things I never thought
would see see where this is
going, not pretty
‘I see,’ said the blind carpenter as he picked up his hammer and saw.
This ‘Wellerism” or pun goes back to 1845 when a version first appeared in print.
I heard it a lot growing up.
Most of the time it was when I finally understood something that for most people was accepted common knowledge.
I have been thinking about those things that I accepted as common knowledge in the field of politics this morning.
Maybe I should say ‘accepted as fact’ rather than common knowledge.
When I was in college, it was accepted as fact and so I was taught, that with their 104 seat majority in the House of Representatives, the Democratic Party would never lose control of the house.
Then came 1994 and 54 seats changed hands and a lot of fingers were pointed at feelings created by then President Bill Clinton.
Except for two non consecutive sessions, the Democratic Party held control of the house for 58 of the previous 62 years.
I never that I would see a Republican, conservative led house, but I did.
But things change and a lot has changed in the last 5 years.
I never thought I would see Republican Conservative Evangelicals support a foul mouthed, womanizing, lying creep, but I did.
I never thought I would see Republican Conservatives risk their health over politics, but I did.
I never thoughts I would see an American President come out against NATO and the USAs allies in Europe, but I did.
Then last night, watching the coverage of Ukraine, the coverage turned to the former President and his take on what was going on.
Not surprisingly, the former President is coming out on the side of Mr. Vladimir Putin and the Russians and against Mr. Biden, Europe and NATO.
He has hailed Mr. Putin as a genius.
I said to myself, what is going on here? Just WHAT is going on here.
Then, as the blind man, I picked up my hammer hammer and saw.
I never thought I would see Republican Conservatives backing Russia, but I bet I will.
You can go back to Rome and Carthage where Romans led by Cato the Censor ended every speech with Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem esse delendam or Carthage must be destroyed
Didn’t matter what Cato was talking about, trash removal, the next public games or fire insurance, he would end with Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.
He did this long enough that Rome finally got around to attacking and destroying Carthage and scattering salt on the ruins to make sure nothing ever grew there again.
I mention this to describe this is how Republican Conservatives used to feel about Russia and the old USSR and communism.
For most Republicans the watchword was that Russia must be destroyed.
I for one, don’t think this new Russia is much different from the old USSR.
If nothing else, this was evident in the just concluded Winter Olympics.
New Russia but old story.
New Republican leader and new Republican story.
I can see it clearly.
All the angst, all the conflict, all the turmoil of the last couple of years will all back as again the former President has found another way to divide us.
It was General Patton who said, “Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.”
Well folks, compared to a depth of feelings over a foreign war, over sending men and women into danger, over situations where people, sons and daughters, get killed, all other forms of expression of feelings, feelings about masks, vaccines, convoys and elections, will shrink to insignificance.
What I am saying is we haven’t seen anything like what is coming.
Take all the scenes that have played out on TV the last couple of years.
Then turn the volume up.
I can see it coming.
And it is not pretty.
Maybe Mr. Trump is right.
That Mr. Putin is a genius.
Also those other Russians, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, all wanted to beat the United States and spent fortunes in money, treasure and lives in the attempt.
Mr. Putin might just pull it off by letting the US destroy itself.