We have been having considerable problems with our little blog engine. Coupled with having an Apple instead of a computer, we have the feeling that we are the knight who has lost both arms and both legs, but who continues to bravely fight on.
Undaunted, El Gringo Viejo tries to wade through the mess that popular democracy, demagoguery, and an electorate incapable of critical thinking can make. No small blame is passed to the "information industry", including FOXNews, for allowing this horrid construct. Imagine two more flawed candidates than these two. Can anyone remember Kennedy and Nixon? Stevenson and Eisenhower? Reagan and Carter? Neither of these two could hold an intelligent conversation with Adlai Stevenson, and Adlai was a Liberalus Maximus.
We are left with two candidates suffering from terminal narcissism, illogic, mendacity-on- steroids, bluster, shallowness, patronising this and that group. It truly is madness. We are left with sad, older women and even some younger, stern-jawed professional women (and women whose profession it is to be 'women') who can say things like, "Hillary understands my needs and cares about them."
We are surrounded at times by people who can say, "We need change." and really, really mean it. We bump into people who droll forth with sparklers like, "He's going to give us free college." Perhaps the biggest two flopping whoppers are "I'm going to build The Wall and make the Mexicans pay for it." and of course "I'm going to bring all those jobs back to America...right...back to America. I'm going to do that. Count on it. America." Holy brain synapse breakdown, Batman.
So we carry on...still not knowing what November 8, 2016 will bring to my hand in the voting booth. Electoral vote from Texas will probably not be in jeopardy. If (Sir Edmund) Hillary is still not in prison, Texians will turn out to vote for Clem Cadiddlehopper just to make certain that HRH is denied a second chance to defile the White House. It was bad enough to have had Lincoln, Wilson, and the Roosevelts there. Perhaps if HRH (Sir Edmund) Hillary could return she could channel that meddlesome old battle ax Eleanor Roosevelt simultaneously with Vince Foster and have a wonderful seance. But I diverge.....
Writing in Ted Cruz would be an option, knowing that the bulk of the Texas electorate will probably hold its nose and vote for "Make America Great Again" (hear the echo....hope and change....hope and change.....hope and change), But, what if they don't?
Then again, perhaps the FBI will have a change of heart and go arrest Lois Lerner, Loretta Lynch, and (Sir Edmund) Hillary, Sidney Blumenthal, Huma Weiner, and Susan Rice and transfer them all to le Isle Saint Helene where they can commune with the spirit of Napoleon Bonaparte, who died there in 1821 of stomach cancer. (El Zorro causes me to add Debbie Isaman Shultz, should they decide to do the right thing). They can contemplate on three of Napoleon's most profound guiding observations:
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
Please pardon the gentle banality of this submission. My indisciplined computer and blogging system, plus the problems that the political theatre have presented to my otherwise well-cluttered and enjoyable mind leave me in a bit of a quandary. This quandary is something akin to the ancient Brea Tar Pits. Top that off with the fact that to-morrow at 08:15 I am required to report to the dentist. And it's not even my birthday.
El Gringo Viejo