Mr. President, Keep it Closed

Well, something happened last night, either my IT guy got it figured out, or the Windows 10 update did some good, or a miracle. My money’s on my IT guys – but this seems to be working again. Yay! 😂

Which of course means I have nothing prepared, Oh well.

I ran across this the other day, and it sums it up very well, from Dov Discher at The American Spectator.

Go back to Genesis 39, the story of Joseph, Potiphar, and the seductive wife of Potiphar whom Joseph spurns for fear of G-d. (If you are biblically illiterate, you also can find it towards the end of the first half of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”) In no time, the woman accuses Joseph of attempted rape. Why, then, is he not executed? Really, why did the Pharaoh not execute a man accused of attempting to rape the wife of a top national officer? Henry VIII chopped off such people’s heads faster than a Food Network host preparing a salad of cabbage and lettuce. Why was Joseph “only” sent to prison? Because no one believed the wife. They knew what she was made of. But they had to impose something punitive on Joseph, the imported Hebrew slave, to enable the high-ranking Potiphar politically to save face.

That’s the Bible. But in the United States circa 2018, a Perjury Blasey Ford not only becomes a national hero, but also is followed by a long line of #MeTooPhonyRapeAccusers. By now, a few of them even have admitted point-blank that they lied to the Senate under oath. Others have faded into the background. It is to the everlasting shame of Sen. Chuck Grassley and his Republican-majority Senate Judiciary Committee that the perjurers all will get away scot-free without a day in jail or even a $5 fine. But that is the state of America today. The lying and perjury is even worse on college campuses, and the pointless federal Department of Education existed under Obama to empower Potiphar Wives and Columbia-Barnard mattress girls.

So it goes throughout so much of the federal Government. We do need the military to protect us from threats overseas. We need an agency to collect tax, if tax we must pay. We need airport security on the ground (like TSA) and in the sky (like air traffic controllers). We need the post office. We need honest federal judges and courts and the staff that enable them to administer justice. But we do not need a great many of the agencies, departments, nor a great many of the 800,000 meanwhile-furloughed government workers. We have to pay their salaries; that money does not come from trees. We work hard for our families, earning what living we can. When we bring home our pay, we are not looking for business partners in Washington to share any percent of it in return for their drafting a new federal regulation or typing it or filing it or rewriting it. No one minds paying salaries of the fraction of federal workers who provide truly important services. However, for a large number of them, if they lose their government jobs and end up doing what my wife, my kids, my siblings, their spouses, my parents, my grandparents, my nieces, my nephews, my neighbors, my friends, my professional colleagues, and my enemies all have done — and work in the private sector — we all will be the better for it. In time, even hundreds of thousands of those 800,000 also will appreciate why a Government shut-down is a delight.

Yep, maybe we should simply consider that 25% of the government closed – would anyone notice? Sounds good to me, but I’m a simple man, and people in Washington like to complicate things, usually to cover their ass in case some simple guy with common sense asked sensible questions. Doc ends with this, and we need to make it so.

Every time a police officer or a fire chief or a Kate Steinle spending a happy weeknight with her Dad at the amusement park or local pier gets shot to death by an illegal alien, the tally will ratchet higher. Every opioid death. Every case of human trafficking. The voters in the middle in the swing states will decide, as they always do. If that is what the voters want, then so be it. If not, then the Wall will come.

Yup, it will.

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11 Responses to Mr. President, Keep it Closed

  1. Nicholas says:

    I would take issue with his interpretation of the Joseph story (which I had to translate from the Hebrew some years back).

    “And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.”

    The anger of Joseph’s master indicates he clearly thought Joseph had done or tried to do something. I don’t think the text is saying no one believed her. There are a number of possible interpretations that would explain why Joseph was not executed.

    A) They did not attach the same seriousness to rape that we do today.
    B) They did not think Joseph had raped her but that he had tried to.
    C) They did not think that Joseph had even tried to rape her, but merely tried to seduce her.

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    • NEO says:

      Quite possible, I surely don’t know. You’re more learned in this than I am, then again the author is a rabbi and lawyer.

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      • Nicholas says:

        Another possibility is that they believed her, but Potiphar’s love for Joseph made him lenient in the punishment. In any case, I generally like the post; I just think we need to be careful with some of this stuff: rape cases are notoriously difficult. In our zeal to defend innocent men from being exploited by the political misuse of rape allegations, I don’t want us to lose sight of the fact that it does happen and is serious. Yes, Potiphar’s wife lied about Joseph – she was a wicked woman – but equally look at what happened in King David’s family.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, I agree, it’s an often abused area. I also though he made an excellent point here. Yeah, if we go by his personal life, King David was no saint, a good case for forgiveness, amongst all the rest.

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  2. the unit says:

    I haven’t noticed yet myself. Partaking of what is socialized in U.S. as of now.
    Medical lab ran my blood test billed to Medicare on 1/3. Doctor’s office saw me on my visit on 1/9, also billed to Medicare. Today had another blood test for another doctor, same. Wife’s SS automatic deposit went in today. Yet of course, have the other doctor’s visit to go to next week and my SS deposit is next week.
    So seems to be working so far. Then again I be year and a half past how long an old folk should live, according to Ezekiel Emanuel M.D. (Rahm’s bro)., Obamacare architect.
    I’m pretty forgetful so maybe haven’t remembered I’m dead yet. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    About keeping it closed.
    From the article today NBC “Doomsday scenario”.
    “Drawn out over time, that could amount to a sizable hit on the GDP. Loss of the SNAP benefits could mean $60 billion less in direct spending in a year, and indirect spending of another $48 billion, which could shave a full percentage point off the country’s economic growth, he explained.”
    Yep, can’t tax GDP from recirculated tax and borrowed money spent to be taxed again. Duh. No question or exclamation mark needed. 🙂

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