I came across this picture, of George Washington crossing the Delaware, quite by accident the other day. I didn’t immediately do anything with it. After all, what do you do with a picture like this? It dawned on me early Christmas morning that this is a Christmas picture, an intensely important Christmas picture, if you’re an American. At least it should be important.
This Christmas Picture is different from most Christmas pictures you see, as there is no Santa Claus, no elves and no Christmas trees. However, the fact remains, it is Christmas. Though most Americans remember something about Washington crossing the Delaware, their awareness is distant, more akin to folklore than something that really happened. But it did really happen.
It happened on a bitterly cold, ice covered Christmas morning more than 200 years ago. Washington, along with hundreds of other men, crossed the Delaware River in 1776 during the American Revolution to insure the blessings of liberty and the establishment of these United States. There are famous paintings of the event because it was a watershed moment in the War for Our Independence.
I’ve published this Christmas picture as a reminder that the men in this picture, Washington included, were willing to sacrifice everything for the good of the country they were fighting to establish. I ask you to compare the men in this photo, our forefathers, to those who purport to lead our country now.
Compare to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who weeks ago headed to Copenhagen with two – one was apparently not adequate – private jets, to attend an historic convention on global warming. As is the custom of liberals, Comrade Pelosi apologized for America and advocated the give away of hundreds of billions of American taxpayer dollars to the rest of the world. Jeez, and I thought the $30,000 taxpayer dollars she spent this year outfitting her office with fresh flowers was bad.
Compare to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has spent the last three months playing Lets Make A Deal in an effort to pass socialized medicine in the Senate. Give Harry credit for knowing what it would take to motivate his fellow democratic Senators: bribes, pay-offs and the most massive earmarks in history.
Compare to Senator Ben Nelson, who said he would never vote for the health care bill because the liberals had included public funding for abortions, unless, of course, you pay him $100 million in earmarks. Compare to Senator Mary Landrieu, who fully embraced the health care bill, after getting $30 billion in earmarks in the new Louisiana Purchase. And, let’s not forget Joe Lieberman, that bastion of integrity from Connecticut who wouldn’t vote for the bill, until he was forced, cajoled and paid off. The Democrats in charge in Washington today are the finest bunch of Senators money can buy.
Compare these Democratic leaders of 2009 to those men in the boat with George Washington, who were willing to sacrifice everything on that Christmas morning in 1776. And, let’s not forget the most outrageous leader of them all in 2009, the man who promised transparency in government and government without lobbyists and earmarks. He is vacationing for 10 days in Hawaii. Quite different from George Washington’s Christmas.
Just a friendly reminder: that famous Christmas crossing of the Delaware took place shortly after a rather famous Tea Party.