By Phil Richardson
Once upon a time in the far distant past, people would hitch the horse to the buggy and drive into town to hear what the candidate had to say about running the nation. Some weeks later, there would be an election, after which we would hear from the winner sporadically, perhaps not at all for months on end, except when a child was born in the White House, or a daughter was married, and in the very few instances, when he asked Congress to declare war on some hapless country. In those days, The United States never lost a war.
Photographs of the Chief Executive appeared rarely in the press. The first that I remember was a photo of the hapless appearance on the face of Calvin Coolidge when induced to don a Sioux war bonnet, another when a Hollywood starlet was asked to recline on a piano being played by Harry Truman (The tune was “The Missouri Waltz”) and the grin on the face of “Ike” after he shanked a ball far into the woods at some fairway that was not named Mar-A-Lago.
Nowadays, not an hour passes before we hear some acrimony directly from the aggrieved “Tweetmaster.” It’s nonstop politics and never-ending election time. We never get a respite; even a brief breathing spell. I don’t know how you feel, but I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Today, it’s whether the President will submit to an interview by Special Council Investigator Robert Mueller. Trump said, “Bring it on.” His attorneys say, “No way.”
I have this piece of advice; the perfect defense for anyone questioned by Mueller: Tell the truth.
The problem for Mister Trump is this: He does not want us to know how much money he is getting from Comrade Putin and his oligarch buddies. No one in Russia or within it’s hegemony,* does anything Putin does not approve, at least not for long.
*Hegemony – Dominant influence, (examples: Azbekistan, Crimea, Georgia, Kazakstan, Syria, Tajekistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).
Phil Richardson, Observer of the human condition and storyteller, is a retired broadcast executive residing in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of three books – “Water Dream,” “The Prosperity Coal Company” and “Miguel: Narcotraficante.” All are available at Amazon.com.
“He goes doddering on into his old age, making a public nuisance of himself.” – Joseph L. Menchen
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