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If you weren’t on social media, you missed it in the United States… In fact social media here also was slow to put it up, more concerned with domestic issues.  It started 4pm here Friday afternoon  so if you only found out about it on Saturday morning when you checked your newsfeeds, congratulations on your ongoing Social Life…

One of life’s great attributes is its ability to surprise.  And everyone was surprised by this.. The Turks. Our CIA. Europe, even parts of their military, were caught by the initial shock wave.

In fact as the troops rolled into position across Istanbul (Not Constantinople) all mostly assumed it was another training or terrorist action.  Just 3 weeks prior their airport bombing had made top story on the international news. And perhaps something ongoing was happening again… that or a training exercise to ready for the possibility.

The topic of conversation was Pokemon Go, and when the suggestion was made that perhaps it was a coup, laughter ensued.  Within 45 minutes or 4:45 our time, the realization that this was no exercise, stunned the nation… State TV got taken over and the warning was sent to stay at home; government was being changed…

When we think of coups, we here in America (being fed our news filtered by the CIA), tend to see coups in two ways… Either they are our side taking over a bad government, or a bad side taking over our friendly government which can only be good because that’s why we support them….

Turkey is different.  Coups are their enshrined protectors of their Constitution…  Their founder, Atatürk who fought the Ottomans and founded Modern Turkey, was historically knowledgeable and had seen democracies come and go, both in his lifetime as well as through historical records.  He knew that democracies work ok most of the time but the inherent weakness of democracies was that power was often put into directly into the hands of “the uneducated…”

The Uneducated can be unduly influenced to abandon democracy (what good is it to them) and establish an autocratic ruler in whom they identify… That does not bode well for minorities who find themselves tortured, killed, and expatriated all by these same uneducated who often blame them for all society’s wrongs.

Today. Right here. We see the potential for this in America this very election cycle.  This is no abstract matter and with foresight, Atatürk put an instrument in place to insure it could not happen there.  The equivalent would be here, if we elected Trump, our Constitution would demand the Army step in, run things until we had a new election….

Thus Turkish Armed Forces see themselves as the guardians of the secular and unitary nature of the Republic along with Atatürk’s reforms and have intervened by taking over the government three times.  When the nation became too Islamic, the army stepped in; when the executive becomes too powerful, the army steps in…

We will have to wait to discern what drove this coup.  Looking back it appears to have been poorly planned since it failed to achieve its objective.  But looking at it live minute by minute, it was touch and go there for several hours… Analyzing it now two days later, it almost has an amateur feel to it… the assumption that taking two bridges, the commercial airport, state television, and their capital complex would vault them into power.  It is almost simplistically Russian.

Some speculation now rampant, is that it was driven by the military’s fear they were about to be purged, something their attempt now exacerbated for it is now definitely happening. Others conspire that it was Endrogen’s own successful attempt to consolidate power by crushing a fake uprising.  Their is evidence out there supporting both. The one thing that is clear, and we know this from our communication’s intercepts, is that a refugee in Pennsylvania had no prior idea this coup was upcoming… (unless carrier pigeons fly across the Atlantic.) for no electronic impulses gave any sophisticated indication of an upcoming coup; no, our intelligence system was flat-footed surprised like everyone else…

And it is this weird pick for a dastardly villain masterminding a coup half a world away, that actually makes one look a lot more realistically at this as Endrogen’s own “Reichstag Overture”.

It is too much like your boss always bullying on someone at work and when anything negative happens, angrily blaming that person even though their complicitness would by the facts, be entirely impossible.

It is overall more likely that certain groups of idealized people inside Turkish government felt the leadership of Endrogen was getting too strong, which it was, leaving the military as prescribed by the Constitution, as the only left alternative.

There are a lot of lessons.  One, don’t initiate a coup unless you are willing to slaughter your own people.  Had that taken place, democracy would not have won.  It only won because the military insurgents decided to stand down instead of kill their own fellows.  Even at the picturesque bursts of weaponry filmed live on the Bosporus Bridge, the troops were shooting over the citizen’s heads and the few injuries came from ricochet bullets.

At the surrender and at the filmed turning-back of the takeover of CNN in Istanbul, we see the army as little boys.  Many were not told what they were doing and then while still thinking themselves in a training exercise, inexplicably found themselves up against orders to fire on their own people.  The young teenager shouting orders to the CNN personnel is completely bewildered that they don’t automatically do what he says and instead argue back to him, questioning his motives, his morals…

The bottom line is that overall, the Turks did not want this coup.  Endrogen has his supporters; roughly 50% of the populace. The other 50% just 3 years ago in violently suppressed riots, were calling for him to vacate.  A lot of people don’t like him any more then people here don’t like Obama…  But none of those against him, stood up for the coup. Unified all Turkey called for its abandonment and to solve their internal problems democratically.  They may not stand up for Endrogen, but they stood up for Turkey to continue as a Democracy… regardless of where that may lead them in their future.

Which could be galling.

Today, masses of military personnel have been purged. The Judicial Branch has been stricken by large numbers of arrests… Although the sequestered hermit in Pennsylvania is still getting most of the blame, the real drive propelling the coup were the principles embedded in the Constitution itself.  The military swears allegiance not to the President, but to the Constitution.  If they find they must chose between the President versus the Constitution, it is the Constitution is to whom their allegiance lies.

Ironically Democracy in Turkey may end if Endrogen can now consolidate all power, directly as a result of the huge outpouring of the people who answered his call to overturn the coup in order to preserve Democracy… Were the coup’s defeat to lead to forgiveness and unity and cooperation between all parties, then its defeat might have been best.  Right now, it is leading to the return of the death penalty,  purging of judges and generals, and less power to the Legislature. If it continues its lean to the consolidation of all power behind Endrogen, then Democracy in Turkey as well as its secularism will find itself under under a serious new threat.

What was most interesting in experiencing this live, was that indecision over its outcome remained up until the minute the US came out behind Endrogen in support over Democracy over their Constitution… With that announcement, it was then clear the coup would fail and eventually be over… It is both wonderful and still hard to believe we have that much power across the world even to this day, but because we do, we need to be very careful of speedily turning over one of our best assets for Endrogen’s replacement, (should Turkey go autocratic at Endrogen’s insistence). Considering future worst case scenarios, we should plan and hope one day we may be able to return to Turkey, the democracy they enjoyed up to today….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh sure, now that they are under attack, they want the US back in. But no, while we were there, they did nothing to let us know who was friend or foe… The US can’t help everyone. We should help those who help us; and draw the line against those who cheered when we lost men.

We did our best. We tried to fix your nation. But you, created havoc. You knowingly hid insurgents after they attacked us. You sheltered and condoned their actions.

So suffer bitches…

Oh, we know they are bad guys. That is why we tried to bolster your army and it was, it was trained by the best military in the world.. And what did you do? You sneaked terrorists in in uniform, to blow us up. You knew who they were… You aided and abetted them.

Wars cost money, and in case you haven’t been reading the papers, money is something we don’t have. If we spend it, it needs to be on those who by their actions are worth it…

You made your bed. Now lie in it.. You don’t need or deserve help from us.. Maybe after you see what it is like to have your sons and daughters killed, for nothing, you will have a better understanding of what we and one trillion dollars tried to do…

You could have been so great. But you wouldn’t tell us who was friend and who was foe…
Enjoy your fate. Enjoy your slogans. A lot of good they will do you when you’re dead.

Throw this in Cheney’s face next time he or anyone associated with the word neocons opens their mouth….

Beside Biden’s this is one of the best predictions ever made of the Mid East……

Syrian Resistance FlagSyrian Flag We are a tired generation… We grew up with ‘Nam.  Which ever side we were on during the battle here in America over that police action, or war, looking back after it was done, …. we all knew it was wrong….

After that we thought all war was wrong, and unfortunately took some of that angst out on those who least deserved it:  those coming back from the steamy jungles of hell…..

Against our will a certain president soon sent Marines into Beirut;  what happened then reinforced our belief that an American war was unjustifiable and that all other means must be utilized to prevent American war from ever happening again….  Against our will, we propped up a Nicaragua dictator against some rebels.  Against our will, we sold arms to Iran to use for paying for our support for that Nicaragua dictator, since a Congress elected by the American people, flatly said no to supporting him in Nicaragua…  We found a way to do it anyway….

I remember Senator Rudman, (R-NH) saying at the hearing while addressing Oliver North,… “The American people have the RIGHT to be wrong.”

Oliver North had been insisting that even when Americans flatly say NO, one still must do what one deems is necessary, that whatever one deems necessary, is the highest moral truth.  “Sometimes one has to go above the law!”  was actually said by the defense at this hearing.  Only one good thing came out of those hearings:  we all were introduced to Fawn Hall.

But then…  The Brits quickly regained the Faulklands. Then came Grenada, which went off without a hitch.   Then Panama, which was successful and almost painless.  Then came General Schwartzkopf.  The 4th largest army in the world, was routed in hours, and in days, had been completely mopped up.  Then came the Balkans.  We were on a roll.  We’d finally nailed down the successful formula of how to win in battle.

Today we say Iraq is a failure.  But that was so not so just after the invasion.  Inside Baghdad, the pulling down of Saddam’s statue, the victory of capturing Saddam, the ability of us to hand out billions of American dollars, initially gave this campaign the luster of looking like another success story…

Until we tried to steal their oil.  The standard global rate of dividing oil revenues is that the US gets a 20% cut for the development, and Iraq would get to keep 80% because it is after all, their resource.  That is how we deal with Nigeria.

But Brenner announced that we’d flip that to pay for the war, and that Iraq would be allowed to keep 20% because we liked them so much, and we’d only, by our good graces, take 80% of the revenues. 24 hours after letting that cat out of the bag, the first IED went off under a US military vehicle…  Before week was out, the total was in the hundreds.

The luster was gone.  We were an invading army, something  we have not called ourselves since WWII.  We always saw ourselves as the policeman who leaves as soon as order is restored…

Afghanistan likewise, got worse.  Then Pakistan.  Then Yemen.  On the diplomatic front  instead of doing no harm, .. we could do no good.  Then Libya costs us an ambassador who was running guns through Turkey.  He shouldn’t have been there; it should have been a low level staffer with security clearance.

This baby boomer generation knows that war is wrong.  We know from experience. The only time it can be employed successfully, is a) when the whole world is united behind you, b)  you go in and get out, and c) you have a structure that stays in place long after you are gone.

The only time it goes badly… is every other scenario.

Which brings us to Syria.  Syria has no importance to anyone.  (They couldn’t even defend the militarily advantageous Golan Heights in ’67!)  Which is why we let the Russians have them.

People are going to die in Syria if a):  Assad wins, b):  the rebels win, or c):  no one wins. The only thing changing upon this wars outcome, is which side will be massacred at war’s end.  Hence the battle for survival over there now.

So by having the US intervene or not, we are choosing which side gets to kill the other after the hostilities die down.

The weakest argument for going in still left with standing, is that they used chemical weapons.  In WWI, the British, French, and Germans all used chemical weapons.   Are chemical weapons really worse than being burned alive?  Or asphyxiated as a bomb blast sucks all the oxygen out of your lungs and the room?  Or a milk jug sized piece of jagged metal shrapnel ripping and leaving a hole through your body?  Or a mine being stepped on?  I’m trying to think why chemical weapons are so much worse, except for the fact that we’ve been told” they are so much worse”?

A causality is a causality.

We understand “why” some say we should go into Syria.  Because if we do not respond to chemical weapons in a big way, someone else will become confident and use theirs.  There is only one way to keep the genie inside the bottle, and that is to never leave a opening for it to escape….

We also understand “why” one of our beloved School districts had a policy that suspended, and expelled those who brought weapons to school!  Not just guns, but knives too. After all, the argument for punishing Syria, applies to soon-to-become high school felons too.

But, there came a time when the response generated by a policy, actually became the crime,   You remember the little boy expelled who brought a cake to school, and his grandmother thoughtfully sent a knife knowing teachers usually don’t have utensils in their classrooms.  The teacher actually cut the cake, served it, thinking nothing of it.. it was someone higher up, reviewing the situation, who said, “wait, that can be interpreted as a breach of regulations.  Let’s make an example out of this little boy”.  He was suspended and could have been expelled, except it eventually became news and public outcry was solidly on his side.  The policy makers were laughed out of town.

Which is why, if you are making this decision, you need to stall.  Acting quickly and decisively is equivalent to acting on rumor and innuendo.   So what if Syria lied and shot the gas cannisters off?

Does a military strike create enough excellent good will to neutralize this bad act?

Ironically what is best for the US in this situation, is for Assad to stay in power, to have a zealous change in heart, to work closely with the USA to get his economy working, to becoming a partner in that region with the US, and to signing a treaty with Israel, as did the Egyptians many, many years ago…

What is worse for us, is if the jihadists win, push out the moderates and take over the reform movement (they always do), then go to war with Israel, Jordan and Turkey.  Making ourselves into the evil empire will only create more explosions everywhere, flare-ups which would not have occurred had we taken the Jedi way, and used the “Force” in our possession, to make events on the ground turn our way and happen in our favor….

Realistically such a rosy scenario probably can’t happen; but if it did, were this to come about, there would be no doubt: Obama would be lauded as the best president we’d ever see in our lifetimes.  The cost of failure is so low that it just might be worth the try.

The second point… which all us Viet-namers will well remember, is that you may win every engagement you participate in Syria, but you won’t win the war at home, and that… will suck all your energy away from all the good you plan to do before 2016.

It broke LBJ.  It broke Bush II.  Don’t let it break you….

Turkey Erupts Into Protest


Photo courtesy of Seattlepi.com

An amazing thing happened in Turkey.  Something probably that could happen no where else in the world!… A spontaneous demonstration against the government bulldozing a centuries old park into a shopping mall, erupted into a large wave of protests across the Anatolian peninsula that is known to most simply as Turkey.

The protest was supposed to be minor, but a vicious crackdown on families for the most part, launching tear gas and water cannons into their midst, now has the talk of bringing down the current government.

Of particular interest, the Turkish military which was on hand in case things got out of control, which was repeatedly asked by the police forces to assist, refused to side with the police or with the government.  It appears they like the park too.   In fact there were many anecdotes of the military encouraging the protesters and advising them where and when to protest so they would not receive the full force of the police.

The idea of the government, representing the top 1%, kicking regular citizens out of a park to build a mall as their investment, became the straw breaking the camel’s back.

The ATP, has been the ruling party since 2003 which would make it 10 years.  Although Muslim it is very business oriented and is responsible for rebuilding Turkey into the powerhouse it is now.  This is almost a miracle if one considers its neighbors, Cyprus, Greece, the Balkans, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and the principalities of the Caucasus….

Coming into power off the backs of the economic crash or 2001 and 2002, the ATP first rebuilt the banking industry, then focused on the economy and unemployment, get the budget under control, and then invested everything it could into its infrastructure, health, education, and technology.. .  Now home to some of the top construction firms in the third World, it is landing contracts though out Asia and Africa. It has invested heavily into renewable energy, and is exporting energy to its energy starve neighbors.

The ruling party and its leader, Erdoğan, have been re-elected three times, each time with a consistent higher percentage of the vote.. Ironically what no one inside Turkey could accomplish, Erdoğan has done himself.  Put his government in jeopardy, and solidified opposition to his rule.

He has made some mistakes.  Most particular are his cozying up to the influence of Allah.  Turkey is mostly Muslim but… it has one of the largest populations of non-Muslims of any other Muslim nation.   Turkey since Atatürk founded it in the 1920’s has had a secular constitution.  Recently, the curtailing of late night selling of alcohol, has as one would certainly expect, made a lot of people angry.  He also alienated a large population by naming the third bridge across the Bosporus, after an Ottoman sultan known for his massacre of minorities….

So when the bulldozers started uprooting Century old trees in one of the few green parks in its largest city, it was as if Saruman had come back to life. The arrogance was too much for large numbers of its citizens.  Taking children in hand they occupied the park in a silent and peaceful demonstration.  Without warning, the trucks moved in, water cannons fired, and tear gas cannisters launched..  It galvanized the opposition.

By the third day, protests, some violent, had taken place across all of Turkeys cities, and in foreign countries with numbers of Turkish immigrants.

Although the park was the instigator, the cause is arrogance.  There may be a big price to pay.  Will investment flee turkey?  Already as this is written, the Turkish Lira is dropping on the Asian markets..  The press which has so far been supportive of Erdoğan is very harsh to him right now.

Perhaps he can hang on, but his once untouchable position has head of the most stable of muslim countries, is now a lot closer in reach.

On a personal note, I can see parallels with our own Governor in his arrogance towards our current schools, teachers and districts, as possibly being the step for him that undoes his aura of invincibility…. People are angry.

Refugee Camp Constructed by Jordan for Syrian Refugees

Senator Coons just returned this week from the Middle East. Lindsay Graham, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse, Richard Blumenthal went as well.

Jordan and Turkey have welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms. The camp visited, Zaatari, is at a population of 42,000 and absorbing 2000 a night. They need help before their scarce resources cause tensions within their own country.

This affects the US… Aid is in the United States’ interest. If we can provide aid to the rebels on the ground inside Syria we are preventing a much greater future cost of a full blown jihadist regime sharing a border with Israel….

Currently the aid we actually are providing is going through NGO’s into Damascus, where the Syrian government is distributing it to their supporters and away from the rebel towns who are hardest hit. The American people believe this aid is reaching the population they see on their televisions. Sad thing it isn’t.

The Assad administration is” dug in pretty hard.”

It is clear that air power is needed to protect people from Syria. A no-fly zone would even the odds. Currently the jihadists can stir up unrest. The war gives jihadist opportunity, The jihadists are the better fighters. When you as a people are being tortured and killed, the people fighting alongside of you gain legitimacy. Extremism always thrives inside anarchy. Any money now spent to facilitate the end of Assad is cheaper than what we will be grappling with jihadists at a later date.

It is time to give the Syrian Opposition Council more legitimacy, by recognizing it’s rightful representation of the Syrian people

The window is closing for the US… Either we act now, or get caught inside another Mid East bubble just as it explodes….

Here is how we move forward.

A) Step up Aid to Syrian People
B) Send aid to Turkey and Jordan and direct to refugee camps.
C) Apply to Assad to US to accompany aid into Syria and to those opposition towns inside.
D) When he refuses, enable a No-fly zoned over the Rebel held zones to enable OUR AMERICAN aid to get through.
E) Step up diplomatic pressure on Assad and his supporters to step down…..
F) Invite China to be part of the peace process and send humanitarian troops and infrastructural aid…..

There is a good reason we didn’t attack Syria. We would at first win, get bogged down, then get thrown out. We are in the unenviable position of hearing screams from inside a burning house, knowing there was no way to break in and perform a rescue. Meanwhile we have spectators, who have only seen fires on TV, screaming we have to do something; go in.

Now enters Turkey. Turkey is a NATO ally. Turkey is engaging Syrian government forces supporting Assad. We can assist Turks, and provide assistance through them.

It is like training the hoses on the part of the house from where the screams are emanating, to keep them alive until a rescue can be attempted.

From what I know of Turks in Vietnam, I’d hate to be their enemy. I will always be their friend.

I’m trying to put all your ideas together into one package. So, let me get this right… All you are asking is for, is a country where:

1) There is no universal healthcare.
2) Few entitlement programs.
3) Low Flat Tax System.
4) Faith based Government.
5) A deep reverence for God.
6) Extremely strict rules against abortion.
7) Marriage has already been strictly defined as between man and woman.
8) Homosexuality is a sin, and illegal.
9) Dress Codes are strictly enforced.
10) Tattoos, piercings, baggy pants, are banned.
11) Has the Death Penalty which they aren’t shy about using.
12) Strong private school system with religious focus.
13) Widespread dependency on oil and natural gas drilling.
14) Growing nuclear program
15) Nonexistent environmental nuisances
16) Culture that promotes family and stereotyped roles for men and women.

I’ve endeavored to put all your values on one page. I share your frustration because today, ever since 2008, it seems like America is moving further and further away from these values.

But you don’t have to be frustrated anymore. I have looked far and wide and have discovered a place already in existence that has those values in place, and more. If you sorely long for those values above, it is sincerely a place where you and your family would be very happy.

It is Iran.

You don’t have to pay me. I don’t need any commission. Just glad to help a fellow Delawarean out…. No problem.

Early Man's Civilized Surprise Gift to Modernity
Photo Courtesy of Smithsonian.com

“Gobekli Tepe” it is called… and it sets known civilization back by 5000 years….

It is a temple, on top of a tiny Turkish hill, that changes everything…

Here’s what is gone for good… Sunday, October 23, 4004… is no longer the date of creation.. Gone too, is the notion that mankind too, settled in Sumar and and as a result of having to live and work together, because both “specialized” and “civilized” .. Until this discovery, it was assumed that prior to Sumar, mankind roamed the wilds like our ancestors, chimps, orangutangs, and gorillas do today… We call this classification: hunters/gatherers….

The implication of “potbelly hill” is that supposedly, chimps, gorillas, and orangutangs, organized, excavated, constructed, built, then pilgramaged to make religious incantations, and then …. at some point 3400 years later, they covered it up…ie buried it…thereby allowing for it’s discovery today…

This is a game changer… The below account mirrors my expression.

The reenactors are busloads of tourists—usually Turkish, sometimes European. The buses (white, air-conditioned, equipped with televisions) blunder over the winding, indifferently paved road to the ridge and dock like dreadnoughts before a stone portal. Visitors flood out, fumbling with water bottles and MP3 players. Guides call out instructions and explanations. Paying no attention, the visitors straggle up the hill. When they reach the top, their mouths flop open with amazement, making a line of perfect cartoon O’s.

Upon the visual, staring you back in your face on top of “potbelly hill” , two striking questions come to mind… 1) How could apes have put this together, 2) what does this say about our “religion gene”, and is that gene also unique to only those animals with higher thought…..

There are jokers out there who would pipe up immediately and say. “of course religion is embedded in lower life forms… Just look at Republicans…” But putting all joking aside, anyone having a house pet themselves, instinctively knows, that whether that pet is a hermit crab, African hissing roach, cat, pig or man’s best friend, a dog, animals seemed to be a lot better plugged in than most people are… Plants too, seem to have secret identities…. at least on a religious scale meaning it defies both logic and reason.

Directly challenged, is the theory that man developed “religion” after becoming civilized. Apparently, he had religion before organizing society. That religion, seems to have had the power to orchestrate the combined efforts required to build a structure, that even today, forms first timer’s mouths into perfect “o”‘s…

That should come as no surprise. Even today, any rural transplant into an urban environment, well knows one it is easier to feel God’s presence, when unpressed by complicated daily routines. In fact, one could surmise that the Urbanites develop cathedral’s perhaps expressly to do that very thing; to provide sanctuaries against their daily lives, in order to recapture some of those feeling of awe and wonder, they once felt in the wilderness of their heritage…

Currently, it is widely believed that the first book of Genesis mirrors or was copied from contemporary writings in Sumer that were made to explain ancient civilization and creation. .. After all, it is both Biblically and historically believed that Abraham, the patriarch of three of today’s global religions, came from the town or Ur located in Sumar….

In that story there is a tale of a monument (or tower) built by early civilization, way before Abraham, that tried to reach out and mimic the magnificence of the works of God, but that God ( like today’s facebook users) not having a giant “dislike” key, instead was forced to invent different languages and the builders themselves could no longer communicate with each other…

But 5000 years before?

For us, that would be the relative equivalence of 3000 BC which in civilization, marks the Egyptians first use of hieroglyphics and the creation of their first or Old Kingdom… That date is 440 years before the creation of the Great Pyramids of Giza… Keep in mind, 440 years from today, would put us back to 1571…. when Queen Elizabeth opened the Royal Exchange in London, on 1/23…..

So to put everything in perspective: if you take a block of time, the size of the amount since Egypt was first formed up until today, then,… add that huge block of time in front of our earliest known attempt of civilization, around 4500 BC in Sumar, … you can start to fathom just how much a jump forward this new finding is……

These lengths of time are mind boggling… Seeing a temple that was built 11,500 years ago, changes one’s perspective….

Interestingly, the site is not far from one of the better guesses as to where “The Garden of Eden” was supposedly to have flourished. Secondly, all our wheat today, traces its DNA to a wild grain that at one time, only grew on the slopes of a nearby mountain, Mount Karaca Dag.

It appears that mankind has quite often risen to heights of enlightenment, only to stumble, and then follow it with periods of Dark Ages… In truth, if one really thinks about it, without the religion behind the Catholic Church, following the sack of Rome, we might today, still be wandering around in sack cloth, on dirt floors, cooking over fire pits…

Scary thing is, should an EMP occur… we could find ourselves there again, real quick!…. Will anyone be wise enough today, to recognize that the only way to keep any sign that we ever achieved what we did, would be to bury it for some future generation to someday stumble over and wonder about, just as we do when first laying eyes upon “potbelly hill”….

As a species, we are indeed, far more complex and complicated than we know………

We were round tabling this discussion when one person said… “What if the US just gave up after Pearl Harbor?”

Valid point.

Now I’m all for people speaking their mind. I’m all for supporting the majority. And like the founding fathers, I have implicit faith in the ability of the people to sort out our problems and separate wheat from the chaff… if not the first time, then definitely over time.

Most ordinary people I know have far more wisdom than any leader I’ve had the privilege to share conversation with. Therefore I believe in the sanctity of the people’s choice. If the people voted him in, he’s there for a reason.

But that’s only if the election was fair. If someone padded the ballot box, or switched vote totals, than obviously this premise wouldn’t apply for the very reason that the choice of the people was not the person who was actually representing them.

Mike was bushwhacked, sort of like the US was at Pearl Harbor or on 09/11…Reading his interview yesterday in the News Journal, one gets a sense that perhaps this was not a fair fight…. By election laws it was, and we all have to accept the primary results. However, if Mike doesn’t run as a write-in, he is putting himself in the same position as if the United States did nothing after Pearl Harbor or 9/11….

And with Mike, it is not about winning, although winning would be nice. It would be about whether good or evil triumphed. Polls say it’s Mike’s race to lose. He actually has enough money to send every voter a personal card telling them exactly how much he’s done for them, how that will soon change for the worse, and explain how to write in his name and send the evil perpetrators back to their cardboard boxes.

If Mike doesn’t do this…. exactly then, what is he saying to future generations of Americans? ? That we should just give up when hit from behind with a baseball bat? That it’s the American way to lay down and bend over? That being a man, is knowing when to run away and hide? That brutality and tastelessness are the new American Way? That perhaps Christine was right? Castle has no man pants on? That the wishes of Delawareans don’t matter; we’ll stop immediately and do what Californians tell us? That how we brush off defeat is a better mark of character, than coming back strong and punishing the evil that befell us?

And sentences keep coming one after another… the list keeps going on…

But if I were in Mike Castles shoes, and if it were me looking over the entire scene before me… I would have no choice but to say I’m in… Oh yes, I would wait till the last minute of September 30th to do so… and I would create a smoke cloud beforehand by pretending to roll over and let bygones be bygones… …. …. and from somewhere out of the fog, then overwhelmingly, I’d strike.

I wouldn’t hold back.. It’d be my last race, it would be the one I pulled all my stops for. Every person I’d ever helped would get a personal appeal from me. Unconditional Surrender would be our rallying cry, just like for the troops of WWII… Our goal would be not just to win, but destroy the O’Tea Party forever.

Ok, Hannity O’Tea Partiers: so you were secretly prepared and yes, you overran Poland, and yes, you then went on to incorporate the Low Countries, Denmark and Norway, and even surprised France pushing their ally Britain into the water… But this time, you went too far.. You’ve taken on the United States. You’ve pissed off someone five times your size. We will Normandize you, Elbetize you, Dresdenize you, give you a Kolnectomy, Rhineantipuovertize you, Remagenisque you, and even liposuctionize your Battle of the Bulge. We will Pattontize you, Bradleydice you, and Marshall you into a corner from where you can’t maneuver.. We will take average civilians and turn them into a fighting force the world has never seen…

We will do so for the honor of America.

What kind of an America? An America where truth wins out, where decency prevails, where honesty and hard work eventually win out over trickery, skulduggery, and political assassination. You wanted to play dirty? We’ll show you how it’s done… In doing so we will show the world that modernism prevails, that decent people still run America. that the “Boehner Bullshit” is just that. It’s time to show the world what we’ve known all along.. That in America, it’s the people who run politics..Not the Politics who run the people…..

I’d tell every Delawarean… Do yourself a favor… Turn off your TV’s.. You got a question? Call me or my staff directly! We’ll talk to you… try talking back to their commercials! Where will that get you?

That stuff they’re airing? That’s not Delaware talking, That’s California money talking… That’s rich bitch snitch drug money being laundried to throw a Senate seat into supporting their snatching up of all your money… You want to keep some of your money? Call me. Call my staff… That’s Delaware talking.

Do you want reason to take on ins’hannity?

Well, it’s on. Support me. You can’t let the devil win… ”

Well anyway, if I were Castle, that’s exactly what I’d do. And I would do it selflessly, not to win, but to give Delawarean another alternative between a Democrat and our equivalent of the brown shirts of the Nazi Party.

Yes, if there is still good left in America, then Castle needs to run.
If the doesn’t, then the America that came back after Pearl Harbor……. is gone.