What Would Ron Say about the Supreme Court shenanigans and the GOP’s response? We can only wonder what his actual words would be but most likely, they would have been succinct, wry and reasonable.
Although we can only speculate on his rant, these thoughts and words, taken from some of the things he wrote about meaningful change—or the lack of it—in the nation still resonate:
October 13, 2009: “…the money grubbing ‘temple monkeys,’ members of Congress masquerading as normal human beings, are preparing an indecipherable piece of legislation that promises universal health care cover to Americans through the socialization of our medical system. The cost will be staggering, and will be borne for the most part by the already besieged middle class, fretful and angry with the Great Recession and its impact on their lives and hopes for the future. The bribe-takers will exempt themselves from what they require of others; just as the ‘nomenklatura’ the Soviet elite and their bureaucratic servants did back in the glory days of Stalin.”
Those thoughts continued on his show that afternoon with his guest, former Gorbachev aide Yuri N. Maltsev, about “what Soviet medicine should teach us—or should have taught us —about the joys of making health care a constitutional right” As Ron said, “It’s an ugly picture.”
December 31, 2010: “Obama’s ‘Hope and Change’ mantra turned out to be a hoax, like virtually all campaign promises. It’s true that he and the hugely Democratic Congress ushered us kicking and screaming into the joys of their version of much–needed health care reform. However, it was shaped in a way that drew increasing objections from an ever-larger majority of the voting public.
“Lacking real choices, the electorate went to the polls [November 2nd] and backed the Republicans whom they had enthusiastically turned out to pasture a scant two years earlier. Rarely has a political party enjoyed a less deserved victory.
“Many of the several dozen new GOP temple monkeys, er, Congress critters, are what we call “Tea Partiers.” They want to restore some sensible limits to government size and wastefulness. The Congress now exiting the scene provided over a greater expansion of national debt than all of the 110 Congresses that preceded it.
“Check this out. The math doesn’t look good. Former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan said recently that we may have already accumulated more debts than we can pay off. This means trouble ahead, as though we don’t have enough on our plates already.”
Ron truly was the Voice of Reason and he’s missed more and more every day.
Those in power elected to represent us are representing their own interests, personal pursuits, busily running for reelection and were too busy to read the healthcare bill. Remember the poisonous Pelosi’s response to reading it? “We have to pass the BILL so you can find out what’s in it.”
The government has no business running the health care business or any other business (the postal service comes to mind) as there is little evidence of any business acumen or the ability to make good judgments or decisions that would lead to an adequate and affordable health care plan.
I’m all in favor of Obamacare if it is the same plan and coverage he and his family get. He should lead by example and see that the nation has that plan as well. But that’s not going to happen and it’s not likely we’ll see any members of our “politburo” at the local walk-in clinic.
The last thing we need is another mandated tax (with penalties) and program and the greater growth of government to enforce it.
Our individual rights are at risk now more than ever and many of “We the people” continue to be spectators at events that will adversely affect their lives.
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June Smith is the widow WBAL talk show host and Sun columnist, Ron Smith, who posthumously received an Emmy® for his lifetime achievement in television and radio at WBAL in Baltimore, MD. Smith was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith’s tribute website honoring his legacy is www.FriendsofRonSmith.com. She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins and is an advocate for H.R. 733, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Education Act. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.