I, like many other citizens across this great Nation anxiously awaited the "Bipartisan H.C. Summit". Most of us were hoping for an open discussion from both sides on major issues that plague this monstrous bill. Our great leader, Obama delegated himself to be the moderator of this so called open forum, which in itself should have shown us that this would not be what was expected. Taking center stage, Obama quickly took the opportunity to let the world know he is in charge and what he wants is the way it will be.
In his show of bipartisanship O. was very quick to remind Sen. John McCain (R-Az) that he is the President and McCain lost the election. McCain said he was quite aware of that fact. I think Sen. McCain should have added "many of the people regret it."
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tn) in his opening statement said when he was elected Gov of Tn he quickly learned "the people did not want him to fail, if he failed the state failed." He realized he needed to change his way of thinking to meet the people's needs. (Important advice Obama needed to listen to.) Alexander also said the bill needed to be started over, or at least taken a step back and everyone work in a bipartisan manner. Obama was quick to let him know there was no time for that.
I do not know what a big rush we have to be in to get health care reform passed. We don't need this monster bill the Dems want, we need to discuss and weed out all the bad plans and do it step by step. Obama stated "Baby steps won't work for Health Care."
Time after time, Obama was quick to show his arrogance and superiority to the Republicans. In his no show of bipartisanship Obama interrupt and dismissed the Republican speakers. Repubs were outwardly refuted and denounced by Obama when they made a suggestion, complaint or an observation. Obama interupted them every time they opened their mouth showing agitation for what they suggested. (I guess Obama had to let them know their views do not matter.) Very little time if any was allowed for Republican or even Democratic rebuttal. (Although the Dems offered no comments to the Repubs ideas.)
When the Dems made any suggestion, complaint or observation rarely did Obama make a comment or interrupt them, but rapidly moved on to the next speaker.
Obama argued with Sen. Alexander about the fact there would be no increase in insurance premiums for individual insurance policies. Although the CBO has flatly stated premiums would rise.
The total amount of time the Republicans were allowed to speak was a mere 110 minutes. Obama and his party of Dems were allowed a grand total of 233 minutes! Obama used up 119 minutes, most of which he did nothing but denounce the Republicans and what they had to say.
This was truly another opportunity for a photo-opt for the "Big O". The summit should have never been moderated by Obama. A truly bipartisan moderator needed to be called in. Nothing was accompolished and there was absolutely no bipartisan gestures made.
It was stated they would move on with this bill with or without the Repubs and they needed to move to the Dem side. Obama supposedly has given Congress six weeks to come together on this. He did not leave out the option for Reconciliation, which I believe is a Constitutional disgrace to impose on a matter as important as the Health Care Bill. Obama wants to move on Reconciliation as early as March 29th.f
Since the 'Historical Summit' we are learning of more partisan actions being taken. Obama and the Dems sat down with an athiest organization to negotiate removing "Under God" from the Pledge Allegiace.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Shortly after the terrorists crashed civillian airliners into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and into the ground in Pennsylvannia, Zurab Tsereteli, a renouned Russian artist was deeply distressed. He wanted to build a memorial for all the innocent victims. With tears in his eyes his envisioned what the memorial would be. Tsereteli came to the US, visited Ground Zero, researched where his Memorial should be placed and finally began making arrangements for the location for his monument "to the struggle against world terrorism."
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Bayonne, NJ on Sept. 15, 2005, meeting With the town's mayor he spoke of the Unity of our Countries. They discussed the plan's for the memorial the Russians were to dedicate the United States to honor the victims. Although no ground was broken that day the decision was made to place it in Harbor View Park, formerly the Military Ocean Terminal. The park overlooks Lower Manhattan, where the World Trade Centers once proudly stood.
Pres Putin said "This monument will always give vivid embodiment to our unity. Certainly, this is going to be a splendid memorial."
On September 11, 2006 the 'Tear Drop' memorial was dedicated by Tsereteli. The ceremony was attended by former President Bill Clinton, Gov Jon Corzine, Mayor Joseph Doria, Jr., survivors and family members of victims of 911 and many other dignitaries.
The monument stands 100 feet tall, there is a jagged tear in the middle, leaving an opening for the 4 ton, 40 foot tall, nickel plated tear drop to hang. The base is 11 sided and bears the names of the 2,973 victims of the 911 attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the crashed plane in Pennsylvannia. The artist also included the names of the 6 victims of the 1993 Trade Center Bombing.
The majestic Tear of Grief is attributed as gift from "Russian President Vladimir Putin, the people of Russia and the artist" to the people of the United States, in the spirit of France's gift of the Statue of Liberty.
The spectactular memorial is visible from Lower Manhatten, the Statute of Liberty, ships passing through New York Harbor, airplanes and the Staten Island Ferry. Visiting the memorial will be number one my next visit to New York.
I believe this to be a true gift of sincerety from the people of Russia. Not only did the artist refuse any money for his work, but the Russians paid for the building, shipping and assembly of the monument. It is a gesture that cries out to the world that we must join together to fight the terrorists of the world in unity.
I am an avid news watcher and like many others had never before heard of it, there was quite a ceremony, and the dedication was well publicized. Maybe due to the fact the ceremony was held on the 5th anniversary most of the media's attention was based on the memorial at Ground Zero.
Watch this great video about the monument.