Bird, less than one percent is a paltry number. But when it comes to jobs, less than one percent is an enormous increase. Alas, I am mystified by the double standard here. But not really, it’s typical liberal spin and double speak. It is also very telling on where their priorities lay.
Nevermind Big Bird, What About the Eagle?
There is another bird at stake here. He was present at the debate, and even now, he is a silent witness to the apologies of Obama midst the burning and desecration of our flag by our Jihadist enemies overseas. And he is a silent witness to the charade of patriotism that liberals sometimes cloak themselves in. It is not the role of the President and the federal government to support Big Bird, it is the role of the federal government to support the bird that is not given credence at all from the Obama camp and the lefties. That bird is the American Bald Eagle, the symbol of our nation, and everything for which she stands.
The Eagle, Our National Emblem
The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent. On the backs of our gold coins, the silver dollar, the half dollar and the quarter, we see an eagle with outspread wings. On the Great Seal of the United States and in many places which are exponents of our nation’s authority we see the same emblem. The eagle represents freedom. Living as he does on the tops of lofty mountains, amid the solitary grandeur of Nature, he has unlimited freedom, whether with strong pinions he sweeps into the valleys below, or upward into the
boundless spaces beyond.
It is said the eagle was used as a national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. “They are shrieking for Freedom,” said the patriots. Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless space of the future.
End quote, Maude M. Grant
The American Bald Eagle is prominent on every one of those $444.1 million dollars we are all supposed to feed Big Bird. I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to sacrifice 444.1 million Eagles to save one Big Bird. Our patriots did not fight a revolution to secure our liberty beneath the wings of Big Bird, they fought beneath the wings of eagles. And I will not forsake the values, principles, and might of America. Therefore, I am not willing to jeopardize the strength of this Free Republic and cut funding to her military, while liberals would willingly throw our nation under the bus for funding for programs like PBS’s Big Bird, and Harry Reid’s “Cowboy Poetry”. Today, while Main Street – the economic backbone of our nation – struggles to survive this administration, Democrats from the Obama camp fight tooth and nail to save Sesame Street.
One month from today, America will elect a new president in an election that will change the course of our nation forever. I am not willing to vote for a marxist President, who has proven to be an anticolonial racist who despises my colonial ancestors. And speaking of those ancestors, I am not willing to forsake the blood they shed, and the blood of millions of patriots from that time forward, who gave their all that I may stand securely beneath the flag of freedom, and the wings of the mighty eagle and the freedom for which it stands.
Today, the cries of the Eagle still speak to freedom. As do the cries of modern American patriots who will not submit to disaster disguised as hope, to change which is nothing more than Marxism disguised as a benevolent political philosophy. In the end, maybe thats what this entire election is about: Who are you going to vote for, Big Bird, or the Eagle?
“A nation never falls but by suicide” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson