by OPOVV, ©2016

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

(Sep. 17, 2016) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ‘Pulse of the Nation,’ the show that just tells it as it is. Hello, I’m Chief New Leaf and I’ll be the host for this evening’s show. For those of you who aren’t familiar with our format, allow me to clue you in. What we do is hang out under this awning across the street from the railroad station and query people about what’s on their minds, speaking of which, here comes one now.

“Excuse me, Miss, care to answer a question for ‘Pulse?’”

“Oh, my, I’m sorry, I didn’t recognize you at first. You’re that Chief who did away with that Mr. Roving Reporter, aren’t you? You shoot him and scalp him, or do you people do it the other way around?”

“None of the above. Actually Mr. Roving is on his way back from El Cajon, CA, where he lost his nerve, apparently, to talk to someone from his past. He said that he forgave her adultery but could never trust her again, and a relationship without trust is meaningless. He said that there’s a direct correlation with our government officials lying to us year after year. He also said that whatever spews out of Obama’s and Hillary’s mouths is a lie because that’s how they’re made: Obama is lying for a worldwide Islamic Caliphate, while Hillary lies because of habit.”

“Oh, isn’t that interesting? I’m a schoolteacher – sophomore high school Sociology  – and I’m on my way to work, where I’ll lead a discussion about the political climate in America today. I’ve got a few minutes, so if you want to hear some of it I’ll be glad to share it with your viewers.”

“For sure; we’d be glad to hear it.”

“You must forgive me; these are just notes for the talking points, you must understand. I call my talk ‘The Crossroads.’

“Good morning students. Today I’d like to talk about the upcoming election and what it means for our country. Never before in our country’s history has there been such a philosophical divide between the two candidates.

“One side believes that it’s the government’s responsibility to see after the well-being of its citizens. These people cite the vast resources of the federal government as their main theme: bigger is better, more is merrier and to always trust the government for doing the right thing.

“Naturally, the other side has the opposite view: each individual should be able to decide what’s best for himself. These people don’t trust Big Government and cite examples of dishonesty, cost overruns, and policies that lead to tyranny, not to mention that in ten cases out of ten cases the private sector can do any job better and infinitely more cost-effectively than a bunch of people who never had a real job in their lives ever could.

“Students, our country has come to a crossroads and there’s no turning back. We must either turn Left towards Socialism – by voting for Hillary – or turn Right in support of our Constitution and common sense.

“History teaches us that Socialism is a failed system that rewards those who are in power over the masses who are treated as sheep: the end game is always destruction of the country. Always. There are absolutely no exceptions. World War II Germany and today’s Venezuela are but two examples of Socialism failing.

“Trump, on the other hand, supports the advantages of Capitalism that allows anyone with a work ethic to prosper. I think that the best example of Capitalism would be the electric light bulb. We take having lights for granted, but we shouldn’t. Every time we flip the switch we should thank the system that allowed the whole system to be invented, designed and brought right into our homes.

“Imagine, if you will, the chaos that would’ve ensued if the government were tasked with inventing and distributing electricity to everyone, from our poorest to our richest, exactly the same. And even though Trump is a billionaire, he has the same electric lights as you do: his electricity and his light bulbs come from the same place where you buy yours.

“Oh, I’m sorry, I could go on, but that’s the horn for my train. I go on to mention the Supreme Court nominees and the absolute necessity to keep our Second Amendment sacrosanct, but I’ve got to get going. Bye.”

“Sorry to see you go. Thanks for talking with us. Okay, who’s next? Oh, we remember you. Hey, everyone, it’s the Vietnam Veteran with his dog.”

“Hello, Chief; how’s it going?”

“It goes good. Did you happen to catch what that school teacher said?”

“Yep, and I was thinking she’ll be one of the newly unemployed by this time tomorrow.”

“That’s what I was thinking. Too bad. Where you off to today, besides the dog park?”

“I’m going to City Hall and get a cat license for my dog.”

“But it’s a dog, not a cat.”

“So you say. I say ‘cat,’ and by the same token someone says Obama was born in Hawaii but that doesn’t mean it’s true, does it? No matter what anyone says, I still want to see the de facto’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE. I mean the real one and not the fake that the White House dumped on us a few days before LTC Terry Lakin was released from a federal penitentiary for seeking proof that Obama was Constitutionally qualified to hold the office of president.”

“So you’re on a mission?”

“That I am. And there’s my train. Bye.”

“We have time for one more? Okay. You’re on: anything to say?”

“I’d like to say Hillary could’ve been elected president in 2008 if she just would’ve stood tall.”

“What do you mean?”

“Remember the debate when she was asked the question, ‘Would you give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in Pennsylvania,’ and she answered, ‘No,’ and the crowd booed?”

“Yes, matter of fact, I do remember.”

“And then she caved just to be on the bandwagon. It’s my steadfast belief that if Hillary would’ve stood her ground and shown some courage she would’ve prevailed instead of nose-diving off the cliff like she did. And I’ve got to run to catch the train. See you.”

“Goodbye, and thank you for talking with us. And there goes the time and so, on behalf of the crew, I’ll be wishing you all a goodnight: Goodnight.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” — Yogi Berra

Long and Winding Road






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