Chaos at 30,000 feet and the politics of ‘high attitude’


I have been at this editor job now for a couple weeks and it decided that I should start writing a column. But the big question was what to do with it?

This column will be my take on events from an obscure perspective, a perspective obscura, if you will. Sometimes I may even take a position I don’t believe in just to make a point and have some fun.

First, about me: I enjoy politics and I am more independent that anything else. My mother once asked me how I could be an independent (politically speaking). I turned to her and said, “I was raised by a Texas Democrat mother and a Wyoming Republican father. What did you expect?”

She got the message and never asked again.

Personally, I believe it’s more comfortable (and safer and warmer) to travel inside the fuselage of an airplane than hang on for dear life out on either wing. It’s too bad the current political climate can’t say the same. Nitpicking, backstabbing and bickering are all we have had the past couple of years. Mainly because the 5-year olds in Washington, D.C. can’t figure out how to play nice on the playground.

In 2016 I said voters were faced with selecting someone for president that is either part of the “been there done that” or (and yes, I believe this) a demagogue with delusions of grandeur.

The Democrats have opted for a woman.

As with every other politician, she moved her airplane seat out on the wing during the primary. After landing the nomination, she packed her bags and move back into the fuselage for the general election. Playing politics just to get elected but wore high heels as she did it.

The GOP demigod claimed he would build a fence along the southern border of the United States to keep out the “murderers, rapists and some good people.”

My father was wounded in Battle of the Bulge during World War II. One of the principles he believed was that the commander and chief should be REQUIRED to lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider twice a year—once on Memorial Day and once on Veterans Day.

If they do it more than that, they should be sainted.

Needless to say, I pay a great deal of attention to whether this is done. One recent president never did and should have been impeached for not fulfilling his duties as commander in chief.

Now, we have this loudmouth buffoon who disrespects anyone and everyone who serves his or her nation at the risk of becoming a prisoner of war. He said the late Sen. John McCain “was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” At that point, he slapped every single soldier in the 200+ year history of the United States of America in the face and should have been disqualified.

And Republicans have selected this guy as their commander in chief?

Personally, I wanted to see moderates Sen. Jim Webb for the “Dems” and Gov. John Kasich for the “Reps” face off in the 2016 general election. Now that would have been a show from the fuselage perspective!

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