Author: Harry Herget

Worst Enemy

Worst Enemy I agree the Press is the enemy. Taking an adversarial position is in the media’s blood.  Always questioning.  Digging. Yes, the Press is everything a formidable enemy should be. Antagonistic. Contentious. Dogged. The Press is the quintessential enemy, but not against The People…not against The State.  These are the assertions of dictators and tyrants. The Press is at war.  It’s battling… Corruption, Venality, Conspiracy, Collusion, Obstruction of Justice, Treason, Duplicity, Dishonesty,                                                                                                                                             Alternative Facts, Criminality, Inhumanity, Vengeance, Extortion. A Free Press is a tyrant’s worst enemy. For the rest of us, a Free Press is a Vanguard of, by and for the people advancing toward the truth one damning, hard-fought for revelation at a time. A Free Press stands as a Bulwark protecting the sanctity of our Constitution; a rampart against treason, insidious cabals and felonious behavior. When choosing your battles, which side are you...

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NoBells T Rump

NoBells T Rump   To begin with, don’t confuse Nobel, the dynamite inventor after whom the Nobel Prize is named, with NoBells, the nuclear option, “Fire and Fury” guy. Just as Nobel winners have contributed to the well-being of mankind through their exceptional intellectual, humanitarian and scientific contributions, NoBells T Rump has distinguished himself in equal measure, sorta.  He’s succeeded in benefiting only one kind of man: Himself. There will be No Church Bells for a man who describes churchgoers as “schmucks”, brags about sexually assaulting women and who uses hatred —bald, unmitigated hatred — as a bargaining chip and deplorable badge of honor. No Humanitarian Bells for a man who separates infant children from their parents, imprisons innocent asylum seekers and, in his proposed budget, eliminates “Meals on Wheels” for shut-in seniors.   No Peace Bells for an advocate of autocracy, kleptocracy, an acolyte to tyrants and canceler of the Iran Nuclear deal. No Economic Bells for the instigator of debilitating trade wars becoming our “Prince of Tariffs”, terminator of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership; the benefactor of mammoth tax breaks for himself and fellow billionaires and the architect of this country’s largest deficit in recorded history. No Diplomatic Bells for a man who undermines our NATO alliances while exalting tyrants and castigating our trusted, democratically-governed allies. No Security Bells for a man who openly shares America’s secrets with...

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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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