Author: Harry Herget

T Rump Positives

    I’m tired of writing thousands of words to amplify T Rump’s failings and all the compelling reasons he shouldn’t be our president, so I’ll stop.  For now. I want, instead, to focus on a positive message about our president; things T Rump does well and deserves some appreciation: 1-He supports and promotes his children. 2-He’s good to his wealthy friends. 3-He’s generous and forgiving with his loyalists. 4-He’s equally generous and protective with his concubines. 5-He’s good for the game of golf. 6-He’s good for golfers who rely on creative scoring to enhance their handicaps. 7-He supports on-the-job training, especially at the highest levels of government. 8-He dresses well; keeps his shoes shined and his hair in place. 9-He’s a big supporter of plaintiff attorneys and keeps them busy pursuing civil (tort) suits. 10-He’s also a font of opportunity for criminal defense attorneys. 11-He’s a great story teller and can magically transform truth to fantasy in an instant. 12-He’s a hero among fast food lovers and never met a French fry he didn’t like. Ain’t he special. ### 30...

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Minoritarianism

Minoritarianism Big word.   In short, it translates as a government led by a minority, not a majority. As an American, this is inconsistent with my definition of democracy and my concept of democratic rule.   And this is where we find ourselves today.   Our country is governed by two Minoritarians: T Rump and Senator Mitch McConnell.   T Rump lost the presidential election by nearly three million votes. 3 Million. And thanks to the anachronistic Electoral College, the fundamental democratic formula of one person, one vote was obliterated and he was elected president by a minority of voters. This is quintessentially what is meant by Minoritarianism. To effect any legislation today, the House of Representatives relies on the Senate to debate the bills they’ve passed and give them a fair and open hearing. Interestingly, the Senate is governed by its Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell who presides over an upper house dominated by 53 Republican senators.  When you equate this number of senators to the number of the voters they represent, you come up with 153 million. This compares poorly to the 168 million represented by the “minority” of Democrats and independents in the Senate. Again, the Senate is governed by a minority of the electorate.  15 Million fewer voters. Let’s face it. We no longer live in a democracy.  History and circumstances have placed our future...

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Being Conscientious

Being Conscientious   Thanks to T Rump, I’m a member of a new constituency of voters:  The Conscientious Party. Yes, my wife and I have voted for Democrats in the past.  Rarely. We’ve also voted for Independents.  Rarer still. We believe in smaller government.  Fiscal restraint.  A strong military. Socialism to us is a toxic mix of fantasyland and Russian roulette.   It starts out as a wild, hedonistic party that ends tragically in the ride home with a drunk behind the wheel. We’re Capitalists. Yes, we’d like to see the ever-growing travesty created by the mountain of student debt mitigated and eventually resolved; moreover, there exists a solution.  A plausible Capitalist solution. The challenges of public health care present another daunting challenge, but there’s a promising solution here as well based on a hybrid of the four different health systems operating today throughout America from the military model to the private care system. Capitalism is the answer. As we approach the 2020 presidential election, my wife and I are using a different set of filters to determine the acceptability of each political candidate. T Rump is out.  My wife bailed on him early in the 2016 campaign while I was slower to see the light. His debasement of Judge Gonzalo Curiel did it for me. T Rump proved, beyond any doubt, he’s a slave to hate and this forced...

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Confessions of a “Challenged” Care Giver

  Confessions of a “Challenged” Care Giver   I’m a septuagenarian and my wife is…well…let’s say she’s much “younger.”   Whenever one of us has surgery the other shoulders the role of “Care Giver.”  It’s an immediate and mandatory assignment.   Together we’ve had a dozen or so out-patient procedures from knees to necks to shoulders over the past ten years.   I admit that a woman’s “nurturing” skills far outweigh a mans’.  It’s not that I don’t have any, I know I do, but finding them is one of my many challenges.   We returned home yesterday from foot surgery, my foot surgery, and within minutes she had two make-shift beds set up for me in our Keeping Room and Den.   What about our Feeding Regimen…? Later on in the day, I was treated to a hot bowlful of home-made vegetable beef soup, good enough to make a lumberjack slap his grandma. Then comes corn bread, rich with corn kernels, fresh from the oven and so good I could hear the same lumberjack slap his mother.  But that’s not all, just as I was settling into one of my post-op nests, here she comes with a warm, New York-styled cheesecake topped with almond flavored, freshly made whipped cream. This prompted me to put a phone call into his wife. In my defense, when the shoe is on...

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Version #2: Ratifying Sin

  Ratifying Sin   Regardless of all the flagrant, debasing and ugly things T Rump says, does and tweets, we live in a Representative Democracy and, we the people, possess the ultimate “Say-So” on the acceptability of his behavior. We can ratify it and, in effect, nullify what Christians revere as fundamental benchmarks of their faith:  The seven deadly or cardinal sins. The Pride of an empathy-empty, psychopathic narcissist.  “I am a very stable genius.” The Greed evidenced by a person who’s accepted gifts from foreign governments violating the emoluments clause 3,000 times. “My whole life I’ve been greedy, greedy, greedy.” The Lust of a sexual predator who is proud of his deviant behavior and considers it boast-worthy.  “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.  Grab them by the *****….” The Envy of a man who obsesses over his predecessor and reviles him endlessly.  In his three years as president, T Rump has bashed Obama nearly three times a day, more than a thousand times in all. The Gluttony of a man who regularly leverages the Office of the President for his personal gain. T Rump visited his golf clubs 150 times during his first year in office and each trip to Mar-a-Lago costs US taxpayers $3.4 million. The Wrath of a man who is quick to degrade anyone who criticizes him...

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