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Splash, Over

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Modern combat is frequently conducted using a multi-discipline application of force known as combined arms warfare. Infantry, armor, artillery, aviation and other resources are brought together to create what is hoped will be an overwhelming force.

When a ground unit first comes in contact with an opposing force, its first action is frequently to contact the supporting artillery unit to provide suppressive fires. Once the description of the target and its location have been established, the battery will fire and the fire direction controller (FDC) will transmit, “Shot, over.” This lets the ground unit know the guns have fired. The ground unit transmits, “Shot, out,” to acknowledge receipt of the transmission.

Next the FDC transmits, “Splash, over,” and waits for the ground unit to respond with, “Splash, out,” when the rounds land on the target. Following that, the ground unit reports the damage inflicted and makes corrections if another salvo is required.

For more than two years now, liberal lawmakers have rammed through legislation that far overstepped where the majority of Americans wanted it to be. Thousand-page piles of proposed law were voted through Congress before anyone even knew the details of what they contained. No-one investigated who wrote the intricate and extensive policies for the administration on such short notice.

At public meeting after public meeting people showed up and expressed their displeasure at being railroaded. They grew upset when they were belittled and ignored by the legislators whose job it was to serve their constituents. Instead, the congress members marched to the beat of their own drum.

Once more the majority of the media joined in the one-sided presentation of the issues and became ninja warriors for the administration. They reveled in their partisan role and took vicarious pride at what they were helping advance. The fact that a very large segment of the population was opposed did not seem to concern or interest them.

And then the mid-term elections arrived! Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid had been happily chirping that the more the public knew about the newly passed healthcare reform legislation, the more they would love it. (Nancy, Harry, I hate to break it to you, but “that dog won’t hunt.”)

first volley from the voters landed and made significant changes. There was a massive realignment in the House and a number of changes in the Senate, where the Democrats maintained a razor-thin majority.

Amazingly, the liberal faction has persisted in pressing forward with its original agenda. A sea change in the composition of Congress seems not to have gotten the message through. Lip service is being given to a “change in priorities and to bipartisanship,” but, in actuality, there is not any discernable difference in behavior beyond posturing for the public.

In 2012, the election booths will open once more and voters will have another opportunity to clearly send their message to a tone deaf Congress and White House. We need to send another salvo of votes down range. Smug Senators who were not up for re-election in the mid-terms will now be the center of attention.

Prior to the midterm elections, Congress seemed unable to hear above the noise of the beating of the party drum by Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Backed by the majority in both chambers, they had no interest in listening to input from their legislative colleagues or the public. However, with the ringing in their ears from the roar of votes, battlefield religion is creeping in.

I suspect the tone deafness of those whose names will be on the ballot not even a year and a half from now will show a remarkable improvement. I would also be amazed if they did not begin making center-of-the-political-spectrum noises, whether they truly are there or not. They are desperately seeking to save their political skins, so the new-found religion may itself be only skin deep. (Remember those “moderate” Democrats and the carnival ticket ride on Air Force one?)

Ahead of the pack, the Drum-Major-in-Chief is still hammering away on that drum, but is now talking about the bi-partisanship that was previously ignored and making noises about “compromise.” He is ignoring the fact that the ground he is standing on is far to the left of where the majority of the electorate want to be.

Splash, out…adjust votes to the Congressmen and women who are up for re-election–vote for effect!


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