Author: Harry Herget

The American Patriot Party

The American Patriot Party America will soon welcome its third political party:  The Patriot Party. It’s mission will be to destroy the two traditional parties using disruption, chaos and violence as tactical weapons of expression. It’s members will be immune to political platforms and doctrines and respond only to the dictates of their founder and leader, Donald J. Trump. “Patriots” see their Party as the resurrection of the eighteenth century mandate of insurrection; the embodiment of rebellion against a government that’s deaf to their plaints and blind to their plight. Early reports claim they will use a logo displaying both an image of the American flag as well as some form of a deadly weapon. Lee Greenwood’s, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” will serve as their Party’s anthem. Mindful of the Party’s mission and temperament of its members, founder and perpetual leader, Donald J. Trump, will assume the role of War Lord. When he declares, “What have you got to lose,” patriots are energized, suddenly filled with fanatical purpose and unwittingly begin chanting, “Lock her up, lock her up.” The Patriot Party will host an endless number of rallies. Attendees are encouraged to bear arms and instructed to congregate in areas cordoned off with police crime tape.  When asked about the large number of planned rallies, they answer in one voice, “It’s great to have something else to do than...

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Womb To Tomb

Womb to Tomb What do you call a political doctrine that is adamantly pro-life then, after birth, reverses itself?  How can anyone be quick to criminalize abortion while simultaneously displaying a morbid affinity for death; at best, indifference to victims of deliberate carnage? Meet a modern day Republican; not a traditional Reagan Republican, but one who lives in a nation of men, not laws. Current Republicans wear “Pro-life” pins on their shirt-sleeves while their smirking faces are free of protective masks.  As the virus spreads and kills, they insist it’s a democratic hoax…it’ll just disappear…they continue to ignore CDC mitigation protocols…denounce the horrific statistics as fake news…blame the Kung-Flu on the Chinese.  They do nothing to slow and stop it; instead, they go out of their way to demonstrate opposition to COVID mitigation guidelines.  They’re COVID enablers. Don’t forget, “Pro-life” is their mantra. White cops continue to murder unarmed black men while red MAGA hats enjoy a surge in sales. Hear their “Pro-life” chants and witness their raised clinched fists. The meteoric rise in life threatening and deadly hate crimes against blacks, Muslims, Asians and Jews goes unnoticed among the MAGA base.  Their silence fails to mask their xenophobic indifference. Their “Pro-life” bona fides remain strong and intact. Branding Mexicans as rapists and murderers served as justification to build a defensive wall along our southern border.  It was, however,...

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The Anthropocene

The Anthropocene The Age of Man. You can also refer to it as the Age of Now. This includes the Age of Pollution — man’s influence on the unnatural warming of the earth. Plus the Age of Over Population and the challenges associated with feeding eight to nine billion people using exponential technologies to produce food. COVID and Now. The Age of COVID is instructive and prophetic. Public response to the COVID crisis is an exact microcosm of its response to climate change.  A significant number of Americans ignore the cataclysmic effects of atmospheric pollution on climate changes worldwide. They don’t care.  This applies precisely to their attitude toward COVID. It’s provenance rests in the implausible repudiation of science itself, ergo, the questioning of its existence…the transferring of COVID’s biological nature from scientific to political…the rejecting of growing statistics coupled with the denying of the contagion and the dangers of its inevitable, lethal spread…and the ugly, infantile defending of their suicidal dogma using vindictive, mean spirited rhetoric. When it comes to science and provable facts, ignorance isn’t bliss…it’s tantamount to playing Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun.  Suicide by ignorance and self-interest. Wise up America.  Living smart begins with being smart. ### 30 ###...

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After COVID

After COVID A year ago when my wife and I first learned of COVID-19 we immediately began preparations for a limited, but necessary period of self-isolation.  Yes, we were concerned, curious, compliant, but stubbornly optimistic. We’re Americans after all.bbb Adversity is never a challenge too large, too complex, too threatening that we can’t overcome with overwhelming commitment and focus.  The enlightened American spirit. But… America’s leader, at that critical moment, was a science denier. He ignored medical advice and, instead, politicized the pandemic insisting it was a Democratic hoax; then he proclaimed it would just go away; if that didn’t work, he then prescribed ingesting toxins and exposing ones entrails to UV light as effective treatments. POTUS, in this instance, is another five letter word for M O R O N. Twelve months have passed, along with a half-million American lives, and our outlook has devolved.  It’s 2021 now and we’re scared and more inclined to be skeptical. Getting a vaccine is proving nearly impossible here In Tennessee even though we’re in our 70’s. One vital segment of our economy — small, independent businesses — is steadily disappearing; 800 are closing every day. The jobs they represent are not coming back. The wide range of taxes they provide to underwrite local, state and federal programs are gone for good.  Their absence is manifest in the gathering clouds economists forecast...

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Party Rifts

Party Rifts To understand the current differences in our two major political party’s, just consider what divides them. Democrats are at odds about how much student debt is forgivable, provided they can legally forgive any amount.  They’re debating over how soon schools should re-open, what grades, how many days a week, on-going testing; plus, should all teachers be vaccinated before entering the classroom. They argue over the size of the $1.9T Biden Relief program and the most fair and equitable ways to distribute these funds to individuals, overall COVID response, vaccination production and distribution, testing, funding needed to re-open schools, state funding, business funding and more. Immigration policies, Infrastructure prerequisites … etc… etc.., also claim a share of time in their discussions. Republicans have fractured into two hostile factions:  Camp Trump and Camp Never Trump.  Camp T defends the former president as a Patriot, supports his conspiracy theories and continues the big lie that the election was stolen from him.  Camp Never T is focused on recapturing traditional Republican values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, strong educational and defense programs. In effect, we have three, not two political parties.  One party is focused on governing; one is trying to recover and restore the best of its original self and Camp T,  the splinter party, is in exile. Camp T is lost in space, orbiting around one personality, The Great...

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