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May 17, 2016

Tomfoolery Still On, Time for a Real Poll

Harry M. Covert

Perhaps the time has come to consider the negative effects of the constant news cycle of presidential politics. The health of everyone is truly threatened these days. It takes lots of chutzpah and self-discipline to turn off “the teevee” and computers and all matters of the latest technologies.

 

Talk of any censorship is obviously out of the question and should be. Good average people around the 50 states plus the territories can’t afford to hop-on-hop-off the so-called breaking news and constant overkill.

 

An early education taught that if you don’t like particular books or programs of any sorts or the language of any situation comedy you don’t read the tomes and don’t watch or listen to the discourses. Of course, this can be difficult for those accustomed to being informed, even those enjoying the golden years.

 

I’m not one to advocate muzzling the free press of any style, not hardly and God forbid. No matter how much readers and listeners may become angry over disagreeable public stories, they still love to learn the inside dope, good or bad, of public figures. Big pictures, big “second-coming headlines” are in vogue. The 96-point-plus headlines were saved in the days of all newspapers, not seen since the Greatest Generation period.

 

One of the off-shoots of the nasty and tireless stories is sending citizens back to books, printed books, and reminding people of world history. It is rather important to consider affairs of state bearing down these days. Ongoing events being shrieked to high heaven are concerning and frightening. Perchance the nation needs a rest from all the bloviaters of all ilks. There are so many it’s challenging to figure out fact from fiction and spin. I know right from wrong. Most folks know, too. Is the past prologue? Well, I have my own counsel.

 

It’s been said before; the business of America is business. Sure is evident in the broadcasting media. I can’t find fault with that, but please give us a break and report other ongoing news. The field is enormous. There is more going on than those wanting to get their hands on treasure and power.

 

Despite all the tomfoolery, it’s not wrong to look at good things. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political thinker and writer, wrote: “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

 

Quite naturally some alleged wizards like to say he never wrote or said those words. So what? I believe he did. If he didn’t, someone should. There are lots of “great” things in the nation, and they keep piling up.

 

Since so many are winging it to reach their goals, de Tocqueville had some other things to say.

 

For example:

 

►”The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”

 

►”Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”

 

►”Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

 

How about a poll asking each and every person who is awake: “Is America great, warts and all?” That’s easy. Let’s not fall prey to the supposed blabbers. Yes, de Tocqueville was on the mark and that was in the 19th century.

 

Class dismissed.

 

hmcovert@gmail.com

 



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