Author: Harry Herget

“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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Human Luminal

Human Luminal I’ve lived my life in the dark.  I’m surrounded by people I can see.  People I thought I knew.  Not just people close to me, but my fellow Americans everywhere. Then along comes Donald T Rump.  He’s the human equivalent of luminal, a chemical used by crime scene investigators to highlight blood stains that are otherwise undetectable to the naked eye.  It’s used most often in capital crime cases; murder to be specific. T Rump has succeeded in illuminating personal characteristics that were undetectable until he entered politics three years ago.  He has brought to light a side of the American character I’ve wondered about, but never seen more clearly, more pervasively and more disturbingly than I do today. He’s brought to light an alarming tendency among my fellow Americans toward white supremacy, hyper-nationalism and more. There’s nothing joyful about a crime scene just as there’s nothing redeeming in ugliness.  Unmitigated ugliness.”...

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Ugly Parallels (or Time To Give A Damn)

Ugly Parallels (or Time To Give A Damn) “What is past is prologue.” – The Tempest History is both instructive and predictive; in fact, these two characteristics are inextricably bound.  What is learned from what we’ve done helps shape what we do now and portends where our current path will take us.                                                         Shakespeare was prescient. It’s mistakes of the past — egregious, abhorrent and horrifying mistakes — we must fully comprehend so we won’t, in Churchill’s slight recast of Santayana’s famous quote, be “condemned to repeat it.” A disturbing number of Americans have learned little to nothing from the greatest human tragedy of the twentieth century and are deliberately, ignorantly or perniciously enabling our current president to create an environment destined to repeat it. “Make Germany Great Again” = “Make America Great Again”.   “Deutschland Uber Alles” = “America First”.   White Supremacy = Aryan Master Race.   Banning Muslims + Banning Mexicans + Rat infested Black Neighborhoods + Persons of Color Should “Go Back Where You Came From” = Goal Of (White) Racial Purity.   Trump Campaign Rallies = German Party Rallies = Propaganda Events = Pageants of Power.   The (German) Press is the Enemy of the People = The (American) Press is the Enemy of the People.   All that’s missing from T Rump’s new playbook, “The Art Of Domination”, is a modern equivalent to the...

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Lord Acton Vindicated

Lord Acton Vindicated “Power corrupts.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Lord Acton made this observation in the late nineteenth century understanding full well the important role power plays in establishing and maintaining order in society. Acton was a curious mix of historian and moralist.  He had a conscientious and unyielding view that human liberty was inextricably bound to one’s conscience; to one’s self-worth; one’s right to be free to pursue an enlightened, purposeful life. Absolute power destroys all of this he believed.  Liberty is denied.  Freedom transmogrifies into subservience.  Human dignity is devalued, disrespected before it’s ultimately destroyed. This leads me to where America’s leader is heading in terms of his view of executive power outweighing legislative power…Executive power overruling judicial power.  The executive’s utter disrespect for women, people of color and anyone articulating an opposing or critical view of the executive. The executives’ obeisance to authoritarian’s and his specious deference to absolute authority is manifest as is his disdain of the fourth estate tarring it as “the enemy of the people.” Corrupt.  Look it up.  The definition of corrupt captures the essence of our current president: “Having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.” Add to this the fact that our president uses his “executive powers” and dictums to ban Muslims from entering America, cage asylum seekers at our borders, separate infant...

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