Gary Horton: This week’s American lament

By Gary Horton

Last update: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
– “The Impossible Dream” Joe Darion

From “We the people” to “Four score and seven years ago” to “Ask what you can do for your country” to “I have a dream” to “Yes we can,” and now. …

“At least it will all be over in a week.”

The coffee shop was full of the typical boisterous back-and-forth from sordid quotes of candidates grabbing anatomy to email eruptions from the same family where bimbo eruptions first erupted.

But in concluding all the measuring and re-measuring of the state of our very special 2016 Made in America Presidential “Campaign” (that’s been absolutely anything but “presidential”) – the coffee klatch closing comments were unanimous: “At least it will all be over in a week.”

Boy, it seems that’s the best you can say for today’s American democracy right now. “At least it will all be over in a week.” I’m pretty sure we feel the same on this one.

Elections should be about hope for the future. About new ideas and solutions being batted back and forth and may the best man or woman with the best solutions for our time win the day and hopefully help save the day.

Instead, we’ve got something terribly amiss. A broken party has vomited out from a clown cart a thoroughly broken candidate while the functioning party has anointed a thoroughly tainted one.

On the one hand we’re terribly right to be worried about the final wrecking of American democracy with a short-tempered, ill-informed strong man of questionable loyalties hell bent on isolating America and turning our clocks back 50 years.

On the other, we’re rightfully concerned that we’ll be mired in Clintonian scandal without end, merited or not.

Toss in a Clinton propensity for military adventurism and it’s easy to see how, between the two presidential wannabes, there’s not tons of hope out there for us to be particularly hopeful for.

“The lesser or two weasels” isn’t much of a sales banner for the benefits of American-style democracy. We’ve got to do much better in the future or the future surely won’t be bright.

We’re going to be the leader of the free world with this?

Sooner or later we’ve got to dream that impossible dream of campaign reform. Sooner or later we’ve got to get money out of politics.

Sooner or later we’ve got to run where the brave dare not go and defy our party politics to build a fairer, more transparent, more merit-based national election process. And, while we’re at it, a shorter process would surely be appreciated, to boot.

But that would take consensus between the parties. And that would take guts to take on the moneyed lobbies and interest. And guts are in scarce supply, and political heroes are particularly few.

Both parties have had their heroes with guts in past times, and I’ve noticed that the better ones on both sides have either ended up shot and killed, shot and wounded, or certainly threatened with overt bodily harm. Political heroism is fraught with very real trouble, dread, and danger.

“At least it will all be over in a week.” Yeah. Hurray for the USA.

An impossible dream would be that the American electorate and our parties themselves will end up very well chastised from this worst of elections that’s shown the worst of America to the world we think we still lead.

We’ve made fools of ourselves with the entire planet privy to our extraordinarily raucous and violent family fight. And if we were decent we’d be dying of embarrassment and finally, having hit rock-bottom, determine to shape our political lives back up to snuff.

But no matter, “At least it will be over in a week.”

But it won’t be over in a week or a month or a year – and you know it. Heroes are in short supply and the home of the brave closed its doors due to lack of interest. The rhetoric won’t let up, the Trump dramas and sex and tax scandals won’t be allowed to fester and die, nor will Clinton opponents release their dog-bite grip on her email-infested leg.

“Wound and kill the other side” is the American political modus operandi, and that’s a foul recipe for good governance. It’s said a country at war with itself cannot long stand, and that truth should be self-evident to all of us now, after 18 long months of domestic political terrorism.

This is a lamentation, and lamentations don’t have happy endings. “At least this will be over in a week.”

And then we’ll cross our fingers, hope and pray the stuff that goes down in Washington doesn’t too much hurt us in our personal lives.

We’ll pray that no one hits the nuclear button, and we’ll set our weary hopes 30 months out for the next extended national family feud.

God bless America. Please, God bless us. We really need your help right now.

Gary Horton is a Santa Clarita resident. “Full Speed to Port!” appears Wednesdays in The Signal.

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Gary Horton: This week’s American lament

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
– “The Impossible Dream” Joe Darion

From “We the people” to “Four score and seven years ago” to “Ask what you can do for your country” to “I have a dream” to “Yes we can,” and now. …

“At least it will all be over in a week.”

The coffee shop was full of the typical boisterous back-and-forth from sordid quotes of candidates grabbing anatomy to email eruptions from the same family where bimbo eruptions first erupted.

But in concluding all the measuring and re-measuring of the state of our very special 2016 Made in America Presidential “Campaign” (that’s been absolutely anything but “presidential”) – the coffee klatch closing comments were unanimous: “At least it will all be over in a week.”

Boy, it seems that’s the best you can say for today’s American democracy right now. “At least it will all be over in a week.” I’m pretty sure we feel the same on this one.

Elections should be about hope for the future. About new ideas and solutions being batted back and forth and may the best man or woman with the best solutions for our time win the day and hopefully help save the day.

Instead, we’ve got something terribly amiss. A broken party has vomited out from a clown cart a thoroughly broken candidate while the functioning party has anointed a thoroughly tainted one.

On the one hand we’re terribly right to be worried about the final wrecking of American democracy with a short-tempered, ill-informed strong man of questionable loyalties hell bent on isolating America and turning our clocks back 50 years.

On the other, we’re rightfully concerned that we’ll be mired in Clintonian scandal without end, merited or not.

Toss in a Clinton propensity for military adventurism and it’s easy to see how, between the two presidential wannabes, there’s not tons of hope out there for us to be particularly hopeful for.

“The lesser or two weasels” isn’t much of a sales banner for the benefits of American-style democracy. We’ve got to do much better in the future or the future surely won’t be bright.

We’re going to be the leader of the free world with this?

Sooner or later we’ve got to dream that impossible dream of campaign reform. Sooner or later we’ve got to get money out of politics.

Sooner or later we’ve got to run where the brave dare not go and defy our party politics to build a fairer, more transparent, more merit-based national election process. And, while we’re at it, a shorter process would surely be appreciated, to boot.

But that would take consensus between the parties. And that would take guts to take on the moneyed lobbies and interest. And guts are in scarce supply, and political heroes are particularly few.

Both parties have had their heroes with guts in past times, and I’ve noticed that the better ones on both sides have either ended up shot and killed, shot and wounded, or certainly threatened with overt bodily harm. Political heroism is fraught with very real trouble, dread, and danger.

“At least it will all be over in a week.” Yeah. Hurray for the USA.

An impossible dream would be that the American electorate and our parties themselves will end up very well chastised from this worst of elections that’s shown the worst of America to the world we think we still lead.

We’ve made fools of ourselves with the entire planet privy to our extraordinarily raucous and violent family fight. And if we were decent we’d be dying of embarrassment and finally, having hit rock-bottom, determine to shape our political lives back up to snuff.

But no matter, “At least it will be over in a week.”

But it won’t be over in a week or a month or a year – and you know it. Heroes are in short supply and the home of the brave closed its doors due to lack of interest. The rhetoric won’t let up, the Trump dramas and sex and tax scandals won’t be allowed to fester and die, nor will Clinton opponents release their dog-bite grip on her email-infested leg.

“Wound and kill the other side” is the American political modus operandi, and that’s a foul recipe for good governance. It’s said a country at war with itself cannot long stand, and that truth should be self-evident to all of us now, after 18 long months of domestic political terrorism.

This is a lamentation, and lamentations don’t have happy endings. “At least this will be over in a week.”

And then we’ll cross our fingers, hope and pray the stuff that goes down in Washington doesn’t too much hurt us in our personal lives.

We’ll pray that no one hits the nuclear button, and we’ll set our weary hopes 30 months out for the next extended national family feud.

God bless America. Please, God bless us. We really need your help right now.

Gary Horton is a Santa Clarita resident. “Full Speed to Port!” appears Wednesdays in The Signal.

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  • Gary, you realize that your last paragraph can be fodder for controversy among much of the Democratic party.

    • indy

      It’s important that citizens realize the US is a ‘nation under law’ not religion . . . this is not a theocracy.

      The Founding Fathers ‘fresh’ from religious persecution from the dominate religion controlling their governments realized that you can’t base ‘liberty and freedom’ on any given religion.

      When we seek recourse for any harm put forth on us, we seek remedy in our courts.

      Therefore, the Founding Fathers wanted to deter religious fanaticism and have us all judged on the merits of our actions based on our laws that affect all Americans regardless of their ‘private and personal’ religious beliefs.

      In any event, Gary is ‘free’ to believe whatever he wants . . . but its vitally important that public policy be based on ‘demonstrated’ results not ‘private and personal’ religious beliefs.

      I still like what JFK had to say on the matter:

      “Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience, our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

      We can think and then act about what actions we take . . . and how they will affect our future.

      • From the same speech, JFK also said this….
        “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. “

        • indy

          Even for JFK, the separation of church and state was key in the development of the Constitution . . .

          Our freedoms and liberty are protected by this document in our courts.

          When we seek remedy for the harm against us, we don’t go to local religious tribunals.

          It’s important that whatever ‘private and personal’ religious beliefs you hold, we live in a nation ‘under law’.

  • Horton: ““Wound and kill the other side” is the American political modus operandi, and that’s a foul recipe for good governance. ”

    Hmmm, funny, you were perfectly content with the whole “wound and kill the other side” thing when it was working in Clinton’s favor. When did you grow a conscience?

    Is anyone surprised that Horton’s sudden change of heart coincides with Clinton’s changing fortunes? Yeah, me either.

  • robert stauffer

    My sense is that if God had a vote, He would vote against all Democrats for their promotion of abortion with federal money.

    Lot’s of Christian’s I know are voting for Trump for his positions on abortion and religious liberty. Hillary supports federal funding of abortion and violations of religious liberties with Obamacare. I feel bad for the author because he doesn’t seem to care about those spiritual things.

    I hope the author gets ‘Godsmacked’ on Tuesday.

    • indy

      The whole ‘religious liberty’ scam being put forth by religious conservatives for their push for de facto theocracy goes against the founding of the Constitution’s separation of church and state.

      As far as the abortion issue goes, religious conservatives that fight against sex education, birth control and family planning which creates ‘more abortions’ versus accepting strategies that would reduce or eliminate same.

      I do find it interesting, however, that anyone can consider Trump ‘religious’ by simply saying he ‘loves the Bible’.

      Obviously, he doesn’t and his pandering to evangelicals is without honor.

  • nohatejustdebate

    Gary, your candidate was under FBI investigation during the entire primary – and yet you nominated her any way. Did you honestly not see this coming with Hillary Clinton?

    As for seeking God’s blessings, your political party actually voted to have the name of God removed from your platform. Your party inexplicably defended Planned Parenthood as they laughed about selling the body parts of aborted fetuses. Your party made a mockery of God’s definition of marriage. Your party has attacked people of faith for trying to live out their biblical values. And now you have the audacity to ask God to bless America? He HAS blessed America and look what it’s gotten Him.

    • indy

      What will really will be interesting to see is how many of Trump’s former contacts with women actually turn into legal proceeding for ‘sexual assault’.

      Personally, I’m not voting for him not because of his personal failing but from his lack of business, economic, management, science and environmental knowledge.

      He’s is a great salesman but his past records of lawsuits, failed businesses and bankruptcies is expected since more salesman are not trained in managing a business.

      Simply being ‘wealthy’ . . . isn’t a good indicator of business acumen.

      As far as bringing jobs back to the US, both candidates don’t grasp the economic mechanics of globalization and neither has addressed any functional reality in this area.

      As far as the ‘body parts’ nonsense from planned parenthood, the ‘distorted’ video ( https://istandwithpp.org/facts/how-anti-planned-parenthood-videos-were-deceptively-edited/ ) made by hidden camera is not represented by facts.

      Finally, the email nonsense is just that . . . it’s contrived and much like Benghazi, is just founded on innuendo and speculation.

      PS: God isn’t mention in the Constitution; this is a nation under law not religion. The only mention of religion is the ‘separation of church and state’ in the 1st Amendment and the rule that religious test cannot be used to hold public office.

      • Indy Nile: “Personally, I’m not voting for him not because of his personal failing but from his lack of business, economic, management, science and environmental knowledge.”

        Clinton has never built a business, and has zero “business, economic, management, science and environmental knowledge” but she will get your vote?

        You are beyond ignorant.

  • tech

    “… the functioning party…”

    Non sequitur. Neither party is functional and it’s delusional to assert one is, Gary.

    Functional parties don’t nominate candidates under FBI investigation for multiple felonies. QED.

  • tech

    Why aren’t Hillary Clinton and her allies under Federal indictment?

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalreview/videos/10157816653430093/

  • Nishka

    “This week’s American lament” SO TRUE!!!!

  • James de Bree

    I will be travelling to Europe in the coming weeks to visit friends and relatives over there. My family cannot understand what is going on. I explained to them it is sort of like Benito Mussolini running against Eva Peron. They appreciated my humor.

    • tech

      Haha! Nice!

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