KEEPING IT SIMPLE
By: Phil Brennan
There's an old story about a farmer who upon returning
home from a week in the city was met by his handyman with some bad news. Asked if anything
had happened while he was away, the handyman said, "Not much except that the dog
"The dog died?" : the stunned farmer asked. " How did he die?'
"He died from eating burnt horseflesh?"
The farmer asked Where did he get that?"
"He got it after the barn burned down with the horses inside."
When asked how the barn had been set afire he muttered that it was sparks from
the house when it was on fire.
"The house burned down? the stunned farmer asked. "How did it burn
"It started when a candle set the drapes on fire."
:What candle?" the farmer asked.
"The one beside your wife's coffin." the handyman said.
My wifes coffin? the shocked farmer said. Are you saying my
Outside of that nothings new.
I think about that story whenever anybody asks me whats happening to America
under the Obama administration.
I begin the long and frightening litany of the slow but steady march toward socialism
that has been taking place since Barack Obama took office - his arrogance- his patently
obvious egomania - his determination to change America into his Marxist vision of what it
should be, his open disdain for such long-time allies as Israel and his fawning obeisance
to their enemies - his forcing government health care down the throats of an unwilling
American public which by a large majority does not want it.
No president in history has squandered the nations resources so recklessly or
placed such a crushing burden on future generations of Americans. No president in our
history has concealed from the American people vast parts of his background or refused to
open his birth certificate or even much of his academic record to public scrutiny when to
do so would silence all questions about his national origins.
I'm just barely getting started with the long list of Barack Obama's assaults on our
liberty and our prosperity when I suddenly realize there's a much easier way to explain
what has happened to our nation under his presidency.
Instead of wasting time and our breath lets just sum it all up by simply explaining
that the dog died.
Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher
of Wednesday on the Web and was Washington columnist for
National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House
Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation
for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of
the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence
Officers. Phil Brennan is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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