It was in 1867 that I joyfully welcomed back a fellow who, thirteen years earlier, had begun his career here in Washington as a newspaper reporter. Sam had a new byline now: "Mark Twain." Already, he was spinning yarns in order to satire those who deserved it.
"What brings you back to this fetid swamp, Mark?" Never at a loss for an abundance of words, he took a long, slow draw on his ever-present cigar and replied:
"Well, Freedom, I heard about the goings on in Washington and thought the time was ripe for this reporter. Think about it: 'this everlasting compelling of honesty, morality, justice and the law to bend the knee to policy, is the rottenest thing in a republican form of government. It is cowardly, degraded and mischievous; and in its own good time it will bring destruction upon this broad-shouldered fabric of ours. I believe the Prince of Darkness could start a branch of hell in the District of Columbia (if he has not already done it), and carry it on unimpeached by the Congress of the United States, even though the Constitution were bristling with articles forbidding hells in this country. And if there were moneyed offices in it, Congress would take stock in the concern, too.'"*
That was then. This is now. Some are saying our experiment in democracy is "over."
A U. S. Senator once addressed such despondency, thundering: "Over? Did you say 'over'? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!" Others took up his cry: "He's absolutely right! We gotta take these bastards. . . . We have to go all out. . . . This situation absolutely requires that a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part."
Freedom's View is here to play that part. If the country is to survive the Trump Administration and its supporters in Congress, as much pithy satire as possible must publicly be directed at them.
To put the matter more vividly, the seat of this government, in particular, needs a really good whoopee cushion!
* Twain in his Letter to Virginia
City Territorial Enterprise, April 7, 1868
** Late Senator John Blutarsky,
(1949 - 1982)