Animal Farm

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, while Farmer and Mrs. Jones slept, prize-winning boar Old Major addresses the assembles animals.  “Comrades  .  .  .  nearly the whole of the produce of our labor is stolen from us by human beings.  There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems.  It is summed up in a single word—Man.  Man is the only real enemy we have.  Remove man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.”

Months later, serendipity triggered a barnyard insurrection with Farmer, Mrs. Jones and their hired men “in full flight down the cart-track that led to the main road, with the animals pursuing them in triumph.”

Soon the pigs taught themselves to read.  Inspired by, now deceased Old Major, informed by their newfound literacy, boars Snowball and Napoleon formulated and had scrawled on a barn wall:

“THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS”

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is and enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill an other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.

Needless to say, over time the pigs violated most of the Commandments and the writing on the wall was reduced to:

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

Like Orwell’s Animals, had Trump’s Minions’ January 6 insurrection succeeded, its impact on America’s Presidency, Congress and Constitution are impossible to know.  But, one action would summarize their belief: Amend our Declaration of Independence to, “all men are created equal, but some men are more equal than others.”

Biden and Trump

I hesitate to punch a man while he’s down, but, for the record, with under three weeks in office Joe Biden initiated a $1.9 trillion plan to ameliorate Americans’ physical, psychological and economic suffering from COVID 19.  More than Donald Trump did in one year. 

The Trump Experiment

Observing how nature appears to operate, scientists formulate and dream up experiments to test hypotheses.  Observing that milkmaids who contracted cowpox were immune to smallpox, Edward Jenner hypothesized that something in these women’s bodies blocked smallpox.  Experimenting, Jenner injecting material from cowpox ulcers into non-milkmaids and, essentially, scourges from smallpox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, cholera, polio and more were expunged from the human experience.   

Albert Einstien’s predicted that matter is unimaginable quanta of energy compressed in atomic nuclei.  To test Einstein’s hypothesis, physicists compressed a baseball size sphere of plutonium to a marble.  In a literal flash, the Nuclear Age was born.  Igniting explosive compounds inside cylinders, Dr. Robert Goddard tested Newton’s Third Law of Motion.  Decades later men walked on the Moon.  Today, Rovers transmit color, 3D, videos of Mars’s deserts and mountains. 

Like other natural scientists, Psychologists and Sociologists observe, hypothesize and experiment with human behavior.  Beginning in 1774, a collection of men I view as “social scientists” convened to hypothesize a new Democratic Government.  Codified in the Constitution of the Unted Sates of America, like any proposition theirs remains open to experiment.   

Eight and a half decides after the Nation’s birth, eleven Confederated States of America seceding from the Union and its first test occurred. April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Courthouse the Founding Fathers’ hypothesis was affirmed.    

The second and only other serious challenge to America’s government occurred when, failing to achieve reelection, President Donald J. Trump dreamt up an experiment to test the hypothesis.  On January 6, 2021 the President assembled and ordered a mob of four thousand to assault our United States Capitol Building and Congress.  While its specific objectives seem ill-defined, assassination of Nancy Pelozi and Vice President Mike Pence, disbanding Congress, suspending the Constitution and declaring Donald J. Trump President for Life seem apparent.   

After hours of hand-to-hand combat, Capitol Police and other law-enforcement personnel repelled the insurrectionists (“Patriots” vandalizing the Capitol Building, defecating on floors, urinating on walls, murdering Military Veteran and Officer Brian Sicknik) and restored civility to America’s Seat of Government.  The early hours of January 7, Congress reconvened to fulfill its Constitutional mandate of certifying the States’ Electoral votes.  Again, the Founding Fathers’ hypothesis affirmed!  

Amid that earlier seditious test of the Union, President Abraham Lincoln eulogized those, like Capitol Police Officer Sicknik, who “gave the last full measure of devotion,” and implored that Americans “be here dedicated to the great task .  .  .  that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”   

Seditious Conspiracy

January 6, 2021 

§2384. Seditious conspiracy 

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. 

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808 July 24, 1956, ch. 678, §1, 70 Stat. 623 Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148 .) 

Questions? 

Madness

Right Wing Radicals trash our Capitol Building, threaten to murder Pelosi and Pence, and attempt to stop Congress’s certifying Electoral votes. Flying to Florida, Kevin McCarthy pays fealty to an insane man.  Pistol in her belt, an insane woman taunts a Parkland massacre survivor and stalks Congress. 

Has the Republican party descended into madness?  We have to believe the sane majority will step forward and reclaim Honest Abe’s Grand Old Party.  

The Swamp

Americans are angry and exasperated that Congressional Democrats and Republicans can’t agree to disagree, negotiate and get on with The People’s work.  Some describe our Government as a “Swamp.”  It has a name: Democracy!  As Donald Rumsfeld famously observed, Democracy is “messy.” 

Alternatives to America’s “Representative Democracy” are Autocracy, Oligarchy and One-Party rule, which Donald Trump, not so secretly, champions.  Not being messy, each holds an advantage over Democracy.  China’s government, for example, experiences none of the conflict and haggling we seen in Washington D.C.  The tradeoff, of course, under Autocracy, Oligarchy or One-Party Rule the huge majority of “The People” are subjected to the agendas and whims of a powerful handful who have schemed and maneuvered their way to the top.   

Human history hinges on a dynamic balance between folks happy with things as they are and those who are not: Conservatives and Liberals.  Since 1776 America has wrestled over whose beliefs and agendas will prevail.  In my opinion, despite its messiness continuing to slog through Democracy’s Swamp is humankind’s best hope.   

Afterthought: Change is the only constant.  In another metaphor, those who would keep things as they are must drown in the incoming tide.                     

The Deep State Conspiracy

Convinced a young black man he stole her cell phone, a young white woman attacked him.  Turns out, she left her phone in an Uber.  Convinced he won America’s 2020 Presidential election Donald Trump ordered his Minions to assault our Capitol building and stop Congress’s Constitutionally mandated certification of the states’ Electors votes. 

Perhaps arguably, the young woman’s accusation and assault were rooted in her assumption about black people.  As I understand, Donald Trump’s attack on American’s Democracy was rooted in his belief that a “Deep State” conspires to control America’s and the world’s resources and people. 

The cornerstone of our Criminal Justice System is “innocent until proven guilty!”  Proof demands evidence, witnesses, testimony, pictures, videos, fingerprints, documents.  Our young woman’s evidence constituted of nothing more than the young man’s skin color.  As I understand, our President’s “evidence” for a Deep State Conspiracy is codified in wholly groundless, unsubstantiated QAmon and other Social Media imagining.          

Roller Coaster of Bumper Car?

Karen tells me Nostradamus predicted mass starvation in 2021.  Regarding predictions, as with UFSs and Big Foot, my Sweetie’s and my beliefs differ.  Claims of predicting the future raise my Super Skeptic. 

It’s the eternal Determinism versus Free Will question.  Predicting the future demands all was decided at some “beginning”; I have no control.  Free Will argues—or hopes—that I do. 

Am I strapped in a Roller Coaster or driving a Bumper Car?  Am I careening down the tracks at the whim of some Cosmic Engineer and gravity?  Or, while continually blindsided and knocked about by showoff operators, can I go, steer and stop?  In the Determinist scenario, the ride was decided by Folks who designed the course.  In my Bumper Car I have some control, but no hint where I’ll be when the Operator cuts the power. 

Left Behind

Police murders of George Floyd, Rashard Brooks and Brianna Taylor keep open the ulcer which has festered on America’s body from the Civil War to beyond Civil Rights.  In protest, “Black Lives Matter” mobs pulled down statues, smashed windows, looted businesses, defaced private and public buildings, fought with police and counter protestors and set fires. 

I appreciate the energy powering their rage, but it’s not what it seems.  At the same time, seeing a charming city like Portland, Oregon, under assault, businesses vandalized and looted, the Federal Courthouse desecrated, stones, bottles and explosives hurled at police, I feel violated and angry! 

In America, “peaceful” protest is respected.  However, many point out that “Black Lives Matter” was highjacked as a motto for mindless violence.  When I step back and consider, the roots for these acts lie much deeper than rampant testosterone, immature male brains and opportunistic vandalism. 

In Anatomy of Human Destructiveness Erik Frome argues that people need to “make a dent.”  If nowhere else, sometimes in someone’s head.  Many “Black Lives Matter” protesters feel victimized and powerless against a faceless “System.”  They make a dent by defacing and toppling perceived oppressors’ statues, smashing windows, looting businesses, desecrating public building, and battling with law enforcement officers. These folks, I call the “Left Behind.” 

Dates In Infamy

April 12, 1861: Confederate States secede, fire on Fort Sumpter
April 15, 1865: President Abraham Lincoln assassinated
July 2, 1881: President James A. Garfield shot, died September 19, 1881
Sept. 6, 1901: President William McKinley shot, died September 14, 1901
Dec. 7, 1941: Empire of Japan bombs Pearl Harbor
Nov. 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy assassinated
March 30, 1981: Failed attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan
Aug. 9, 1974: President Richard F. Nixon resigns
Jan. 9, 2021: President Donald J. Trump coordinates and orders his minions’ assault on the United States Capitol Building and Congress.