Many villains to share blame in political chaos

TOO MANY VILLAINS are standing in line to overthrow the ‘American government. (And I’m not even including the Russians, Chinese, ISIS or North Koreans.)

Republican presidential wannabes numbered 11 in the first debate. With varying degrees of rancor and regret, the losing 10 were eliminated by the voters’ choice of Donald Trump as the party’s 2016 presidential candidate.

In October 2016, opinion was unanimous: polls, mainstream media, Democrats (Progressive, Left and Far Left) and their candidate were convinced – they KNEW – Hillary Clinton was our next president.

Unanimous, that is, except for a large chunk of the American voting public and Donald J. Trump himself. On Nov. 8, the Deplorables won a stunning electoral victory.

By May 2017, the election should have settled the matter. It did not. Many were not adult enough to remember that – in life – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And losing is not a permit for revenge.

Anonymous sources made up newspaper stories, Democrat politicians boycotted meetings and votes, riots and hired mobs – bolstered by anarchists and antifas, for the fun of it – joined for arson, looting, and fights.

My villains here: the everyday Democrats who didn’t object to thugs doing harm in their name.

But Republicans can’t escape the villainy charge. “I didn’t vote for him, so he’s not my president,” is a lame excuse for sitting on one’s hands, when the Presidency is under attack.

Both the Democrats and Republicans-in-name-only (RINOs) share blame for making American political chaos the New Normal. Shame!

OUR COMMUNITY has always had a special feeling for its kids, and this week’s Monroe County News is a fine example. We have photos and/or stories about the concert choir’s third year of all 1s at state. St. Mary’s First Communion class is pictured, as is this year’s recipient of the Governor’s academic award. We read reports of track, tennis, trap and golf teams, as well as two Middle School teams’ achievements. Publisher Paxton named the Albia Newspapers’ summer student intern. (Welcome aboard, kid!)

Keep it up, kids. We’re all proud of all of you, picture in the paper or not.

TV FASHION Revisited: You probably have noticed – but not thought too much about it – that male television on-camera personalities all look alike: jackets, dress shirts and ties. What may not have occurred to you: there’s not a baldy among them. No thin spots on top, no comb-overs, nothing but hair.

I once saw a picture of Brit Hume, informal, without his hairpiece. He looked a little different, but still just fine. I became curious – was a wig part of his contract, or vanity, or what? So I started looking at other males on the screen. I won’t “out” any of my suspects, but here’s what I looked for: Too much forehead where there should be hairline. Flat, round doily-like piece. Top “hair” darker than the sideburns, which usually have a respectable tinge of graying. And maybe some gray round the back.

And why not, for Pete’s sake! Not everyone wants to be Yul Brynner. Or can be.


“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.”