POLITICAL COMMENTATORS ANONYMOUS
CASTING OFF THE OBSESSION by John W. Cassell
Do you find yourself boiling inside when you see a so-called "news program"? or when you listen to the endless collection of parasitic "talking heads" on the more in-depth media atrocities on current events?
Do you often feel that only you and maybe one or two others are aware that the two candidates running for president are stone idiots?Â That this farce we will be enduring through January of next year is but a shabby remake...a very shabby remake... of THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES.....but that everyone else [almost] sees the capability, wisdom and vision of these two dunderheads?
Unlike in the fairy tale of the same name...when you play the role of the child, do you find yourself the target of hate mail from all sides?Â Physical violence if you dare speak it in a random crowd of present day American voters?
Are you starting to cut into your monthly budget having to pay for replacement of those loathsome televisions you are forced to look at practically everywhere public in modern America because you have been perfecting your [Joseph Wambaugh's] "Bad Czech" imitation by throwing bricks or other heavy objects through them?
Do you find your normally pleasant and gregarious personality becoming as twisted as the mind of B. Hussein Obama or as sleepy as the mind of John McCainÂ because of the sum total of historical and political tragedies that brought about the worst presidential election choice in American history?
Well brothers and sisters on all sides of the moderate, loyal, patriotic political spectrum...that was me...yes it was.
So I have formed the rehabilitation group Political Commentators Anonymous.Â Although I have been "dry" now for two posts, this being the third, those hateful urges and reactions remain ever present in me.Â So I keep repeating "I am a political commentator and I have been dry now for two posts"...at PCA meetings...to the mirror...in my closet...everywhere.
I keep repeating it... Woody Allen once said in one of his books or movies that he thought of Willie Mays during intercourse to calm down and make the proceedings last longer.
I was privileged to see the immortal "Say Hey Kid" several times at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium...21st and Lehigh it was...yes, yes. [this of course was after paying the meanest street gang that approached us to "watch our car"...oh yeah...the Good Â‘Ol Days].
No matter where the ball was hit by the cellar dwelling Philadelphia Phillies... even our great slugger Rip Repulski [remember him Bob?..a personal comment to my gather friend and founder of the "Sports Books are Cool" group...a walking Phillies encyclopedia is Bob]...Willie was there to catch it....the glove held humiliatingly at the Great Man's waist or below.
We lost of course.Â No...the memory is too painful.
I occasionally can lose myself watching the antics of the birds I feed.Â But the point is that PCA teaches that when the political bug bites...when the hurt pride in our country as it slides to a fate I would have never guessed growing up starts throbbing in our guts...when the atrocities the media get away with has us all doing the [Joseph Wambaugh's] Bad Czech imitation...or wanting to.... THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE.
Some popular choices:
2) The Grand Canyon
4) placid lakes
5) chef salads
6) any of Joseph Wambaugh's first five books Â Â The ChoirboysÂ
7) A story by E. Don Harpe Â Â The True Story of America's First Serial KillersÂ
8) Burlington Arcade pipe tobacco from Harry A. Tint in Philadelphia [on Broad Street just below Chestnut.... And alas long since out of business due to retirement....like Rip Repulski]
I AM A POLITICAL COMMENTATOR...AND I AM "DRY" NOW FOR THREE POSTS...
I'm gonna keep trying....it's all just too tragic to watch. Â
John W. Cassell is the author of seven books on life during the American Cultural Revolution of the Late Sixties/Early Seventies. His autobiographyÂ Â Â Crossroads: 1969Â has been selected for inclusion in the annual publication of the Arts on the Underground Foundation in London, UK.Â His novelÂ Â Â DeVilliers County Blues: 1972Â has been hailed as "wall to wall action".
Cassell retired in 2006 from a career in law enforcement and criminal prosecution that spanned from 1971. Since that time he has published several guest opinion editorials in ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS and has been a frequent contributor to the Amazon Connect Author Blog.