"Crazy, but that's how it goes. Millions of people living like foes." Ozzy Osbourne "Crazy Train" from "Blizzard of Ozz" (1980).
For a gentleman who bit the head off a bat only days earlier in live performance, Ozzy Osbourne was quite sober and subdued as we had a few drinks together at a Fort Lauderdale Radio Conference in late January 1982. I found him to be both articulate and intelligent reflecting on his ascension into the hierarchy of Rock & Roll, albeit admitting continuing personal challenges from chronic use of "recreational drugs," a phrase in which he intentionally and emphatically stressed the first syllable.
But Ozzy sure comes to mind as we witness John Boehner, Speaker of that Crazy Train called the House of Representatives forming a "Select Committee" headed by Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on an incident which took place over two and a half years ago. It has already been the subject of 13 public hearings and 50 full Congressional briefings containing 25,000 pages of reviewed documentation. So far, nothing remotely sinister has turned up other than mounting frustration on the part of right wing radicals whose search for a smoking gun hasn't produced anything other than ever growing madness in every sense of the word.
In a bulletin I received moments ago, a major GOP headline boldly screams, "If we were to measure big events in the last 40 years, this ranks above the Nixon Watergate scandal." Included in the release is a brief video clip of Chief Investigator Gowdy in which he challenges the media and brings them to "stunned silence" with such questions as, "Do you know the origin of this mythology that it (the attack) was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video? Do you know when that started? Do you know how we got from no evidence of that to that being the official position of the Administration?"
What? Even my cat is aware that heavy rioting the day before in Cairo, Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world causing hundreds of injuries and over fifty deaths was fueled by YouTube clips from "The Innocence of Muslims," a production perceived as denigrating the Prophet Muhammad. Mitt Romney, himself, commented on the video and its impact six hours 'prior' to the Benghazi attack.
But 225 Republicans on the Crazy Train voted for HR 567, providing for the "Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi." Naturally, that included our own Fourth District caboose, Tom McClintock.
Trust Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to sum it all up in her own succinct, clear, no nonsense manner:
"House Republicans are doing whatever they can to distract the American people from what's really going on in Washington a rigged system that works great for those who have armies of lobbyists and lawyers but that leaves everyone else behind. It's wrong, and it's shameful."
Speaking of Representative McClintock, while appreciative of his tardy response in last week's Sierra Star to questions I raised several weeks ago particularly his reluctant admission that, when all is said and done, our Yosemite Park closure was about killing "Obamacare" I find myself stunned and embarrassed by a glossy, full color flyer which arrived in today's mail from his "McClintock for Congress" campaign.
This expensive and well-circulated piece does nothing but excoriate McClintock's young Republican opponent, Art Moore, for never voting. That's it.
Ironically, McClintock displays the outrageous audacity to observe, "The right to vote in America is sacred. It's enshrined in the Constitution. We've fought wars to protect that right."
Well, Tom, Art Moore certainly has fought to protect that right in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, while you, a career politician, have never spent a single, solitary second in military service.
Major Moore, a West Point graduate and Bronze Star recipient, has already more than satisfactorily addressed the "voting issue" noting that he observed self-imposed discipline during his many years of active service, honoring a belief that military officers should not participate in politics as a matter of faithful adherence to well-defined Constitutional guidelines.
Perhaps it's the minimal turn-out McClintock has been experiencing at recent local events or the fact that his former Chief of Staff, Igor Birman, is polling horribly in the adjacent Seventh District primary race, but McClintock does seem more than a bit rattled of late.
I probably shouldn't add to his discomfort by noting McClintock didn't even vote for himself last time around.
He doesn't live in the Fourth District.