This past week I wrote what was going to be my final regular blog entry...ending my regular three or more times per week submissions, and four years of daily submissions.
On the 17th of January I celebrated five years of blogging, and, as stated, with four of those years being a daily issue. (I still can't imagine how I managed to do that!). During these five years I have gotten more than 1.1 million page views, so I guess at least some folks have enjoyed reading them.
While I had intended to cease blogging regularly, I had anticipated blogging occasionally in the future; perhaps five days in a row when I was really fired up about something...but I had planned no more blogging with any kind of regularity.
Today, I've changed a bit...but only a little. I have now decided that I'll continue to blog until it becomes clear that Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination. Should The Donald emerge as our party's nominee, I'll end my blog entirely.
To me, the emergence of a Donald Trump signals my surrender to the forces ruling our political landscape. It tells me that anything I write will mean nothing to the folks who embrace a Donald Trump...someone as deadly as a Jim Jones mass grape Kool-Aid suicide event.
A Trump victory means that we have become a nation that can birth a Hitler, a Stalin, a Mussolini...that we are so desperate for a champion that we will give credence to a man who owns no principles, a man who will say or do anything (and has, on both sides of any issue) to win favor with those who will help him realize his own personal ambitions.
I don't wish to be a part of a nation like that. Only once during the past five years have I ever seriously contemplated ending my writings....after Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012 I stopped blogging for a month or so. Then, intent on pointing out the deficiencies of a "man-child" community organizer, I resumed writing.
Barack will soon be gone. I didn't know if I would live long enough to see his departure. But I simply cannot take another round of charlatans, be it Trump or Hillary. I wrote earlier that I thought Cruz stood the best chance of righting this country. Sadly, his political style has proven to be a bit preachy, bordering on the hokey. But Cruz, and only Cruz has been the only Presidential candidate that has stood up time and again to the Washington establishment...that's why his fellow Senators hate him. I could even take Rubio or Kasich because I believe either of them will build the fence and will not have the gall to insist on illegal amnesty until the fence is built, e-verify is revamped to efficiency, and any immigration bills are passed through the people's Congress to be passed or rejected, as is proper.
But I can't take either a Trump or a Hillary. I gave my country twenty-two years of fighting for her. I've sacrificed hundreds of times during those years, as did my family. But I'm tired, I'm old, and I can't fight any more. So, sometime this month, after Super Tuesday, and after the mid-March primaries, I'll know if I still have a country worth fighting for.
If Trump wins it will assure a Hillary victory come November. And, even should Trump triumph in November, it is my deep belief that we still lose, in far larger ways. So, the Ides of March are upon me. I'm prepared to raise the white flag of surrender. This old vet is tired and I hear "Taps" playing faintly in the distance....."Taps" for this blog....and, in my view, "Taps" for this once great nation.