Like A Game of Three Card Monte

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The eloquence of speech and thought and deeds defines a society and its members. To listen to words that inspire and elevate the spirit; to understand and comprehend the logic and judgment of someone’s reflective reasoning; to admire and revere the accomplishments of someone’s life, be him a statesman or a simple man, is the litmus test of the measure of our humanity.

LIKE A GAME OF THREE CARD MONTE

By Al Garcia

The eloquence of speech and thought and deeds defines a society and its members.  To listen to words that inspire and elevate the spirit; to understand and comprehend the logic and judgment of someone’s reflective reasoning; to admire and revere the accomplishments of someone’s life, be him a statesman or a simple man, is the litmus test of the measure of our humanity. 

When I listened to the words, or when I saw the tweeter thoughts, or learned more than I should have about the misleads and misbehavior both personal and in business, of the man who would be the epitome of all that is supposed to be America, I was embarrassed and ashamed.  For America was never the caricature of the man on display that the world ridiculed and our comedians lampooned. 

Possessing a very limited vocabulary, the inability to read or comprehend, the inability to write more than 280 characters at a time to express thoughts, beliefs or announce national policy, and the abhorrent display of moral, spiritual and financial bankruptcies, was never the character or measure of who we are as Americans. 

We are a nation of immigrants and a rainbow made up of the family of God, sharing the same dreams and the same aspirations, wanting to be free and wanting to be heard.  America is not a gilded tower on Fifth Avenue to be bought, sold or rented out, but rather a simple melting pot of ideas and ideals, imaginations and inspirations.  We are a nation of character and substance.

Although I recall the catchphrase “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” I have to disagree with that today.  For I love America, but I have to say emphatically, I’m sorry.  I’m sorry for what we did to our nation and to the world, in believing that a new attitude and new outlook for America would make America great again – politically (even though most of us can readily agree that it has always been great).

We made a mistake.  The time in America may have been ready for a new message, but we were certainly not ready for the messenger delivering the message.  “Ladies and gentlemen, gather round.  I have two black cards and one red card, like you have two eyes and one head!” I imagine him shouting as he rides down an escalator of his New York Tower.  And so, we gathered around him and many were mesmerized by his sleight of hand, his slickness and his ability to say one thing and mean absolutely nothing.  We were captivated by his boastfulness and even arrogance, and by his promises of openness and full disclosure.  It was the old three-card monte game being played on the political stage by a master manipulator and schemer, and we bought it, hook, line and sinker!  This was the big con, and we fell for it, willingly and with our eyes wide open.

And now we continue to listen in dismay as this man with a limited vocabulary and inability to read or comprehend, attempts to play yet one more game of three-card monte with a nation and a world that has seen his hand – he is nothing more than a con man.  And we got taken to the cleaners.


Submitted: May 26, 2021

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