continued postponement still
necessary … what?
I admit it.
My faith in the Government of the United States has been, well, shaken, stirred, somewhat less that it might have been?
Yes yes yes, I told all the jokes.
Quoted Ronald Reagan, “The scariest words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the Government and I am hear to help.'”
Mark Twain’s, “Suppose I was insane and suppose I ran for Congress. But, wait, I repeat myself.”
And not to forget Mr. Jefferson’s, “The Government that governs least, governs best.”
I like my country.
I like my government.
All its faults, it is what it is.
But of late I worry about it.
It is just not the same.
Then along comes a document and some of that old buddy-buddy goofy gotcha feeling was little bit restored.
Did you see it?
It was a document released by the White House as an official “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” dated October 22, 2021.
In part it stated:
Temporary continued postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.
This is such a wonderful collection of words of multi syllables hammered together in such a wonderful way that it, in part, restored my faith in my government to respond like a government.
It could have been said by Humphrey Appleby.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
I foresee all sorts of of unforeseen problems.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
If I could foresee them, they wouldn’t be unforeseen.
My old Government!
It can still sling out the verbiage with the best of them.
Temporary continued postponement is necessary.
Just say that out loud.
It’s … it’s … Shakespearean!
Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations.
I am not talking about names or personalities here, but the monolithic double speak that is written by the body of government, the all inclusive, corporate beast that mandates or tries to mandate things like Fair Labor, Un-American Activities, Interstate Commerce and the Services of Internal Revenue through the use of the English language.
I don’t know.
Harm that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.
See that all inclusive, military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations!
The use of OR here is magnificent.
Somehow restores my faith in Government you know?
Lets not leave out what the memorandum is about.
The full title is, in all its’ governmentalease glory, “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on the Temporary Certification Regarding Disclosure of Information in Certain Records Related to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated back in 1963.
More than 60 years ago.
Lee Harvey Oswald was one of the youngest people in the story,
Oswald would be 84.
Anyone in else involved the conspiracy, planning and or coverup is most likely … dead.
Yet our Government is telling us that they HAVE documents about the conspiracy, planning and or coverup, that if released would cause identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.
The mind boggles.
Did LBJ do it?
Did Lady Bird do it?
Are we at a point that I have to explain who LBJ and Lady Bird were?
Are they now as obscure as Babushka Lady, Umbrella Man and the Three Tramps?
I have to interject, those are all real personages in the JFK assassination story.
Good ahead and do the Google if you have to.
But come on.
Identifiable harm of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest?
Oh I don’t know.
Somehow it was reassuring that the government had not lost its touch.
As Mr. Twain writes in The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg, “There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory.”
I won’t hold my breath but maybe the next time we can get, permanent temporary continued postponement.