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Do not call to send in the clowns, they're here!

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If I thought the past seven years, eight months and almost two weeks were more depressing than I could ever have theretofore conjured, the past several days proved I had no clue how truly dour my spirits could become. The American public, contrary completely to what candidates for higher political office propound, is composed almost entirely of clowns.

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On the right and on the left I have heard and read opinions that drew for their substance from wells that not only were dry, from wells that had always been dry.

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Folks with a twelfth-grade high school diploma and who can’t balance a checkbook feel some authority to vociferously opine this way or that on an extraordinary economic issue they know absolutely nothing about. Clowns!

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We have as a candidate for the highest office in the world a man whose every academic, military and political advantage over any and all others were bequeathed to him by benefactors, and who has taken a variety of positions one moment, then, only mere moments later, not only claims a position that is completely opposite but contests he never said anything different. Or when he posited that he didn’t know all he should about economics, only to later claim he was in true fact, actually an expert on the dismal science, and furthermore, that he had never said otherwise: a Clown!  Forget the specific issues, focus on the switches and his protests that he’d ever said otherwise. Yes, a clown! And the supporters who heard him utter both, yet concomitantly also claim he didn’t — Clowns!

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Not only have there been fusillades of similar instances where the candidate orated positions that were 180-degrees at variance with positions taken earlier, and an equal number of instances where he angrily denied ever being at odds with himself, those instances have become his only elements of consistency. Absolutely, a Clown! But his acolytes assert the consistent inconsistencies are the particular qualities that most qualify him for the highest office, that prove his mettle as a “maverick.” Clowns! 

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Or the fellow’s running mate: A woman endowed with only a “sports journalism degree,” who fought as hard as she could to receive hundreds of millions of federal dollars for a bridge that would serve about as many as filled the seats in many of the classrooms she sat in, en route to that journalism degree, only to exclaim, once the project had been killed in Washington, that she was the one person to have told Washington they could keep the wasteful project money, even as she kept the wasteful project money! EVERY one of her supporters knows the truth of her repeated lying, but they nonetheless voluntarily choose to see and believe only the lie!!?? Clowns. Or that she has expertise on a critical matter because she “can actually see” a small part of the physical appurtenance of that critical matter! A Clown. A running mate who, at a second’s notice might be called upon to negotiate war with an adversary who possesses 15,000 nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles or to negotiate economic policies that might alter the economic foundations of a world, but who cannot recall reading a single newspaper over the past 365 days! A Clown. And those who ardently support her, presumably because she has the appropriate genetalia, a distressed child, can field dress creatures she has run down then shot from aircraft, yet do the preceding and still manage to shepherd a child to hockey practice; the woman’s only demonstrable knowledge and talents (Recall that it was this woman’s very own running mate who, just a short time ago, strongly argued that Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts [TEN TIMES greater population than Alaska; 1,000 TIMES GREATER than Wasilla!], and Rudy Giuliani, who as mayor of the country’s largest mega-metropolis [13 TIMES GREATER than all Alaska; 1,308 TIMES GREATER than Wasilla!] and surely the world’s most important and influential city; lacked what it took to assume the mantle of the presidency.)  — Clowns supporting a juggling clown! Clowns! Clowns all!

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On the one hand, we have a candidate who half the population claims to know all it needs to know, because they’ve been a listening audience to the comic book retellings that have been read to them, exactly as was the case with Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, Jessie James, Robin Hood and others. They haven’t even read the comic books themselves, they’ve sat like kindergarten children, in a circle, while the teacher read all they know to them! It’s just so much like, “Goody, goody, goody, Miss Jones. Will you read us another story about the cowboy hero who rides in and, all by himself, saves the town, please?” CLOWNS!!! Dimwitted, infantile, clowns!    

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On the other hand, however, is a candidate who finished first — Not 894th out of 899 — at one of the world’s most prestigious law schools, who was a president of what is without question the world’s most authoritative and most highly regarded law journal, who taught Constitutional Law for 12 years at the University of Chicago’s law school, who declined six-and seven figure job offers to do what he could to help those his country had left behind, whose undergraduate studies were International Relations at Columbia University, and who has made as the focal point of his campaign elevating a nation and a nation’s spirits from the fetid septic sewer wash in which it has fallen . . . and we just “don’t know enough about him”????

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