A lot can happen in one week
Sunday, November 13, 2016 7:35 PM
Well, that was an interesting week, wasn’t it?
And liberals say you can’t trust the Fox network.
Maybe you can.
Just for the record, Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” saw this one coming 16 years ago. In Groening’s version of the Donald Trump presidency that ended in 2000, Lisa Simpson has just become "America's first straight female president.”
Bart Simpson’s sister announces to the nation: “As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump. The country is broke.”
That “Simpsons” show aired in 2000. Now, after successive eight-year terms in office by Presidents Bush (W) and Obama (Barry), the country is, indeed, broke. Actually, if we could somehow get to just being broke, that would be a major accomplishment. America wishes it were broke. That sure beats $20 trillion in the hole, as any gambler realizes.
But none of that can be blamed on the Trump presidency – neither the fictitious one in 2000 nor the actual one that doesn’t begin until late January 2017 when Trump becomes the 45th U.S. president.
In reading about the coming presidency of The Donald, I stumbled across the Cato Institute’s website and read a portion of “The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power” by Gene Healy, a vice president at the Cato Institute.
Cato writes: “Against all odds, in January, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. If someone so manifestly unfit, so transparently likely to abuse power, can become president, then maybe it was a bad idea to concentrate so much power in the Oval Office in the first place.”
Looking toward 2017, I suspect many liberals will suddenly agree with that Libertarian perspective. But where have they been for the last eight years? The liberals said nothing about such a concentration of power during the eight years of the Obama administration.
In a Cato review of his book, we learn that Healy argues that the fault lies not in our leaders but in ourselves.
“When our scholars lionize presidents who break free from constitutional restraints, when our columnists and talking heads repeatedly call upon the commander in chief to dream great dreams and seek the power to achieve them – when voters look to the president for salvation from all problems great and small – should we really be surprised that the presidency has burst its constitutional bonds and grown powerful enough to threaten American liberty?”
In other words, how many times do we have to hear that we “get the government we deserve” before we start changing our own habits?
It’s true on all levels – local, state and national. When we become conditioned to rely on government to solve all problems – large and small – we lose all cognitive thought, self-reliance and independence. For many, it’s so much easier that way.
Lastly, before we move on, does anyone in government know the answer to this question: What is the statistical breakdown within the state and federal programs related to “Job and Family Services?” In other words, how much of the collective agencies’ time, energy and our tax dollars are devoted to jobs versus “family services?”
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Did you hear they caught the Tater?
The state Po-Po may have caught the Tater, but they didn’t convict him. The best jurors have no mirrors.
Never send boys with bad haircuts to do a man’s job. This one was over before it started – the judge and her boy with the chocolate cake analogy notwithstanding.
Meanwhile, one positive result from the travesty is that many banks and businesses may be looking into new signage that discourages obvious theft.
Their respective legal counsel may be recommending “Don’t rob us” signs just to avoid any potential criminal ambiguities in the future. (Implied consent and all that, you understand.)
A tip of the cap to the counselor from Ohio’s first capital city. As someone said, he’s a great (expletive) lawyer.
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Two final thoughts: The community lost two very good men this past week.
• John D. Blair died at the too-young age of 78.
John owned and operated Blair Homes in Hillsboro for many years.
We bought a home from John almost 30 years ago, and I was fortunate to have coached his grandson, Owen Jones, for the Hillsboro Christian Academy (Highland County Christian School at the time) basketball team. Nobody ever worked harder than Owen.
In the mid-1980s, my dad suggested that I talk with John after we had purchased 54 acres in northern Adams County. It was good advice.
John worked within our (limited) budget (as did Bill Siddons) and delivered on time and as promised with all construction in the middle of a rough February winter month.
We’ll never forget it.
Godspeed to John’s family.
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• Jim Ward of Washington Court House, also died too soon at the age of 77.
I met Jim when I was a newspaper editor and he was a member of the Southern State Community College Board of Trustees. Let’s just say we kept one another at arm’s length back then.
In 2006, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft displayed a moment of weakness and appointed me to the SSCC Board of Trustees. Jim Ward and I were suddenly seated at the same side of the table during public board meetings.
Suffice it to say that I learned far more from Jim Ward than he ever learned from me. (Shocking, right?)
Jim also served on the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Board; the Fayette County Republican Committee; and the Washington City Council.
He had a razor-sharp mind, quick wit and passion for making things better. He was one of the good ones. He will be missed.
Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.