Loyalty Pledges

Loyalty Pledges
By
Sarge

“I Pledge Allegiance to the Republican/Democrat Party One party under guard without liberty of thought and with injustice for all”. (The New Pledge of Political Allegiance)

This should be the pledge signed by all people seeking to replace the Presidential administration presently in place, in America.
Really; is this what America has come to when a candidate MUST acquiesce to the will of an illegitimate ideology really no better than their opposition’s? Candidates can’t be chosen by the people? They must be chosen by specific people “caucussing” (sic) in smoke filled rooms and back-corridors of the house of ill-repute commonly known as the Halls o’ Congress and the DNC/RNC offices?

I’m not wild about Donald Trump. I think that’s clear. Any person noted for bombast, controversy and insult isn’t somebody I want representing me in the highest office in the land. Where he comes to look like an ass, it drags me along in harness with him as an American. Statesmanship takes intelligence, strength of character and a certain measure of aplomb not bordering on a sense of insanity controlled only by political hubris.
The Republican National Committee is requiring Trump sign–off on a “loyalty Pledge” saying he won’t form a third party to run for the presidency. Trump wants to test that integrity and see if the party will follow the “will of the people” seemingly indicated in the nationwide polls.

This third party effort would immediately send a broadside into the Republican Party. It would produce a huge hole in the party’s ability to present a solid, intelligent and cohesive element of proposed governance. It would show the total weakness of the ideals and dogma of the party.

A Third Party formation would allow, through the apparent schism in the party, the transfer of votes away from the Republicans. It would destroy that party; possibly for all time. Hilarity Clinton (or worse, Joke Biden) could win election and continue the Obama legacy of hate, divisiveness and exclusion of any and all NOT seeing it the Socialist/Democrat Party way.

Trump has stormed the political stage over the years and presented himself as a know-it-all always saying he knew better than anybody else what was good for this nation and its people. Whether you agree with him or not he’s a political “rock-star” among a galaxy of dogmatically polluted black holes. He’s managed to enliven the campaign with his brash, loud and frankly clownish manner. He’s proposed building a wall on the southern border to prevent illegal immigration.

Where that wall would inspire and energize employment in the construction field, it would be incredibly expensive. But, it also brings to mind another wall built by a repressive and dictatorial government in Berlin, Germany in the 1960s. There is no Yin without Yang. There is a balance to be struck in all things or chaos will reign and fall on the people of America like the pollutant known as Acid Rain. Acid rain corrodes the veneer of what it touches and ultimately makes the finish of the object discolored and unrecognizable as it was once meant to be seen.

The Loyalty Oath is something despots use to determine who is and who isn’t loyally walking in the dung polluted path of their lead horses. No matter the party, Democrat or Republican, the ideology must be served or the agendas of the hierarchies will fail. And, failure of the ideologies is what Trump’s pursuing apparently. He wants to win and is willing to shake the rotted fruit from the tree before harvest. He wants to see if he can cross-pollinate a newer, hardier fruit grafted from his thinking; and his alone.

Trump is being summoned to kneel before the altar of regimented, stolid and deadlocked political party dogma. He follows nobody. He sees himself as the American Caesar ready to cross the Potomac as a metaphorical Rubicon. He doesn’t seem to care what the Republican Party says.
But, in that lack of caring, how can we be sure he cares about the American people and their wishes? After all; he’s made it clear this is more about him than anything or anybody else.

Possibly he’s a nice guy. But that’s the way Obama was portrayed during his campaigns and we see the Hell we’ve been delivered to in a thorn lined hand-basket in that instance.

Neither the Republicans nor “The Donald” have a monopoly on chutzpah. They do have a firm grasp on how despotic Communists dictatorships build walls (between nations and the people composing them) with the signage of loyalty oaths.
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Bear baiting

Bear baiting
By
Sarge

The Trump vs. Ramos exchange was interesting. I must admit it’s personally confusing because both men got exactly what they wanted. It’s confusing because I’m not sure how I really feel about it all.

In the first place Ramos was explosively interventionist with Trump. Ramos took the floor and attacked with questions directed toward a specific point Trump has built his campaign upon: Illegal Immigration. Where I applaud the power and courage of the Chihuahua attacking the Bear before him in the ring; I have to wonder if anybody else felt this wasn’t so much an effort to ask questions to develop what’s news worthy, so much as it was about creating the news and having it seen as worthy.

According to Wikipedia, Univision is an “American Spanish language broadcast television network that is owned by Univision Communications …aimed at Hispanic Americans in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish-language television viewers in the world, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

Jorge Ramos is the news anchor for this network and as such has an audience numbered in the millions world-wide. As such it’s his direct responsibility to see ratings are up. This assures advertising dollars keep flowing into Univision’s coffers. That’s the job; that’s the fact.
Where I have a problem is in the fact I applaud Ramos asking the hard questions many people of Hispanic origin are asking. Those questions may affect them or their families. The problem is in the sense of decorum (something I view with great skepticism) being violated.
Ramos has shown himself to be combative, argumentative and abrupt at best. Trump can be described as being of the same ilk. The problem? I don’t the party I should be rooting for.

Ramos is a journalistic bulldog. He bites into a story and shakes it until he gets out of it what he’s after. I’ve seen the man (Ramos) attack the issue directly, but that means he has to confront the messenger delivering the issue. That’s the way it goes. This isn’t a matter of Political Correctness (PC) so much as it’s about conducting a news conference in a decorous and controlled manner so the greatest number of the Press may ask questions they want answered.

Ramos didn’t care about any of his colleagues in the room. He was showboating and driving to be the MOST apparent member of the Press available. His ego appears to have the same proportion of egotism Trump displays. As such he demonstrated his belief ONLY HIS questions needed to be answered. It’s here we see the CREATION of news as opposed to reporting it with objectivity. Ramos lured Trump into the trap and the bar slammed down on Trump like a wayward Mink.

Please make no mistake concerning my confusion; it’s purely momentary. Trump is a bloviating, belligerent, argumentative guy. I like that in a politician. But he’s also self-serving under the guise of wanting to be a public servant. Enter Ramos. It’s damned near a mirror image with Salsa to add “the heat”. I’m not wild about either of them.

The issue is the violation of decorum or politeness as it’s otherwise known. PC would be where a politician caters to the limited number of like-minded members of a prejudiced media outlet. They’ll seek to laud the candidate to advance an agenda, or conversely, attack a candidate to advance the agenda of party (meaning any interested person) or political dogma they believe in or are paid to advance.

Trump hit the political stage with the explosive introduction of the cannon complement of the 1812 Overture. His abrupt, direct, angry and sometimes insulting attitude toward reporters (specifically Megan Kelly asking a logical and pointed question about Trumps apparent, possibly chauvinist and misogynistic treatment of women who disagree with him) pushed him into showing his aggravation and rejection of anybody challenges him, his agenda or his personality. This results in big news, big ratings and bigger and fatter poll ratings for Trump.

Enter Jorge Ramos, a man cut from the same cloth but tailored by a Hispanic design with a sense of Latin haut couture. They’re the same man from different backgrounds.

Trump can dish it, but refuses to dine on the same fare he drops on the table. He expects raves from the people dining and allows no criticism from them. It’s “shut-up and eat what’s on your plate or you’ll get no more from me”! Ramos is the Oliver Twist to Trump’s Bumble at the workhouse. The outrage shown was metered to match the indignity the billionaire candidate felt for being challenged.

It all has a sense of showmanship I refuse to ignore. I don’t know if Trump is for real. I don’t know that Ramos is either because they both profit substantially from this high drama played on a prairie stage. No matter what; the public must be aware of the horse nuggets and cow pies they may be stepping in if they’re not careful. I despise Ramos’ driving the news at his will, but I also see the same petty posturing by Trump.

It appears they deserve each other.

Is it a stalwart pursuit of the truth as Ramos wants us to believe it is, or is it a petulant pique displayed by a dilettantish prima donna as we see in Trump?

It beats the hell out of me but it’s GREAT Theater no matter how absurd. And I detest the absurdity of politicians believe we’re too stupid to see it’s all a performance on a grand scale..
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Anchor babies/Human shields

Anchor babies/Human shields
By
Sarge

Well, here we are. I warned you it was coming soon. The cannibals in the Republican Party are attacking each other.

The Republican Party is formulating a battle plan to diminish the challenge their most dangerous enemy has presented for them. They’re trying like hell to figure out just what it will take to diminish the power and destructive might of forces they refuse to recognize in an opponent. And, thus we see the Republican Party’s need to coalesce behind battle-plans allowing them to progress beyond their present status of perpetual “also-ran”.
The main problem with this tactical development is their drive not to overcome Hillary Clinton but Donald Trump or any of the other droids seeking to maintain a liberal, socialist leaning nation where the middle class pays for everything, and the “poor” and “disadvantaged” have no responsibility to produce for themselves or the common good. This act shows how stupid the Republican Party hierarchy is right now. The hierarchy is too idiotic to recognize if they adopted his combativeness while fiercely addressing issues the Democrats shrink from; they could better control the narrative Trump has stolen from them in their rejection of the American people’s ideal.

They’d rather be “one –size fits none” than tailor-made for the ideals of the Constitution.

I’m no fan of The Donald. But Trump, for all of his blather, bombast and bullspit (sic) has vocalized what many people feel is the truth: Political Correctness (PC) is dishonesty in action and it’s destructive in practice. It hides personal, political agendas and there’s no illumination possible because of the “Black hole” of carefully crafted words disguising the truth of the debate. PC casts shadows on truth. It darkens perception by diverting attention to the act of PC as opposed to dealing with the issues to be addressed.

Take this controversy concerning “ANCHOR BABIES”. The term was coined to denote the Constitutional dilemma of children being born of people illegally entered and residing in America. The definition is a child “anchors” the parents in the United States because the child was born in America and becomes a native born citizen of the United States under the principle defined in the 14th Amendment. The theory is nobody wants to destroy a family by deporting the parents even though the child IS a citizen. The 14th Amendment was designed and passed to assure slaves maintained their citizenship post-Civil War.

PC says: “These are bad, bad people who would hurt a family”.

Unfortunately, the controversy concerning the term leads us away from noting the frailty of the 14th Amendment and the destructive element of people looking to abuse the honorable intent of the Amendment. They’re trying to use it as a tool to remove illegal aliens from responsibility for their criminal actions conducted with malice aforethought. While everybody’s attention is directed to the “inhumane” treatment of “anchor babies”, they refuse to address the fact the mother crossed the border with the direct intent to violate the laws of the United States.

In this nation we impound the goods and money developed from the illegal actions of criminals. We address the fact these material possessions ARE a result of illegal actions and a fundamental element of criminal law is that NO individual, corporation or group shall profit from criminal acts in violation of standing, stated law. You don’t make millions of dollars from selling drugs and upon conviction for these crimes in court keep the ill-gotten gains. The state impounds the goods and profits.

In this case being discussed, the ill-gotten gain is citizenship and that citizenship of an infant is designed to keep the parents in this country because the child has “rights”. Where this is interesting (as it applies to developing a strategy) is in the fact a principle exists in legal understanding. This is called the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.

The “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” doctrine is an offspring of the Exclusionary Rule. The Exclusionary rule is a legal principle in the United States which holds that evidence collected or analyzed in violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights is sometimes inadmissible for a criminal prosecution in a court of law. (“The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”.)

It’s interesting the principle of the “Poisonous Tree” is used to restrain the improper activities of the Police but isn’t used to combat the criminal efforts of illegal aliens to secure their residence in America through their conspiracy to bypass the spirit of a law. Should the conspiratorial efforts of a person be rewarded because the ill-gotten gains and benefits of the criminal activity are transferred to an “innocent” infant?

I wonder. Mostly I wonder why the so-called “legal experts” almost never argue for the benefit of people forced to support those violating the spirit of law and address the outright rape of the society directed to support them. Law is theory based on moral imperative. It is supposed to be based on ethical standards known, understood and shared by society. But law is subjective and the passions of the debate teams arguing the finer points shade the understanding.

I don’t want to hurt a kid; but I don’t want to have his/her parents profit from a vastly expanding Welfare State seeking to create a complex of socialist inspired crap I must pay for. So many people say the state will be hurting the innocent child. But, I’d say that it’s the parent that’s endangering the child by consciously USING the kid as a Human Shield designed (since before the child’s birth) to protect the parent from deportation. Therein exists the immorality of the process.

Screw the Democrat and Republican Parties and their particular brands of self-serving Political Correctness removing us from dealing with the real problems in America.

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Origami pigeons

Origami pigeons
By
Sarge

This election cycle is about as interesting as watching paint dry. So many candidates are doing no more than they’ve ever done with the exception of Trump. They’re all involved with the same pat promises, the same trite clichés and the same disdain for the American voting public as exemplified by Clinton.

Their gestures carry the emotional impact of a marionette at the command of a six-year-old. Power punctuation flowing from pointing fingers and vapid open-arm gestures designed to appear as inclusive of everybody in the audience, are about as sincere as a used-car salesman trying to sell a smoking engine as a mosquito control option. It’s apparent the mosquitoes are less aggravating. The open throat, button-down collars and the rolled up shirt sleeves are allegedly emblematic of candidates of the people, by the people and for the people. Those symbols are supposed to suggest a person ready to roll up their sleeves, get to work and immediately solve America’s problems in the first hundred days in office.

It’s a shame there are 535 men, women and idiots in Congress and nine Supreme Court Justices laying in ambush, ready for the chance to advance personal agendas and ideals having nothing to do with justice and representation of the people. These 544 people are representatives of the state and as such think more and more often of their ascension to the Olympian heights as members of that state.

The Constitution means nothing anymore. According to the intelligentsia the Constitution is a “living document” and as such is open to interpretation and modification by Executive fiat and Appellate and Supreme Court rulings designed to uphold and support the directionality of political breezes. It’s a matter of debate as to whether this is the current of political breezes or simply the methane exhaust of flatulent dogmatic oratory issued by politically insignificant cockroaches.

I’ll go with the latter description.

Clinton is still expecting a coronation in spite of the fact Bernie Sanders, Socialist (read proto-Communist-in-waiting) is gaining on her in the polls and gaining greater attendance at his pressers and campaign events. Billary (for the truth her campaign is a profane tactical faux-pas directed by both Bill and Hilary) Clinton believes because she said it, she believes it and that settles it; we’re all supposed to shut-up, Kowtow to her and go along with any and all lies exiting her butt is manna to nourish the masses.

If you take into account the peanut gallery inhabited by such luminaries as George Pataki, Jim Gilmore, Linseed Graham; Rick Perry (who’s alleged to be in financial trouble campaign-wise), Rick Santorum (who was resoundingly rejected last election cycle); Mark Everson, Jack Fellure and Andy Martin ( all people NOBODY ever heard of and little care to hear from them) and wrap them all in grape leaves they’d lack the political substance to be acceptable to the general voting populace as a light snack. What they bring to the political banquet is negligible at best. But, there they are dropping the replicant “world’s greatest potato salad” on the table to then be forgotten because everybody gets burned out on the carbohydrate overload. We’re fed up with so many political hacks wanting a stipend from a government for doing what the founding fathers did out of principle and for free.

The campaigns are stale, trite and less than stellar in their presentation; except for Trump. And he’s the only reason to pay attention to this cycle at all.

As a candidate and potentially as our representative before the disunited nations of the world, I find him so much less worthy of the presidency. He’s loud, bombastic, argumentative, a dilettante, a huckster; self-absorbed and self-possessed. It’s debatable whether he has the American ideal in first place in his efforts or his desire to rule the world before he shuffles off of this mortal coil.

The real interest is whether or not the other candidates will look beyond his full-throated roar of self-righteous anger proclaiming him to be in tune with the thoughts of the people; and make that outrage their own. Will they hear the truth Trump speaks and use their understanding of statesmanship to better America (and therefore the world) by changing their stance from self-aggrandizing political hacks? Will they become Constitutional diplomates showing their adeptness at solving America’s problems with respect to “liberty and justice for all”?

So far, it’s been pretty calm. The next step is for the feeding frenzy such as displayed between Rand Paul and Chris Christie and exemplifying their violation of Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican”. All they do is fertilize the turf the opposition will build a foundation upon to fight the Conservative cause.

Watch closely. All of this is unfolding like a poorly constructive Origami swan soon to look like a pigeon with mites staggering around looking for bird feed rather than a majestic Bald Eagle in flight.

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Picking at scabs

Picking at scabs
By
Sarge

Okay; so the Confederate Battle Flag is something offends some people and they want it banned. There are protestors demanding the monuments to Civil War commanders and participants be torn down and removed from the sight of those whose ancestors were subjugated to chains. This should be ranked up there with Book Burning, Forced Labor and eradication by race, religion or place of birth. It, in many ways, harkens back to when old Adolph goose stepped his way across Europe. Should we destroy the monuments and edifices devoted to those killed at Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Sobibor?

This is the supreme balancing act to come. If you’ll deny the monuments to one group’s heroes, you must by the simple balance of Yin vs. Yang, remove the statues and monuments dedicated to those fought on the Union side. Those proclaiming Southern Heritage say the war was an act of Northern Aggression seeking to secure the supremacy of the Federal government over the rights of the states assured under the 10th Amendment. Should we tear down the flag of the United States because some diehard Confederate finds the past to be painful?

The southerners feel aggrieved. They feel today’s troubles result from the Union exerting heavy-handed post-war policies meant to punish and whip the Confederates back into alignment with the then victorious Union. Shall we tear down every monument to those who “wantonly” killed southerners simply because they wanted to be self-governing as defined by the 10th Amendment?

I’m from New England. If you tore down all of the monuments across that area, there’d be a well-defined desolation and dearth of any monuments. You can’t go anywhere in that area you don’t find a memorial to some dead guy or guys died far from home and for ideals found sufficiently important to risk their mortality. This doesn’t even account for all of the memorials to servicemen and women died in conflicts since Lincoln allegedly chained us to a federal government claiming more and more dominion over our personal rights and liberties. Should we tear down those memorials because somebody hates war and feels the monuments glorify the evil of war?

You can’t change history. And, as George Santayana’s old adage goes; “those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” One of the dangers of this adage and the fact it puts across is people don’t ever see themselves as being the next Hitler. They never see themselves as being despotic and oppressive. They don’t see the children of former slaves of any color, nationality or race can change the societal positioning to a point where they may enslave, subjugate and enchain another group. They fail to recognize slavery is a societal element practiced by the stronger of the two entities: the victor enslaves the vanquished. Members of the same race have always enslaved their opponents after conquest and the result is no less evil than another race enslaving a different race.

Slavery is conducted by the powerful over those less powerful. It can be racial, religious or governmental as THE State commands obedience to the dogma of those alleging to hold governance over (when really they want to rule) those people based only on their self-serving want and without right.

We’re a highly refined and intellectually based people. That doesn’t make us smart. We apply our emotion to our issues and drive home the past pain suffered by our ancestors as though that trial and travail is ours to have been suffered. People seek reparations today for crimes committed over a hundred years ago. It’s at that point the sense of entitlement takes a dump on the righteous desire to experience equality. By seeking the practical self-aggrandizement of monetary gain over the righteous demand for that equality, the protagonists cheapen the cause they say is righteous.
This issue of trying to deny history and the monuments making us remember our past injustices and pursuits of principles drove men and women to suffer a great conflict, is being pursued not out of a desire for truth and honest discussion, but moreso as a springboard for the politically adept to push agendas we may or may not believe in.

This entire debate and the demands for one group’s rights to honor over those of the opposition is a disease growing unchecked on the body politic. Where the danger comes in is the body politic is encased in our national “skin”. The debate causes wounds needing to heal.

But people keep picking the scabs of our past injuries so they’ll never heal and the resultant sepsis could kill the patient in body, mind and spirit because of the lack of patience causing the pursuit of a false cure.

Let’s quit picking the scab.
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Barnum’s doppleganger

Barnum’s doppelganger
By
Sarge

He’s an American showman and businessman known for his promotions of both self and business. He’s an author, philanthropist, and now a politician. He’s a showman by personal choice and all the gilding shall make nothing else of him. His personal aim is to make money. He’s bombastic, curt, combative, argumentative and willing to attack any and all who disagree with him. He uses his personal wealth as not only the spectacular asset having billions of dollars can prove to be, but also as a cudgel or war club to bludgeon his opposition into submission if possible and to political and business death if need be.

I speak of Donald Trump. But, if you go to the Wikipedia site concerning P.T. Barnum, you find the first three sentences of this effort paraphrase Barnum’s history. The parallels are interesting when it comes to Trump’s candidacy. The over-the-top self-promotion, the ability to draw a crowd based on no more than the power of personality and the ability to flood an audience with the effects of advertising, self-promotion and sheer will-power, with no apology for his actions and statements no matter how phantasmagorical the images are derived from the act, defines both men.

Barnum said it was his goal to “to put money in his own coffers”. In a world where money is power it allows for us to understand that the equation of “money attracts power and power attracts more money” then Trump’s pursuits are evident and as such transparent when inspected closely. It’s been this column’s intent and history to expose what should be recognized in the character (or lack of it) makes politicians tick and pursue what they see as Holy Grail to be found and exploited.

Egomaniacs pursue power and dominion over whatever they feel would benefit from their overly inflated self-perception. In their narrow little minds (and noted to be a constituent element of the mettle in their spine) they see themselves as the only ones know what’s good for you, your people, your state government, welfare, national policy and the world as a whole.

Don’t believe it? Check out Beaurat Obama, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-Un and any other nutcase ruling a people by mistake or design of the cabal promotes them. This includes Federation Council/Duma (Russia), Supreme People’s Assembly (North Korea) or American Political Party (Left OR Right Wing).

Trump is not the anomaly so many say he is. There have always been loudmouths and hucksters recognizing the wants, needs and thoughts of their audiences and then exploiting them for their personal gain. Snake oil is peddled to this day as seen in weight-loss claims and products as well as presidential campaign rhetoric and posturing to attract votes. It’s an act and as such entertaining and novel until you see it so often it becomes pedestrian, time-worn, hackneyed and insulting in the fact the peddler really believes he can keep the wool firmly nailed down and over your eyes.
It’s true; Trump is saying things many people have been thinking for a long time. He’s pounced on the obvious dissatisfaction the American people have for slick-sleeved politicians cranked out by unresponsive machines feigning an artificial intelligence really no more than a rote recitation of party dogma. The egregious actions and infamous scandals of a group of people considering themselves to be above the rest of us by class and finances are no longer seen as acceptable by the mainstream voter.

So, Trump is capitalizing on the unrest in the nation and specifically in the Conservative elements of the Republican Party. Many consider him a breath of fresh air. A breath of fresh air is relative. If you’re in a swamp sucking in swamp gas and methane the discharge from steel plant could seem acceptably freshened.

But, make no mistake he’s no different than those he challenges. His bravado is based on his wallet and his knowledge of world politics, diplomacy and statesmanship are non-existent. He’s as subtle as a sledge hammer on an inflamed toe. He’s a stalking horse challenging a hedge row and not understanding you can’t just pound your way through anything in search of an answer. A stalking horse is a figure that tests a concept with someone or mounts a challenge against someone on behalf of an anonymous third party. If the idea proves viable or popular, the anonymous figure can then declare its interest and advance the concept with little risk of failure. If the concept fails, the anonymous party will not be tainted by association with the failed concept and can either drop the idea completely or bide its time and wait until a better moment for launching an attack. (Wikipedia 2015)

Obama has been a Stalking Horse for George Soros and other Fascists. Trump is one for God knows who.
The Republican Party needs to understand the disfavor and dissatisfaction expressed by the rank and file. No longer can the hierarchy claim full, complete and absolute understanding of what this nation wants, needs or deserves. Trump has pointed this out with his aggressive manner and unpleasant manner of presentation.

He has a value as the immature boy stating plainly the king wears no clothes. He states the obvious and he does it in full throat. But that doesn’t qualify him as leader of a nation. It doesn’t qualify him as a commander of respect and esteem on the national and world stages. Having a big mouth, supplemented by a fat wallet only means you can be a destroyer if you feel the pique of rejection by the party and the system as you fight it hammer and tong.

Trump, the diversion; Trump the showman; Trump the provocateur is no more than the brightest and most startlingly brilliant flash to ever escape the pan. But his allure and the attention he draws to himself belies what he says he wants to accomplish: represent the American people.
Make no mistake; Trump is in it for himself and no other; just like most every other politician.

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‘Nuff said!

‘Nuff said!
By
Sarge

I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out why it is that nobody ever looks Obama dead in his ugly mug and says: “That’s a lie”! I understand Political Correctness (PC) and scrape it off of my shoe as soon as I smell it. But, in an effort to at least appear PC, I could say: “That’s just not true!”

There are many ways to be wrong. You can have bad information. You can misinterpret information and draw an erroneous conclusion. You can be reactive and judgmental based on prejudices and having less than necessary information to make an informed policy statement. Or; you can be a damnable liar seeking to push forth an agenda proven to be a failure with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain from the Baltic through Siberia.

Guess which category I put Obama and most other politicians in.

There’s an old adage states: “The Boss may not always be right, but he’s always the Boss.” This is true. It’s also generally offered, even though I may agree with the aforementioned statement I don’t necessarily have to respect the guy or gal issues the policy simply because they lied better than another guy while chasing the job. People say you may disagree with Obama but he is the President and you MUST respect the Office he holds.
NO, I DON’T!

Benedict Arnold was a great American General during the Revolutionary War. He appeared heroic, stalwart, headstrong and led from the front. But, he was also a petty, egotistical, obdurate, obstinate prig (yes I spelled that right) demanding recognition of HIS sacrifice over all who sacrificed as much or more than his troops he felt beneath him. History shows Arnold was worthy of respect up until the moment he betrayed the garrison at West Point and endangered his compatriots, countrymen and country.

Now, we’ll admit the position of Army General normally is well worthy of respect. But, if a man or woman with that rank betrays the tenets and principles of the Constitution he/she vowed, pledged and swore to uphold to their death; are they automatically expected to be shown respect simply because they had a job at a specific level of employment? I don’t think so. Everybody knows Obama has denigrated the stature and respect factor of the presidency over the course of his administration; we should respect that presidency and him simply because he holds the job?

I say HELL NO!

We all know people holding high level positions who are too stupid to know how to tie their shoes. That’s why royals and upper echelon officers needed valets and lady’s maids to dress them so as to assure they looked professional and capable no matter how big a dumb bass he or she was. And that’s what we have in the modern politicians. They have “advisors”, they have “aides”, they have “consultants” telling them what, when and how to think so as to assure they appear as competent at all times. These politicians “consult” and pull their statistics from sources specifically aggregated to assure they reflect the agenda of the party the politician belongs to. Nobody ever asks the “loyal opposition” for their input, guidance or wisdom concerning policy and enactment of those policies.

There is no give and take unless it’s the party in power giving the other a party a ration of spit (sic) and the party NOT in power has to take it. This operational imperative definitely does not work toward the development of bipartisan fellowship in the name of good governance. It breeds distrust, anger, insult and drive for vengeance for slights, snubs, affronts and offences real and imagined.

Politics is at best akin to the oldest profession. The practitioners service the customers no matter the horror of the STD they transmit because the hooker has to get paid to maintain that allegedly service oriented industry. Where people say Prostitution is a “victimless” crime, it’s assured there are many victims from the development and virulent transmission of disease, to the families destroyed and the simple fact human sexuality is supposed to have a moral component to it.

Politics is supposed to have a moral component to it as well. But, some of the practitioners are whores and no better than those they’re related to on the street corners and in the back alleys of any town or city. There’s just more marble to back up against in Washington and other governmental bodies across the world.

So, just because Obama, or Hollande or Cameron says it’s the truth because they speak it doesn’t make it so.

Abraham Lincoln asked the question: “How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg?” Answer: “Four. Just because you call a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

Wake up. ‘Nuff said.
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Pay attention!

PAY ATTENTION!
By
Sarge

Good morning. Or, at least it’s a better morning than some I’ve endured lately.

This is my pathetic way of trying to apologize for not having published the last few weeks. I have to admit some of the problem was caused by pique brought about from a less than enthusiastic response to an effort to gain reimbursement for my efforts as a writer, commentator, wordsmith, big mouth or whatever pejorative or insult you may direct me because we don’t see eye-to-eye on politics.

So, I still get nothing more than your occasional accolade and commentary to let me know somebody is reading the efforts of this humbled servant. But, what the heck! It’s a privilege to be listened to by anybody these days. Thank you.

The rest of the problem was brought about by a Staph (staphylococcus aureus) infection causing me no small amount of pain, suffering and remorse for sins past. I was embarrassed to receive the diagnosis because I was of the opinion (even though I was medically trained in an earlier life) Staph was a result of diaper rash, unclean and unsanitary home environments and or transmission by space aliens seeking to take over the world. Not so.
I got mine from an infected Sebaceous gland on my mid-back resulting in a growth the size of a biscuit that became more and more infected until life was becoming untenable. The toxins in my skin spread viciously like a wave of armed guerrilla insurgency seeking to overrun, destroy and kill from within.

I know this all sounds very dramatic, but it’s a cautionary effort. You can get one of these bloody infections from a shaving nick left unattended by either male or female. It can infiltrate body systems trying to fight the infection and creating other difficulties not readily recognizable by the patient. The discomfort of feeling hot and sweaty is masked by the incredible heat wave being suffered nationwide. The vision problems (hazy, wavy appearance of objects in the distance) are a result of the compromised system of a Diabetic. I’m a diabetic. Diabetes causes a disruption of the body’s healing process allowing a spectrum of infections from a simple Boil to antibiotic resistant infections and when the doo-doo hits the high-speed oscillating air distributor to necrotizing (flesh destroying) bacterial infections. We have worse cases of bacterial infections in North America because we give an antibiotic for everything and the nasty bacteria is becoming more and more immune to the medications’ benefits.

Because I’m overweight (groan) I run the risk of cellulitis, a bacterial infection involving the skin. It specifically affects the dermis and subcutaneous fat. Signs and symptoms include an area of redness which increases in size over a couple of days. The borders of the area of redness are generally not sharp and the skin may be swollen. (Wikipedia 2015) This can dive deep into the tissue and spread from there.
Doesn’t sound like much does it? But if you’re Diabetic, your immune system is already compromised and if added to the strain of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics (your blood chemistry is specific to you – what works for some doesn’t necessarily work for you and vice versa) and you have a problem; a BIG one.

I’m offering a cautionary tale here. If you note an unexplained rash, or you may have an explanation like Poison Ivy et al; then you may get the Staph infection when you break the skin scratching at the rash. This is especially dangerous where children are concerned. They’re not noted in their earlier ages for hygienic hand-washing and wound care. Neither are adults when it comes right down to it.

What I’m saying here is simple. Don’t take this for granted. If you get a rash; don’t scratch it! If you have tenderness, localized swelling, or fever, sweats or chilling: get to your doctor. I don’t want you suffering the surgery, the nausea and the generalized malaise kept me miserable the last few weeks.

PAY ATTENTION! You don’t want this getting past a minor infection and result in debilitating down-time keeping from doing what you enjoy.

It sucks.

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Legacy

Legacy
By
Sarge

“We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

In our efforts to discover a way and manner we can help our elected officials to see the error of their ways and the manner in which they’ve directed our nation to the edge of a precipice we may not soon be able to avoid dropping from; we must make them see they need to do the above action.

In that so many politicians are egotists and as such see no further than their personal abilities and theories this may prove to be a daunting task. Egotists believe the world revolves around them. They see, understand and interpret life and the world as being only pilotable from their wheelhouse. To be sure, more than one great ship of state has been run aground and scuttled by the supposed direction of individuals thought to be ordained by God and thus incapable of failure.

But this theory of their being the dominant element of society and as such inviolable is self-serving at the least and self-destructive at worst. But, as the Captain of the ship may go down with it, the rest of the crew will be cast adrift and potentially lost at sea because of the egotism of their “leadership”. No one person can control and direct the future of a nation and its inhabitants if only from the fact nobody is immortal. But man has and will always chase immortality through his political actions. This quest for immortality is found in the effort to create a “legacy”.
The drive to extend their legacy and thus create an edifice on some mental or physical object showing how they were the seminal influence moved a people to whatever point they’ve arrived at is absurd. The legacy of an idiot is idiocy and therefore without merit. The departure from a disdained legacy is potentially no better than the predecessor because the tangent the new form follows may be loonier than the one before it. No good can come from lemming following each other to oblivion simply because “that’s the way it’s been done traditionally”.

In America we follow a two party system composed of egotists and egomaniacal profligates demanding they be elevated for no greater reason than they say they’re worthy. Your self-worth is useless to us because we know you’re morally decaying and ethically challenged by your inflation of that worth. It’s unacceptable to be thought so stupid as to be believing of a statement simply because a person says it’s true.
For this reason the person must be “entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

Of course this is impossible for an egomaniac to achieve. He has to give up his godhood and accept he’s mortal as we all are. Strong stuff for a nutcase with an agenda. The agenda defines him and as such he is defined in a narrow-band manner showing he lacks depth in his construct. The politician is two-dimensional and as such displays a shallowness exhibited in the manner he proceeds down the tunnel he uses to define his vision for the future. Nobody can do it better than he, he thinks.

So; our politician must “let go and let God” handle the direction of his efforts. He must choose to let go of actions designed to produce an effect rather than to do what is morally right and ethically defined. The politician must move beyond the ego and accept the spiritual beyond his personal existence. The depth of his person must be greater than the shallowness of his politics: and himself. He must develop his character rather become one. Displaying quirkiness and a vaudevillian presentation to gain the attention of those he courts for votes is of no value to us as a nation; and a people of character following a moral, ethical, spiritual path.

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The sharpened tip of the spear

The sharpened tip of the spear
By
Sarge

“Admitted to God, to ourselves , and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

This is the tough one to adhere to. To stand before the mirror and see the truth of the reflection and not what one believes itself to be can be a task most men shrink from hastily.

Introspection is when you examine one’s own mental and emotional processes. If done sincerely it leads to enlightenment and understanding. In many circumstances such as in the field of Psychology an act of Introspection can lead to a better observation and understanding of his mental state. In the sense of a religious or spiritual Introspection one looks to understand the soul and one’s status in his spiritual development. In light of the fact we’re looking to improve the quality of elected representatives regularly playing on our sense of piety and godly grace, it would make sense we should check their sincerity of action and the pursuit of their goals for progress in their careers.

Then, we must balance their claims against their performance.

In this election cycle, we’re watching a battle for the hearts and minds of the American people. As usual there are those suffering a questionable past expressing a piety seeming to be in violation of the ten commandments, They’ve shown a political avarice and their pursuit of social positioning makes them appear a mockery of their stated position on faith. They wallow in their “false piety”.

The other camp is trying to achieve the old adage: “ a way to a man’s heart is though his stomach”. The more secular and politically correct and socialism based candidates harp and pitch words designed to fit the particular audience and circumstances available at the moment. They campaign on what they give away when the stockpile isn’t theirs to give.

If these people could get past the egotistical posturing and pursuit of fame and power, they might actually appear as they want to be seen. But, people can occasionally look with a clarity of vision necessary to make their own decisions. Those decisions would be based on what’s actually there as opposed to the staged and packaged performances we regularly get.

People say we’re a classless society; that we are equals and as such deserving of being the dream all people should aspire to in the world. This isn’t true anymore. Though the Founding Father originally wanted that classless society they soon proved only those with money and connections could afford to remove themselves from their labors for the time necessary to debate and enact laws and govern properly and regularly. This is the way it’s been and always will be until the next American Revolution.

Unfortunately, when our elected officials and those seeking public office gaze in admiration at the image reflected back at them, they see not a mere mortal, but a representative of God, or worse: God him/herself. The ego doesn’t allow for modesty and humility. That development was stunted the moment the politician first tasted the heady, numbing effect of accolade and victory in the political circus. They see themselves as the Ringmaster when they should approach their duties with the resolve and humility of the worker follows the animals with a shovel after the Grand Promenade. Their performance in many cases is more in alignment with the shovel’s target than producing results the American public needs and expects.

These people need to admit their fallibility to themselves first and then, entreat their audience to see their weaknesses as they present themselves to shadow their strengths. That’s humbling and necessary to establish the proper relationship between the people and their elected officials. Public service is accomplished from a position of fealty and subservience to those they serve and not the position of the nobility positioning themselves above it all.

The question arises: can any politician admit to anybody they are restricted in their personal and honest performance without first admitting it to themselves? Can nobody in their entourage bring them back from their self-appointment to Olympia and deposit them in the same world their electorates live? Can anybody bring them back to reality? This pursuit of integrity is an incisive way of proving the worth of the introspective person seeking true enlightenment.

I hope so because the consequences of NOT admitting their proper place in society is leading us backward to the place we first started as a new nation, under God, indivisible and with liberty and justice for all. That place was at the sharpened tip of Revolution.

It happened once and it CAN happen again.

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