Depreciation
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>> It’s one of those thorny verities that stabs rather than soothes.
>> You buy a car for $40,000, drive it home and, before it’s first night in your garage or carport, $10,000 has been mysteriously siphoned from its resale value. And, before the new car smell is gone, the siphoning drains off more.  Then more.
>> Depreciation isn’t limited to robbing us of value from our personal property…No…it’s insinuated itself into politics; in particular, political party’s and their century plus investments in their established symbols:  The donkey and the elephant.
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>> Democrats have been “jackasses“ since the time of their first elected president, Andrew Jackson.  It’s hard to suffer any loss associated with depreciation from such a craven image though you can’t accuse Democrats of not trying.
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>> Republicans, on the other hand, have traded in their elephantine stature and discovered it’s exchange value is barely worth the price of a sitting duck.
>> Yes, it’s bona fides, “seeing the elephant,” during the Civil War, was imbued with military importance.  It meant you “saw” combat.  Thus the Republican elephant can be assigned certain attributes such as valor, duty, bravery and citizen service.
>> The Republican Party of today has “totaled” that image with their death-cult ethos:  No-limits gun control, COVID indifference and belligerent vaccine resistance all the way to denying the catastrophic human effects of climate change.
>> Republican’s today no longer ride on the shoulders of their exalted elephant, but strut their cockamamie stuff on the broken wings of sitting ducks.  They stand out like an elephant patty at a fly parade.  They angrily battle reality for the dubious distinction of declaring their “freedom” from responsible, evolved and rational behavior…they opt instead for reprehensible behavior that threatens their lives and the lives of those closest to them.
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>> Moral:  When depreciation becomes contagious and infects your personal values, it’s time to kill the elephant in the room.
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