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 June 15th




By Jack Parnell - retired Congressman and Independent Presidential candidate


Syndicated by Acme Features



"In a question of right and wrong, never be neutral." 



- Theodore Roosevelt


          There's a story Indians tell... those Indian Indians, that is, from India, as they must be... 'bout the seven blind men and just one ol’ elephant. An Indian grabs hold its trunk and says "elephants must be a sort of snake". Another pinches its ear and decides an elephant's just a big old leaf, covered in wrinkly skin; others as touch its tail, tusks, feet and so on make up other explanations. None of those blind Indians ever had one right idea about elephants, on their own, but, if you put 'em all together, why... there it was!

          Of course if that elephant tired of being pinched by blind, from-India-Indians, it might have just turned round and swatted 'em... then it wouldna made a pinch of difference what nature of a beast it was! Back in the eighteenth century, most as could read took comfort in what the likes of Adam Smith believed: working people were permanently broken in spirit, like farm animals, by their hard, monotonous labor. So termites thought to pinch 'em harder, pay them less and less, but finally the hunger in their bellies woke 'em up instead! People got mad, you had the American and French revolutions, then all kinds of Communist and anarchist seditions and, finally, unions... as would take another century to shrink back to only 7% of non-government labor on account of being so corrupted into the uselessness that even the people whose grandparents they’d saved sneered “Pass ‘em by.”

          That is the curse of Entropy, whether it infects the public or the private sector, left or right. They just can't help themselves! Dick Nixon was going to make roadkill of those weenie McGovern Democrats no matter what, in '72, but had to sic the IRS on his enemies’ list and greenlight the break-in and coverings-up at Watergate, win Massachusetts and maybe even D.C., he couldn't help himself! Slick Willie had that Arkansas State Patrol, then his Secret Service, bringing him all the strange as could compete in quantity, if not quality, with his idol, JFK (the whisky-man's boy, not the pickle husband as replaced Hillary at State and kept flying around the world telling folks how sorry we Americans are for bein’ Americans). Warn't enough! Had to drop his pants in front of civilians in hotel rooms, finally, desecrate the people's White House with cigar follies out'n that "Cabaret" movie. Couldn't help himself. The applause and polls went to Junior's head after Afghanistan - Congress wouldn't let him invade Iran or Syria, so he dived into Iraq.  We got Edwards, McGravy… whatever his name was… Congressman (and rejected Mayor) Weiner, the other rich guy in New York and Secretary Flynn.  Hastert!  The Urban Spaceman grabbed a Nobel before even serving a day in office, then pulled troops out’n where they shoulda been pushed in and vice versa, raised the Nixonian flag on them wiretaps and IRS follies and conjured up a healthcare scheme that, frankly, owed more to Kaiser Bismarck than Karl Marx.  Which brought us to the Donald, the midnite Twitterer, as got steamed at the European bankers, the Colombians and Venezuelans so we invade Costa Rica. We couldn't help ourselfies!

          Entropy can't help itself either... which is why people keep coming together to kick it in the nuts every generation or so. It's waited out Teddy and Frank Roosevelt, Henry and Georgie Wallace, Ross Perot and certain others, but, as wrote former Democratic Senator David Boren, after the 1995 polls showing 57% of Americans (up to 64% a decade later, 68% now) want at least one serious third-party option:  And that ain’t the Greens as want to make everybody drive an electric car and eat tofu, nor Libertarians… sorry, Rand, sorry guy who never heard of Aleppo.  "There is no reason to believe that the United States is immune to major changes in party structure which are impacting nations like Japan,” Boren warned. “The people will not forever tolerate a party system which forces them to choose the lesser of two evils."

          2016 was not forever but… on the other hand,,,

          As Washington throws up walls of dried New World Ordure, states are quietly decoupling with a repressed fury unseen since 1859. Oklahoma, Nevada and Tennessee state legislatures passed various resolutions of unwelcomement to the UN peacekeepers and two counties on Michigan's Upper Peninsula actually passed laws against selling 'em food.   Them as consider the new immigration laws proposed by POTUS to be bogus have topped thirty.  Sixteen states, now, hundreds of mayors, city and county administrators and thousands of neighborhood watchdog committees, as trust neither Washington nor their own state legislatures, have passed resolutions reaffirming the 10th Amendment that reserves to them all powers not expressly delegated to DeeCee and making Wall Street shysters shiver the way people used to do with the Yellow Fever.  And that’s not even mentioning the near-open state of insurrection in the Palintate of Alaska, as now seems to be attempting a sesquicentennial revanché with them Russians or that on-again, off-again Texas Governor as calls for mandatory AK-47 carry in schools, bars and churches, bringing back secession and fighting the Civil War all over again.

          That online petition place has now racked up 1.2 million likes for the likingness of trashing the Constitution and going back to the Articles of Confederation.

          Barry Goldwater went to his reward believing extremism in the defense of liberty was no vice, but what people see now in Washington is just plain extremism in the service of greed. The only check on the partisan hate as infects gumment is that the money-boys riding both elephants and donkeys want to be sure that spoilers don't get into the race. The human face of the Republican Party's become a corporate bureaucrat as waves “Mein Kampf” and lays off Americans as, then, get told by Democratic faces in gumment offices that they'll have to submit to urinalysis and anger-management seminars before being put on a waiting list for the children's medicine and surplus cheese. Our CNC face... near as I can see the manufacture of it... should be an old fashioned American milkman, going door to door in his truck (or... once the oil's gone... a horse and buggy). Some Americans of a certain age remember milkmen, and wish we had 'em back. It's the Neighborhood Watch volunteer with a wink for the children... and a carbine slung over his shoulder for them as persist in being up to no good.

          What the CNC brings to America's table is its enthusiasm and... at the risk of losing the few Virtuecrats as already don't have us on their list of naughties... a sense of adventure. Fun, even!  For us, not Vladimir Putin!

          There's an attitude I take in helping see the CNC erected from the ground up, like a kid at Christmas experimenting with plastic building logs. Concentrate on those as don't fit and get mad, pay attention to those as do and politics can be fun as taking a pint and rifle out to the county dump to blow away a few dirty rats!

          Given the Sharpton/Farrakhan/Jackson/King axis of mattering, nattering blackness simultaneously deriding their President and casting him as a martyr, that "Christian" party as seems to have come into being after the incumbent broke his promise to deport twelve million Catholic Mexicans inside thirty days and the conservative Supremes slapped restrictions on just how much probable cause police needed to dragnet them... might be two Christian parties jumping the Trump and siphoning off votes from the elephant men, one pre-millenial, one post!... and stage left, various leftover Greens, dropped-out liberals, socialists, gays, bitter Berniecrats, Hollywood celebrities, feminists and other practitioners of identity politics... with, maybe, Brother Ross and the Reform remnants rallying behind Rudy Giuliani (that the powers that be are re-runnin’ them Saturday Night Live clips of him in a dress means ol’ Rood is to be taken seriously) or that other New York Mayor as wanted to lock up people who drink soda plus some inevitable October surprise, and you've got Constitutional goulash as smells frightening to some, but... to the CNC... reeks of opportunity.

          Well, a little competition... the desperate attempts afoot to close off ballot access to all but Jeb and Hillary, the Termite Twins duly noted... makes for strong bodies, and stronger wills, as are gonna be necessary. Because when a party founded on Catfish principles of charity, thrift, justice, enterprise and common sense wins, the Democrats and Republicans are not just going to let us take over. No... I firmly believe they'll do anything, up to and including ordering police and soldiers to fire on our crowds, like in Belarus, Syria and Costa Rica, to keep power and, if they refuse, the DeVos clan will commission their Blackwater mercenaries to mount a coup. Those ten weeks between election and inauguration aren't a tenth of the time needed to shred documents as would send vast quantities of our legislative, executive and judicial termites marching off to prison!

          Those Indian people I mention... or, maybe, the Chinese... have a saying: "may you live in the interesting times". It's a curse. But, the building of Renaissance requires a cleansing as has to be performed from the ground up, I would prefer to second Daniel Boorstin, the author and former Librarian of Congress as coined the term "American Exceptionalism". We are exceptional, not only for being the Land of the Free, or the Brave, but for having been... and, let us hope, still being... "the land of the blessedly Unexpected."