Author: Harry Herget

Ethically Strong

Ethically Strong   “Trump” is synonymous with “Corrupt”. I don’t have the time to count the ways.  Suffice it to say, the president thumbs his nose at legal boundaries, social norms, constitutional proscriptions, international protocols, political proprieties, and the list of his ethically challenged behavior goes on like a Clinton State-of-the-Union address.   It’s become crystal clear that T Rump is incapable of acting beyond the threshold of what’s best for him.  Empathy be damned. Selflessness is an alien trait, incompatible with the FBI’s two-word profile of his core personality: “Psychopathic Narcissist.”   In a world defined by rampant, unrestrained gun violence he responds with specious indifference as does his Senate controlled majority. Climate change is threatening our very existence and he dismisses it as a hoax while issuing a barrage of Executive Orders to dismantle virtually all environment protections affecting the quality of air, water and wildlife. Deadly addictions to narcotic-laced pain medications have been joined by an alarming number of e-cigarette users who are discovering that death is an early and growing side-effect of these nicotine delivery devices. If matters couldn’t get worse, T Rump sinks lower by constantly and systematically dismantling our fragile Democracy by demonizing the free press, threatening critics in his own party with political annihilation and contemplating imprisoning his harshest critics and political opponents. That’s the bad news. Good news:  America is stronger...

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Democracy Undone

Democracy Undone Our democracy is unraveling at a rate that could preclude its recovery. Not until America elevated an autocrat into the White House did I fully appreciate the inherent fragility of our Democratic experiment. Today it operates in ways outside the boundaries of a constitutional Democracy and, as the institutional framework of Democracy collapses, the rigid, cold-hearted monolith of autocracy strengthens. Where does it say, anywhere, that our president has the inherent right to ignore Congressional subpoenas?  To command subordinates to do same?   What Democratic principal is served when our two houses of a Congress are represented by majorities of opposing political parties and can effectively kill the legislative process by refusing to consider pending legislation? When did the Senate Majority leaders’ role of being “The Grim Reaper” become a vital, integral component of a Democratic process? When did the legislative branch of our “checks and balances” system become subservient to…and an extension of…the executive branch? Where does it articulate the promulgation of Executive orders, Executive memoranda and Presidential statements as exceeding or tantamount to duly enacted laws? Where does it authorize, if not promote, the enrichment of our single executive at the expense of the electorate?   Privileges in our democracy inhere to the people.   It’s time the majority of American voters got a legitimate, law-abiding, Constitutionally devoted President.   ### 30 ###  ...

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Bucks Gone Wild

Bucks Gone Wild   “The Buck Stops Here” appeared on a small desk display in the Oval Office when Harry Truman was President. Donald T Rump deserves a similar plaque for his desk and I can’t decide between two obvious, not to mention, appropriate slogans: “All Pro Buck Passer”, or “The Buck Starts Here”. What do you think?  Step back and think about who T Rump best emulates.  He’s more Harry Houdini than Harry Truman. Shackling then submerging T Rump into a water-filled tank creates a delightful if not tempting image, but he’d figure a way out. Put him in a straightjacket. Subject him to the fiendish Chinese water torture. Nirvana can’t compare to the ecstasy these outcomes would produce. But, I’m still flummoxed. My engraver is out of patience and needs a T Rump slogan…Now! Suddenly the confluence of T Rump’s quixotic tweets as they relate to his allegiance to the NRA crosses my mind and I settle on: “Biggest Bang for the Buck!” Bottom Line:  If we don’t buck T Rump in 2020, America is BUCKED! America’s voting majority deserves a legitimate President.   ## 30 ##        ...

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“Vengeance Is Mine”

“Vengeance Is Mine” So said “The Chosen One.”  The One who declared, “I alone can fix it,” when referring to curing the government malaise in Washington. Biblical vengeance (Deuteronomy 32:35), as invoked, means  controlling, not submitting to vengeance. T Rump traffics in revenge when he feels he’s been wronged.  Retaliate “twice as hard” is his mantra. Just last week, he retaliated against the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen for chiding him over his publicized desire to buy Greenland; former WH staffer Anthony Scaramucci for saying he’s acting crazy and needs to resign or be replaced; Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell for not lowering interest rates; Jews who express disloyalty to him by supporting Democratic candidates; and Chairman Xi of China for outsmarting him on the tariff war he started with China. “Vengeance is mine” in Trumpworld is an expression of unmitigated hatred.  A lashing out to punish and hurt; a prelude to taking no prisoners in a war of weaponized words and tweets. In Biblical terms, vengeance is tantamount to evil and when it’s yours, you have the power to overcome it instead of evil overcoming you. Quite a profound difference. One is enlightened.  The other is medieval.   ### 30...

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Killer Mitch

Killer Mitch I don’t argue with the monikers, “Moscow Mitch” or “The Grim Reaper”, but I favor more fulsomely Mitch McConnell’s most deserved nickname: “Killer Mitch.” Why? One documented and now prescient definition of the Senate, derived from the Constitutional formula requiring only one third of six-year termed Senators be subject to re-election every two years, is “the House that never dies.” Well… The Senate is dead.  Murdered. Thanks to “Killer Mitch.” Why? …Do his fellow Republicans tolerate his obstruction of the Democratic process by killing all legislation? …Do Patriotic Kentuckians find him desirable, even electable? …Do all Americans fail to rise up (like me) to challenge McConnell’s traitorous behavior? The body politic has been murdered. Mitch McConnell is a killer.  His prints, DNA and public statements remove ALL DOUBT! ### 30...

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