Philadelphia PA: Every year at midnight on the 4th of July, an old wives tale relates that several distinguished gentlemen gather at the American Eagle Ale House to discuss politics and consume tankards of ale.
This year 2010 was no exception as the heavenly ghosts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison and Ben Franklin were assembled at a corner table. "Where's that rascal Tom Payne tonight" asked George.
"He's in Louisiana, helping to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and harass British Petroleum Oil Company's CEO Tony Hayward" retorted Ben. Ben further added "George didn't a British General Hayward give you a hard time during the revolutionary war?" "No, that was General Howe" replied George.
George said "Tom you had something to do with purchasing Louisiana from that Napoleon fellow, didn't you?" "Yes, that was a good deal for the US that the French Emperor needed money for his European wars. Doubled our size!" answered Tom.
John who had been silent interjected with "George, the current young president just fired one of his top generals during a foreign war in Afghanistan for being insubordinate! How could the commander-in-chief do that?" Congress probably wanted to fire me at the beginning of our war" replied George. James retorted "George you would probably have fired yourself if you were president at the time. We also all know your feelings about foreign wars."
Wise old Ben asked James "would you not have done anything about the terrible situation that occurred in Europe in 1914 and 1939?" "Ben, I knew I should have gone to Dolly's ice cream social!" said James laughingly. Ben said "At our next meeting I have invited President Lincoln of Illinois to share his thoughts about our own Civil War and his generals."
"Congress is still mucking up our grand experiment in self governance by overspending, overtaxing and over regulating" suggested John. Tom replied "in several months the American people will again have a constitutionally provided opportunity to throw the bums out of Congress for their overreaching transgressions!" "Tom, in the words of a famous baseball manager wait till next year!" opined John.
At daybreak George said "we have to leave now but all of us, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives and even liberals need to keep working towards restoring our commitment to the US Constitution."