I was elected to office as a Republican in the first-term, mid-term elections of a progressive Democrat President who had large majorities in each house of Congress. The President used his progressive ideas and large Democrat majorities to pass sweeping changes to the Federal Government: The Federal Reserve Act; Federal Trade Commission; and the Nation’s first Progressive Income Tax. At the same time, this “Progressive” President effectively used race to separate and weaken his opponents.
I also served in Congress through the particularly destructive early years of the Roosevelt Administrations, where the power of the Federal Government continued to expand and where economic difficulties were used as an excuse to involve the Federal Government in everything from the financial markets to railroads, industry and farming. He also concentrated on Unions, giving them the Wagner Act, which created the National Labor Relations Board, hamstringing private industry’s response to the unionization of its workforce.
If any of this sounds familiar, it should. The United States is undergoing change as dramatic and damaging as the “change” promised by Wilson’s “New Freedom” or Roosevelt’s “New Deal” or Johnson’s “Great Society”. But Obama’s “Hope and Change” may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Wilson and Roosevelt and Johnson all had wars that saved our economy. Obama does not. (Although he could)
I am here at the request of my old friend William Seward to point out the many and myriad shortcomings of the buffoon who occupies my old chair in Congress, Rush Holt. I feel particularly suited to this task, as not only did I represent the 12th District in Washington DC, but while I was there I had the great pleasure of serving with Rush Holt Sr., the father of the buffoon, who was a Senator from West Virginia. Although our time together in the Nation’s Capital only overlapped by one year, I take great personal pride in the fact that the elder Holt, who was elected as a raving lunatic ally of FDR, soon came around, and within a year of taking office, became a vocal critic of the New Deal. Perhaps our many discussions over cocktails at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown are what led him to be one of the most conservative of Democrats. Eventually, he even became a Republican.
But, enough about me. I will check in here every so often to tell you a little bit about Rush the Junior, his complicity in the downfall of America, and his utter incompetence in all matters relevant to the modern 12th District.
Please feel free to reach out to me with your questions or comments. Although I am sure that Mr. Gallagher will pass on any comments, I can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to sharing the next 85 days with you.
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