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- African Proverb

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I consider myself best described as a true 'mugwump.' In most circles, especially political ones, that's a term of no uncertain contempt. It is used by bigots to single out one afflicted with a heavy dose of self-respect and totally addicted to the vice of independence. I have both in abundance. I also embrace personal responsibility for my actions. Which, essentially, means that I'll never be allowed to hold any public office of serious consequence nor would I ever be able to rise to the top ranks of any corporate entity, OK? Responsible Mugwumps are anethema to the currently accepted American business model which appears to be devoid of all three of the characteristics that once were so revered in America.
Guys like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln ... would all be assassinated in a heartbeat today. The cause of the reversal in principles?... A sick combination of group insanity, unbridled lust and supreme greed. How else could some clown like Bill Clinton justify having Lewinski crawling around under his desk in the Oval Office during business hours? (unbridled lust created it - and 'insanity' sanctioned it.)
What else could account for the Banking Disaster and the subsequent 'Bank Bailout of 2008'? (Hint: group insanity, unbridled lust and supreme greed, OK?)
I remain hopeful of positive outcomes in all things - but I am not what you'd want to call an overt 'optimist.' An optimist, while naively attempting to see the bright side of things, becomes a willing proponent of whatever dogma is currently in vogue among the masses. An optimist can be told that 'apples ARE pears', 'black IS white' and 'up IS down' and if the doctrine doesn't physically or mentally hurt them ... or make them think too much ... then that's good enough for them!
Well, that crap just doesn't fly with me. As such, I must be some kind of a cynic - in that my 'faulty' vision sees things as they are, NOT as the few effete 'Clowns-In-Charge' would prefer that I see them.
An UGLY example? .... The Twin Towers falling down like Humpty Dumpty on 9-11! The entire travesty STILL STINKS OF CONSUMMATE HOME-GROWN DUPLICITY!

The common fix for such a malady is clearly evidenced by the ancient custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes in order to 'improve' his obviously flawed vision! ....
Most people will gladly avoid such unpleasantness by quickly assuming the part of the optimist who will gladly see everything exactly as s/he is told. Is that truly the mark of a 'Good Citizen'? ....
In spite of all that, I consider myself somewhat rational - which means I consider myself virtually devoid of all delusions save those of observation, experience and reflection ....

TODAY'S SUGGESTED FEATURE:  The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Today's Famous Quotes:
1. “Our government ... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.” ~ Louis D. Brandeis, (November 13, 1856 – October 5, 1941) was a United States Supreme Court Justice from 1916 to 1939.
2. "If you can't say the word "F***", then you can't say "F*** the government!" ~ Lenny Bruce, censored comedian, 1960's
[Read More Worthy Quotes Here]

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I, and a handful of others, consider politics to be nothing more than a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. It is the conduct of public affairs, without conscience or accountability, while in pursuit of private advantage. Other than that, by the very nature of it's most prodigious proponents and countless examples of their perfidy, it is no more or less socially redeeming a charade as that as we all know, and love, as 'WWF Professional Wrestling.'  
Throughout these pages you will find my own observations, musings and commentary regarding Life as I see it. Also some interesting but virtually useless triviata such as historical factoids. I say 'useless' simply because history is only deemed useful when it can be twisted around to make the people wealthy enough to be in charge of current events look cool, brilliant, entertaining and/or fun to be on the same side with. (Hitler and Napoleon would both be classic examples of this 'Spin Meistering for fun and profit' ....)
Which reminds me ...
I once met a four year old child that reminded me of a few of the more recent congressmen, presidents and power elite clowns we've had muddying up the waters of the world of late. The similarities they share? .... Four common, self-centered and asinine notions:
• "I can do anything I want to do!"
• "You have no power over me!"
• "You can't say anything bad about me!"
• "Everything belongs to me!"
A four year old can possibly be 'helped' - or, perhaps, institutionalized .... But, do those words sound anything like what some of the clowns that have been wasting space in federal level public offices since, say, late 1963, have said (in so many words)? .... In politics and government or the military, there should be no excuse for allowing morons, megalomaniacs or sociopaths to be put in charge of anything that affects the continued welfare, well-being and continued support of the Constitution of the United States of America and The Bill of Rights - being the very foundation and founding principles of what America was originally meant to be - and for the people they were meant to protect .... Period!
Anything short of that would seem to be the very definition of High Treason as I know it, wouldn't you agree?
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