I'm sitting here a little after 9 PM tonight checking Drudge Report and the rest of the Internet looking for commentary from the Obama White House about the success of the rescue mission to retrieve 33 miners from near a half mile below the earth in a Copper mine.
Thus far the silence is deafening...
...and I suspect that I know why.
It's like this.
If President George Bush was still running things, not only would he have already called the Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera, at the San Jose Mine and offered our prayers and support, and then would also be out there with a statement of encouragement and/or support and by now congratulations to them for their success.
But from Obama?
As of 9:35 PM on Drudge and everything else I can find on the WWW...
NADA. zilch. Zero.
So do you wonder what I'm bitching about?
Read between the lines in the news reports , ladies and gentlemen.
Obama isn't going to comment because in the process of lauding the Chilean's heroic efforts he'd also have to applaud...gasp...
A M E R I C A...
and American Ingenuity.
and worst of all...E V I L...American C O R P O R A T I O N S.
You know, buildings full of smart people, some of the time of Anglo American descent, with degrees from places like Georgia Tech and LSU and George C. Wallace State Community College (and a couple of Bo Woolbrite scholars at Greenville Tech...Rusty.)
But they didn't.
And as I write this I just watched the Chilean president also thank England and Israel and half of South America and mostly everyone and anyone but the United States.
Hey, he didn't have to thank Obama and the Obama Administration because they basically didn't have anything to do with it if you don't count NASA's contributions, but how about giving the American People, or at least the America companies like Schramm in West Chester, Pennsylvania that made the 685 Drill Rig which pushed the bit through using the Centerrock Drill Bits from Berlin, PA?
After all, this form of mining/drilling technology goes back in history in Pennsylvania to the 1840's according to my research.
So, hurray for the Chileans, but at the same time everyone needs to remember that the success of their efforts were a direct result of the use of a drilling rig shipped down from the United States, designed in the United States, built in the United States, and operated by an American citizen-- Jeff Hart -- who was called in from Afghanistan from his job drilling water wells for the military.
And when it is all said and done...
Thirty three miners survived near 70 days underground, and five more rescue personnel managed to descend into hell to help in their retrieval and return safely to the surface...
...and none of it could have happened without Americans and American Tax dollars.
And I don't really give a flying @*%#! if we get any credit in the event in Washington DC and the in the halls of the state houses of the liberal elites which hate our country and all that it stands for.
I'm really, really tired of America and Americans doing the work, paying the tab, and then sitting around letting everyone else celebrate and take the credit and even turn around and slap us in the face on the public stage.
Is it just me?
MORE...9:40 AM Thursday...
The Wall Street Journal has a story this morning sort of agreeing with me...attributing the success of the Chilean Mine rescue to...
C A P I T O L I S M.
Here's the beginning of the text:
Capitalism Saved the Miners
The profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at the mine rescue site.It needs to be said. The rescue of the Chilean miners is a smashing victory for free-market capitalism.
Amid the boundless human joy of the miners' liberation, it may seem churlish to make such a claim. It is churlish. These are churlish times, and the stakes are high.
In the United States, with 9.6% unemployment, a notably angry electorate will go to the polls shortly and dump one political party in favor of the other, on which no love is lost. The president of the U.S. is campaigning across the country making this statement at nearly every stop:
"The basic idea is that if we put our blind faith in the market and we let corporations do whatever they want and we leave everybody else to fend for themselves, then America somehow automatically is going to grow and prosper."
Uh, yeah. That's a caricature of the basic idea, but basically that's right. Ask the miners.
If those miners had been trapped a half-mile down like this 25 years ago anywhere on earth, they would be dead. What happened over the past 25 years that meant the difference between life and death for those men?
Short answer: the Center Rock drill bit.
This is the miracle bit that drilled down to the trapped miners. Center Rock Inc. is a private company in Berlin, Pa. It has 74 employees. The drill's rig came from Schramm Inc. in West Chester, Pa. Seeing the disaster, Center Rock's president, Brandon Fisher, called the Chileans to offer his drill. Chile accepted. The miners are alive.
Longer answer: The Center Rock drill, heretofore not featured on websites like Engadget or Gizmodo, is in fact a piece of tough technology developed by a small company in it for the money, for profit. That's why they innovated down-the-hole hammer drilling. If they make money, they can do more innovation.
This profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at that Chilean mine. The high-strength cable winding around the big wheel atop that simple rig is from Germany. Japan supplied the super-flexible, fiber-optic communications cable that linked the miners to the world above.
See...I'm right, and if we let the Democrats and the idiot liberal voters with minds full of mush keep picking the direction of our country and stomping on private enterprise there will be hell to pay in twenty years when you or your family member gets their proverbial "tail in a crack."
I said America, they say Capitolism...
...same thing in my considered Redneck Opinion.