This past November, after unseating a thousand Democrats nationwide in state and federal elections over the past few election cycles, Republican voters thought finally they had government under control. With a strong President as leader, figuring Republican members of both houses in Washington would be grateful, thankful for the majorities graciously handed them, voters expected campaign promises made would be kept. In particular they counted on repeal of Obamacare. “Repeal Fixes Obamacare,” they said. So they were content to let markets restore healthcare to its former health. Fifty times Republicans had repealed Obamacare. Just one more time, they thought.
The term-limited president listened while his aides related news of a youthful, totally unanticipated candidate for president. He had just shown up and asked for an audience with America’s voters. Audience warily granted, the candidate delivered a brash message promising a Yuge reversal in America’s fortunes, much for the better.
Ownership is the difference between an American and a Global Citizen. Americans own. Global Citizens share. Americans individually own their innovative ideas, the hours they devote to labor, the hours they boat or fish, the inheritance received from father or mother, rich aunt or opulent uncle. Whatever an American owns he can barter, negotiate, retail or wholesale at will, disposing of, at will, whatever it is he owns that another individual sees value in. The only coercions an American condones are his own wily impulses to buy and his neighbors’ insatiable cravings to keep up with the Jones’.
If it’s truly an abyss and the edge is already a distant memory, it’s a deep dive whether thought of as a deep dive or not. There is no turning back, no applying the brakes, no slowing down, no point harboring a second thought. All that matters is who has been taken down, is along for the ride; because suicide is one thing, murder something else all over again, especially if the tag-alongs are family members, countrymen, or even a President.
Over the past couple weeks we have gradually pulled ourselves around to ask if Britain can come to terms with the no longer latent threats they have knowingly, willingly incubated over the past few decades. Sadly, at last report, overnight, seven civilians on or around London Bridge have died at the hands of three knife wielding strangers to the UK. Strangers because even though it might be revealed they were born or naturalized citizens of Britain, they had refused to assimilate to the culture.
There wasn’t any. The title (my mistake) implies conservatism and liberalism were opposing factions in the culture and politics of early America. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was no conservatism or liberalism. At least it looks that way. Noah Webster’s First Edition published in 1828, neglected to include either word: conservatism or liberalism. Makes one wonder. What was all the fuss about during the first congress: the arguments, the great compromises; if there were no conservatives and liberals to do the fighting. Nonetheless it’s reported the fledgling legislators were sufficiently nonplussed, so much so they resorted to prayer.
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This retired window washer now provides instruction on the benefits and perils of time travel through focusing an allegorical lens on the present.