The Saturday paper listed The Wager as the current #1 non-fiction bestseller, and I’m enjoying the true story, a frightening account of life at sea in the 1700s. Ironically, it mirrors current U.S. politics.
Each sailor crewing an English man-of-war had a purpose; if that purpose went unfulfilled, people died. To become a captain of a British warship, one had to serve in each of its capacities, from deck swabber to latrine pumper before climbing the quarterdeck.
Knowing how it all worked together, and obtaining empathy for all positions, British captains and crews transformed the British islands from a cold rock into an Empire where the sun never set.
But our current political situation is nothing short of a bald mutiny by a small minority that rails against our constitution, ignoring what they swore to uphold:
“In order to form a more perfect Union … and promote the general welfare.”
The British simply tied a cannon ball to a mutineer’s ankle and dropped him off the side. Better sailing ahead was the motto.
But now we coddle insurrectionists, and our own “representatives” deny election results that have cost millions upon millions to triple verify. All the while turning down federal dollars for school lunches (Marsha Blackburn).
We can save money on cannon balls and cotton rope by substituting brick from the wantonly destroyed public school system – while tax dollars are stolen for parochial schools – and the hemp these jokers must be smoking if they believe their greed and grab for power will get them re-elected for any length of time.
As a whole, the American public is not that stupid.
If it is, then we deserve the treasonous reef already threatening to smash the hull of our beloved nation.
How good is your backstroke?
– Michael “Gene” Scott