The Parting Glass

“..and all the harm that e’er I did/Alas, it was to none but me”.

Okay, we’ve got the head of a news organization, of a news empire, running for president.
It is OVER, my compatriots: our great noble experiment in self governance, in republicanism.

I don’t know whether you’ve ever heard the wonderful song of my title, which makes Auld Lang Syne sound like a jingle

True: the US hasn’t done any harm in the world—except to itself.

I do not want to hate Mike Bloomberg. I really don’t, especially after hearing his “disastrous” statements form the distant past (2008). I, like, major-league admire him for telling the truth about that crisis: when you force banks to lend to people who they know will not be able to repay, what do you think is gonna happen?

No, he’s a scrappy little playmaker.

But, I heard somewhere that the adversarial relationship between the press( meaning free reporters) and the government is important in our country.

Oh, it can be painful. It certainly has been for Trump supporters for the past three years! The ”press” has been almost uniformly hostile and dishonest. But, in spite of that: Trump wins! The polls show they haven’t succeed in turning the majority of the public against him. This in itself is a major accomplishment for this administration!

And: better THAT, than the other way ‘round, with the press in thrall, literally in the employ of, a president or a candidate.

No, Mike, sorry, but the source,of your fortune ought to pose an insuperable conflict of interest to you in seeking the presidency.

And since, evidently, no one else sees it that way:

America, I raise to ye the parting glass.

37 thoughts on “The Parting Glass

  1. Chill, Hypatia 🙂 First off, he is going to lose, big time. Secondly, where in the Constitution does it say that people who have worked in journalism or owned newspapers or whatever can’t run for President? I am sure that the Founders must have thought of this, but they didn’t disqualify such people, so why should we?

    Laura Ingraham had a hey day last night with all the pro-China propaganda Mike Bloomberg has put out over the years: He is toast, Trump will wipe the floor with him, if he even makes it that far.

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    1. I hope you’re right,but-it’s a loooong time till November 3. And you are right, the Const doesn’t disqualify anybody as President except for age and birth. But do you imagine somebody who controls a major news empire can’t sway public opinion in his favor? Oh, we’re laughing now….

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      1. I can’t believe that I am saying this, but I have enough trust in Americans that I think they can see through that. It’s actually a lot more dangerous when the press take the side of someone who has never been involved with the press-then it looks more legitimate. But for a bunch of paid employees to sing the praises of their boss? I think most Americans will get what is going on there, and they won’t fall for it.

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  2. “I, like, major-league admire him for telling the truth about that crisis: when you force banks to lend to people who they know will not be able to repay, what do you think is gonna happen?

    So did I Hyp but I am still pissed off that Rudy didn’t get a third term right after 9/11 but Bloomberg did 8 yrs later. During his tenure at Gracie Mansion, I was liking his message about “stop and frisk” and his support of the NYPD but he backtracked on all of his moderately sensible views since. He has run as a Republican, an Independent and now a Democrat.

    Who is this person? You know I love billionaires but only those who care about the best interests of their country.

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  3. He is almost too ‘normal’ to get the nomination from the Progs, I hope and pray. The recent antics of the deep state have revealed that we have been a banana republic for even longer than any of us could have imagined. If Trump is not re-elected the American experiment will have the knife through its heart. The Ruling Party has been exposed but will the millennials care. I fear they have been dumbed down to the point that they believe we deserve for our sins a multi-culti death spiral into a European ‘socialism’ with the more mosques blaring the calls to prayer the merrier.

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      1. You have more faith in our people than I do. The Ruling Class has attacked President Trump tooth, fang, and claw since before he was elected and we do nothing but watch the spectacle as impotent as Romans in the colosseum. The erosion of our society, just in my lifetime, has gone on unchecked. It seems that Trump is all alone against the mob/ deep state and no one wants to get on the wrong side of the deep state/ mob.

        What did Schumer say about the intel community being able to get at you seven ways to Sunday or something like that? Our government is no longer of, by and for the people.

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      2. Well, except people didn’t stand by impotent while Trump was being attacked: enough of us went out and voted for him. And he is now President. And they can attack him all they want, he is still President. He isn’t fighting all alone, he has millions upon millions of people backing him. Which doesn’t mean that everything is ok-there are obviously very serious problems, but it isn’t as bad as you think.

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      3. Also, I still say: it isn’t over until people give up their guns. We are always being told that at the time of the Revolution, about a third of people wanted independence, about a third wanted to stay with England, and roughly a third didn’t care one way or another. The percentage of Americans who really understand and want freedom is probably about the same today as it was back then, but we have made it over 200 years and I bet we will make it a lot longer than that.

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  4. I don’t think of Mike Bloomberg as a media mogul, Hyp; I think of him as a political opportunist, who’s run as a Republican, an Independent, and upcoming as a Democrat. The probable “Battle of the Billionaires” is emblematic of where we now find ourselves….Sigh.

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  5. Here’s what I would bet on:

    It’s almost hilarious; we are going to get a committed Socialist running against a committed Capitalist and the elder faction of the registered Dems are going to be confused and upset ! On the other hand, for no reason known to God, hatred for Trump will inspire a huge Democratic turn-out.

    Here’s our hope, folks. In a typical presidential election, the GOP is lucky to get 2-6% of the black vote. As suspicious as I am of the validity of polls, even Gallup is showing a 22-32% approval rating among African-Americans for the D.

    His recent SOTU speech was the most focused and successful speech he has ever given. He was making a concerted effort to publicize his accomplishments in supporting minorities.

    I’d say I’m feeling cautiously optimistic at this point.

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    1. We are a long, long way from it happening, Nanda. As you know, my late husband Robin came from Scotland, where they gave up their guns a long time ago: living in Massachusetts, a very liberal state (compared with other places in the U.S.), and comparing Massachusetts to Scotland, the contrast was stark. In Massachusetts, conservatives are a minority- a fairly sizable minority, actually. In Scotland, conservatives are virtually non existent. The state of politics in Scotland broke Robin’s heart, and it breaks my heart too: I could go on and on about how bad things are there, suffice it to say, things are infinitely worse in Europe than they are here. We have our share of problems, no question, but we are a long long way from where Europe is, and I find it impossible to picture us ever getting to where they are. Just the taxes alone: if people in Massachusetts were taxed at the rate that people in Scotland are taxed, there would be riots in the streets.

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      1. That may be true for those of us who came of age 40 years ago, The “Greatest Generation” are leaving us daily; the Korea/Vietnam vets -and protestors – who knew what the foundations of our representative republic were, even if they disagreed with them, are dwindling, too. The folks who’ve grown up feeling rather than thinking, and following instead of leading, are coming to the forefront. They see Western Civ as the root of all evil, talk/consensus as laudable, and guns as lethal. Heck, most don’t have guns for anyone to be concerned with taking. The 1-2% of us who’ve volunteered to protect and defend (to be sheepdogs for the sheep) have got their work cut out for them. Good thing even the retired sheepdogs still hear the Shepherd’s whistle.

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  6. Gotta get some rest; I’ll be back here at the corner table for brunch. Until then: G’day, ST/G’night, ‘Ettes. Chao for now, Hasta entonces, and: Peace…. Out.😴

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  7. “The Parting Glass”

    Of all the money that e’er I had, I spent it in good company
    And all the harm that e’er I’ve done, alas, it was to none but me
    And all I’ve done for want of wit to memory now I can’t recall
    So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

    Of all the comrades that e’er I’ve had, they are sorry for my going away
    And all the sweethearts that e’er I’ve had, they would wish me one more day to stay
    But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise and you should not
    I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call good night and joy be with you all

    If I had money enough to spend and leisure time to sit awhile
    There is a fair maid in this town, that sorely has my heart beguiled
    Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips I own, she has my heart enthralled
    So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

    My dearest dear, the time draws near when here no longer can I stay
    There’s not a comrade I leave behind, but is grieving for my going away
    But since it has so ordered been what is once past can’t be recalled
    Now fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

    If I had money for to spend, If I had time to waste away
    There is a fair maid in this town, I fain would while her heart away
    With her rosy cheeks and dimpled chin, my heart she has beguiled awa’
    So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you a’

    If I had money for to spend, I would spend it in her company
    And all the harm that I have done, I hope it’s pardoned I will be
    And all I’ve done for want of it to memory I can’t recall
    So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

    A man may drink and not be drunk, a man may fight and not be slain
    A man may court a pretty girl and perhaps be welcomed back again
    But since it has so ordered been by a time to rise and a time to fall
    Come fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

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  8. Mr. Sheeran’s rendition of that heart-reaching ballad has echoes in it of a Scots hymn. The hymn has its roots in the work of Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), owes its modern lyrics and setting to the Rev. Horatius Bonar (1846), and Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

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  9. “The folks who’ve grown up feeling rather than thinking, and following instead of leading, are coming to the forefront. They see Western Civ as the root of all evil, talk/consensus as laudable, and guns as lethal. Heck, most don’t have guns for anyone to be concerned with taking.”

    According to a survey I will link to in my next comment, roughly 28% of those under age 40 own a gun, with another 16% saying that they do not own a gun but live with someone who does. Among those over age 40, roughly 33% own a gun, with around 12% saying that they do not own a gun but live with someone who does. So, if we believe this survey, gun ownership has gone down a bit, but not much: most older Americans don’t own guns either, that isn’t the point.

    I love you dearly, both Nanda and Simon, but I take exception the broad brush that you two are using on millenials. 🙂 The millenials I know personally-and I know a lot of them- bear no resemblance to the stereotype we see in the media. Of course, there are some young people who do resemble the stereotype, but their numbers are, I suspect, hugely exaggerated by wishful thinking on the part of the media. Members of the press focus all of their attention on the millenials they like-the losers-and ignore everyone else. I don’t think we should be buying into that.

    I totally agree with you that it is a bad thing that only 1% or 2% of young people enlist to fight in the military; whose fault is that? There is lots of blame to go around; I know several young men who have or are serving in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and a lot more who probably would if they understood why we are there and believed that the people in charge really want to win.

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    1. JaC, as a recovering psychologist, I hafta say: It’s what I see around me – my next-eldest sister’s kids are a blessed exception. The cardinal rule re: surveys is: “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” We have work to do – and little time to do it. Not raggin’ on Millennials, raggin’ on their helicopter/lawn mower parents – and teachers, who got us into this sorry mess…..Off to Mass.

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  10. “I love you dearly, both Nanda and Simon, but I take exception the broad brush that you two are using on millenials. 🙂 The millenials I know personally-and I know a lot of them- bear no resemblance to the stereotype we see in the media. ”

    Jac; Pls write a post about this because I, too, have been highly annoyed with millennials. Give me some good news! 🙂

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  11. Glad to hear that things are brighter in your part of the country and the world, JaC….If it weren’t for hope in God, I wouldn’t have any….I am blessed – personally – beyond words, but I’m like Augustine, watching the advance of the Vandals toward ‘the mother of civilization’: Rome. Watching the Kleptocrats advance on what’s left of our clueless Republic. I’m well-past “putting trust in princes (or princesses)”.

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      1. You’re an ‘Ette, Liz, so….Yup. (Was thinking of those who feel they rule by ‘divine right’, actually.)

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