THANKS FOR THE FISH - a sarcastic political commentary on Congress and Senior Benefits

Another Sunset on the planet called Earth before it's destruction.
Another Sunset on the planet called Earth before it's destruction. | Source

An Update on what might happen to our Senior Benefits

Yes, I wrote this little sarcastic perspective on our politicians a few months ago, mostly out of frustration.

Looking back, it is still a good read and I hope you continue reading and finish this Senior's Complaint.

I keep watching the candidates that are vying for the honor of running our country, and I am to the point that I am just plain embarrassed by what I am seeing.

It seems that today, a politician can actually avoid a touchy subject and even refuse to stand up and make a stand for us, the voters, to measure them against. The Truth is no longer required of our leaders.

We have allowed the rats, that congregate in the halls of our Congressional buildings, to slip so many "exceptions" into the laws of our land that once regulated how a person ran for office, and what they are allowed to spend and say, that they can now tell lies about each other.

Running for Political office now comes down to which candidates have the most money to spend on the slick advertisements that might pull a voter over to their side.

I may be off a dgit or two but if I remember right, I saw just the other day that a survey of political ads were analyzed by ab independent service. It was found that 37% of the Republican statements about Obama were actually false, and that 25% of those by Democrats about the Romney were actually false.

What does this say about our candidates?

Trusting a Politician

Me? I'm old school, so if you condone the spreading of lies, then, my assumption is that YOU are a LIAR!

So, let me now get back to my expectations about my Seniorsl Benefits and what is going to happen to us.

Both parties and their far-Right and fat-Left leaders and candidates, presently say that our benefits are safe and will not be touched.

We should just sit back and sip on our Mint Juleps while we wait for death to take us away?

Well,I want you and the rest of us concerned Seniors to remember that as long as we sit back, rather than actively voice our fears and needs, we will be taken advantage of, by these people who are generating so many half-truths.

When I deal with a Car salesman that I have caught in one lie, then when he later says to me; TRUST ME, that's the point that I walk away from the car lot.

Our illustrious candidates are allowing from one fourth to one third of their "informational political ads" to be based on lies!

How do we TRUST people who have no compunction to lie to us when they are running for office, once they take office?


Hitchhikers Guide- Movie Trailer

I found MY Towel!
I found MY Towel! | Source

The book Itself - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I don't know if you are my age or not, but back in the Sixties, there was a great, camp, book that everyone, who considered themselves Cool, had to read.

It was originally a radio show, but quickly turned into a book called "The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy".

Even though it was a purely comedic work, I, along with so many others my age, read it, related to so much from it, and had many discussions on it's "hidden" meanings, how it applied to our world then, and even more. It was a Camp hit of that time.

And, if you haven't read it, it is still entertaining, even today.

Because I had read it so many times, and it was so entrenched into my mind, throughout my adult life, I would, occasionally, throw out one of the many ambiguous quotes from the book, in meetings, and such, just to see how many people caught what I had said.

Often, my comments would be met with laughs or at least a smile, and a few times, even a few responding comments, that only a fellow 60's "Hippie" type person would understand.

Of course, over time, as we aged, and our working peers became younger, the responses and finally even the smiles disappeared, all to be replaced with questioning looks.

But, I really didn't care, and with my particular and often peculiar personality (or so I have been told), I continued, at the appropriate moment, of course, to sling one of my generational lines into conversations, Just for the Hell of it usually.

Anyway, one of my favorites was. "Goodbye and thanks for the Fish!"

I won't go into a lot of details about it here.

Suffice it to say that it was a critical line from one of the most important characters in the book, and from the story itself, it was an important statement to all of the people of Earth.

If you don't understand, but I have piqued your interest, then read the book.

Retirees UNITE and vote the idiots out of office

If you were able to pull the statement from the cobwebs of your mind, and are sitting there, smiling, then maybe there is hope for us Retirees, yet.

Hope that we can wake up and see the changes being wrought in our world, and try to stop or at least change it for the better and for us as Baby Boomers, before it is too late.

You, and I, need to recognize the two-faced guys for who they are and we need to burst from our lethargic positions, remove their crowns and reject the insanity that we have allowed them to spout.

And, if nothing else, we need to see that our own, personal, "Boomer" insanity is made a higher priority in the order of the cosmos that we presently live in.

We can find the great computer "Deep Thought" quite easily. I mean, it's just sitting there, in plain sight, so that is no longer the problem.

With access and a little control over Deep Thought, we, the Seniors of the world, can band together and present a unified front to the wicked Mouse distorted chaos that reigns as truth, in government, and especially, in DC, today.

As long as we make sure that we have our towels with us, we can march together, even if only via email and phone calls, and scare the President of the Galaxy into a new consideration of the real "Question".

That is, once we have explained to him and his fellow Mice in Washington that even though the answer is 42, he needs to understand the real question, and not some nonsensical financial suppositions that are touted by mere power hungry Congressmen.

So, Retirees, Seniors, Baby Boomers, old Hippies, and all of the concerned people of the world, lets unite, and pose the real and honest great question to the Cosmos.

We need to ask them; "Why are you eating All of Our Fish?".

IF we can get them to leave out Fish alone, then maybe we can find a way to grow our Fish, and have not only, enough for ourselves, but maybe, if we use our towels of truth effectively, we can even generate more to share with others like the X-Gens, and Y-Gens, etc.

But, we do need to move now, and tell them; "You can Keep Your Thanks, and we will Keep our Fish!"

Along with; "And, if you don't listen to us, we will have your own, personal little secret planet of corruption and self-involvement ........... destroyed!" We know who to call, and the price is relatively cheap, considering all else in the Cosmos!

As an aged, silver haired Boomer, who has found his towel in my old attic chest that I call memories, I am now awake to these happenings, and you need to join me as I say;

"I want my Fish left alone!?"

Trailr of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

© 2011 Don Bobbitt

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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

From another silver-haired boomer -- I want my fish, too. Get your grubby hands off my fish. And stop polluting the ocean while you're at it.

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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Absolutely! That's what I'm trying to drive in our fellow Silver-Hairs! Thanks for the response!

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Don, I agree, this silver hair is tired and ready for sleep, so carry on,


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akune 5 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Honestly, I went to watch the movie of this book with my husband and I was bewildered. I could not see what Americans loved about it. And it did not register positive on my rather eclectic genre-appreciation reader. Somehow reading this has given me closure on an experience that I had tucked away somewhere in my soul. Good one!

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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Akune, thanks for the Comment. BTW, the Hitchhikers guide was originally a Radio show put on by the BBC on the late 70's, But, you are right, we Americans did, and some of still do, Love it. Thanks again for the kind word, and I hope you have a great day!

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leni sands 5 years ago from UK

I was born in 1961. So not a Baby Boomer, however, I recall the program 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' but never fancied watching it. I have come across the book many times over the years but never fancied reading it! Until now, that is, your hub has developed my interest - I want to know more and I too want my fish left alone (though as yet I know not why) and I will hang on to my towel (as I always do). Thanks for the hub.

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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Leni, actually, I think you are officially on the tail end (no pun intended) of the Boomer generation. Regardless, we all need to start being heard, and protecting what we have and have paid for, around the world. As I watch the news, I see so many examples of governments that when left to themselves, squandering the peoples monies, when left alone. Anyway, raather than falling into another of my Rants, I'll just wish you well,and access to your representatives via email or whatever you can find to harass them into submission. Thanks for the response.

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Okay, I hit "Look Inside" on Amazon and was laughing my butt off by the third paragraph! MUST have this book! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! ;D

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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Fantastic, D. Another convert to the irreverence of the 60's-70's. The movie, as usual is a pale reflection of the book, but I think it is still worth watching with a friend and a glass of good wine! LOL!

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Might watch the movie after I've read the book. Just downloaded the epub version so I can read it NOW, but am buying the real thing so I can hi-lite and Sticky Note for future reference. ;D

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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Excellent, Now I will have a new Guru of Pithy Quotes to follow. ;>)

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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

If the size of the "Day of Rage" protest on Wall street is any indication of the disposition of ordinary citizens then the remark of one commentator on the memorial for victims of 9/11 "What does 9/11 stand for? It's time we move on" has credence. Without dwelling on the many government conspiracy theory.It is clear that the only ones who benefited where the corporations who run the industrial defence complex.With their political and media allies they have manage to create a bleak and forlorn "let he who enter abandon all hope"scenario.Too long have we accept and remain complacent to all the B.S. that they have been dishing out. What happen to the American spirit that made this nation great? So what does 9/11 stand for? We do not honor their memory by dwelling on death,helplessness,fear,or despair.This feeling of being a victim. A better call to arms would be "Remember the Alamo." To the politicians I say "Thanks but no thanks for the fish.It was never yours to give in the first place."

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

I do seem to remember that "fish" reference back in the day. We are among the most prosperous and generous people on earth but you are correct in pointing out that we have so-called leaders now more than willing to give away all the fish...even to folks who don't like fish in the process of bankrupting our own society. Our strength as citizens of this country come from a faith and trust in the principles on which our country was founded and the promises those principles bring. Those currently in power want to lay those things aside and have us embrace something which brings nothing to the table and eliminates all that is good within our society. Much can be perpretrated on a "blind public" when it operates in an aura that "things like that don't happen here"....yes, they do, open your eyes and see for yourselves. Good article, Don. WB

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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks,WB. I tried to use a generational reference to a favorite and popular story as my driving force to get people's attention!

Alas, I forgot the short attention span of our generation as well as that of those younger "others" of today.

We write and drive towards our own goals but ...... where are the readers that understand????

I write for an understanding of commitment,and I got? ....... Ho Hum!

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I'm a baby boomer too and somehow missed the book, never even saw it. I can understand what is meant by leave my fish alone though. If you mean like, don't fish out my lake, then I know. We had a greedy person actually do that to a lake.

My husband and I are somewhat active at letting our opinion be known. I guess we better get more active at it instead of just complaining about it.

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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Had to come back and admit that LIFE got in the way of reading (or watching) "Hitchhiker". For what it's worth, finishing the ebooks I've downloaded is at the top of my list of New Year resolutions.

I do think, however, that people ARE (finally!) waking up to how far we've been taken down the garden path by greedy, self-serving "elected" officials and the super-rich, and have decided enough is enough. I predict OWS is only the beginning of a sea change in America.

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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Barbara, Thanks for the comment and let's all keep on top of these people.

Jamagenee, great to hear from you, again. and I hope you are right and we can get more of our fellow americans to wake up and get more active.

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blueheron 3 years ago from Odessa, MO

Well, leaving the galaxy out of it for now, if you really want to understand the world of politics, it is essential to get a basic understanding of monetary policy, the federal reserve system, and the fractional reserve system in banking. This is where political policy originates and where you will find the true policy makers.

While this may sound a bit daunting, it's actually pretty easy: Just read "The Creature from Jekyll Island." This book belongs in every home, preferably sitting on the coffee table next to the family Bible. It is that essential for understanding our world.

One of these days I'm going to get around to writing a synopsis of some of the history included in the above book, while also drawing from other sources.

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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Gotcha Blueheron- And the Book sounds interesting also.

Thanks for the read and Comment,


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