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Mr. Gore Goes to Washington

By Remy Benoit

From the AP and MSNBC Gore takes his warming warnings to Congress
House, Senate hearings come as momentum builds for emission curbs.

For those of you who are interested in Gore as a candidate in '08 Draft Gore Petition.

If you have had enough of both major parties, well , there is Unity '08.

If you have not yet seen An Inconvenient Truth. it is currently running on cable premium channels. Watch it, weep, and then do something about it.

For those of you too young to have had this particular movie as part of your growing up experience, well, Jimmy Stewart, the man everyone loved, the WWII Veteran, has left a legacy for you, an important legacy for you. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Watch it, cheer with him, restore your faith in the system, and then tell your Congressman to go watch it again, over and over, until she/he gets the message. This is the truth we want from them. It is time to take a stand.

I don't usually do this, include jokes, but this one came to me this morning from a Vietnam Vet, and it does seem so appropriate here.

An old-time Southern, hell fire & brimstone country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should to choosing a profession.

Like many young men, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:

- a Bible,
- a silver dollar,
- a bottle of whisky and
- a Playboy magazine

"I'll just hide behind the door," the old preacher said to himself. "When he comes home from school this afternoon, I'll see which object he picks up.

"If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be!

"If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a businessman, and that would be okay, too.

"But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good, low down drunkard, and, Lord, help me.... what a shame that would be.

"And worst of all..... if he picks up that magazine he's gonna be a skirt-chasin', no good bum."

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped it into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink while he admired this month's Centerfold.

"Lord have mercy," the old preacher disgustedly whispered, "he's gonna be a Congressman!"

Someone said to me basically, 'Well, they are politicians - that is the way of it - corruption, pork barrels, laziness, not listening to constituents.' That is what we have if we accept that. There are a lot of good people in Congress on both sides. You must demand that they become your state's Mr. Smith. Accept nothing less, and let them know that you won't. That is how change happens.


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