Compromised And Paralyzed, America Now Has No Government 

By Leyland A. King

July 7, 2017

No need be alarmed or outraged about the title.  It really doesn’t matter anymore whether one chooses to be Democrat, Republican, or apathetic; religious zealot or palpably patriotic. It is too late! The hated Washington big government is no more, and the welfare queen has flown. Yes, the government we dismantled. No, we suffocated it. Fact is, it rotted away in plain sight while we called each other vile names and ignored the vile stench of decades-long institutional decay.

Now we can run the government as a business. A family enterprise. Hooray! It is a person with free speech and all the rights and privileges of a citizen, unconstrained by irritants like the constitution, regulations and such. Who needs voting rights anyway, Justice Scalia almost said. Free the Corporate citizen. They already have their own armies. They, in some countries, are called warlords.

Surely, we all heard of the contented frog slow-poached in a pot; about the jealous, happy frogs that prayed for a king to rule over them. The apt, belated comment might well be, they should have known. But there must be a parable somewhere, concerning the day the poor convened a meeting for super-rich men to, by the goodness of heart, discuss being kind to the poor. I can’t find one fitting, but Jonathan Swift’s satirical letter to the British, inquiring how they preferred Irish babies cooked, with what spices and accompanying dressings served, is as close as I got.

Now, like North Korean citizens ruled by a smart cookie, we’ll smile and cheer on sight of Trump, Paul Ryan, Betsie DeVos and so many, many others. Don’t ever stop cheering.


Senator Paul Ryan, a Shrinking Man

Dear Senator Ryan, I remember when you were an indistinct politician until the spotlight shone on you in the lead-up to your selection as running mate to Gov Romney. As the media promoted you, I said to myself , this guy seems to be someone passionate about our country, likeable, reasonable and would probably work with both parties. Though I do not share your political views I respected you and expected much of you.  Then a few things happened, I learned more about you and you seemed to diminish in stature like a banquet ice-carving that could not see the event through. I now remember you for two actions, Sen. Ryan, both of which were choices you made for paltry gain. The first was when you espoused your view about “inner city” people not willing to work and relying on welfare. Nothing new there. Africans have always been depreciated that way. It gets votes. You went through the ritual of apology after claiming you were misunderstood. I knew better as did most people. Today, I watched as you needlessly harangued a senior public servant John Koskinen at an unnecessary hearing. You all but inferred  criminality. The kind of people who would see your behavior and celebrate that, I would not wish to share the street with. Today, I saw you for what you truly are: a heartless, disrespectful, egotistical little man whose only care in life is to bully and insult others for whatever miniscule gain you can eke out of the disparate-power-interaction. Frankly, I am disgusted with you and the way you use your office. A public apology is owed Mr.Koskinen.