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November 24, 2016

If We Lose then Everybody Loses

 

The demonstrations (riots) occurring across the United States largely in the major cities, especially Democrat Party strongholds claiming that Trump is not, can not and never will be their President refuse to abate. Apart from this being a definite example of delusional denial, it is also much ado about nothing as the rules on how the office of President is chosen has been known for well over two-hundred years and all contenders understood the rules going in. It is not like Hillary Clinton has even shown the slightest designs or desires to challenge the results. There has been a number of disgusting results turn from these examples of bad behavior with one of the most egregious was the beating of a fifteen year old Rockville, Maryland High School student by numerous classmates for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. This was far from the only casualty from the protests where stores have been breached with their windows smashed and merchandise stolen. In one case a Starbucks Coffee store was broken into and coffee mugs were stolen and used as projectiles thrown at the police. Numerous other reports have surfaced of Trump supporters or just some refusing to join the protests being pummeled and beaten simply for not agreeing with the mob. For those who agree with these activities I have a simple question, what would your reaction have been if Hillary Clinton had won the Electoral College vote but lost narrowly in the popular vote and Trump supporters took to the streets rioting and beating Hillary supporters? If that would have struck you as indefensible, as I would hope it would, why are the current malcontents then tolerated. If Hillary supporters and all who voted for any of the candidates other than Trump, especially respected members of those groups, would come out and denounce these rioters then perhaps the United States could start working towards healing.

 

Civility is the basis for civilization and what allows disparate groups to coexist despite differing opinions. Elections are presumably the peaceful means for choosing leaders which has presumably been accepted as a replacement for generals or others leading their band of armed insurrectionists and taking the seat of power by force. That is the alternative which these demonstrators, especially those causing damage and beating anyone thought to be from the opposition, and the reason elections were initiated. Changing government by revolution every time a sizeable and well-armed group decided they should lead coming in and murdering the current leaders and destroying much of the capital city and sometimes leading to a major civil war destroying much of the kingdom all just to make a transition in power might be considered paying too high a price when compared to simply voting. Is this the system which is now being proposed by those rioting in the streets? Do any of them really believe they are going to get their way and Hillary Clinton will suddenly become the next President because they are rioting and destroying property? Lastly, what gives with the governors and mayors who are permitting such lawlessness? And lastly, enough with the ridiculous Trump supports the KKK or the Nazis or white supremacists of any stripe. That is no more true than Hillary Clinton being called a Communist or an Anarchist simply because some well-know Communist sympathizers or Anarchists came out supporting her, as I am sure there were at least a few. Just because some malcontent from any extreme on the political spectrum comes out in support does not make the candidate a supporter of the extremists represented by the particular claim of support. We do not control which crazies support a candidate and often cannot fathom even why there might be any reason for such support. Donald Trump has little to no actions in his past which infer in the slightest that he has a bigoted bone in his body. He is not a racist, anti-Semite, homophobe, sexist or even misogynist, though some might try to argue the last due to his action in decades past when male-female relations were quite different than today.

 

Anti Trump Demonstration

Anti-Trump Demonstration

 

Then there is the claim that the Electoral College is unfair as it grants a resident of Wyoming as carrying greater weight than a resident of California or Texas or New York or even Alaska. Oddly enough, that was the whole idea of the Electoral College. When the Constitution was drawn up the founding Fathers realized quite quickly that any candidate for President if they could win New York and Virginia by wide margins could lose nine of the remaining eleven states and still win the election. This, in their thoughtful minds, seemed to give Virginia and New York far too much power and they needed all the states to sign onto the new Constitution. Remember the Federated States of America was the dysfunctional governance where the Federal government was too weak to run the nation and the country was disintegrating. The Constitution was the grand compromise which gave the smaller states significant additional representation in choosing a President simply by adding two Electoral Votes, one for each Senator, to the number of Representatives and thus making it so all the states would be represented in the White House. As the United States grew and Wyoming became the least settled state per square mile, Wyoming receives the greatest benefit of the Electoral College system and California is likely harmed the most followed by Texas, but it all works in the end as Wyoming still has but three Electoral Votes and is seldom the deciding state. We need remember that without the Electoral College system the United States would never have come into being and the Federated States of America would have dissolved into individual states and more resembled Europe economically, militarily and in all too many other ways, Alaska would still be a part of Russia, Hawaii would still be a Spanish colony or an independent nation, Texas would either be its own nation or still part of Mexico after Santa Anna beat the Texas militias. And Wyoming would still be Wyoming all alone and pretty much ignored as nobody would want to take the time or energy to conquer her. Wyoming would be pretty much unchanged as any invading army would need to defeat a number of states before reaching Wyoming and then would stand little chance against the mountain men who know their woodlands and highlands very well and live as they please even now. Lastly, Wyoming has some of the most breathtaking views that can be found anywhere within the United States, and that comes from having lived there.

 

In closing, can we do something which has gotten the United States through tougher and more distressing times than anything a President Trump can cause. The country is nowhere near as divided as many seem to wish to have it appear. You might have heard of this other time when brother took up arms against brother and the nation was divided into the blue and the grey and we fought a Civil War, a real Civil War and not just civil unrest. We realize you believe you are fighting a civil war, but trust that you are not and should you actually become that violent, well, let us just warn that you would not like how that would end. The United States survived President Grant, it survived President James K. Polk who did not even campaign but was elected due to two things, the party he represented had the election in the bag and his opponent ran on the slogan of, “Who the h3ll is James K. Polk?” Perhaps if his opponent, who is just as nameless today as then, had campaigned with his name in a slogan instead of his opposition, perhaps he might have won but instead all anyone knew was both sides were preoccupied with James K. Polk. He ran against Henry Clay who was one of the founding members of the Whig Party. We even survived a President who pretended to have a middle name, well, middle initial because all the great Presidents had a middle name. Thus we had President Harry S (for nothing) Truman sometimes stated by his contemporaries as Harry ask for nothing Truman because persuading Harry Truman was wasted effort as he drew his own course and never deviated from a decision and was the reason for a sign on his desk which faced the door reading, “The Buck Stops Here.” We survived a President who was an avid big game hunter, went hunting with the Czar of Russia and spent as little time in Washington as possible, a man who despite great wealth gathered a group of roughnecks and went to war because it would be jolly fun, yep, President Theodore Roosevelt. The United States has survived virtually every kind of President imaginable, Harvard educated, Yale educated and self-taught, raised in luxury and poverty, military men and pacifists and somehow the United States has developed a life of its own which manages to always return to a central pillar based on equal freedoms being granted to ever wider portions of the nation’s peoples. One example was due to President elect Donald Trump who opened his Palm Beach resort called Mar-a-Lago; he insisted that it be opened to everybody including specifically Jews and Blacks, something never permitted in “exclusive” resorts, clubs and other venues breaking this barrier which held into the 1990s. The outrageous fact here is not that it was Donald Trump who broke the barrier and fought a running battle with the city officials for over a decade because of his inclusive policies but that Palm Beach had such rules in place into the 1990s and was still regarded as an all American resort town, now that is unbelievable and a truth that needs more emphasis. Still, if we all calm down we will survive the coming four years and then we can review whether Donald Trump was more President or clown and if clown, replace him and get on with life. Thank you.

 

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November 16, 2016

Your Protests and Microaggressions Annoy Us

 

We realize that the fact that the majority of us who supported Donald Trump and came out in his favor despite his shortcomings and other difficulties was because you drove us outside of our safe-zones, which are far larger than yours as we are nowhere near as easily perturbed by the rest of humanity as you appear to be. You lost a singular election. We were polite during the past twenty-eight years since we rose from our endlessly toiling and had our desired person in the White House. We are the next generation of quiet Americans who elected Ronald Reagan. They call us the silent majority because when we lose the election we simply return to work Wednesday morning and do our jobs. We definitely do not riot, smash other people’s windows, destroy their vehicles, steal merchandise or any of the other lawlessness which far too many of the tender aged youth along with associated paid agitators, trainers and riot leaders who are leading you onward in your own eventual destruction. Stop and ask yourself exactly why you are really out in the streets being part of an ignorant mob being used by those who would enslave each and every one of you. If you can answer why somebody as tainted and corrupt as Hillary Clinton, whose track record looks more like an accident spread across the many years and her campaign was the celebration of rules for the masses, that includes all of you and the rest of us, but no rules for your superiors, the few holding the power then maybe somebody will listen and even care and you will have an accomplishment. At the very least, Trump does not owe foreign and dangerous influences favors for their generous gifts to his own slush fund disguised as a charitable institution. Yes, that’s right; we are referring to the Clinton Foundation. Has Trump cut some corners and likely pulled his share of rolling stops at blinking red traffic signals. Who hasn’t? Still, President elect Donald Trump will not be tied to any moneyed interests except for businesses of any and all sizes. This will be a good thing and may finally jumpstart the economy and return some manufacturing to the United States.

 

If you must know, there were some things about Trump to like and some reasons to be very concerned, but when push came to shove and many of us stood in the voting booth, we weighed everything and Donald Trump was the safer bet to lead the nation from the doldrums which currently are afflicting America. Trump represented much the same reality and non-membership in the political class. Trump has had employees and even told some, “You’re Fired.” Yes, we knew about his silly show and the fact that much of the time Donald Trump is mainly concerned with selling the brand of The Donald. Yes, we realize he is an uncouth braggart and went through a period where he partook in womanizing, it was called the late sixties and first half of the seventies and all too many of us were almost as bad and that included many women who now claim their vestal status which they had so cavalierly discarded back in the day when fun ruled where there were no rules. Yes, we had our wild days but did not try to burn down cities or destroy entire community areas because we lost an election or two or more, we continued on, grew up and even managed to learn a few lessons along the way. As far as what those lessons were, well, they were lessons acquired the hard way, brutal experiences in which we almost jeopardized our futures. Some of our peers acted as you are currently doing and paid a steep price. What advice can we give you? Make sure you are not among the stragglers and the hanger-on’s who continue protesting until the mass arrests bring it all to an end. When this comes down, all those paid agitators and organizers will magically disappear and those still protesting will pay the full price.

 

Furthermore, what are you protesting about? You lost one election, granted it was possibly your first time voting, but there will be more elections. Eventually, if you ever awaken from the lullaby being sung to you by your professors, who are supposed to be teaching you how to work and operate in the real world at about $30,000 per semester, then you might figure out that there are no safe spaces and you win some and you lose some. Many of your professors never have held a job outside of the ivory towers of academia and thus have no practical knowledge to impart; so they instead fill your heads with propaganda which they were fed by their professors. When signing up for courses you need to do a little research and a lot of soul searching. The first item is you want to take courses taught by some professor who also worked in the real world as they are able to impart at least some useful input. Secondly, choose a major field which will prepare you for employment and making a decent salary once you get on that path, then your life will be one of greater ease and satisfaction. Majoring in Seventeenth Century French Poetry and Love Sonnets may give you greater depth and some valuable quotes and even some pick-up lines, but what kind of job does it prepare one to earn a salary. One need remember that there are probably thirty or forty professors who teach such a major field and none other as most also teach Chaucer and other writings and may also have an archeology degree to augment their great love of Seventeenth Century French Poetry and Love Sonnets. The fields which produce the greatest number of jobs are the STEM degrees, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math major courses.

 

Anti-Trump Protesters

Anti-Trump Protesters

 

I can hear the moaning and whining complaining that those majors are just so hard and challenging and are not soft and squishy filling one with false sense of worth. You will only get out of life equal to what you invested and then only if you work really smart as well as hard. I know that is what you parents told you and they are idiots and what do they know about the new world, they are so yesterday. Well, back a few years and their yesterday was the future world we were looking at as we stood looking beyond the cusp of our college days and when we all had degrees, it were the students who majored in STEM programs who were getting the lion’s share of higher paying jobs. Even a good share of those who skipped college and went a different route had found their niche and were making good salaries. Technical schools which offer a two year degree are affordable and you learn exactly what you need for a professional career working as an electronic technician, biomedical technician, X-ray technician, and a whole myriad of professional positions which require knowledge in the one area, more than you filling your head with elective courses which teach little of value. There are apprenticeships with large companies who test aptitude and should you have what they need, you can get a highly trained position and some even assist you in buying the equipment you will need to succeed. One such company is Caterpillar, yes, the ones who make all the big yellow behemoths found at construction sites where anything from houses to malls to highways are being constructed. Well, Caterpillar trains people on their equipment and how to operate them safely and productively and then they place you in a position and they even pay a salary while you train, beat that. Driving an earth-mover or bulldozer will make you far more than an ethnic studies degree will likely pay. Granted, many of these professors talk about how people in their field have made very good money; remember these people they speak so highly about are amongst the top five to ten percent of those in their field. Then again, the top five to ten percent of those in virtually any field make excellent money. This includes baseball players, basketball players, golfers and researchers who receive grants to write books about Seventeenth Century French Poetry and Love Sonnets, but there is a very strict limit in numbers of such grants, like maybe one each century and looks like somebody already got this century’s easy train. This means one should consider exactly the earning potential for the line of study you have chosen to pursue. You had best answer this honestly, as it is your entire future riding on this assessment. Oh, and a police record for rioting and destruction of personal property often will make you all but unemployable unless you can also organize and speak publically with moving and motivating words as the leaders of the rioting today are doing.

 

As far as your current acting out because your perceived perfect leader actually managed to lose the election everybody had been claiming for months had it in the bag; not only did your dream woman lose, but she lost to a person you and your peers have deemed to be a cretin. So your perfect candidate who was leading in every poll and who you do not know anyone who was not voting for her managed to lose. How is this possible? Well, have you ever considered that first off, you do not exactly know a whole lot of people and some who are telling you they voted for Hillary Clinton actually voted for Donald Trump. Oh yes there were that select few. If you might widen your pool of people you know to beyond your family, the friends from High School, those two childhood friends you were always seen together with and the people in your dorm and fraternity/sorority, you might develop a different picture of the world seeing it for what it is, diverse. The others who are demonstrating with you have the same tunnel vision of the world and they can only further insulate you from reality, which is obviously in conflict with your perfect little world as otherwise you would not be out in the streets screaming your head off while nobody really cares. That is what even your friends in the media are writing, how these demonstrations will only serve to drive more people away from the leftist defined path.

 

There is one last item, truth. Claiming that Donald Trump is a capitalist pig and then claiming his administration will make America a fascist nation are contradictory. Real fascists love government and honestly believe that the leaders of industry should work under government guidance and the workers’ rights be controlled for the better good. Fascism is actually a left-leaning form of governance where the top management from industry are aligned and working with the government. Industry thus is also guided in order to provide the government their sharing in the profit but somehow the politicians are seldom made to suffer the consequences resulting from their decisions. A capitalist believes industry does best when untethered from government inclusion in the process. The capitalist would oppose any creep of fascist influences hampering any firm from making the highest profit and still manufacture to their own projections and not what government insists be manufactured. Trump is a free market capitalist and if anyone might have favored a fascist form for the government it has been many leftists and especially the high operatives in the Democrat Party and the leftist Republican Party members. Donald Trump is not a member of either group and this will facilitate his working with a select group taken from both parties in the Congress, especially in the Senate where his appointments go for their week of being battered before approval. Should such materialize and Trump include those willing Democrat members in Congress, he will prove to be the President of all the people even including many who are now in the streets rioting. We will need wait and see whether a President Trump is capable of patching together a bipartisan group who will march along with the President and fashion a model and watch it grow. Should Trump increase opportunity, then we will need to admit he was the best person for the job at this time. We will need to see what the future holds.

 

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November 15, 2016

Trump Trial by Fire Revving Up

 

Donald Trump has barely had the votes counted and has yet to even been elected officially into the office by the Electoral College, let alone been sworn in and the tests he will be facing from day-one onward are already manifesting themselves. In a fair and basically sane world an incoming President elect could expect the current administration to work with their transition team and address the most threatening and serious problems in order to maintain a smoother transition of power. That is very unlikely to be what we will be witnessing. President elect Trump can fully expect that in its final two and a half months in office that President Obama and his top cabinet officials and others in his administration will be want to raise a finger to remedy any situation. Instead we can expect inaction at best and complete failure to resist or hold any ground with withdrawals seemingly so poorly planned as to give the appearance of having been routed and lost all nerve to stand to defend any position anywhere. The announced suspension of routine services by the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in response to increasing terror threats as a “temporary precautionary measure” will set the pattern for the remainder of the time until the Inauguration in late January of 2017. These partial and potential complete closures of embassies, consulates, smaller military instillations and virtually anywhere that American foreign based personnel even hear a loud “Boo!” in the night will simply make hitting the ground running impossible as much of the advanced frameworks will need extensive re-manning and rebuilding before they will even return to normal operations, let alone execute any needed actions.

 

This should be no surprise as it has been the modus operandi of the entire Obama eight years in the Presidency. We witnessed this with the immediate pull down and collapse of everything accomplished in Iraq, the debacle which was Libya, the response when bluff was called by Bashir al-Assad in Syria as well as reactions to Syria generally, the lack of coordination within NATO to the obvious infiltration of Europe and starting in the United States with embedded terror forces included as a fair percentage of the “refugees” allowed to enter in torrents. This resulted in waves of unvetted and unchecked immigrants against any terror watch lists. We saw it as the response to the situation in Benghazi which cost the lives of Ambassador to Libya John Christopher “Chris” Stevens and four others (pictures below) left unaided and alone to fight a hopeless battle holding on desperately waiting for the cavalry to ride over the hill and rescue them, but the cavalry was never even permitted to try. The assault on the Benghazi Consulate and Safe House will be recorded by history as an embarrassment not of Embassy staff or the meager security attachment as Former Navy Seals Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty put up a resistive fight holding a surrounded position under both direct and indirect fire for up to eight hours through the night before succumbing to a withering mortar barrage backed by significant RPG fire coordinated on their position all but destroying the entire structure. Theirs was a herculean and heroic stand which deserved being rescued and given, at a minimum, air support from the Mediterranean Fleet or any of numerous United States military operation throughout Europe. The abandonment of these four individuals was an unconscionable act of pure cowardliness and dereliction of duty on both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her superior, President Barack Hussein Obama. This will also be the model for any coming security threat, pull out all unessential personnel or even simply flee completely leaving everything behind, even those printouts with a large letter ‘C’ in the top corner classifying the document as sensitive information contained within. There will be no holding of ground between now and the inauguration under the guise, the excuse, of not wishing to establish policies and impose them on the incoming President though that is exactly what they are doing, imposing a policy of tucking tail between legs and scampering away and never fight any day.

 

Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and Information Officer Sean Smith Former Navy Seals Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty

Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and Information Officer Sean Smith
Former Navy Seals Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty

 

Meanwhile, as the enemies and others seeking to make threats and force the hand of the United States into complete routing before even the slightest of offensive gestures will be gaining more and more courage as these cowardly tepid responses at best and flight responses at worst become more and more evident as an actual policy. This will place incoming President Trump in a tighter spot than was necessary, but that is the whole idea. When your rules of engagement (ROE) read something along the lines of when facing any threat to security or personnel, at all costs do not discharge weapons as this may provoke a situation. The proper response is to hastily pack your personal belongings and any pictures adorning your cubicle or office, grab your awards and then make all haste to departing vehicles and depart. Those with weapons and charged to guard the building and personnel should depart last as once the people have left the building, why guard the building. Any classified State Department documents inside have likely already been pilfered from selected computer systems within the State Department which were cracked way back during a previous Secretary of State whose computers in her basement or wherever fed on the darkest recesses of the State Department and who knows where else, the White House, Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff and even NORAD central command. Whatever was left behind is not worth defending as it is only information which has reached around the world twice over after being hacked. The new mission statement for overseas personnel is please do not make waves or cause a need for anybody to make a stand or protect anything as if it has value, just stay out of the way and maybe the President will get out of Washington D.C. without any further legacy, oh, wait, we mean damage, not necessarily legacy, that would have been mean spirited and we are supposed to be magnanimous because, hey, anybody remember why we’re supposed to be magnanimous? Well, somebody suggested we be nicer from now on and we promised, well, promised absolutely nothing of the kind, we will remain the mean-spirited skeptics we’ve always been. As the saying goes, “It’s worked this far, why change now?”

 

These actions of retreat first will collectively be one item which will have a definite and hard-hitting effect on the incoming administration as well as on President Trump. Hopefully the damage can be mitigated and a reversal can be implemented. Such a policy directive on day one or two can prevent further damage and should Trump manage to have any input before being sworn in, this should be high on the priority list as it will parallel with his intent to restore military funding and strengthen American forces making them more readily deployed. Trump would be advised to have ready to submit to the Senate an entire list of Ambassadors, chiefs of operations where the position is an appointee, any changes to the General Staff and other high ranking military positions, placement of ranking and overseeing staff for intelligence gathering and making the President’s daily briefings and all the major cabinet and other positions such as Attorney General. President Trump should also announce the name of the person to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the unfortunate and untimely passing of Antonin Scalia and pass it along to the Senate. These items need to be a top priority and Trump needs to find where to strike the balance between established political entities and bringing in people from the private sector in order to make the changes promised and run the government as a profit making entity as far as productivity and strict budgeting. Granted, we understand that President Trump is somewhat stuck with the budget as it has already been laid out and approved but that does not mean that this is a completed job. Just sticking to the budget as written will be sufficient challenge. That said, President Trump’s first major hurdle where the bar could be raised higher than desired will be the next yearly budget and though it is not necessary to get approval until the fall, starting to propose and work with Congress as soon as possible will pay off in that the excessive lead time will permit using the secret weapon possessed by this administration, the people who voted for change.

 

Donald Trump’s Presidency may require utilizing the public pressure method of pressing Congress to ally with the President’s efforts. President Trump might consider making prime time (6:00 PM on the West Coast) addresses to the nation every three weeks or even more frequently and lay out his plans on what need be accomplished in the ensuing period. A President Trump should announce appointments he feels are necessary and explain who and what each appointee brings to the table. Such announcements will work best for those people Trump can convince to take the bite of a huge drop of income and placing their investments with a trusted investment agent who manages their financial affairs while they serve the people and the President. These actual civilians who are not beholden to any party or lobbying groups will be the greatest tool that Trump will be able to pursue and we hope he succeeds in getting those people he most desires and trusts. Vice President elect Mike Pence is going to be an indispensable assistant and advisor on who from amongst the political community can be trusted to perform in a position serving to cut waste and trim the budget with skill and ample enthusiasm. People brought from the business world already understand the idea of getting the most possible for the least treasure spent, allocated rather than the spend as much as possible so we can demand even more next year in order to finally take a stab at last year’s set goals. Trimming the government does not mean less services for the population, it means doing more with fewer employees and having only one team of four people to present a simple report instead of eight teams of five people and a committee to hear all the proposals and choose which three get to spend yet another year working on the project before the final team is selected and then set off to start from the beginning because objectives changed over the two and a half years it took to get this far. That is much of the current system which produces some of the greatest boondoggles known to mankind; oh, sorry, not mankind, peoplehood, that’s the word from the newspeak dictionary of double-plus good and approved words.

 

There is one set of events which are seldom talked of but which can break a President and fill them with such dread that they are reduced to inaction. These are the briefings from Military Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an alphabet soup of agencies and departments we have and never will hear about that exist in the darkest crevices of the world and country. An incoming President earns one-third of their grey hairs on these first days and the briefings they receive. A few weeks or even months the President will awaken sweat pouring off his body, eyes fluttering, breathing hard and unable to speak immediately. Once relatively composed he tells his wife to go back to sleep, it’s nothing and then goes to his study in the White House and grabs the secure phone and sets up meetings for 6 A.M. and everybody better be there and be sharp. Then the President will demand an update on what was first discussed right during that first week where everything was a whirlwind and the memories are blurred some. The President will know it is important when Generals and other advisors are made to leave the briefing due to not having ample clearances. These are the briefings we the people will never learn about but are behind a rare few of the conspiracy, world is about to end, martial law is coming lunatic fringe stories. That’s right, there are little grains of truth the size of a grain of sand within that gallon can of end of the world stories. The secret is finding that little grain and combining it with other grains of sand plucked from an hourglass, just one grain, and from a sandbox around the corner, another single grain and then there are many along the beach, the trick is knowing which grain and where it fits in the great sculpture which nobody has ever viewed the entirety all at once. There are those working on the knee joint, another on the big toe and yet another the parting of the hair but all except three never see beyond where their piece is to fit, the three seeing it all are the appointed head of the agency, the head of the entire project and the President, and the President gets to see most of these programs and their designs and this is what ages them, knowing exactly how close the world is to falling beyond the cusp and into the chasm of oblivion. Such knowledge and then watching the insane dancing with nuclear weapon of Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean Dictator and Supreme Leader; the bombastic proclamations for the destruction of America and death of Zionism by the Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei of Iran (what is it with this ‘Supreme Leader’ titles?); the madness of island building and militarily arming them to the teeth by Chinese President and an up and coming choice for Paramount Leader (they stress this term should not be translated incorrectly as Supreme Leader, whew, that’s a relief, not!) Xi Jinping, and Bashir al-Assad and Islamic State and Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (isn’t Caliph kind of like supreme leader?) or Putin or who knows who or what else as for all we know there might also be the Supreme Leader Gnodsnarkch who rules the Seven Planets and Three Systems of the Lizard Elites Empire who are negotiating with the leaders, all the other Supreme Leaders of Earth and we expect Presidents not to completely lose it from time to time. The only thing I can think to add is to pat Donald Trump on the shoulder and state, “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”
full poem Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling.

 

 

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