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Circling the Drain

It was another banner week in these here United States. Here’s a modest sampling:

Part One

Our esteemed Commander-in-Chief, reading from a teleprompter during his assertion that, despite his oath to uphold the Constitution, he’s not going to let the States determine their own rights, read the instructions the speechwriter included in Joltin’ Joe’s remarks in an attempt to keep him from doing exactly what he did. Take a look.

What’s more astonishing here:

A. That we should believe a majority of the American electorate actually wanted this guy as their Dog Catcher, let alone as their President?
B. That the stiffs behind him didn’t fall over or burst out laughing?
C. That this reflects the state of our governmental representation in 2022?

Part Two

Kamala Harris, the person a heartbeat away from the Presidency, went to Highland Park, Illinois, the place where seven people were murdered and 46 wounded by a law-abiding citizen with a legally acquired firearm, no doubt, and inspired the crowd with these rousing remarks of determined action:

We got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are – because you have been forced to have to take it seriously. The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community. And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop.

Wow. It’s enough to give you goosebumps and long for 2024 in hopes that you can vote for her again, isn’t it?

Part Three

Chicago, the city with arguably the strictest gun laws in the nation, saw eight people die among the 64 people shot over the 4th of July weekend, again by law-abiding, peace-loving folks with legally acquired firearms. Right. A spokesperson for the administration of Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot, had this to say about the carnage. The mayor was unavailable for comment for reasons that are lethally evident.

Now What?

We keep saying we don’t want any more gun violence. So, maybe it’s time to face facts: We put ourselves here, kids. We bought promises. We made choices. We cast votes. We took feeling good over doing good. We forgot laws and social order are necessary because human beings are flawed. And we fail to take note — again and again — of the dire consequences that result — every time — when we blithely and naïvely hand over the henhouse keys to the fox.

Good grief.


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Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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