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Monday, 24 August, 2009 12:32 PM

'Let Them Eat Skittles!': The Ruckus That Was Not

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

Congressman Sander Levin discusses ObamaCare with Dan Tollis of Clinton Township, MI.

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. -- President Barack H. Obama matriculated Montana on August 14th, 2009 to help him put an end to traditional town hall meetings, having his in an airport hanger with hand-picked Montanans just outside of Bozeman, where people were recently required to give up their Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter passwords and user names to work for the city government. How fitting. Obama also launched a barb at the media.

"Teevy loves a ruckus," Obama exclaimed. Gee whiz, Barack, I love a nice ruckus, too! Ha!

When I played hockey in ninth grade for the Holmes-Craft Americans out of Fraser Hockeyland, sometimes I raised quite the ruckus. One time, sitting on the bench during a game, some idiot from St. Clair Shores swung his stick at my goalie's face on purpose and yelled out at the same time while coming in on a breakaway without the puck. No one on my team on the ice did anything about it, so I guess I felt there was a score to settle, so later in the game I did the same thing to their goalie, yell and all, except that I misjudged distances and accidentally whacked him pretty good in the face with the blade of my stick. It was a spur of the moment inspiration.

One of the smallest players on either team skated towards me, and I timed a perfect right to his face, knocking him down. He got back up and skated again toward me, and I knocked him down again with another right to the center of his face. I still admire him to this day. I always kept my glove on when I threw a punch. Then, a real ruckus broke out.

Ever since, I love a good ruckus, so imagine my chagrin when my Representative in the House, Congressman Sander Levin, opted for a "Community Resource Fair" instead of a town hall meeting in Mt. Clemens this past Thursday. What's up with that, Holmes?

The Fair was held at the Cairns Community Center in the middle of an urban neighborhood just north of downtown, and Rep. Levin was sporting an urban look: going belt-less.

When I worked as a counselor for teenage male sex offenders in Troutdale, Oregon, we were required to make sure the boys wore belts and kept the ice cube trays full. Oh, how I wish I was a fly in Sander's freezer!

The Fair had tables set up where I learned all sorts of fascinating things. Did you know there is a census in 2010? Wow! Next thing you know, they're going to say there is one every ten years! And I even got a free Census 2010 coffee cup as proof!

And Skittles! Let me tell you about those Skittles! One table with information on how seniors can avoid reefer madness was giving away packets of limited edition Skittles with Crazy Cores! Crazy cool! Who needs to vent about your concerns regarding ObamaCare when you can pop a few Skittles in your mouth. That will shut you up, you tart!

Another table was run by a nice lady named Erika Lojko from the Macomb County Health Department. She was giving away key chains and stickers for kids, and, oh yeah, some literature about the swine flu pandemic that might be coming our way.

Even Sander Levin's staff was manning and womanning a table with all sorts of literature, some about the health care bill, and a form to leave a comment or question for the 77-year-old codger. That way if you are an illiterate ruckus-raiser, you are totally screwed.

Clinton Township businessman Dan Tollis, who ran for state representative in 2008, engaged Rep. Levin in a short discussion on the ObamaCare Bill and Rep. Levin assured him euthanasia was not in the bill, and that it would not pay for abortions, anymore than you pay for them if you have Blue Cross at least, even though Blue Cross does pay for that "service." Sander also said there are not death panels in the bill, and I blurted out that Dick Morris, former advisor to President Clinton, thinks there are. Our eyes met briefly. Ha.

Dick Morris said on DickMorris.com, "The whole 'reform' scheme is one giant death panel in its own right....Even without a federal board voting on whom to kill, ObamaCare will ration care extensively, leading to the same result."

I filled out one of Levin's comment forms and suggested some Democrat debate Dick Morris, in fact. I hate loose ends.

Speaking of services, my 1996 Saturn/clunker could use a new engine and tranny, could you throw that in the bill, Sander? No one will notice. I live in your district, too!

I also engaged Rep. Levin in a short conversation, asking him if he was going to have any town halls and he said no without saying no. He said I could always make an appointment to meet with him, that that would be better than a ruckus. Damn!

I also asked his staff at the aforementioned table about why the town hall ended up a fair and one of them condescendingly mentioned how his constituents could make appointments and ask questions. I countered that only one person would hear Levin's answers. One of them then said that the next person could ask "the same questions." I told them that nothing is the same, like every snowflake is different. Ha! I guess public discussion of important matters is not Sander's cup of tea. Democracy with the threat of a even a baby ruckus is just too much for him. Sounds like it's nap time!

There were some protesters near the entrance of the parking lot, some members of the Macomb County Republican Party, some not. One lady protesting was afraid to tell anyone her name or any information about herself and wore dark sunglasses. She was cool. Her sign said, "STOP OBAMA."

In conclusion, Sander Levin's "Community Resource Fair" brings Marie Antoinette's famous words to mind, in a slightly modernized form: "Let them eat Skittles!"

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

Fight drugs with Skittles and candy bars!

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

A protestor holds a sign outside the Cairns Community Center in Mt. Clemens, MI.

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

Congress went all out to publicize Rep. Levin's "Community Resource Fair!"

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

Pandemics can be happy time if you get an experimental vaccine!

 

PHOTO BY SOWFF WASHINGTON / ©AMERICAJR.com

Mike Wrathell poses with a Census 2010 coffee cup, complete with Skittles!

 

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