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Thelma and Louise All Over Again

Last week already seems like such a long time ago. But it was only last week that it seemed that a zephyr of common sense and common purpose had visited the Democratic Candidate Carnival. And that was when the sainted Beto O’Rourke demonstrated some real common sense, and hopefully some sense of purpose, by withdrawing as a candidate. And it was certainly the hope of many that another 10-12 of the remaining twenty candidates might take the hint and gracefully withdraw and pursue their dreams of sitting behind the Resolution desk in the Oval Office some other day.

But those hopes were dashed upon the jagged rocks of disappointment and despair when later in that same long ago last week, former New York City Mayor and billionaire and Stop and Frisk Super Fan announced that he was seriously entertaining a plan to run for president as……..a Democrat, of course.

And in the following few days we began to hear that former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick are now, less than 100 days before the Iowa primary, making a decision as to whether to make the Democratic Candidate Carnival a metastasizing monster that will swallow the hopes and dreams of the many who believe that the re-election of Donald Trump will create a real opportunity for autocracy to replace democracy in America.

According to Forbes Magazine there are only six or seven people in the world wealthier than Michael Bloomberg. And so it isn’t possible that someone is paying him to enter the most bizarre presidential candidate selection process since the Teapublican Clown Car in 2012.

While you will not find the names of Eric Holder and Deval Patrick on any Forbes list of the wealthiest individuals, they are both known to be honorable men with stellar reputations for public service and probity. But eliminating nefarious motives does not provide the hint of a clue as to the reasoning that does motivate these men.

What has to be clear to all who would see, is that this Democratic internecine battle on steroids is a recipe for the disaster that would be a second Trump term. What has to be clear to all who would see is that fractionating the Democratic constituency into twenty pieces and then hoping to glue them all together in Milwaukee next July is a fool’s errand.

What we know is that somewhere the right wing of the right wing billionaire backers of Trump – Adelson, the Mercer family, the Koch family, ET. Al. – are chortling and rubbing their hands with glee as they watch the Democrats hurtle down this road to perdition and inevitable defeat. And all of this is happening without them having to spend any of their own virtually infinite coffers of cash.

There is something to be said for the advocacy of principle over comfort and convenience. And there is also something to be said for employing real world vision in a real world where the advocacy of principle over comfort and convenience can lead to catastrophic results for millions of men, women and children for whom the political process is their last best hope for some gossamer glimmer of hope for a better future.

It should be all who care to watch this self-inflicted carnage in the Democratic Party that, as the actual primary voting and caucuses begin all of the candidates will be using live campaign rhetorical ammunition as all of the candidates seek to be the last one standing. But in such a scenario, the last one standing in Milwaukee next year will be bruised and bloodied and battered, surrounded by disgruntled and grumpy supporters of their opponents. These supporters will say the right things in front of the cameras and then sulk their way back home to half-heartedly support the so-called “winner”.

And meanwhile, Trump and his supporters will be sitting fat and happy, waiting to take on whomever this wounded warrior might be…..and it won’t be a fair fight.

Maybe Tom Perez can send a short video clip to all of the Democratic candidates – the clip can contain the last scene from the movie “Thelma and Louise” as they drive their car off the cliff in one last glorious gesture of defiance and independence. Which, of course, is just before they crash, burn and die.

Maybe, just maybe, some of the participants in the Democratic Candidate Carnival will get the hint —–before it gets too late……and it is getting late early.

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One thought on “Thelma and Louise All Over Again

  1. wbarnard says:

    The difficulty is seeing the invisible. You see, YAH is in control of the events we are witnessing that make no sense whatsoever. If you can take into account that YAH is in control and we have reached that point in human history known as ‘the time of the end’, then all of this madness makes sense. We are witnessing the wealthiest, most influential and militarily powerful kingdom the world has ever seen, slowly implode. Rome was never conquered by outside enemies, she rotted and collapsed from within. Rome’s successor, England, one of Rome’s colonies, rose to great power and of whom it was once said: ‘The sun never sets on the British Empire’.  That Empire also collapsed and passed on it’s power and legacy to one of its colonies – America, the last a greatest of them all. Now, America is also collapsing before our very eyes. For those familiar with the prophecies of the Bible, the evidence points to this time as ‘the end of the Gentile Times’. In other words, the rule of White people over the earth has come to an end and that rulership is being passed onto more responsible hands.  So, there is no need to stress about the madness all around us – it was prophesied and thus, it shall be. Nothing will prevent the destruction of this wicked system of things built on selfishness and greed. It must be remove to make room for that Kingdom we have been praying for since we were children. You remember: Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Right? We were praying for another form of government. This one is not working and has to be removed. You see? What we should be concerned about is our relationship with YAH, the Creator of the universe, the source of life, truth, wisdom and understanding. YAH is ‘calling’ those whose hearts are righteously inclined, to come out of the ‘darkness and madness’ and into His marvelous light. Who will respond to the ‘call’? Can you ‘hear’? Can you ‘see’?

    Wes Barnard aka Yosef 

    “Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” 

    ~Adyashanti

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