By J. D. Pendry
Here I am. Stuck in the middle with you. Stealers Wheel, Stuck in the Middle With You, 1972
I was in the Army a few months when that song was recorded. In the Army and out, it’s been my fall back philosophy. Nowadays it’s the predicament of much of America, isn’t it? Stuck in the middle. Right in the middle of an internecine struggle for power and control of our country. We watch, read, and listen to salvos fired back and forth from left and right and we the people become collateral damage to dysfunctional Congressional monkeyshines. When Republicans were in charge, the leadership failed to solve our most pressing problems. Now that the Democrats run half of Congress, it’s apparent there is no interest in solving any problems pressing or otherwise. Just a warning shot across the bow of Congress. Americans are watching. Your hissy fits were entertaining for a few days, but no longer. While you show your ignorance, the Republic suffers.
Did you notice, that whether clowns or jokers, they preface every statement with a declaration of, what most Americans want, what most Americans know, what most Americans believe. Rarely does anything come from their mouths that I want, know, or believe. What I hear is much silly political rhetoric the polar opposite of what I am quite certain I do know. Do you reckon that’s some sort of psycho warfare? If most Americans believe the President is a Russian agent, then I must be misinformed. Probably I need to watch more CNN. I understand they could use a few viewers. Maybe my viewing time could be considered a charitable donation.
Do you want to know what I do know? How’s this? It won’t be long until someone creates a sexual harassment or a discrimination charge against Attorney General (AG) Barr. From some well coached and well paid high school acquaintance he may or may not have drank beer with. It’s the modus operandi of the Clowns on the left. Dutifully playing their role, the Jokers on the right will declare, without a scintilla of evidence, their disgust and demand an immediate resignation. Much as the jokers have been doing for the past two years.
What else do I know? I suppose that depends on who you ask, but for another day. I know the typical nattering Washington politicians, news media talking heads in general, and practically all mushy headed school kids do not fear creeping Islam. They are not afraid of advancing Socialism and Communism. Despite hearing room and television theatrics, they are not concerned with political corruption unless they can hang something, true or false, on to a hated opponent. Which itself is a devious and deceitful form of corruption. If they really cared would Mrs. Clinton be free? Jesters and jokers, they’re not too concerned with corruption because a majority of them have their hands in the till. There’re many millionaires running around Washington on civil servant salaries. Honor, integrity, selfless service? Long ago, all of that caught the express train out of Babylon on the Potomac.
What else do I know? Washington crooks are like rabid animals. When they’re cornered, they lash out with every lie, false charge, innuendo, and insult they can dream up. The media ever ready to pick up their story line and run with it. They want to spend our money on something they cannot change and cannot control. The climate… They’ve convinced the younger generation that they’re going to die when the earth goes up in flames – in 12 years. Don’t these kids have enough to fear already? There’s that evil Confederate flag. Those evil war monuments. Statues of our founders. The Ten Commandments. The trauma of seeing mural portraits of George Washington on the school house walls. Our horrible history. Awful conservatives who want to speak on campus. MAGA hats. They hate the idea of legally armed citizens, yet don’t have the sense to look south and watch the Venezuelan army gun down previously disarmed citizens. Their news source is probably Fakebook and Twitter, but all things considered probably as truthful as MSNBC or CNN.
Well I don’t know
Why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that
Something ain’t right
I’m so scared in case
I fall off my chair
And I’m wondering
How I’ll get down the stairs
Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the right
Here I am
Stuck in the middle with you
Yep, run over in both directions I’m right there in the middle with you. Think I’ll go reinforce the bunker.
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