Author: Harry Herget

If Kids Could Vote

If Kids Could Vote   Remember the Pre-Revolutionary War chant, “Taxation Without Representation”…and what those three words presaged?   Imagine you live in COVID America and are too young to vote, but your life is being threatened by outside forces beyond your control much like colonial Americans were threatened by King George III.   Fact:  You are just one person in a country where the COVID contagion has infected and killed more people than anywhere else in the world. Fact:  The contagion thrives on unprotected people and Americans are the most reckless, undisciplined, ergo, unprotected and vulnerable population in the world. Fact: To slow the spread of the contagion, schools have been closed and alternative, remote channels of instruction have been implemented as a safer and equally effective way to educate. Fact: America’s president doesn’t understand… doesn’t respect…doesn’t know how to competently respond to the contagion which puts all Americans, young and old, at risk.   With all this in mind, imagine your government insisting that you go back to school…expose yourself to the contagion and it’s potentially catastrophic consequences…accept the president’s notion that socializing with your classmates outweighs the dangers of getting infected and losing your life or threatening the lives of others.   Now, imagine going back to school.   Fact: The President has no authority to make and enforce such an order. Fact:  The effect of...

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Magnificent Mosaic

Magnificent Mosaic Sheltering at home has given me the time to stay current with the insidious spread of the “2019 Influenza”, aka COVID-19. I’ve witnessed some interesting, empirically verified, truths. More than half of all physicians interviewed on TV about the virus, all medical specialists, are immigrants or people of color; moreover, their respective academic pedigrees are outstanding. A large number of big city mayors are people of color; many are women. Local citizen leaders who are leveraging their areas of expertise such as food prep and delivery to benefit the disadvantaged are immigrants and people of color. My fellow Caucasians are also well represented by dedicated, truly remarkable professionals.  Thanks to them and millions more like them, the mosaic we call America is gloriously brilliant with diversity, color, talent and boundless generosity. The vast majority of people who voice a political, not medical, opinion of the virus, politicians and local citizenry alike, are almost always white Americans.  Young and old.  Male and female.  Usually indignant. Always mask-less. Politicizing the pandemic has spread faster than the virus itself.  T Rump, the personification of white power (and white shame), has purposely mis-characterized and marginalized the virus in his campaign tirades claiming it will magically go away; 99% of those infected will suffer almost no health consequences; the numbers of infected as well as COVID caused deaths are exaggerated, a result...

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The Siberian Candidate

The Siberian Candidate In a bizarre twist of art imitating life, two politically inspired movie classics have been reprised as episodic reality shows.  They appear in real time, every day and they converge in both plot and lead characters; moreover, they are dramatically at odds with their pedigreed films. To begin with, fiction has been supplanted by nonfiction, even though the truth in these new series is more far-fetched, outrageous and inexplicable than fantasy. Jefferson Smith, a kind-hearted, utterly naive country bumpkin, has been replaced by a cold-hearted Vladimir Putin in the new infamous series, “Mr. Putin Goes to Washington”. The storyline contains no false assumptions, no unsophisticated expectations and no artless machinations.  Every move Putin makes is measured, calculated and flawlessly executed. In the second series, our mind controlled Manchurian Candidate has been cleverly replaced by an empty-headed puppet; Putin’s Puppet to be exact. This pathetic, bumbling pawn is known by many sobriquets; Agent Orange, New and Improved Pinocchio, Useful Idiot, T Rump, Ivanka’s Father/Husband…, etc. This second made-for-tv series has been re-titled, “The Siberian Candidate”, and features Mr. Putin going to Washington riding on the back of his Puppet candidate.   He’s hard at work pulling puppet strings that chip away at what makes America great.  What Putin has identified as a strategic imperative — destroying America — his obliging puppet does with sycophantic zeal. The U.S. Constitution...

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Forgive Me My Trespasses

Forgive Me My Trespasses Forgiveness is a fundamental tenet of Christianity. A Christian asks to be forgiven their trespasses (their sins), and those who trespass against them. We all sin and it’s important to acknowledge our sinfulness. Seeking forgiveness affirms our faith as well as our conscious desire to be a better person, to be less sinful. T Rump has never asked for forgiveness.  Never. Up close this seems impossible for one who claims to be Christian. From a comfortable distance it all makes sense.  Let’s face it, T Rump believes only in himself.  Asking for forgiveness, from his perspective, is an exercise in fatuity. How can he trespass against anyone or their property when, in his world, he never sins?  Trespass is not a wayward indiscretion; an occasional lapse in judgement. Trespass is where T Rump lives.  It’s his terra firma; his native soil.  It identifies who he is and why he is the paradigm of pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, sloth and wrath.  Every ounce of his being drips, oozes and reeks of sin. “I abbbbblone can fix it…Women want me to molest them…I’m really rich…COVID will magically disappear…I’d date Ivanka if she wasn’t my daughter…Obama is a traitor…I love my executive time…John Bolton belongs in jail…”.  These are iceberg tips.  What lies beneath is a mountain of ugliness and malevolence. You can’t escape what you are....

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Candidate T Rump

“His Tulsa campaign rally on June 20, 2020, was his 85th political rally since reneging on his oath; an average of more than two rallies per month. He’s played golf 254 times in 156 weeks as president.  Each round costs you and me over $3 million.” He’s never been our president… Candidate T Rump T Rump is the political equivalent of an engaged bachelor who, after three and a half years of dating, remains a bachelor.  He’s failed to make it to the altar. The difference between him and a married man is similar to the difference between a candidate for president and being president. T Rump did make it to the altar on Inauguration Day, but…he had second thoughts.  He decided, instead, to break his vows. He decided to ignore his responsibilities of being president and continue his campaign for the presidency. He has devoted over forty months to campaigning against Obama, Hillary and Pelosi. The Oval Office remains a room without corners; the White House is nothing more than an address inside the Beltway and, its occasional occupant, T Rump, is a temporary public housing tenant who is focused on campaigning for re-election. His “Guinness Book of Record Failures” have made him the paragon of what he promised to halt in his inaugural speech: “American Carnage.” His campaign has had many highlights, not the least of which involves...

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