Desperate Times

In America’s most recent presidential elections, 2 Republicans, George W.H. Bush and George W. Bush, and 7 Democrats,  Bill Clinton (2), Al Gore, Barak Obama (2), Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden won the popular vote!  If, arguably, G.W.H. rode Ronald Reagan’s coattails to one term, and, unarguably, the Supreme Court gifted G.W. one term, it seems clear the majority of American voters favor Democrat over Republican platforms and presidential candidates.    

Seeing they can’t win popular votes, Republicans concoct “stolen” elections, cajole Georgia’s  Secretary of State for 11,780 bogus votes, mount a seditious assault on our Capitol, Congress, and Constitution, gerrymander, enact regulations designed to limit ethnically non-white and lower income voter turnout, and empower state legislatures to overrule majority popular votes.

Desperate time for the Grand Old Party.

Which Country?

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump quotes an American woman, “I want my country back!”  Her yearning echoes many middle-age and older citizens and reaches back decades.

On the heels of the Great Depression and WWII, Americans had a bellyful of pain and poverty.  It was time for peace and plenty.  Nineteen forty-five promised a bungalow for every family, a Ford or Chevy in every garage, a good job for Dad, an electric stove and refrigerator for Mom, and “Boomer” kids in lily-white school.  The miracle of television brought “Father Knows Best,” “The Adventures of Ozzy and Harriet,” “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.”, and “Leave it to Beaver” into American homes.

Then, the picture went out-of-focus.  It turned out Father didn’t always know best, Ozzy and Harriet weren’t the “Nelsons,” and Gomer was gay.  After six-seasons, “The Beaver,” Gerald “Jerry” Patrick Mathers, graduated high school and abandoned the airwaves for the Air Force.  “The Graduate” introduced younger Americans to “plastic” and hypocrisy. Then the Beatniks—Remember?—Hippies, Viet Nam, and Civil Rights!

As our lady pining for her lost “country” suggests, many Americans trace today’s craziness, mass shootings, burgeoning murder rates, violence in video games and social and mass media, to breakdown of  “traditional,” male and female, two-parent America’s family.  But, like it or not, we can’t roll back the calendar.  “Ay, there’s the rub.”

Nostalgia notwithstanding, the cliché is true: The only constant is change.  A technocratic, solar-powered, speed-of-light Twenty-First Century leaves most Americans over age fifty bewildered and sometimes frightened.  A mechanized, gasoline-powered, speed-of-sound Twentieth Century left our parents bewildered and sometimes frightened.  So it’s been, generation after generation, century after century.   

Does our wistful lady long for laundry on a scrubbing board, travel by wagon or horseback, scurrying to a two-hole outhouse?  Does anyone pine for a clutch and gear shift, hand-push lawn mower, rotary phone, party line, “long distance,” “rabbit ears” on a two-channel, sometimes fuzzy, black-and-white TV?

In our grandparents’ era, the leading causes of death were disease, accidents, and childbirth.  Twenty-first century living conditions, public safety, and medicine have gifted Americans with far less suffering and far more material goods than in any time or culture of world history!

Despite today’s headaches and heartaches, do we really yearn for return to “Mayberry R.F.D.”?  Do we really want our country back?

Which country?

Counsel for Insurrectionists

Attorney John Eastman authored a 6-step plan to hijack America’s 2019 presidential election and keep Donald J. Trump in power.

Having learned of this scheme, in a call from Eastman Trump White House Lawyer Erik Herschmann exclaimed, “Are you out of your effing mind?” Herschmann terminated their chat with, “I am going to give you the best free legal advice you’re ever getting in your life.  Get a great effing criminal defense lawyer.  You’re going to need it”    

All who orchestrated and attempted to implemented Eastman’s seditious conspiracy would do well to heed lawyer Herschmann’s counsel.

My Bike Ride

About 2 years and 10 months ago, on my Stamina stationary bike I departed Oregon City.  Around a years later, I peddled into New York City and turned north into Canada.  May 23, 2022, at 3:55 p.m., nineteen miles short of Dufesne, Manitoba, I logged 4,000 miles!

If I and my trusty Stamina hold out, I will continue across Canada and south to home.   

I would be remiss not to thank my faithful navigator, Karen, for logging and marking the miles on maps. 

Seditious Conspricy

For me, the House January 6 Committee’s hearings consolidated what was obvious in the moment and more so since the attempted coup: President Donald Trump and a Right-Wing Cabal orchestrated and implemented a “seditious conspiracy” “to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States.” (18 U.S.C. § 2384

What maddens me is the contortions and machinations thousand-dollar-an-hour lawyers will concoct attempting to confound an obviously slam-dunk case! 

Pure Greed

Why, in the names of God and common sense, could Salvador Ramos, a juvenile who could not legally purchase cigarettes or booze, legally buy two AR-15 assault rifles and 30 round clips?

Because, like Big Tobacco and Big Fossil Fuel, Big Gun Makers: Ruger, American Tactical Imports, Bravo Company, Wilson Combat, Daniel Defense, LaRue, Rock River Arms, Sig Sauer, Smith and Wesson, and Springfield Armory really do value financial profit over human life!

A Well Regulated Militia?

It is argued that, under or adjunct to an until-now nonexistent “well regulated militia,” the Second Amendment contemplates armed citizens rising up to clean out a corrupt America government.  In addition to the complex command, control, and logistics supporting such a “popular uprising,” its actions and consequences are deeply troubling!

What is the line between righteous uprising and seditious insurrection?  Envision 30 or 40 million AR-15 armed Rambos patrolling America’s streets.  Who would lead?  Who would follow?  Who would they shoot?  Lay siege on our Capitol?  Firing squads for suspect members of Congress?  Good Guys and Gals rounding up undesirables, Liberals, neighbors?  Someone takes exception, unlimber the trusty ol’ Assault Rifle and blow ‘em away! 

It is impossible and terrifying to imagine the consequences of a mindless, chaotic assault on America’s democracy.  Anarchy or dictatorship seem logical outcomes, certainly not freedom and democracy.

The Wily Fox

Choosing not to air the House January 6 committee’s June 9th hearing, Fox “News” remains true to its motto, adopted from mushroom growers, “Feed ‘em horse shit and keep ‘em in the dark.”