Dickens: The Punchbowl & the Turd, Therein…

Here’s an interesting idiomatic argot to begin this commentary, but that’s what I do; isn’t it…

This metaphoric title is powered by a particularly vivid contrast: “the inviting sensory appeal of a festive beverage juxtaposed with the revolting suggestion of feculent contagion.”


Someone or something that spoils, ruins, or needlessly complicates a situation or circumstance; a disagreeable nuisance or source of irritation.”

Choose the interpretation you like… they both apply, but I favor the second one.

Just so it’s clear; The punchbowl is this republic, and the turd in it, is our partisan political mis-leadership; not one party, it’s all of them, particularly the examples we set as the ‘Merkan republic.

Merkan is the Texican mispronunciation of American by George W Bush (#43) – The Shrub – during his presidency. He also coined several other words like ‘nukular’ to replace nuclear. I frequently use Merkan to describe a complacent, ambivalent America.

What politicians have done is reprehensible and unforgivable, but we cannot forget they are citizens. They are representative, a typical example of the population from which, and by whom, they are elected. Think about it… they are a separate class and often seen as a subspecies of human, but they are us, with a few twisted personality traits and skills.

We have met the enemy, and he is us.” ~ Walt Kelly’s – Pogo

There is a list of descriptors that I could use, but most violate my commitment to be more linguistically circumspect, so I’ve chosen dereliction of duty.

Everyone representing our republic swore an oath to serve and protect this republic and our constitution when they assumed their positions as representatives in leadership, including all my military brothers and sisters

Most of our representatives have violated that oath; that’s why I call them misrepresentatives. From the reports and available evidence, they should all be fired – and brought up on charges of treason: which is:

* the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.

* a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.

* the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

Many of us believe that our oath is a lifetime commitment; there is no duration defined in the oath itself, so our oath does not expire. It is a promise for life, according to Capt. Seid Waddell.

Some believe that oaths last for the duration of the commitment; you agree to serve a four-year term, so your oath lasts four-years.

I find this rather disconcerting since there are no specified limits in the oath. When you make a promise, do you limit that vow, set boundaries on it?

My vow to this country did not stop when my enlistments ended.

If each of you thought for a moment, you could point to at least five instances fitting the definition of treason above. Yet… you continue to tolerate and support the people guilty of ruining this constitutional republic.

Why? You must have reasons…

Maybe, choice – voting, doesn’t have the power it once did, having been stolen along with many other privileges.

Is voting a sacred and protected privilege or is it just the illusion of participation.

Remember, they are not rights if someone can take them away, and since most of our rights are gone, or on the verge of disappearing, it confirms that they are privileges, not rights.

As you read our The Constitution of the united States, something you should do frequently, you’ll understand my point. Even the Corporate Media Complex (CMC) exposes this larceny daily, but by not knowing the intent of our constitution, encourages these hypocrites, these conspirators, to continue and further pursue the expropriation of our republic.

Yes, politicians think we’re that stupid – they have the CMC to reinforce their misleading propaganda, disseminate their misinformation and disinformation twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; every waking moment we spend at the portable altar of enlightenment – our cell phones – we’re being indoctrinated and monitored.

In his dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell called them ‘Telescreens,’ “An omnipresent two-way video communication devise for monitoring the proletariat (Proles) us.”

Didn’t you know that Big Brother is watching?

The US Constitution establishes our laws, the responsibilities of the citizens, and the elected administrators of this republic. It’s available in too many places to list, but the most convenient is on the interweb, unless you have a personal copy. Many of the sites provide interpretations and explanations of each section, in common and understandable language. Many that I’ve encountered explain the origin and background for the sections and their importance.

That’s how important this document is to our republic; too bad it’s not required knowledge in our indoctrination camps – educational system. Nothing threatens a lie more than knowledge and understanding, the precise reason we’re kept in the dark.

If you’re interested in the concerns of our founders regarding the constitution they wrote, I encourage you to read The Federalist Papers. They provide an originalist perspective.

That “goddamned piece of paper” – again

Our ignorance of the constitution encourages conspirators to search for loopholes rather than embracing the spirit, which is – an attitude or principle that inspires, animates, or pervades thought, feeling, or action – like ethics and morals.

Most politicians are attorneys or lawyers; they are accomplished at discovering and exploiting technicalities in the law to prosecute or protect their clients and to promote themselves.

The primary difference between an attorney and a lawyer is that an attorney is licensed to practice law and represent clients in court, while a lawyer has completed law school but may not be licensed to practice law. All attorneys are lawyers, but not all lawyers are attorneys.”

The originalists ‘believe that the constitutional text ought to be given the original public meaning that it would have had at the time that it became law,’ however, modernists favor the free interpretations of these laws as their playground, and when coupled with willing accomplices like the Corporate Media Complex, and the Military Industrial Congressional Complex, we have what we endure today.

* Weaponized governmental departments.

* The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – our international coup d’état corps.

* A government with over three-million employees; ‘Merka’s largest employer.

* Conflicting duplicitous examples and messaging.

* Uncontrolled spending.

* Open borders – millions of geographically disenfranchised invaders and criminals

* Proxy Wars and threats of war on multiple continents.

* A constituency unable to understand that their constitutional rights are now privileges.

* A distrustful alienated citizenry under perpetual scrutiny fearful of their government.

I believe in a blended interpretation and approach. Knowing the background enables intelligent interpretation, implementation, and administrative utilization of the constitution and its laws, which would inspire better decisions and hopefully prevent disastrous actions.

We must learn from history, to survive, to thrive! But, since we “fail to remember history, we are doomed to repeat it.”

The available evidence indicates that the only compelling spirit in ‘Merka is self-aggrandizement: “increase of one’s own power, wealth, etc., usually aggressively.” This is a predominant characteristic in partisan politicians, but unfortunately, it’s permeating the rest of the republic.

The hammer and wedge that fractured and shattered this country are the rationalization of nefarious acts and choices. We can no longer use “The Ends to Justify the Means…” if we expect this republic to endure or wish to regain our lost international stature and prominence.

I am responsible, at least in part, for this situation and the conditions of our republic. I say in part because I admit voting for some of the clod-polls that ruined this country. In my defense I offer that they seemed to be the ‘least-worst’ option at the time, and being faced with a choice of the least-evil of the lesser’s offered, I selected one of the above, not none of the above. This is no way to run an election, or a republic, yet this is the system we currently have, and the choices it presents.

Do ‘We the People‘ have the means to Justify the END of these  crooked Monkeys?

I often wonder if not voting is the best option; but that shirks my responsibility as a citizen. If I don’t participate in the selection process, I cannot justly complain about the selections made. We are a country where the majority decision rules. It’s a throwback to the democratic ideas of ancient Greece, and it seems to be the principal reason most ‘Merkan’s think we’re a democracy.

America is a constitutional republic – we elect representatives rather than directly governing, the people select some of their members to temporarily serve in political office.

* Temporary: “That which is to last for a limited time only, as distinguished from that which is perpetual, or indefinite, in its duration. It’s meaningless regarding the duration of the length of time that it will last; however, it is used to designate absence of permanence.”

The longest serving congressperson stayed for 59 years and 21 days: that’s a lifetime. The current congress – the opposite of progress, has a member that’s been seated for over 51 years.

                        Izzat Joe Biden?

Joseph Marionette Biden has been in politics his entire life, over 50 years, and hasn’t made a good decision in all that time. His recommendation from his former boss, Barack Obama (#44) is more an admonition: “Never underestimate Joe’s ability to ‘F’ things up!

I also believe strongly in personal responsibility; a trait missing from our republic and from our world. Leaders make decisions, then point accusingly elsewhere when their harebrained schemes fail.

We hire representatives to carry our wishes to Congress – the opposite of progress, where decisions about managing this republic are made. Unfortunately, our needs and wants are lost in compromise and ‘quid pro quo’ arrangements. This is where political self-aggrandizement trumps the needs of their voters. We gave adolescent drivers a Ferrari and a quart of Jack Daniels, hoping they know not to drink and drive… We can see the results of our misplaced trust all around us.

Another Floater

I listened to soundbites from several prominent politicians this morning and discovered another little gem, left floating in the ether, and the ‘Merkan punchbowl.

In a commencement speech, the president mentioned ‘leading by example.’

That lightning-bolt left a smoldering hole in my desktop. I’m still chuckling about its duplicity, and that he mumbled it with a straight face… Biden is the epitome of a professional liar.

Lead by Example: “is a leadership style where you model, exhibit the behavior you want to see in your team members. When you lead by example, you don’t just push team members towards excellence – rather, you actively demonstrate that excellence. It means that you act the way you want others to act.”

What example are we setting for the world, as individuals, or as a republic?

Let this sink in for a moment.

We claim to follow Judeo-Christian values in our republic. Would someone please point to the passages in the Torah or Bible that teach or advocate self-advancement through greed, murder, and conquest for financial gain above everyone else.

Did someone retranslate the Golden Rule to read – Do unto others, then split… take the profits and run… ???

Please point out the passages in any religious text that advocates rape, pillage, and plunder.

Where can I find ‘take advantage of your neighbor?

I’m looking through the Ten Commandments for the line that promotes prevarication, adultery, and murder.

If any of you wonder why the rest of the world reviles America, look at what we endorse internally, espouse diplomatically, then show them through the Corporate Media Complex, insisting that ‘Merka has the best of all possible political ideologies and governmental systems.

Talk about mixed messaging!!!

We are holier than thou…

This is what we are; like it or not. It is an honest representation and portrayal of ‘Merkan values, ethics, and morals.

Our Commanders In Chief and most other misrepresentatives deceive us with almost every word they speak. This is what they show their citizens and by extension, the other inhabitants of this planet.

Our leaders lie to us at every turn and wonder why this republic is in chaos.

How many promises has our administration reneged on or ignored?

I could spend the remainder of my life listing them – by the way, I spitefully plan to live another 30 years, but I’m not planning to embark on that project.

My point in all of this is that there is no wonder that our republic is circling the drain when you consider the duplicity and hypocrisy of the examples set by our leadership.

Do as I say… Not as I do…

If we as citizens of this republic can’t deduce or segregate fact from fiction, and we live here, how can we expect the rest of the world to comprehend our level of internal deception based on disinformation, misinformation, the conflicting messages sent, and the behavior our misleadership portrays through its CMC narrative and propaganda.

The message they hear but remains hidden from us conflicts with reality.

The world sees chaotic deceit; yet were told that everything is hunky-dory…

Why would they emulate ‘Merka?

Can we trust that their Corporate Media Complex accurately portrays the discord they see from ‘Merka?

Do they interpret our friction as weakness?

Doesn’t the media of the rest of the world have political agendas and narratives to support?

My point is that if our government lies to us without hesitation or compunction, and we’re the model ideology for the planet, how bad must it be in the rest of the world.

If we’re the best, living in any other country must be absolute hell; Dantes 9th level.

So… Even as bad is it is here… I’m sticking around to improve it, and if I can’t fix it, I’ll spend my last breath exposing the corruption, deception, and treachery.

However ~ A little help would be greatly appreciated…..

May 29, 2024

~ The Author ~
Charles R. Dickens was born in 1951, is a veteran of the Vietnam war, for which he volunteered, and the great-great grandson of the noted author, whose name he shares.

He is a fiercely proud American, who still believes this is the greatest country on the planet, with which we’ve lost control and certainly our direction. He grew up in moderate financial surrounding; we’re not rich by any stretch, but didn’t go hungry – his incredibly hard working father saw to that. As most from that era, he learned about life from his father, whose story would take too long to tell, other than to say that, he is also a fiercely proud American; a WWII and Korean war, veteran Marine.

Charlie was educated in the parochial system which, demanded that you actually learn something, and have capability to retain it before you advance. He attended several universities in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, and chased the goose further to a master’s, and has retained some very definite ideas about education in this country.

In addition, Charlie is a retired blues guitar and vocalist – a musician. This was his therapy career. Nothing brings him as much joy as playing music, and he wishes that he could make a living at it… but alas… life goes on!

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