Recognizing I’m a candle in the wind, I have been quite critical of our current president because of his divisiveness, lapses in protecting our security with Russia, focusing on an unnecessary border war with Mexico, blatant deal-making at taxpayers’ expense to feather his nest, and just his overall demeanor and untruthfulness.

However, the stock market has gone up, the job situation — although there are clear winners and losers — is looking pretty good. The descendants of Hollywood stars who want to get into college have a bright future.


One of the key items in the 2020 election will be the fate and future of the middle class. Are we to have a middle class? Can the United States maintain its premier status in the world? Can we afford a middle class?

Constitutionally speaking, our nation was founded on having an elite group of men rule. We fought to break away from British control — taking about 7 years of prolonged warfare — but there was certainly no middle class for a long time.

Is this our true destiny, to revert again to such a practice under Donald the First (or whoever follows in succession)?

Or can the middle class re-energize mostly under Democratic leadership — or even with a new political party — amid a lot of squabbling and re-define or at least reassert or re-invent its self?

Historically, the middle class in America grew in the 19th century following the Industrial Revolution. Today’s IT professionals, medical staffers, government workers, and those enjoying the relative fruits of our economy are not sure if they’re middle class, or just what the heck they are. But if they don’t watch it, they could be lower class or in bad straits real quick.

I would appreciate a cogent understanding of the Republican-controlled Senate, other than sheer preservation of their species. Even President Trump thumbs his nose at them, threatens to cut off their funding if they disagree with him, but he clearly understand their worthlessness. In that regard, I give him grudging admiration.

But would a Democrat-controlled Senate be any better? It would be different, more turbulent, perhaps more newsworthy, but I’m not so sure it would be better unless public support was provided.

Those of my generation read the comic strip “POGO.” Pogo was a wise possum living in a swamp, and he was famous for saying: “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”

We are still the greatest nation on the planet, it is possible we could continue to be for a while, yet we have allowed ourselves to be paralyzed by a governance system that has worked so well for almost 250 years, conceived after a long and painful struggle, yet requires a lot of care and feeding to maintain. We are so busy with jobs and family that we could end up in a downward spiral.

On the other hand, Amazon Prime just announced that they will cut delivery time in half — one day vs. two. What a country.

Jeff Bezos, co-creater of Amazon with his wife, MacKenzie, after a peccadillo with a hot chick on the side, cut a divorce deal, making him still the richest man in the world yet leaving MacKenzie with an estimated net worth of $34 billion. Just makes my heart flutter, and I can’t wait for that one-day delivery deal.

I kind of like Joe Biden because of his relative honesty and work ethic. He isn’t a billionaire and either he’s missed the boat or is comfortable not being one. But after the past 2 1/2 years of thrills and chills — porn star sex, golden showers, Pacific Ocean H bomb tests, American journalists being diced up and colluding with Trump’s family as a fraternity gag, White House lawyers threatening to quit rather than fire people, “Hello Russia? If You’re Listening ...” — give me a break. Joe is a little dull. But he sure seems to want the Iron Throne.

The Game of Thrones series itself is OK, but nothing like the real thing. I think even Pogo would agree.