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Uncle Earl was over at my house last weekend helping me clean the pool. I am too cheap to hire a pool guy.

I also worry about Pepino the Pool Boy not wearing a shirt while cleaning, showing off his ripped abs and attracting all the neighborhood women to watch him while staring over our fence.

So they are subjected to me and Earl not wearing our shirts and scaring the local wildlife.

As Earl was cleaning the skimmer, he said: “Steven, you know that Trump guy is just doing what he said he was going to do. Bringing in new blood, reforming immigration, revising the financial system, and shaking things up. To listen to the libs, you’d think he was burning Washington down!”

“I hear you, Unk,” I responded. “But some of the initial stuff has been a little wobbly. Like that press secretary, Sean Spicer. He seems to have a disposition better suited to WWE than the White House. He can’t even take a little humor from SNL.”

Earl finished the skimmer and started brushing the deep end. “Yep, my boy Spicer seems to be having trouble finding his sea legs. But it is still very early. He needs time to learn the ropes and build relationships. “Frankly, I saw the SNL stuff and thought it was very funny. If he had laughed at it, he would have killed the whole topic. He will learn.”

“Unk, I think some of Reagan’s folks had the same problems initially,” I responded. “As I recall, it took some time to find the right folks for many of the positions. There is always an adjustment period.”

I started pulling the leaves out of the shallow end and continued. “But I’ll have to say that Trump’s approach to the travel restrictions was rather short-sighted. It created a firestorm and galvanized opposition at the wrong time.”

“Steven, I disagree!” he retorted. “Trump said he was going to do this and did it. In fact, the countries involved were some of the same countries that Obama had fingered as hotbeds of Islamic terrorist activity. To take a closer look at these ‘refugees’ is just common sense!”

He went on. “Now maybe a better approach would have been to stop issuing new visas temporarily to prevent people from getting caught in limbo while traveling – I can imagine the nightmare these poor folks went through. But the concept still stands. Trump was protecting Americans from foreign threats. He did his job.”

“What about the border wall?” I asked.

“My boy, the wall is a silly construct that will be ultimately ineffective. Anyone who saw the Big Game 84 Lumber commercial with the little girl and her mother slipping through our border security knows that it won’t work. Patton famously said: ‘Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of men,’”

I interjected, “ Maybe it’s a negotiating position. Trump is a negotiator. What if this is a negotiating strategy that forces his opposition to come toward him to arrive at a mutually agreeable compromise?”

Earl finished the brushing and started cleaning out the filter. “That is a distinct possibility. With so many years of uncompromising liberal attitudes on a variety of topics, maybe it’s time they got a dose of their own medicine. Maybe they need to start compromising? Remember – it’s a pendulum and not a one-way street.”

“I’m afraid you are right, Unk.” I had to broach one last topic. “What do you think of the UC Berkley issue?”

My uncle narrowed his eyes and stared at me. “What happened there was just un-American. I don’t care if the speaker was Adolph Hitler or Karl Marx himself. In our country, all have a right to speak and voice their opinion.

“By committing acts of violence and forcing the speaker away, these ‘protesters’ harmed America. They should be stopped.”

He went on, “Further, the administration at Cal has the responsibility to make sure that their school is a safe place for all speech, not just speech they approve.

“If not, they are acting as a private institution and not deserving of federal aid. Either support our country or don’t take money from it. Decide.”

We concluded the pool cleaning and it looked much better. If only we could get our nation cleaned up as easily.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and is enjoying the roller coaster ride. So far. He can be reached at

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Raging, far-centrist conservative moderate with a slightly tongue-in-cheek humorist approach.
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  • Brian Baker

    I disagree with you, Steve, as to the efficacy of a border wall. In fact, in the parts of the border where barriers have been constructed, they’ve proven to be effective.

    Unfortunately, we share our southern border with a corrupt failing nation-state that apparently has absolutely no interest in stemming the flow of illegals into our country. In fact, they count on the “remittances” from the illegal aliens here for a significant part of their national income. They’re bad neighbors, and as Robert Frost noted, “good fences make good neighbors”.

    • Ed Shalom

      I am afraid that Brian Baker’s quotation from Frost is totally out of context: it is the neighbor of the speaker in the poem that repeats this phrase in an ignorant fashion, since “He will not go behind his father’s saying”. Frost further compares this neighbor to an “old-stone savage” who moves in darkness.

      The speaker recognizes the wall is not necessary, and concludes that nature does not want the wall:

      “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
      What I was walling in or walling out,
      And to whom I was like to give offence.
      Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
      That wants it down.”

      We should be thankful for this clear insight from Frost, and use it to counter those advocating one.
      There where it is we do not need the wall:
      He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
      My apple trees will never get across
      And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
      He only says, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
      Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
      If I could put a notion in his head:
      “Why do they make good neighbours? Isn’t it
      Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
      Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
      What I was walling in or walling out,
      And to whom I was like to give offence.
      Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
      That wants it down.” I could say “Elves” to him,
      But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
      He said it for himself. I see him there
      Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
      In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
      He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
      Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
      He will not go behind his father’s saying,
      And he likes having thought of it so well
      He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.”

      • Ed Shalom

        No comments from any “old-stone savages” out there ? Or maybe you live in an alternative reality ?

  • Gil Mertz

    Your Uncle Earl isn’t six feet tall with big ears, is he Steve?

    I’m amused by those who say they miss the calm under Obama, because they miss a very important point. The opposition to Obama didn’t crash windows, burn cars, start raucous protests, and DAILY have an embarrassing meltdown because they didn’t like the president. Republicans also confirmed all of Obama’s cabinet quickly and with bi-partisan support even though they disagreed with their ideology-driven agenda.

    The calm under Obama was because of decent, respectful, American citizens who believed in democracy despite their misgivings of Obama. The source of the chaos is coming from Trump’s opposition who cannot cope with not getting a participation trophy in last year’s election. Those who are screaming about chaos need look no further than in the mirror.

  • lois eisenberg

    ‘Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of men,’
    Thanks for quoting Patton.
    Perfect analogy of Donald being stupid !!!!!!!

    • Kriss

      Your right Lois, we don’t need no stinking walls!!

      Motion activated mini guns…now that would get their attention.

      Or there’s a company coming out with a taser wall, you don’t see it but you can’t cross it.

      What’s your idea of keeping the flow of illegals out….inquiring minds want to know what would be your answer!!

  • lois eisenberg

    That “Trump guy is just doing what he said he was going to do. Bringing in new blood,
    ( old bad corrupt blood) reforming immigration ( travel ban gone array) revising the financial system ( so the financial boys can rip us off again), and attaching judges,
    which he has been criticized for by his new appointee for the Supreme Court !!!!!

    How do you like them Apples Uncle Earl !!!!!!

    • Brian Baker

      I hope he gets the opportunity to “attach” a lot more judges!!!!

  • lois eisenberg

    Uncle Earl, “A federal appeals court refused to reinstate President Trump’s targeted travel ban, delivering a stinging judicial rebuke to his administration.”
    The new numbers in town 3-0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lois eisenberg

    Uncle Earl, ‘So-called judges’ trump Trump”

  • lois eisenberg

    Uncle Earl,
    “trump Mixing business with the presidency” LOCK HIM UP !!!!!

  • lois eisenberg

    “Uncle Earl, Did Mike Pence get burned by Michael Flynn?”
    “THE BIG IDEA: Either the national security adviser misled the vice president, or the vice president knowingly misled the American people.”
    I believe the latter. The puppet has done his job !!!!!

  • lois eisenberg

    Uncle Earl,
    “The best way to stop an unstable 70-year-old with an itchy Twitter finger is the world’s greatest 90-year-old Twitter user — @JohnDingell,”

  • lois eisenberg

    Uncle Earl did you know that ” President Trump is now governing while also owning a business with international investments. The Constitution faces unprecedented threats due to this arrangement.” LOCK HIM UP !!!!!!!!

  • lois eisenberg

    Uncle Earl, ” President Donald Trump has been named in more than 50 lawsuits since taking office, a staggering number compared to the first days of past administrations”

    LOCK HIM UP !!!!!!!