It’s the parts that make the whole, and it’s greater than the sum.

I was working below the Mason-Dixon line – in Houston, Texas, to be precise. At the time, the tradition along the gulf coast, which I think was a hangover from the no AC days, was to get into work very early, well before the temperature rose to its usual scorcher for the day accompanied on some of them by 100% humidity. What that 100% number means is quite simply the air is so saturated with water, it just can’t hold any more.

Any prolonged or strenuous physical activity in that atmosphere will drop you.

Because you were in work at half six, you were usually out by two or three in the afternoon if there wasn’t some sort of panic on. My wife had found employment which had more conventional hours, so our timings were perennially out of sync through the working week. Before her alarm went off, I’d already have had the dollar ninety-nine Grand Slam breakfast or pigs in the blanket with all the coffee I could drink at the Denny’s diner across the street and done a couple of hours in the office.

I very often ended up spending one or two hours in a quiet bar after work with a colleague whose hours were also out of sync with his wife’s. He was one of those quiet guys who blended into the landscape, but if you looked carefully, he had those slow cop eyes that missed nothing. When you were about to pull a questionable move, and cast your eyes around casually to see if anyone was watching you, it was invariably his eyes you’d find resting on you. He had the best antennae I’d ever seen, but after a while, you made the move anyway.

We shared a certain sense of humour, a liking for gnawing on a cryptic puzzles throughout the day, and as it turned out, that liking for words extended into foreign languages. We carefully became good friends.

He was from some small place in the Carolinas I’d never heard of and spoke with an accent straight out of something like The Dukes of Hazzard. One evening, when a good flap was on and a few of us were manning the phones late into the evening, his rang and he switched effortlessly from that good ole Southern boy yawll accent to fluent Russian. Through some familiarity with the language, I worked out it was his mother calling. He saw me listening, knew I was earwigging, and I got the look that sent me off for a fresh filter coffee and a don’t hurry back cigarette break.

He explained to me later, that most of the county he came from were ethnic Russians who’d split off from the main body of settlers in Pennsylvania over some religious spat at the end of the 1870s and upped stakes to move to the Carolinas. The place and the people were as American as it got, but life still revolved to a significant extent around the Orthodox Church and many families, like his, still spoke Russian as their first language in their homes. The significant ceremonies and rites around birth, marriage and death all occurred at church.

I found this little piece of obscure americana interesting, but not a particularly unusual or incongruous thing to be happening in America. It wasn’t surprising to me. After nearly a century of what has been mostly a kind of benign cultural imperialism from Hollywood, the world outside America thinks it’s essentially a very uniform country.

That was never true and still very much isn’t.

That’s a showbiz reality and increasingly a radicalised West or East coast medialand illusion, presenting Americans to the world as a hopelessly materialistic nation obsessed with the purchase of useless shining baubles, or waging a murderous internecine race war, or tearing itself to pieces over who’s more virtuous than the other over various extreme sexual perversions or other complete irrelevancies. None of these presentational aberrations, outside medialand, bear any semblance to any sort of boots on the ground reality.

Just around Houston itself, it was easy to find real diversity. For instance, there was one nearby county called Friendswood, because it had originally been settled by Quakers, who still prefer their more traditional name of The Society of Friends, hence the derivation of the county’s name. It was still populated by people of that religious persuasion and was still what’s known as a dry county – you couldn’t buy any liquor there.

They’d had a referendum recently on whether they should keep their prohibition laws. The whole county voted yes en masse, let’s keep them, except for a no vote coming to a grand total of about fifteen people, which prompted the teller announcing the results to say he didn’t know they’d that many degenerates in Friendswood county, and he meant it. It wasn’t some sort of clarion cry to root them out and run them out of the county, but just perhaps a clumsy expression of disappointment from a simple, elderly, God-fearing man who’d lived his entire life in what he considered to be a blessed patch of God’s good green Earth.

At the other end of the scale, there was a famous whorehouse which was located a number of miles north of Houston in Fayette county that was known popularly by everyone as the Chicken Ranch. In depression time 1930s, when nobody had a dime, never mind two of them to rub together, the tariff changed to one chicken, one screw, hence the name. The combination of sex for sale, chicken farming and selling lots of eggs, got the House through a hanging storm that blighted America for nearly a decade. A lot of people did worse to get through those terrible years.

By all accounts, perhaps apocryphal, an inordinate number of young Texan bucks lost their cherry there, but it was eventually closed down by some crusading reporter called Marvin Zindler who not only looked like a complete dick in the most unconvincing toupée I’ve ever seen in my life, but also looked like he could really do with a visit to the Ranch himself, but perhaps I’ve just got it in for such self-righteous vandals of cultural icons that’d been there safely ignored by everyone and local law-enforcement for over seven decades.

There wasn’t anything unusual or exceptional about Houston, except that at the time oil had just hit the heady heights of $20 a barrel and Houston together with Calgary and Aberdeen momentary formed that magical triumvirate of energy cities that were growing at a geometric rate. Everybody there seemed to be a blowin and asking people where they came from became a habit at parties or business functions.

I soon learned that a “local” saying they came from the Panhandle or West Texas was equivalent to them saying they were from France or Germany, and the Swampers from the East, where Texas abuts up against Louisiana, were a whole different bowl of Gumbo. When I looked up the numbers, and realised Texas had the land area of most of Western Europe, such regional variations in temperament weren’t hard to understand. It’s a big state, but to put that in context, only the second biggest in what is a very big country.

If you’ve ever traveled across America, such undiscovered cultural diversity won’t come as any surprise to you, and although that’s something you can certainly say to some extent or another about most countries, it seems to me to be particularly true of America once you get into the nooks and crannies of it.

Like my friend whose century-dead forebears fled the tyranny and pogroms of the czars, or the great great grandparents of the Society of Friends who went into the wilderness to hack out their own little ideal society, or the tolerant and relaxed attitude that would allow something like the Chicken Ranch to get on discreetly with its business for decades, that attitude and those places are not some weird sort of unique time capsules embedded into the Lovecraftian hinterlands of America, but living, evolving, albeit microcosmic societies, deeply embedded into the emotional backbone of what is America.

There are equivalents of those places all across the face of America. From the sometimes still poverty-stricken valleys high up in Appalachia in the East, to the deep interiors of the endless forests of Washington state on the West coast, those societies still abide, while the latest and always false idea of what America actually is washes past and around them to become a dump of seasonal leaves deposited to rot and be forgotten at the base of a granite mountain by the down rushing streams of a life that in its essentials doesn’t change much.

Refusing to acknowledge that real diversity and those encapsulated and fiercely independent not always micro societies but substantial ones, played its part in denying Hillary Clinton the presidency, because you see, their very existence, or at least the continuing possibility of them, was painstakingly built into the constitution and subsequent amendments to it by breathtakingly prescient founding fathers. They, in the drafting of it and the subsequent amendments to it, went out of their way to deliberately cripple the possibility of any dominating centralised government, or in this more modern case of a whore decked out in different finery, a federal dictatorship of the nicest of possible intentions emanating from a Washington that had become totally alienated from most everyday Americans.

Very arguably, that long tradition of independence and distrust of any centralised control also destroyed the power of a mass media in the presidential election of 2016. Donald Trump was the first person running for the presidency who was bold enough to articulate exactly what they’d been thinking for years. The media were not only out of anyone’s control, but obsessed in their own arrogant self-absorbed ambit which was encapsulated in the now infamous words of CNN’s Mika Brzezinski, with its own job to “control exactly what the people think.”

The people of places like Friendswood county or Lafayette looked at the pimping and posturing and not only saw them for what they were, but also saw the danger they represented, and voted accordingly. One cauldron boiling over had been enough for them.

The diverse micro-societies that coming together threw the colonial overlords out of the Americas, were also fleeing from various types of centralised oppression from the old world, and were consequently in no mind, having just wrested their freedom from an imperial power, to allow the establishment of the foundation of anything like that when they crafted the broad structure of the Republic. Every element, every cog and wheel of governance came to be deliberately shaped to grind and blunt its teeth against the other.

Cities and counties evolved to be able to pass their own ordinances, which in many cases were in all but name laws, but they operated within a state framework that had its own laws, quite distinct from federal law that floundered around in a vain effort to impose some uniformity over the rebellious cauldron of resentment that always threatened to boil over at any attempt at central control by a federal authority.

That cauldron has only ever boiled over once, resulting in a brutal civil war that was at its heart about states refusing to be controlled by a central authority, rather than the thorny problem of slavery, which is taught in history lite as the only causal force behind such a horrific bout of bloodletting. It’s a supreme irony of the whole tragedy that the North should be led by Lincoln, whose politics were much closer to those of Jefferson than the centralist Adams, but I believe he swallowed his own Republican principles because he thought the preservation of the Union took precedence over everything.

The twin competing ghosts of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams still haunt the corridors of American constitutional jurisprudence, the former always advocating a weak central government while the latter would be what’s termed a strong statist these days. That was the reason they were fierce political enemies for most of their lives, but eventually reconciled and grew to become the best of friends, with a voluminous correspondence that would fill several volumes.

Curiously, Adams’ last words as he lay on his deathbed on the 4th of July 1826 at the grand old age of 90 were – “Thomas Jefferson still survives” but in this he was unfortunately mistaken, for Jefferson, a mere stripling of 82, had preceded him that very same day, but a scant five hours earlier. It was America’s great fortune to have the hand of two such colossi on the tiller at so many of the critical moments in the a birth and early formation of a nation. It was not until Lincoln, that the country was to see a man of their stature again.

Once, giants bestrode the very Earth, and America has been more than fortunate in that respect. So many good men appeared at just the right moment.

Of late, the nightmare that Jefferson feared the governance of the Americas could easily become, and the direction Adams seemed to be pushing it towards, came true with the corruption, paralysis and decay of the Obama years. It was a centralised and controlling federal administration that because it didn’t have a congressional mandate, politically subverted supposedly neutral organs of the executive to achieve its aims.

The regulatory powers of the EPA were obscenely extended to close down whole industries without regard to any employment consequences, in pursuit of vague environmental goals. The IRS was weaponised to hound and crush political enemies of the state, while at the same time organisations of politically approved status were made discretionary beneficiaries of federal largesse.

The Department of Justice, instead of fulfilling its role as defender of the constitution and the consequent law from all directions, federal or not, became the compliant whore of political interests and adjudicated every dispute elevated to it accordingly and with a partisan spin that became obscenely obvious after nearly a decade of bending over and presenting their posterior to an administration to use as they wished.

Given that level of corruption in the judiciary, it wasn’t a big step to politically corrupting the federal organs of law enforcement it was in charge of. I’m thinking here most specifically of the FBI, the whole idea of which would have been complete anathema not only to Jefferson, but even to Adams who knew only too well from his experiences in the despotic kingdoms of Europe the direction such a creature would evolve in if not tightly controlled.

I started off this piece with small personal observations which I fitted upwards into my conception of a wider, more coherent picture, and I’d like to finish it by going back down in that direction, to the workaday effects of such failed and distrusted federal organisations force fitted on to a diverse down home America that doesn’t all dress in plastic suits or wear Brooks Brothers button down shirts.

We’ve all watched that scene innumerable times where the FBI takes control of some local crime situation that’s got some excuse to be a federal crime. The FBI or the local yokels are either portrayed as the good guys or the bad guys, depending on the dramatic slant the movie wants to present, but the truth is entirely simpler.

Every law enforcement officer, from the town sheriff and his deputies, to the county cops and right up to the Staties, absolutely hates the FBI. Even outside America, law enforcement officers hate the FBI. It’s nice, simple, unadulterated and a unifying thing like that – they all hate the FBI and with good reason.

They appear, completely brutalise and stink up the local situation, and then disappear in a blaze of glory and discarded newsmens’ flash bulbs, leaving nothing in their wake but needless bodycounts as they did at Ruby Ridge and Waco, which at best were complete and unnecessarily violent botch jobs of law enforcement and at worse legal murders sanctified by a compliant government and a press establishment that had lost too many battles with J. Edgar in the old days.

It’s always local law enforcement who get left with the mess to clean up behind them and the problem of convincing the people who hitherto they’ve always policed by consent and in most cases elected them, that they’re not some lethal murderous adjunct of a distant federal power that could turn on them and seemingly blow them away just like they’d seen the FBI do to local people they all knew as a bit eccentric, but essentially harmless if left alone.

From the moment they got away with assassinating John Dillinger outside the Biograph picture theatre and were hailed as heroes for putting four bullets into a man who’d never had a chance to draw his gun, to the moment they were so busy covering up their attempt to subvert the democratically expressed will of the people with regard to Trump, they ignored the repeated warnings that could have saved the lives of some schoolchildren in Florida, they were on the path to becoming the founding fathers’ worst nightmare – an unaccountable federal secret police who held themselves above the people and the constitution in both the spirit and the letter of the law – was complete.

At end of day, perhaps the last best hope we will ever have against the creeping forces of federalist totalitarianism determined to subvert the outdated notion of the democratically expressed will of the people, is a local sheriff standing on the porch of a whore house he still had a duty to protect, ripping the toupée off the head of an obnoxious out of county reporter and stomping it into the dust, or an honourable man giving the results of a referendum for a community he’d grown old in and feared it might be changing, or a man brought up and steeped in the religion, language and customs of a foreign country he’d never put foot in, but to whose destruction he’d dedicated his life.

©Pointman

Related articles by Pointman:

Treason.

The Decline and Fall of the Media.

They’re just words.

Click for a list of other articles.

Advertisements
Comments
18 Responses to “It’s the parts that make the whole, and it’s greater than the sum.”
  1. Susan Corwin says:

    Three things your outstanding articles have alluded to:
    1. “once hired, can’t be fired”
    ….the goberment is a “safe” place to retire to and pretend to work
    ….the likelihood of being displaced is about nil, even deep in the trenches
    …..where “sucking up” is the strategy that wins

    ….would be far better if each group of 20 had to “let 1 person go” each year.
    …..(of course, they are too “important” and that is “too political”,
    ……unlike real companies, well maybe for the deplorables and peons.)

    2. The “Grasshopper ‘planning for next month’ issue”
    …..noted by Eschenbach as the “Norway problem”, many folk live in a cornucopia
    …..and couldn’t plan their way out of a paper bag
    ……other than to “go to work”.
    …..easy job, easy access to food, safe castle/abode, etc
    ….On Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: only the “social position” needs attention.

    3. Urban cluelessness
    …..kids brought up in urban area live in the cornucopia and never learn to “work”.
    …..their parents brain wash and indoctrinate them to “behave” and “care”
    …..chores are seldom important and artifacts are minor (Oh, the cat died)
    ….and, of course, it is very dangerous to pay outdoors! or not.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Comrade Obama says:

    Great article except for the usual tribute to the man who caused the “brutal” war. It wasn’t a civil war any more than the Revolution was a civil war. Lincoln caused it through his trampling of the Constitution. Session was legal, doubt it. Look at the history of the ratification of the Constitution. Three states demanded the right to leave the union, for any reason, at any time. By acceeding to these demands the other states acknowledged this right.

    But Lincoln demanded 75,000 troops to put down these states, before a shot had been fired. As a result of this six additional states left the Union, and Lincoln jailed/overthrew the legislatures of two of these states.

    So don’t you dare mention Lincoln’s name in the same breath of Jefferson and Washington. He should be mentioned with Hitler and Stalin.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Pointman says:

      Go away,
      And don’t come back,
      Another day.

      Pointman

      Like

    • will says:

      Terse but harsh Pointy?

      Like

    • Pointman says:

      Not really. I’ve camped out here on the margins of the internet for nearly a decade because being both editor and blogger, I’ve complete freedom of both thought and expression, which is why I’ve passed up a few offers to write for more “mainstream” outlets.

      However, (dontcha just hate howevers?) I just know that’d come down to haggling with some 12yo who wants changes made. I’ve tasted meat out here, and I’ll be damned if I’ll go back to gruel.

      Any clown turning up here, and in their debut comment thinking they can dictate what I may or may not “dare” say, is always going to get the bum’s rush out of the place, especially when true to cowardly type, they provide a false email address.

      Pointy

      Like

    • gallopingcamel says:

      What a shame that our leaders since Ronald Reagan have lacked Lincoln’s virtue and ability to inspire. Can you imagine Hitler or Stalin saying:
      “…………that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

      Today it seems possible for states to secede from the USA without bloodshed. Texas and California may seek independence for entirely different reasons

      Like

  3. philjourdan says:

    I have a better understanding of your keen insight into this country after your story opening this article. Yet you were here only a few years, and some who have lived here their entire lives do not see what you did (think Hillary). As I am a traveler who has seen most of the states here, I can confirm your observation of the micro societies. Some I like a lot more than where I currently live. And it is that diversity (real diversity) that is the strength of this country.

    There is a ton to comment on this article, but for now, I will focus on just one thing you brought up – how the governments are configured. And they are more diverse than even you indicated.

    I would wager (and I am not a gambling man) that better than 80% of the citizens here do not know that there are not 50 states. There are 46 states and 4 commonwealths. And for those who have no idea about commonwealths, most do not understand the differences. I suspect you understand the differences (given the Uk Commonwealth) more than most here.

    The 4 commonwealths are Mass., Penn., Kentucky and Virginia. The primary difference between a state and a commonwealth is in the way laws are enacted. It is similar to the way the Federal government has grown so powerful. The federal government cannot tell a local school what to do. But it enforces its will by withholding money from them if they do NOT do it. A commonwealth is structured the same way. The Commonwealth of Virginia cannot tell counties and cities what to do for the most part. But they can tell them they will not get state money if they do NOT do it. I worked for several years in State government and learned how that works. So a city will not get state money if they do not do what the commonwealth wants. And this has happened in the past. Just after Brown v. Board of Education, several Virginia localities shut down their school systems instead of integrating. And the commonwealth was powerless to force them to re-open (eventually the citizens got smart and did it themselves).

    What many outside of the country (and probably many inside as well) do not realize is that education is run on a local level. But due to mandates from the Feds (which the states always lap up) and orders (or the threat of withholding money in the commonwealths) from the States, education is fairly cookie cutter. But there are exceptions. Charter schools – the anathema of the federal government due to labor unions – are around and of course doing a lot better than most schools. Other examples also exist.

    But instead of using the 50 States/Commonwealths as petri dishes, the central government tries to enforce a uniformity with policies decided in the capital, with no understanding of the micro societies in the country. Or even with any comprehension of what works. It is said that Obamacare was modeled on Romneycare (it was not, although some similarities do exist). But when Obamacare was created, no one actually studied Romneycare to see how it could be improved or changed. And so Obamacare is dying. Mostly due to sheer ignorance, but partly because those who created it had no clue on what they were doing. Or the willingness to learn from the mistakes of others.

    It will only get worse. Trump is a hiccup in the march towards central authoritarianism. I doubt we will see another like him (and am pretty sure given my age, that I will not). And it is with great sadness that the country I do love will cease to exist within the next few generations at most.

    Thank you for another excellent post. And sorry for my rambling. Even commenting on one paragraph of yours shows that I am not as well written as you as this comment is really too long.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Truthseeker says:

      Phil,

      Every word adds value to those that read them.

      Thanks,
      Truthseeker.

      Like

    • Blackswan says:

      Phil says: ‘…. there are not 50 states. There are 46 states and 4 commonwealths.” Thanks … as a foreigner, I didn’t know that.

      You might be interested in a bit of research I came across from 1991 ….

      “The Missing 13th Amendment: —No Lawyers allowed in Public Office—”

      http://sicknesshope.com/node/1887

      “If the missing 13th Amendment were restored, “special interests” and “immunities” might be rendered unconstitutional.

      Imagine! A government without special privileges or immunities. How could we describe it? It would be … almost like … a government … of the people … by the people … for the people! Imagine: a government … whose members were truly accountable to the public; a government that could not systematically exploit its own people! It’s unheard of … it’s never been done before. Not ever in the entire history of the world.”

      It’s a lengthy but interesting read. Corruption, such as we see today, isn’t a modern phenomenon … it’s the essence of what they sought to avoid in framing the Constitution.

      How ironic that the most important and far-reaching Amendment of them all was sidelined and deleted from history by the very lawyers and banksters that the Founding Fathers sought to protect the Republic from.

      Like

      • philjourdan says:

        @Blackswan – Most Americans do not know about the Commonwealths either.

        As for the missing 13th. I think that is a good idea, but I am not too sure it is real. However, James Madison did propose 19 (of which Congress only sent 12 to the states), so it could be. And it would have been a good one.

        Originally there were 12 amendments in the bill of rights. One was about how the House was to be apportioned. A shame that one never passed as congress unilaterally set the number of house members at 435 first around 1911, and then passed a law in 1929 setting it permanently. Had Amendment 11 passed as well, there would be about 1000 members of the house. Wait, maybe that is good it did not pass. 🙂

        The other amendment actually became the 27th amendment. As congress had set no time limit on it, eventually enough states did pass it. And that was the one forbidding congress to vote itself a pay raise without an intervening election.

        Like

  4. Mark says:

    Great article.
    In relation to philjourdan’s concerns that centralization will increase – I am not so sure. At least I am not so sure about 10% of the time; the other 90% I despair he is right.
    Technological change, increasing purchasing power, decreasing international violence (yes, true over the long term), and doubtless a myriad of other elements, are beginning to make the need for big government obsolete. Sometimes I wonder if this is why government has to invent problems like global warming – a cozy big-government war against the air and against people.
    Dave Rubin’s recent guest, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, discussing Lincoln noted that central government had been diminishing in size up to the civil war. The potential for this trend is in the DNA of the USA. It may be that when the current rising generation realizes the extent to which the centralizers have attempted to dupe it, the old trend towards individual freedom will resume. Perhaps, even, Hillary’s personal-statism and Bernie’s socialism were the swan song for the big government crew.

    Like

  5. beththeserf says:

    Lovely essay, covers lotsa ground.
    ‘I started off this piece with small personal observations which I fitted upwards into
    my conception of a wider, more coherent picture …’

    Insightful on Adam, Jefferson and the Judiciary, I have those Adams, Jefferson.
    Abigail Adams letters, fascinating reading.

    Re yr nooks and crannies, hey, my next blog post will be on ‘niches,’ and individual
    diversity. My last post was on one of the enemies of individual diversity, man behind
    the curtain Mr George Soros. https://beththeserf.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/50th-edition-serf-under_ground-journal/

    Like

  6. gwaigau says:

    Thanks Pointman. For those who remember, I think of your writings as the modern equivalent of Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America and read them with the same sense of satisfaction.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Blackswan says:

    One advisor to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War was an escaped slave and abolitionist; Frederick Douglass, a man of wisdom far beyond what might have been expected of a man of his life experience. His words resonate today.

    “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.

    Power concedes nothing without a demand.

    It never did and it never will.”

    Would any of the so-called Founding Fathers have ever imagined that their beloved Republic would be hijacked by no less a behemoth than straight-up (no ice, no soda) Organised Crime?

    Who could imagine that dynastic families such as the Bush/Clinton/Obama Cabal could lie, cheat and murder their way into seizing the helm of the Ship of State?

    Douglass was right … Power concedes nothing without a demand.

    Perhaps today, with Trump’s hand on the tiller (and the military to protect him), Americans can now demand that the rancid ground of the CIA/FBI be thoroughly ploughed over, and a new crop of Patriots be sown that will yield the Republic a bounty of honour, duty and fidelity.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. gallopingcamel says:

    Pointman said:
    “The regulatory powers of the EPA were obscenely extended to close down whole industries without regard to any employment consequences, in pursuit of vague environmental goals. The IRS was weaponised to hound and crush political enemies of the state, while at the same time organisations of politically approved status were made discretionary beneficiaries of federal largesse.”

    The EPA is working for the “Loony Left” in general and the “Greenies” in particular. These are the people who have given us regulations inspired by the doomed European Union. We have toilets that can’t deliver enough water to clear a bobbing turd. It takes two or even three flushes to do that.

    I have just moved into a new house and was underwhelmed by the water delivered by the shower, so I bought a new shower head. Before installing it I tried to remove the flow restrictor that has been mandated by federal law since 1992:
    https://mises.org/library/bureaucrat-your-shower

    To my amazement there was no flow restrictor so my new shower head delivers a highly satisfactory flow of water. Is this something that stems from regulations eliminated by the Trump administration? If so I am delighted and look forward to an end to many more stupid government regulations.

    Like

  9. gallopingcamel says:

    Phil.
    Thanks for that. I thought there were 50 states!

    It is amazing that Pointy understands US politics better than people like me who have lived here for 35 years.

    Like

  10. Excellent post, describing a Country and a Nation which he so obviously loves.

    Would that many alleged politicians had the same grasp of their Nation/State as he does.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: