Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dennis Kucinich was a Roy Rogers fan

There's no reason for me to post the following email message from US Rep. Dennis Kucinich other than the fact I was a HUGE fan of Roy Rogers when I was a child. And apparently, so too is Kucinich (or whoever writes his email pronouncements.)

For an extended period of time in my idyllic youth, I insisted everyone call me Roy. And I wore a cowboy hat virtually 24-7. I called one of my parent's best friends, who visited us frequently from Up North, "Gabby" -- after Roy's grizzled sidekick. I went to the Houston Fat Stock Show & Rodeo in the Sam Houston Coliseum to see him and Dale and Trigger. And I watched The Roy Rogers Show whenever it came on the black & white TV, to the chagrin of my older sister, who much preferred The Mickey Mouse Club, which I think was televised at the same time.

What does this have to do with the current devate over Universal Health Care? No idea. I have little understanding of how the current health system works, as in, who're the Bad Guys and who're the Good Guys. Not a clue!

But Dennis Kucinich thinks he knows and here's what he has to say:

Dear Friends,

The Senate cannot pass a health care bill with a public option. The House cannot pass a bill without one. The public wants a public option. The insurance industry wants a private mandate. The White House is in trouble on this and is calling upon the Senate to find a way out of this dark passage.

So, Boys and Girls, return with us now as the Senators will take a page from out of the old West. They are going to do what cowboy hero Roy Rogers did when he got in a jam: Call for Trigger, the Golden Palomino. Trigger, the trusty steed who rode to glory against those phantom cattle rustlers who sold insurance against physical harm, provided however that the small town marks bought the stolen beef.

In this scene Trigger will come off his mount of glory at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri and gallop to the mount of glory on Capitol Hill, rear up a dazzling 24ft, and by his sheer electrifying presence rescue the US Senate and the Administration from today's rustlers.

It is Washington, DC, so they promptly slap on a confused Trigger a corporate blanket with corporate logos from insurance companies: Pre-Existing Trigger. Lower Cost Trigger. Patient Access Trigger. The Senators will jump on this horse and ride straight for the sunset. Giddy-up Trigger, past that broken down Public Option dray horse. Gallop into the conference committee with full force. Charge!

I am carried away by prospect of rescue by the one horse I can believe in. Sadly, Trigger will never save us from the rustlers. He'll just stand there, mounted, in all of his spectacular equine power ever poised to spring into action, ever ready to hustle out the rustlers, or something like that.

Thank you.


Swearengen said...

Never watched Roy Rogers. Think it was off the air by the time I started watching TV. So I guess I'm missing his connect here.

Just sounds to me like he's gone off the deep end and totally out of his mind. He was already going down that trail anyway....

Capitalism works. Fuck Michael Moore. The reform that everyone is pushing is wrong. Let the insurance companies compete across state lines and the competition will drive down costs. We need less government intervention, not more. What burns me up the most is potential fines for people that can't afford the insurance.

I read that Russia is now going to regulate beer consumtion. I expect we'll follow soon.

The feds will show up at my door to collect my beer, cigarettes and guns. Then they'll fine me for not having a job and not being able to afford health insurance. But I won't be able to qualify for any of their handouts because I'm not a minority, disabled, or a woman with 6 fuckin' kids.

I honestly don't think there is a damn thing we can do. The majority of the people here are so damn stupid they can't see through all this. The vote with the masses to be on the "winning team".

Anonymous said...

I always preferred the Lone Ranger and Zorro, Cheerios rather than Wheaties. Diversity, the underdog, unheralded and anonymous heroes over mainstream Hollywood glamour like Roy and Gene. Don't trust them now and those that worship them.