well folks, this horse race, this republican primary thing, lives to see another day; and same as it ever was, may the best stud win.
But much like the fog that has crept in through the night, everything is blanketed with an air that is still quite heavy, blurry, unsettling. And while it was exhilarating in the moment -- last night -- this absence of clarity, a real winner take all, dampens the results upon morning light.
Win Place Show
Win Place Show
Win Place Show
Now surely, this girl can't speak for the horse -- not even going to try.
But there's just so many of us up in the stands..... waving our hands all up in the air....holding what feels like a golden ticket.... yelling and screaming all at the same time -- from the track, we must sound like we are completely in unison; when in fact, circumstances couldn't be any further from the truth.
Our horse hears one resounding RAHHHHHHH!
And yet, as a constituency -- the reality is, we are still all over the place. [and a wee bit concerned about doping, too...tee hee]
And no matter the win, place or show, we are adamant about one thing: our horse is THE horse to beat, out in front by seven lengths, at least -- even if only supported by our own imaginations. Oh, thy triple crown is near. Run horsey Run! Don't stop!
Let's trot over to the 11th Principle, the one found deep into the bowels of one of my favorite reads, The 5000 Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience has shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security.
Thank you, Thomas Jefferson, for the Declaration of Independence!
John Locke comes up fast on his heals, saying:
The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of property....[Therefore,] whenever the legislators endeavour to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they [the officials of government] put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence. Whensoever, therefore, the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society, and either by ambition, fear, folly, or corruption, endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people, by this breach of trust THEY [the government officials] FORFEIT THE POWER THE PEOPLE HAD PUT INTO THEIR HANDS....and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty, and...provide for their own safety and security. (Second Essay Concerning Civil Government, pp 75-76, par 222; emphasis added.)
The people have "a right to resume their original liberty...". And only a true patriot. of Secretariat courage and will, will do.
And while the fog outside my window is slowly lifting -- one thing becomes demonstrably clear: this election cycle -- as round and round we go, where it stops nobody knows -- is no doubt, chiefly, unequivocally, about this state of abuses against the people. This aspect of the race is uncontested.
The people may have their favorite, it's expected; and at this point, people may be meeting up with pure exhaustion by the length of the non-stop spectacle before us. And surely, the trump-et may be sounding.... There is that.
But make no mistake -- there is only one reason why we are in this sticky wicket in the first place. This moment in time, this race that may turn heads and tails for a season, is all about the manifestation of a massive corruption against the people, and this republic, as a whole. It's always been and always will be about the people -- the people who appear hardly underfed, but live fully undernourished (for umpteen reasons) and suffering under an oppression so great, it carries the weight to snuff the life right out of us if we aren't careful.
If only it was just another day at the races...and away they go!
God speed. And say a prayer.
Make it a Good Day, G