As things continue to heat up and the circle that is the buffer around Individual-1 continues to become smaller and smaller, this situation only increases his defiance and determination to win at all costs! With the weak-kneed senate – led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch (Mr. Whack-A-Mole) McConnell and the rest of the lily-livered Republicans in the House blindly and fully supporting him, it is full speed ahead! In his stubborn determination the command from him continually goes out to his sailors, “full speed ahead boys; hold the course…steady as she goes!” His sailors are scared spitless of the situation but they are even more afraid of defying him. That is made obvious by the fact that after all of them vehemently called him unfit for command and he took it anyway, after he took command they all stood around helplessly – at least helplessly as defined by them because they desperately want to be reelected so placed their personal ambition above country, while he spat on everything that the Grand-Ole-Party stood for. Dare I now say, once stood for?
The only problem is that as the Mueller investigation has come so close to him that he can virtually feel Mr. Mueller’s breath on the back of his neck, in his stubbornness, Individual-1 has dug in like a tick. You are likely familiar with how a tick attaches itself to its host but in the event that you are not, it virtually buries its head in the host’s skin. Certainly in this posture, Individual-1 cannot see the direction in which he and his sailors are heading. They could run aground! But what the heck, helter-skelter and pandemonium has always been his modus operandi so why should he change now? It’s a tic that during the course of his entire life he has not been able to rid himself of. Perhaps he has never had the desire to rid himself of it. But if the ship should run aground, at that point, he will be full and simply fall off wherever he is at. Anyone else who is still on board will simply have to fend for themselves.
Even as I write this article I can’t help but to think, what a terrible way to describe the leader of our country. I have some ambivalence even after describing him as such but this roller coaster feeling is the way that I feel (and don’t feel) as I continue to move forward in my everyday paycheck-to-paycheck life and continue to reflect on his unorthodox style of leadership. With his laser-like focus on representing those who voted for him (to a lesser degree on those people of color who voted for him), punishing those who didn’t vote for him and weakening America in the eyes of the majority of Americans and the world, I feel completely deserted and forgotten by Individual-1. That is why I can allow myself to describe him as Individual-1 and still have no misgivings about whether or not I respect the Office of The President.
Well, what about the congress, you might say? They are supporting and enabling him. Good question. Unfortunately, the Republicans who have controlled the upper and lower chambers of congress up until very recently have been derelict of duty. Rather than provide the checks and balances on the executive branch of government as they are meant to do, they have conducted themselves more like Individual-1 toadies than statesmen elected to protect America and the American people. But as things continue to close in on Individual-1, they too suddenly find themselves under the microscope of public opinion and subject to more in-depth and keenly focused scrutiny. And in light of the fact that an election is coming up for many of them in 2020, at least those of them who are up for reelection will take time out to take an introspective view of themselves and reflect on what they were actually elected to do. This does not guarantee that they will not put on their dancing shoes, do the Washington Two Step and try to mislead and thereby fool their constituents to reelect them. And then once reelected (if they are accomplished dancers), return to their old ways of putting their personal ambitions before country.
There is no doubt that post Individual-1, whenever that might be, America and the American people will have to totally rid ourselves of the virus that was Individual-1, reboot and begin to automatically populate those voids that have been created in who we really are as Americans. I say “automatically populate” because once the virus has been removed we will be able to once again think clearly. And then, although we will likely continue to disagree about the path forward that America should take and at times still fight among ourselves as a result of that disagreement; I believe that as a whole, the American people genuinely want what is in the best interest of America and the American people to prevail over anger, hatred and divisiveness and so will commit to reasonable discourse to solve the problem. We know that we are stronger together! So no matter how tough things might get, let’s stay in the fight! And regardless of how many times we are knocked down, let’s get right back up and rejoin the battle!
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line