Pretending Is Dangerous - And Response

Monday, October 25, 2021

I’ve ‘seen some stuff’ in my time. I have followed politics for many years. I’m retired, I’m a realist and a Vietnam veteran, pretty much in that order. I’m not an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist. That said, I have never in my life been so concerned about the future of this Republic.

Politics was once a legitimate contest of ideas, put forth by political figures who were sincere, accomplished, articulate and well versed in economics and history. The candidacy and ultimate victory of Joe Biden was – and continues to be—nothing more than a marketing campaign and a very poor one at that.

What does it say about us that we see a candidate and, ultimately, a President that is clearly infirm and not up to the challenges of the highest office of the land. Yet, we defer, pretend and excuse it all away? We see the disastrous outcomes of everything he touches, his inability to think and communicate on his feet, the economic and social fallout that he has wrought in just 10 months, the unbelievable move toward Socialism that he appears to be leading.

“Whistling past the graveyard”, pretending that it’s just business as usual and that everything is under control is not a solution. It’s a symptom. We’re in trouble. Join me in praying for the future of this great Republic.

W. Dale Martin

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Mr. Martin, you are correct. We have The Great Pretender in the Oval Office. In fact the progressives had make-believe primaries, a make believe-convention and nominated a make believe candidate who some say was elected in a make-believe election.

That make-believe candidate stayed in his basement and the few times he ventured up to the sunlight was for brief appearances before hand-picked ensembles resembling a cult waiting for the mother-ship. So what should we have expected?

It was all rather surreal, just like the last 18 months. Take Hunter Biden’s paintings for example. One sold recently for $500,000 at a trendy NYC gallery. Another painting by the French Impressionist Degas sold at auction at Christie’s for the same amount. Would you say that is surreal? The New York Times coincidentally described Hunter’s doodles in oil as “surreal.”

It is certainly not make-believe to see empty shelves and shortages, rising gasoline prices, thousands of help wanted signs, pictures of thousands of unvaccinated migrants crossing the border with more caravans following. It’s not fantasy to hear of Biden’s plans for the IRS to monitor American’s bank accounts or for the AG to investigate parents who speak out at school board meetings.

Hunter’s art may be priceless as long as his dad is in the Oval Office, but unlike art which often appreciates with time, the damage the Great Pretender is doing isn’t make-believe. Left unchanged, it won’t get better with time.

Ralph Miller


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