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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

And It Was Nice Knowing Y’all



Apologies to my readers for my delay for this entry, but my detention in the Bernie Sanders ward at the FDR Sanitarium for Left-Leaning Liberals was longer than I originally expected.  Oh, I wasn’t in isolation all weekend.  I was granted a day pass to attend a town hall meeting with Warrior Queen to meet our House
Representative Brendan Boyle (D).

Boyle is a young man of forty, and extremely articulate in the ways of federal legislation.  The meeting was cordial, civilized and respectful, unlike meetings which Republican congress people have held with their public.  There were no protestors present and no shouting down the host by angry constituents.  In other words, it was democracy in action as it was intended to be.  Unfortunately this meant the local media had very little to report: civilized meetings are so ho-hum on the 11:00 o’clock news and draw very few shares on YouTube.

The meeting began with a few members from the local American Legion leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Even Warrior Queen stood and placed her hand on her breast.  Naturally she couldn’t resist raising a fist in deference to the Resistance at the end, but I don’t know if anyone noticed her
additional gesture.

So the town hall might have been a bust for the radio and television station that showed up to record the event, but otherwise it was very informative.  We affirmed that Boyle’s position on the issues were in synch with ours.  He reassured us that the cries of Social Security being imminently insolvent is not true (we are fully funded until 2037); he is a big supporter of LGBTQ rights, and does not see any way we could have a do over the 2016 election.  Even if we prove that Russia did irremovable interfered in our election, it would not be a good idea to have a second election for 2016.   It could backfire (Trump could conceivably get more popular votes on a do over election) and besides the Constitution won’t allow it.

In contrast to the quiet civility of the town hall meeting we are now dealing with the saber rattling between two immensely mentally disturbed individuals: Kim Jung Un and our President.   There is something terribly wrong when our American leader uses terms like “fire and fury” in a public statement against a potential belligerent.  Now this is something to warm the ratings of the media and YouTube.

Just to put this all in perspective, what if Kennedy had a different reaction when he learned that the USSR had placed missiles in Cuba in 1962.  Instead of pursuing the behind the scenes give-and-take negotiations of diplomacy to avert the crisis, what if he just went on national television and said, “Bring it on, Nikita!”   Chances are the world would not have existed long enough to see 1963.

If the President was a reader I would suggest that he read John Hersey’s Hiroshima while he motors between golf holes in his cart.  It’s a short book, should not be too terribly taxing on his short-attention span thinking, and presents a good once-and-for-all argument against ever using nuclear weapons again.  If only he were a reader and not a Twitter writer...

So just in case the shouting back and forth between America and North Korea gets worse and escalates to the worst case scenario for mankind, let me conclude with this sentiment.

It was nice knowing y’all!
 
(Thank for reading.  In this space next week, a handy list of potable water sources in a post-nuclear apocalypse world.)

7 Comments:

Blogger Bob Slatten said...

Lunatics with nukes ... and then there's North Korea.

August 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

How refreshing to read your article of sanity coming out of your country, RTG! It feels like a soothing salve, indicating that there's yet hope and no requirement (as yet) to give up in total despair.

Hardly helpful for DT to have responded to the North Korean threat (which for Mrs Palin would have = SOUTH Korea!) with a "mine is bigger than yours" riposte. I can just see how well that'll go down with King Kong Very-ill. Still, DT's fans who believe he's been sent by Almighty God to save the nation, will just LURVE it - and, of course, American policy nowadays, both domestic and foreign, is entirely determined by the buzz can DT get out of the adulatory clucking and cheering he can conjure up. Worrying times, RTG, worrying times.

August 9, 2017 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

Not really "Mine is bigger than yours", RTG. A better analogy would be "I can piss higher up the wall than you!"

August 9, 2017 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Old Lurker said...

Let us hope that you and the other sanitarium inmates are getting help for your conditions.

August 9, 2017 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you, Bob. I would rest easier if the lunatics weren't so intent on proving their machismo.

Thank you, Raybeard. If only the President would keep his mouth shut! Then perhaps the rest of the world would not doubt our national sanity. Oh right, the President won the election...so much for national sanity.

Thank you Old Lurker. Yes, we are comfortable here and we are all sane.

August 10, 2017 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

your title made me do palpitations.

August 12, 2017 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

I apologize that my attention grabbing headline caused you any distress. For the record we are all fine.

August 13, 2017 at 8:18 AM  

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