The Panama Syndrome
(It's been way too long, and we really should have been keeping this up. Not being able to afford Internet access has certainly been a part of it, but we really do need to make more of an effort to record the events of the day.)
A few days ago, Mr. Chips was remarking about how -- all scandals to the contrary notwithstanding -- there were still far too many
In the midst of this, The Old Sarge spoke up and reminded those assembled of what we had said about Milquetoast Romney during the 2012 "election" cycle. There was any number of good little "Mormons" who were voting for Romney, not because he was the most qualified -- which was somewhat doubtful anyway -- but because he was one of them.
It was at this point that we mentioned an incident that had happened back during the FDR regime. During a meeting, one of those present (the Secretary of the Treasury?) made a remark concerning the head honcho in Panama: "He's a no-good son of a bitch, but he's our no-good son of a bitch."
Far too many Americans fall into this trap. Just because he's "our guy" doesn't mean that he's the best guy.
As distressing as it is to admit it, we must confess to being willing to vote for The Donald this go-around. Scott Walker really was our first choice, but the Establishment eliminated him early on. Ted Cruz -- with all of his foibles -- was #2, but he got scuttled. Gary Johnson was a fairly good governor of New Mexico, but he's caved in to the wrong interests. Not to mention that the Libertarian Party has been taken over by the libertines and other assorted special interest groups and is no longer beholden to the concept of individual freedom.
(That notwithstanding, we remain four-square in favor of Johnson's inclusion in the upcoming Presidential "debates". In addition to injecting the random libertarian idea into the proceedings, it might finally put to rest all the blather about starting a "third party". For the uninformed, the Libertarian Party is the de facto third party, having more candidates in office and running for office than all the other minor parties combined.)