By Maggie Maloney
Thursday was the anniversary of my mother's birth. Born in 1907, she would be 106 today if had she not died at the ripe old age of 92 in 1999. Rebekah Allen Brown lived through and survived the transition from horse and buggy to the automobile, World War I, the Spanish flu epidemic, the Dust Bowl, the stock market crash of 1929, World War II etc. She watched 10 U.S. Presidents come and go.
By the end, Mother felt she had seen pretty much everything and was little impressed by most of it, but she never lost her sense of justice or the ridiculous, nor her ability to convey wisdom in her soft, southern drawl by a seemingly endless store of common sense catch-phrases: "don't put all your eggs in one basket," "don't look a gift horse in the mouth," "your chickens have come home to roost." You get the gist - there was one for nearly every occasion.
In honor of Mother's birthday I am going to let her speak her mind with regard to the current debacle in Washington - the government shutdown. Maybe she can knock sense into a couple of heads - the way she knocked sense into mine so many years ago -- by launching a few strategically placed barbs of practical wisdom. Cut her loose, Becky:
"By making a mountain out of a mole hill over the Affordable Care Act, which affects only the 20 percent of Americans who either have no health insurance or have individual (non-group) policies (80 percent of otherwise insured Americans won't even notice), the Republicans are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Americans who believe the Affordable Care Act is an evil plot to undermine democracy are looking a gift horse in the mouth, while a handful of Republicans are burning everyone's bridges like spoiled children who want to have their cake and eat it too! They're robbing Peter to pay Paul. The poor, uninsured and working classes are being held hostage as is the whole country so that the very rich don't have to pay a little more in taxes and so subsidies to private insurers aren't reduced by a few pennies.
"Pretty soon the American people will wake up to the fact that there is a fox in the hen house trying to pass itself off as a patriot. All the Republican chickens will come home to roost and the members of that party who have fomented anarchy will reap what they have sown. When that happens let it be a lesson to not put all your eggs in one basket. Talk about wearing out your welcome!"
Happy Birthday, Mother. As you used to say, "This too shall pass. Then we'll wonder what all the hullabaloo was about!".
Maggie Maloney is a Strasburg resident.