Who Needs Fuzzy Wuzzy Kumbayah?
People often ask me, does your blog actually stand for anything? You might be wondering, just how many people have ever asked you that?
And I would answer, well, none, but if anyone did ask I would firmly proclaim my editorial passion, the total extinction of fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah.
The spreading malice of fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah had sadly escaped my notice until I read a letter to editor a few months ago. The writer cautioned his Republican leaders not to engage in across-the-aisle fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah.
It hit me like a Dairy Queen brain freeze. There are actually some politicians in our country – not many, thankfully, but a few – who persist in this outmoded idea of trying to come to agreement with those in the opposing party.
Congressman Steve Pearce is one of the nation’s shining examples of shunning any vestige of fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah. Steve has it right. If you can’t get your way, shut down the country.
The letter drove me into an extended period of self-reflection. I sat on the deck in total silence for maybe five minutes before deciding to take up arms against fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah. Furthermore, I am not sure we need any kind of kumbayah, fuzzy wuzzy or not.
About the only thing kumbayah ever gave us was Peter, Paul and Mary. We should be thankful for that, though. Were it not for this threesome, my generation could not stand in the shower and sing the complete lyrics of “where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?” Greatest anti-war song ever.
New Mexico’s rejection of kumbayah makes this citizen proud. Were there a national ranking under the heading “State Governments Likely to Ban Kumbayah,” certainly New Mexico would be near the top of the list.
A current example of this strong resolve is New Mexico’s failure to pass capital spending legislation. New Mexico citizens and industries sent the government tons of money. Millions.
Here is how the system is supposed to work. Our legislators and Governor Susana Martinez are asked to come to agreement on how to spend this money on critical public buildings, parks, libraries and many other wish list items for our citizens.
They couldn’t agree on how to spend our money on us so they are keeping our money. The Legislature adjourned without coming to agreement on the capital improvement plan. Last week Governor Susana Martinez said she would not call a special session because no one can get along.
Although she likes to portray herself as the Queen of Kumbayah, no one has ever suggested Susana be crowned Miss Congeniality. Her banner reads My Way or The Highway.
“It is very difficult to work with people who do not value their word…” huffs Republican House Speak Don Tripp of Socorro. He meant Democrats.
“We do not believe it (tax cuts) will create jobs nor will it generate economic activity for existing businesses,” puffs Democrat Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen. He meant Republicans.
So, fine, we just won’t talk anymore, citizens be damned.
You won’t catch our state leaders engaging in fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah!
“Someone’s crying, my Lord, kum-bay-ah…”
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