This is the Symptom of Failure (RR)


by OPOVV, ©2017

(Aug. 7, 2017) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the most entertaining news show on the planet, or if not the planet, then certainly in our town. You’re watching ‘The Pulse of the Nation’ and I’ll be your host. Oh, sorry. My name is Roving and we’re set up across the street from the baseball stadium, in front of the bookstore and that new luncheon place. What do you say we get the letter-reading portion of the show out of the way?


Dear Mr. R. Reporter:

I read where you said that you stand under an awning, yet just the other day you said ‘umbrella.’ Which is it?

A longtime viewer,



Dear Anne:

Unfortunately, the awning was damaged by a hailstorm. The tables with the awning in the center are temporary until the insurance money comes in.

Thanks for being a longtime viewer,

Roving Reporter


“And now let’s get the show on the road. This is Tim, and we were talking just before the show started. Tim, how about telling the viewers your ideas about the State of the Union?”

“Will do, with pleasure. By the way, thanks for having me on. Well, Roving, see, I got this idea about how things are going, about people not staying put, not putting in the hard work and staying the course. And I was here at the stadium yesterday and they made an announcement that our third baseman is going to be traded to Arizona, matter of fact, today.

“But this is what, August? Heck, the baseball season is more than half over and they’re trading players? Used to be once the season started all the players on the team stayed on the team, am I right?

“Oh, sure, once in a while someone would come up from the organization’s farm team; you know, Triple ‘A’ team or from somewhere, but it would be one of their own, and not someone from another team, understand?

“And football is just as messed-up as baseball. Why, the way they set up the schedules, you can have the same two teams playing in the Super Bowl which played each other at the beginning of the season, so how exciting can it be?

“So getting back to baseball, the team that started the season isn’t necessarily the team that finishes the season, but, in my humble opinion, it should be. None of this trading because one team lacks a third baseman that doesn’t have 80 RBI’s. What I’m saying is it’s just not the same team.

“Uniforms don’t make a team; people do. Now, let’s take this idea nationwide. Remember when Obama became president we heard, ‘This ain’t America no more’? That was bad, really bad. It’s like people who don’t get their way having a temper tantrum. And as bad as Obama was, the people didn’t slide down into the gutter with him. Schumer, McCain, Hillary and all the others did, but, by a vast majority, the people of our country didn’t. You see, we stayed on the team; we stayed with the team*. We didn’t trade off when things got bad: we stayed the course, which is why it’s so important to stay the course with our new president. It’s the reason why Trump won and it’s the reason why the Obots will never understand why Hillary lost.

“And that’s all I wanted to say. Trump has done some truly totally amazing stuff so far, and if it wasn’t for the sorry losers in congress we’d be, as a nation, much farther ahead in where we are now.

“Why, just look at the bottom-of-the-gutter people who are the mayors of our large sanctuary cities. These are people who I wouldn’t, under any circumstances, have over to my house or, to be totally truthful, allow on my property. These are the ones not to trust, like that de Blasio fellow, the mayor of New York City; or that mayor of Baltimore. I don’t know about you, but where I come from, we shoot looters.”

“Well-said, Tim. You know, I couldn’t find one point of yours that I disagreed with. And that’s all the time we have; thank you for watching and so, on behalf of the crew, I’ll be wishing you all a goodnight: Goodnight.

“Another great show. Stay the course by backing our president; at least stand by him; that’s how I see it. I mean, we’re all on the same team, aren’t we? And here’s another way of saying the same thing: if you’re not on my team, well, sorry, I just can’t help you. If you’re not with me then you’re on your own and in this discussion there’s no affirmative action and words such as ‘racist’ and ‘bigot’ to hide behind. No hiding: you’re either for the Constitution and America or, as I said, sorry: I just can’t help you. I say it’s burger time: my treat.”

[*team: the Constitution.]

Stand By Me” 2:57




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