Author: Harry Herget

Who Let The Nut’s Out?

“Who Let The Nuts Out?” Who let the dogs out remains a mystery, but we’re reasonably certain the NUTS were released by the “Nutcracker In Chief”, Comrade Trump. MyPillow Nut, Mike Lindell, let loose his outrageous claim that Dominion voting machines, “were manipulated and hacked in a manner that caused votes for one candidate (Trump) to be tallied for the opposing candidate (Biden).” The law-license-revoked, alcohol-indulging, hair-dye-dripping former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, was free to file unsubstantiated election fraud claims to more that sixty courts only to have his arguments tossed out as “unfounded” and “frivolous.” So-called attorney John Eastman was given enough rope to author an insurrection plan that included throwing out absentee votes, empaneling alternate slates of electors and instructing VP Pence to use his ceremonial role in certifying the electoral college vote to illegally nullify the vote or be hanged with what remained of the allotted rope. Environmental DOJ attorney, Jeffrey Clark, tunneled his way into the Oval Office to promise Trump he’ll overturn the 2020 election results if Trump appoints him Attorney General. Disgraced attorney, Sidney Powell, after being named as a defendant in a multi-billion dollar libel suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, offered a defense commensurate with her legal prowess, “My claims were so outrageous everyone knew they were false.” That’s just a small sampling of the damage caused by the Nutcracker...

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Autocracy. A Plausible Alternative.

Autocracy.  A Plausible Alternative.   The January 6 Capitol insurrection was a blunt force wake-up call for those who believe in the notion of functioning democratic governance. It wasn’t the first or will it be the last time we’ll witness forceful condemnation of a government that’s ceased to be “For the people.”   A government “Of” and “By” the people alone won’t cut it.   George Washington warned us 226 years ago about the dangers of hyper-partisanship; moreover, his prediction of the emergence of a Trump-like demagogue was both unsettling and prescient.   Public approval of Congress is at 18%.  This seems oddly high since Congress fails, over and over again, to act…to do anything that reflects the interests of America’s majority…gun safety, abortion, climate change, health care, infrastructure rebuilding,…etc. All are left wanting in search of representation.   On the flip-side of the political coin, since 1965, a silent but sizable minority of white, conservative Americans has witnessed a move toward socialized, “entitlement” programs they view as unacceptable.   So…What can we do?!   Whether you’re a radical seeking social, economic and political justice or a reactionary threatened by soon becoming a racial minority, Congress doesn’t care. It acts like a moth in an empty closet, moving around and doing nothing.  No political interests from either extreme to the middle are being represented.   Enter autocratic leadership.  ...

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Political Comity

Political Comity At a time when George Washington’s “Farewell” declaration to “Friends and Citizens” in 1796 is being realized 226 years later…his prescient forewarning that hyper-partisanship was self-destructive and will cause “unprincipled men” to “subvert the power of the people and usurp for themselves the reins of government”…we are witness to a rare and welcomed sight that reflects the best of partisan cooperation and political comity. Democrats and traditional Republicans can work together. Nothing could be more symbolic of partisan extremes than Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) from Mississippi and Rep. Liz Chaney (R) of Montana. They disagree on just about everything political, i.e., governments’ role in abortion, gun safety, social services, infrastructure funding, tax policy…all the key issues that define the difference between political liberals and conservatives. What they don’t disagree on is the fundamental value of our democracy and the gravity of the oath they took to protect and defend its Constitution. “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic….” They demonstrate, in no uncertain terms, that when our country is threatened, we the people stand as one. We are all Americans. ### 30...

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Suicide By Naivete

Suicide By Naïveté Open societies, like America, have a compelling intellectual appeal, but it’s framed in assumptions that are naive and potentially self-destructive. America is slow walking through time wearing a suicide vest that will, at some point, detonate. After being witness to the hate unleashed by our 45th president, I feel like he pulled the pin on our democracy and now it’s just a matter of time — a time certain — before it all explodes. Open societies, by virtue of their Constitutional provenance, are “open” to saboteur’s, criminals, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, racists, even leaders with autocratic tendencies…etc.,…, “open” in the very real sense of being “in harms way”, or “vulnerable”, or “exposed” or “unprotected”, TO ITSELF. You can add “insurgency to injury“ when these nefarious elements lock arms and march together in a planned attempt to take down our democracy. In America, it’s enemies are empowered by the First Amendment, armed with the 2nd Amendment and draped in a justice system that presumes their malevolent intent is tantamount to “innocent”. We are our own worst enemy.  We have sewn the seeds of our own extinction.  Like a snowball, radicalism is growing, military weaponry is proliferating and ALL of this is within the legal boundaries of America’s Constitutional “openness.” This is an example of “Freedom” being another word for “Fascism”…Openness being a gateway to tyranny. The irony is...

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Why “Omicron?” Why Not Gang Banger?

Why “Omicron”? Why not “Gang Banger”? The WHO/World Health Organization, is responsible for naming novel viruses in much the same way the WMO/ World Meteorological Organization, names hurricanes. WHO is fixated on the Greek alphabet and Omicron is its fifteenth letter which, no surprise, is significant to nothing but the alphabet itself. Their logic is the alphabet name is much easier to communicate than B.1.617.2., or the scientific name for a specific variant of a lethal contagion.  True, but… That’s not good or effective enough since the goal is “communicating”, not obfuscating. You might as well name a contagion, “Dallas”, “”, or “Jupiter”or “Sierra”. We need to communicate to the lowest denominator of intelligence — also known as “anti-vaxxers”, and “anti-maskers” — so we can etch an image in their tiny brains that’s provocative…utterly undesirable…even repulsive: Rattler Scorpion Assassin Since most of our mentally deficient recalcitrants are white supremacists (pardon the redundancy), we could also consider names that make them sweat: Gang Banger Rapper Kaepernick What’s in a name? A killer virus, by any other name, would not smell as sweet as a rose.  Yes, names matter. If the name “fits”, use it! ### 30...

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