Blog #94 – It’s Finally Over: “Read ‘em, and Weep!” 10 November 2016

An old poker game saying! When the old Con Man laid his cards down, he was able to say, “Read ‘em, and Weep!” His hand was the best on the table!!

“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
Henry Louis Mencken – Arguably, the most learned journalist ever to pound an old Corona typewriter. Mencken’s formal education consisted of graduating from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute high school in Baltimore, Merryland.

Well, in this “Bloody” election, mainly due to the rabid state of our two party system which has finally done its worst, Henry would have been correct regardless of the victor!

This isn’t the first time the old “Bard of Baltimore” has accurately predicted a presidential election. There was “Tricky Dick,” who, very fortunately self-destructed, and then, Ronnie, Bill, and good old Georgie W., all of whom we have more or less survived. At this point, howsomever, one could justly question the term “survived” in this context. We are up to our ears in debt, we’ve caused untold turmoil in the rest of the world with our penchant for senseless wars, and we are segregated into two distinct, seemingly irreconcilable camps, each projecting a rather putrid mutual hatred.

The Donald, dear boy, says he will bring us together. We certainly hope he isn’t fibbing, and that he has success in that effort.
New American Standard Bible : Jeremiah 13:23
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good Who are accustomed to doing evil.
In our really humbled opinion, this would be on the order of what some might call a “miracle,” which aren’t that common, but we remain hopeful.

Stretching a tad to gaze over on the bright side:

With a Senate nearly evenly divided, the most inhumane kinds of legislation the “conservatives” can imagine may not come to pass.

Perhaps the Republicrat Congress can actually dispense with its endless investigations into the Clintons, and do some of its long-delayed work!

Now that Bernie, and, yes to an extent, The Donald have shown us that big, big money is not the only path to political success, the very large segment of our population who remain outside the “establishment” parties, “independents” if you like, can put together a viable third party effort, incorporating the good ideas of the existing splinter groups without repeating the way-out stuff. A strong third-party, if one could be developed, would go a long way toward tempering the animosity present in the stand-off between Republicrats and Demoblicans.
In the meantime, old pap and I can only say, “God help us,” and hope She can spare the time.

Come on, pappy, lets get back to Economics and Beer!
A few more “Menckenisms” for our edification:

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
Editor’s note: Being elected to anything does not change a person’s past, thus our description of President-Elect Trump as the old Con Man. His new helper, Kellyanne was able to get him to look a bit better. It remains to be seen if he can amend his ways in the future.

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