Mr. Mayorkas Goes to Washington

If you happened to have the terrifyingly enlightening misfortune, as did I, to watch any of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s testimony before Congress the past couple of weeks, you’d have been in for political theater at its most grotesque and obscene. At the tip of the iceberg, you’d have heard Mr. Mayorkas contend the government will determine what we can and cannot say, but it won’t infringe on free speech. Are you with me so far? Good. It gets better. You also would have heard him contend DHS has a plan to secure the country’s borders and to preserve its sovereignty, and it’s working like a charm. Got that, too? Nice work.

Below the surface, you’d also have gotten an absolute Master Class in obfuscation, reality-denial, flat-out refusal to answer some questions, answers to questions that were never asked, blaming of the innocent, absolution of the guilty, and political doublespeak of the highest, most infuriating order. This, for example, is Nina Jankowicz, the … uh … responsible, professional, discerning, and politically neutral adult whose writing, utterances, and conduct Mr. Mayorkas was defending during Senator Hawley’s questioning.

I encourage you to look up more of Mr. Mayorkas’s testimony. There’s plenty to be had on YouTube and C-SPAN. While it will settle neither your stomach nor your nerves, it will do one thing: It will answer the questions every sentient being in these here United States should be asking right now:

  • When did the lunatics take over the asylum?
  • What the hell is going on Washington?
  • Why is it so wrong?
  • Who’s in charge?
  • If anyone is actually in charge, what the hell are his objectives?
  • Why the hell are we letting elected officials and their appointees get away with murder — or at least being accessories to it.

If you’re not asking those questions, please start. If you don’t ask, please don’t blame anyone else for what happens.

We’re in very deep trouble, kids. And it’s getting deeper.

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. (Will Rogers)

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.