Serving the Metropolitan Area
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
2016 was not forever but… on the other hand,,,
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
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."
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