Chad Is Rad. Three Minutes and 18 Seconds on the Reality of Washington, D.C.
The Man is Saying it Like It is.
This post appeared on my Facebook thread.
My first thought when I saw this guy in a plaid button down shirt and cowboy hat speaking into a camera from a room in his house was:
“Oh no. Here it comes. Right wing vs. left wing, you versus me, I believe this and if you don’t agree you’re wrong, name- calling…..”
However, the title: “An Open Statement to Washington, D.C.,” intrigued me.
But to delete or not to delete? That was the question.
“Okay,” I thought, “I’ll give it about 10 seconds.”
And so he began.
“Hey Washington, D.C., I know that you are all politicians, so I’m also very aware that you have grown accustomed to having words go in one ear and out the other virtually unhindered by anything resembling brain matter.”
Thirteen seconds later and bull’s eye! I was hooked on his message.
Chad Prather couldn’t have said it any better. But who is this guy?
Chad Prather hails from Texas. He is an American humorist and motivational speaker best known for his comments on life, politics, and current events. He delivers political satire at its best: funny, articulate, accurate, and simmering with sarcasm.
It’s saying f**k you, without the f word. It is a rally cry.
And it makes perfect sense.
No partisanship here. He places the blame for the chaos and divisiveness in this country squarely where it belongs: Washington, D.C., on the politicians.
If you are a politician in Washington D.C., the only party you belong to is the Party of Self-Aggrandizement. Because as far as politicians are concerned, it’s all about me, my power, my money.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, like Narcissus, the original narcissist, they are enamored with their own reflections. However, they are not the ones who are withering away as they remain transfixed on these reflections: we are, as a people and as a country.
Our leaders are not leading.
If you’re like me, you feel the joy of being an American seeping out of you every day. Lately, it’s felt more like a geyser. It’s discouraging, to say the least.
Chad likens partisanship to cutting the wing off a bird, throwing it in the air and telling it to fly. My guess is that this majestic bird is none other than our beloved bald eagle, which they are happy to maim for their own edification.
What he makes clear is that politicians have the same depraved indifference toward one another, party aside, as they do for the people that voted them into office.
To paraphrase, he refers to their:
“Impotent political posturing, while articulately defecating on our ideologies and all we hold dear.”
No further comment needed.
Another feeling this super articulate man gives me is empowerment.
We voted these people in. They are in Washington for us and because of us. We put them there because of promises they made and many of those promises were lies.
We have a right to be represented and we are not.
But….something else comes to mind.
We the people are as much at odds with one another as the politicians are. We are unable to have a meaningful conversation to discuss different points-of-view, or agree to disagree with any amount of civility.
If we disagree with anyone, they take it as a personal insult and we get the proverbial venom in the face, mostly on social media.
We need to come together when we don’t agree and come to some type of consensus for the greater good. We need to have meaningful conversations on the important stuff: healthcare, water shortages, social security, medicare, immigration, women’s rights and gun control, to name a few.
This is a huge country and we will never agree 100% on anything, but we need to work it out. If our forefathers hadn’t been willing to compromise, we wouldn’t have a Declaration of Independence. It underwent several revisions before the signers agreed to add their names to it. Not everyone was going to sign the original version.
The mudslinging needs to stop or we will just continue to be dirty and mad and nothing will change.
Sadly, this is the modus operandi, fancy words for operating system, of our government.
They work in Washington, D.C. But we do not and we are all in this together. I mean, hello we’re living in the same country and what affects one affects all. We’re all on the same ship and if it goes down, it’s the entire ship not just my end or yours.
So, let’s talk.
Let’s hash it out, one issue at a time and see where we can agree. Then let’s write it out, organize, and stick it under the disjointed noses of our dearly elected Washington officials.
Then, let those same officials know that We the People want them to do the same: talk and negotiate on, not filibuster, the important stuff.
Let them know that we know they are using anti-partisanship to promote themselves and their own agenda.
I keep a list of all my senators, representatives, and congressman nearby along with their e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and I call them frequently. If enough people talk, they do listen.
Chad states that “sometimes the governors need to be governed.”
They certainly do!
Signing off, Prather ends by saying:
“Help us believe in you again. I love you. God bless you and God bless America.”
It’s cliché, but positive and shows faith that things can change.
Hey, we all need love anywhere we can get it.