On a recent visit to Atlanta, it occurred to me that, as a newly single man, I need to do my own Christmas shopping this year. My situation got more urgent when Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reminded her voters that there are only 15 smash-and-grab looting days left until Christmas.
So, I had to make a decision. With the supply chain chokepoint and not knowing what to buy for Christmas and for whom, do I not write a column this week and not shop for Christmas gifts, or do I fake my own death?
Thus, I arrived at a midpoint, and will quote a great recent piece by a former California judge, Keith Alber. His honor's poignant missive is concise and elegant, unlike my writing.
"I am a student of law whose age is 85. My first year of college was 68 years ago. One class I took was political science. A half-page of my textbook essentially outlined a few steps to overturn a democracy:
— Divide the nation philosophically.
— Foment racial strife.
— Cause distrust of police authority.
— Swarm the nation's borders indiscriminately and unconstitutionally.
— Engender the military strength to weaken it.
— Overburden citizens with more unfair taxation.
— Encourage civil rioting and discourage accountability for all crime.
— Control all balloting.
— Control all media.
What was printed in 1954 as a possible diabolic nightmare has become an emerging reality. I hope that Americans will unite enough to pen a good finish."
Contact Ron Hart, a syndicated op-ed satirist, author and TV/radio commentator, at Ron@RonaldHart.com or Twitter @RonaldHart.