Lyrics speak, as revealed by Fox commentator Mary Katharine Ham through songs of "Chicago"
An announcement last month from the Illinois Policy Institute offered an opportunity to attend an entertaining look at politics and big government featuring Mary Katharine Ham, who provided a humorous look into the inner workings of Washington, D.C. The event was titled "MK Hammer Time."
It you watch to Fox you have most likely heard writer and political commentator Mary Katharine Ham in her weekly sparring sessions with Bill O'Reilly on "The O'Reilly Factor." A Fox News contributor from North Carolina, Ham appears regularly on "American's Newsroom," Red Eye," and "Our World with Neil Cavuto." She is editor-at-large for HotAir.com, a conservative and libertarian news site, and is a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. Ham is also a Twitter enthusiast and was a recent guest-host of "The View."
A fourth generation newspaper journalist, Mary Katharine Ham has held jobs at the Weekly Standard, Daily Caller, WMAL radio in D.C. and The Heritage Foundation. On her honeymoon, Ms. Ham climbed Kilimanjaro and hopes to add more mountains to the list with a toddler in tow. Concerned about returning veterans and families of the fallen, Mary Katharine Ham is on the board of the nonprofit Travis Manion Foundation.
Jonathan Greenberg, Vice President of External Relations at the Illinois Policy Institute, introduced Mary Katharine Ham.
Mary Katharine Ham lost no time in reminding her audience that it was appropriate that we be in attendance on this day as those who care about Freedom, for today was May 8, V-E Day. On May 8, 1945, a day of victory, the Western Allies crossed the Rhine after having smashed through the strongly fortified Siegfried Line and overran West Germany."
As stated by Ms. Ham, "Freedom is not guaranteed by any means." Speaking of how easy it was to feel hopeless living in the blue state of Illinois, Ms. Ham spoke of having had the same conditions when growing up in Durham, North Carolina, with thoughts of hopelessness even now when in Washington, D.C. As such said Ham, “We must forge skills for relating to people who are difficult to teach and who resist learning."
In referring to those in the audience, Mary Katharine Ham labeled all present as "political junkies." And because we care deeply about politics and its ramifications, we cannot be considered "normal." As such we must learn to communicate with the “normal” to bridge the gap. An analogy was made to the TV series "Days of Our Life."
Just as viewers hooked on "Days of Our Life" realize that even after four years not much has changed, they can't stop listening every day. As political junkies, we likewise are compelled to remain tuned to the news of the day because we can't stop caring.
Ms. Ham's career goal has been to discover the formula for talking about politics without being a blowhard. This she accomplished on May 8 in her brand new remarks prepared expressly for her Chicagoland audience, achieved through the selection of eight hits from "Chicago," one of the best-loved and most successful bands in Rock History. Uncanny and amazing was how Mary Katharine Ham was able to take the lyrics of each of her chosen eight "Chicago" songs and then relate the lyrics as they applied to Obama administration happenings. It was indeed a fun and entertaining evening for all!
For the sake of brevity, after the listing of each of the eight "Chicago" songs will be its youtube website, a few lines of its lyrics, and the relationship of the lyrics to the Obama administration as set forth by Mary Katharine Ham. And no, Mary Katharine Ham didn't sing the “Chicago” songs!
"You're The Inspiration" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idCil0mNhoo
The kind of love that lasts forever
And I want you here with me
From tonight until the end of time
You should know, everywhere I go
You're always on my mind, in my heart
In my soul. . .
Saturday in the park, I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing, a man selling ice cream (sellin' ice cream)
Can you dig it (yes, I can) And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday in the park. . . Listen children all is not lost, all is not lost, oh no, no,
If you leave me now, you'll take away the biggest part of me,
No baby please don't go.
If you leave me now, you'll take away the very heart of me
No baby please don't go.
A love like ours is love that's hard to find
How could we let it slip away. . .
"25 or 6 to 4" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLiuMkGCOC4
Lyrics reflect a good song for Jay Carney to sing as he searches for something to say at press conferences. If a Republican president is in the White House, at least the media will again question what government is doing and will bring the same passion for investigation to the Republican president in Washington, D.C. as Chris Christie is now facing in New Jersey.
Waiting for the break of day
Searching for something to say
Dancing lights against the sky
Giving up I close my eyes
Sitting cross-legged on the floor
Twenty five or six to four . . .
"Look Away" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DkKRFUbH_4
Lyrics reflect what Liberals are prone to do. They just note it and then move on, but if one deviates from the liberal mainstream he/she will lose their livelihood. Condi Rice was a qualified speaker and would have done a terrific job, but she bowed out gracefully, not wanting to be a distraction to students. Mary Catharine Ham would have preferred a bold Condi who wasn't hesitant in telling those protesting her commencement address how crazy they were in light of her qualifications as president of Stanford, etc. It's getting difficult to engage in debates when there is fear of a mob coming to get you. Those who are most willing to listen are conservative college students.
When you called me up this morning,
Told me 'bout the new love you found,
I'm said "I'm happy for you,
I'm really happy for you."
Found someone else,
I guess I won't be coming 'round.
I guess it's over, baby; "Look Away". . .
"Will You Still Love Me?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_JcsbXXhJM
Lyrics reflect what Obama might do to cement his legacy. Mary Catharine Ham doesn't think Obama cares much about his legacy, that perhaps he wanted the presidency to do what he likes to do best after his time in office -- give speeches which bring adulation without recrimination.
Take me as I am put your hand in mine now and forever
Darling here I stand, stand before you now deep inside I always knew
It was you, you and me, two hearts drawn together bound by destiny
It was you and you for me, every road leads to your door
Every step I take forever more. . .
It was you and you for me, every road leads to your door
Every step I take forever more. . .
"Does Anyone Know What Time of Day It Is?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qssWO8NSq0
Lyrics reflects how time is running out for what Obama and what he hopes to accomplish.
As I was walking down the street one day
A man came up to me and asked me
What the time was that was on my watch, yeah
And I said
Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really care?
If so I can't imagine why
We've all got time enough to cry. . .
"Feelin' Stronger Every Day" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-wHixgp2RE
Lyrics reflect going into the 2014 election and how we should be feeling. Policies do bring about election consequences, such as G.W. Bush and the Iraq War. The Obama administration must pay a price for Benjali, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, etc., or nothing will change.
I do believe in you
And I know you believe in me
And now we realize
Love's not all that it's supposed to be
And knowing that you would have wanted it this way
I do believe I'm feelin' stronger every day. . .
A question and answer period elicited these candid responses from Mary Katharine Ham:
- As to the administration's Russian policy, Obama doesn't have a policy other than not to be Bush. Feeling frightened, Ham has no confidence that Obama has "any sort of idea of what is going on." The wrong message was sent in "dropping the missile defense stuff." It should be ramped up again. Credibility has been lost in that Obama cannot be believed whether at home or in speaking with foreign leaders.
- As to being on "The View," Ham was treated well, although there were those who questioned her decision. It offered Ms. Ham a venue to reach brand new people. Such a back and forth is needed, even though it's tough, given a three against one situation.
- As to the advice Mary Katharine Ham would give her young daughter who was being babysat in the arms of an Illinois Policy Institute staff member during the event, Ms. Ham was not sure of having any great advice to share with her. She is genuinely concerned over what her daughter will face as an adult. Even now liberty is being eviscerated and this country is not functioning in the way it is supposed to be working. Ms. Ham will encourage her daughter to speak out and not to fear those who may wish her to remain silent.
- As to what advice Ms. Ham would give to the next GOP nominee, the candidate must learn how to gauge a situation and to understand that every moment presents a landmine that will be exploited by the other side if given a chance. Without question Senator Rubio's "water thing" was going to be held against him by the news media, but instead Rubio embraced the incident by joking about it and was able to turn the tide before the media and the Democrat Party had the opportunity to exploit Rubio's landmine incident.
- As to what will happen to Lois Lerner and her targeting of conservative groups, Ms. Ham hope there will be some punishment, so at least Lerner no longer remains on paid leave! This all goes to show the power government has over our lives, how the government uses it against us, and the audacity of government in awarding bonuses to offending government officials.
- As to the Benghazi scandal, Democrats view it -- as does the mainstream media – as all being settled, citing investigation after investigation into the matter. Democrats and the media are not of the mind to accept, as is the purview of Republicans, that asking questions will lead to more questions and hopefully answers.
Through it all we are still hanging on despite an Attorney General who sees and hears no evil, accepted by the mainstream media, as we remember back to the time when Bush's Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was investigated for three years for firing personnel as he had a right to do when assuming office.
As far as Clinton's Attorney General, Janet Reno, although she dealt with the "Cuban boy" (Elian Gonzalez) and "Waco" during her tenure, what were her consequences? Dems claim that the public really doesn't care about Benghazi, that Benghazi matters not within the Beltway, but this is not true outside the Beltway.
Kristina Rasmussen, Executive Vice President of the Illinois Policy Institute, had good news to report. As of Sunday, May 4, the progressive tax is dead. It is difficult to remember when something of such significance happened in Illinois. Although Speaker Madigan was determined to have progressive tax legislation pass, he couldn't get the votes to do so.
Check out this April 30, 2014 article by Kristina Rasmussen -- "Thank you: Defeating the progressive tax was a group effort" -- for the time line of how the progressive tax was defeated though a group effort spearheaded by the Illinois Policy Institute.
On a further tax note, there is still time until the end of May to defeat Governor Quinn's push to keep in place what was to be a temporary tax hike, with a promise made at the time for lowering in 2015. Not just about tax policies, the IPI is presently working to defeat an anti-choice education bill of which State Rep. Chapa LaVia, a Democrat from Aurora and head of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, is its chief sponsor.