Thanks, Nancy: I Always Suspected The Founding Fathers Wanted Me To Sing

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 23, 2012 | 5:10 PM EDT

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says that Obamacare provides me with the “liberation” to become a “photographer,” “artist,” “musician,” or “whatever.” More importantly, she says that’s “what our founders” wanted for me.

“You want to be a photographer or a writer or a musician, whatever -- an artist, you want to be self-employed, if you want to start a business, you want to change jobs, you no longer are prohibited from doing that because you can’t have access to health care,” Pelosi proclaimed.

“[T]his is a liberation,” Pelosi said: “This is what our founders had in mind--ever expanding opportunity for people.”

Thing is, though, I don’t care for photography, I already write for a living, and it’s beyond my artistic ability to draw stick figures.

So, I guess that leaves music. I can’t read sheet music, but, I can almost carry a tune – so, that must be what the founders wanted of me.

Back in May of 2010, Pelosi told us we were now free to leave our productive jobs to pursue our musical and other creative passions since we could leave it to the government to provide health care:

“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” she said at the time. “A bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care. You won’t have to be job locked.”

But, now, she’s invoking the sainted names of those who crafted the Constitution upon which our nation is (was?) founded.

Now, I know Franklin liked to fly kites, I don’t recall anything from history class about John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, et al, leaving their jobs to become ballroom dancers or comic strip artists or stand-up comedians, etc.

But, maybe that’s WHY they wanted me to be a musician: so they could live vicariously (though, posthumously) through my singing career.

But, as much as I hate to disappoint the Founding Fathers of our nation, I’m pretty sure they never envisioned that one day we’d have the creative outlet of karaoke. If they had, they probably wouldn’t have objected to us golden-throated clock-punchers keeping our day jobs.

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