And they grind exceeding small. Right down past the point of mentioning, as it happens.
For example, Paul Mirengoff over at the Powerline Blog shares with us a fundraising letter he received from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. I don’t think he will mind if I share it with you. If you choose to read it I hope you will notice something odd in a letter begging for the recipient to send money. Look at it closely. There will be a test. The letter reads as follows:
We are completely out of ideas.
After President Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a better place.
But we aren’t. The Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and the other Republican outside groups are spending millions against us. It’s the biggest spending spree of any midterm election EVER. So big — it doesn’t even look like President Clinton’s email can dig us out of this hole.
There is still time, though. Things are rough, but we’re not ready to accept defeat. If we can bring in 5O,OOO donations before tomorrow’s ad buy deadline, we can get back on track. Will you answer President Clinton’s call-to-action today?
If you read through the letter you will note that it is demanding that you send money to avert catastrophe:
Things are rough, but we’re not ready to accept defeat.
Ah — the boy stood on the burning deck! But, wait! Catastrophe to whom? Caused by who?
While the nature of the catastrophe isn’t mentioned the evil malefactors are: the Koch brothers and Karl Rove. But never fear! Standing with US against the heathen hordes is our champion. If we keep reading we find our champion to be none other than …
Will you answer President Bill Clinton’s call-to-action today?
But it’s not 1997. So we should send money because
- we like Bill Clinton?
- we don’t like Karl Rove?
- the Koch Brothers have more money that we do?
OK. Back to the quote mentioned in the title (with thanks to Mr. Longfellow):
Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.
OK. Here’s the test I promised. The Democratic Party sends you a letter demanding money and to give you a reason to send it they mention:
- Their sitting president?
- Their Senate Majority Leader?
- Their House Minority Leader?
- Their signature legislative accomplishment?
- Their successes in foreign affairs?
- Their creative handling of illegal immigrants?
- Their enhancement of the economic security of the Middle Class?
- Their superior management of threats to our well-being?
They invoke boogeymen and try to assuage your fears of them by intoning Bill Clinton in a hushabye, melodious voice. After six years of running everything that’s the best they can do: Bill Clinton.
When the Democrats send out a letter begging for money and don’t mention their party, their president, their Senate Majority Leader, their House Minority Leader, their signature legislative accomplishment , their actions to help the economy, their achievements in foreign policy (the allies we didn’t previously have, the enemies who are now friends, the conflicts we have subdued, the strength of our alliances), when, in short, the vacuous breezes they have been blowing at us all turn out to be whirlwinds of strife, they have not one thing to mention that they have done that they want to remind us of. They are left reminding us that we liked their guy fourteen years ago.
But send them money. Do.
They grind exceeding small.
UPDATE: One of the funny anomalies in politics is that politicians frequently decry the money in politics. Then they ask you for money. The election is two weeks away. All the radio and TV time is booked. All the magazine and newsprint is set in type and put to bed. What is this money for? In 2008 the Obama campaign took in around a billion dollars. That’s a lot of walkin’ around money.
Tags: Hope and Change
There is a report in The American Thinker that a poll taken in six states that was trying to predict the outcomes in senate races found out that people who voted for Obama couldn’t remember it. It was like a cloud descended over their minds.
I suppose the explanation would be the same as that offered by a friend when asked what it was that attracted her to a man she married who spent half her fortune on a sex change operation and the other half on her hairdresser:
I don’t know; I blocked it out.
There is one really bad thing about some cons — while some of them are like Chinese puzzle boxes that fit together so ingeniously that only the most discerning mark might see them coming there are others that are as subtle as a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloon and you feel really embarrassed that you fell for them.
this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.
That should have been a tipoff. Right up there with
Seems hard to fall for now but enough people did. Their joy and exuberance is all the more painful to see now that the fundraiser-in-chief is exposed for all to see.
But that was then; this is now, as they say. From the most transparent administration in history that was going to post the text of bills on the web for 30 days before passage this crew has evolved into one where high-level officials get sworn in and then take the Fifth.
Not surprising when people get amnesia.
If you were the Indian, way back when, who saw the first ship of white people and said Oh, let them land. There are just a few of them. What could it hurt? would you own up to it?
That’s what the CDC says and it’s one of the burning questions upon which they spent the money they now say they would have spent developing an Ebola vaccine if only they had the money they spent finding out a little blow is a great facilitator of romantic encounters among chimps.
Don’t take my word for it (though I will take credit for the Tony Montana headline). Check out the wildly funny piece on Powerline. You’ll find out the answers to burning questions the CDC really needed the answers to. Like
Is it true that chimpanzee spin-doctors are the best at throwing their poop?
Tags: Obama Fat Cats