– Good morning.
– And good morning to you.
– About time we sat down.
– So they tell me.
– So what’s on your mind these days?
– A general frustration with a lot of things, my own government and my people.
– Because?
– We have a bunch of folks in leadership on both sides of the aisle that knew damned well we were sending our kids to war based on phoney-up intelligence. They should be jailed. There a very few clean hands in Washington and the idea that there are essentially two parties in this country, Democrat and Republican, is basically phoney as well.
– How so?
– There is one party when it comes down to it.
– That is?
– The government. Period. Not the design of the government. Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government in the world, except for all the others” and he was right. But the majority of those in government now are more concerned about keeping their jobs than preserving what democracy is about.
– And the war?
– One of the biggest lines of crap you hear about the war is we are safer, that we haven’t been attacked since 9/11. The problem with that view is we’ve had nearly 4,000 of our kids killed over there, thousands injured, and God knows how many Iraqis and Afghans killed and maimed. They don’t have to attack us here, they can kill us there. How is 4,000 American dead not suffering losses since 9/11?
– Good point.
– Anything else on your mind Smerkle Grumpy?
– Yes – many things, but we can talk about it another time.
– Soon?
– Yes – soon.


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