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Presidential Politics – Democratic Primaries

I have not come out to support a specific candidate in the democratic primaries, not yet.

The field is not even set.

I have said a few things about who I do not want to run: Hillary, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Al Gore, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, but if they do, and Elizabeth Warren is; if they decide to run and they capture the momentum, then I am all in.

I have also said in one or two forums that I want to see Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio on the ticket, President or Vice President, it does not matter which, I have followed his career for the last few cycles and he has the stuff I like, down to earth and real.

What I do not want to see is a big ol’ field of people “running for president” who know in their heart that they cannot win the nomination, like my own Senator Amy Klobuchar.

If Amy doesn’t know she has no chance of winning the nomination, then she should actually resin her seat in the Senate as well, because we do not need someone that out of touch with reality serving the state of Minnesota.

Maybe that was a mean jab, but seriously, I have voted for her three times, even though she is completely un-inspiring and is about the worst campaigner I have ever seen, boring as all get up.

I have watched her development as a potential candidate over the past few years, and listened to the pundits repeatedly put her name in the ring as a possible presidential candidate, but really, they were doing her a disservice, they see her as another, Hubert Humphrey type, or Walter Mondale, a solid Midwesterner with common sense, a counterweight to balance out a more progressive leader, a moderate, a consensus builder, a person with bi-partisan appeal.

All of those things are true of her. There are some less flattering things that could be said of her as well.

But in no way has she ever, even for a moment demonstrated the level of charisma needed to carry the ticket. She has to know this, if she doesn’t then she is…deluded.

Amy, and the rest of the pretenders should stay home.

Emergence 3.0 – Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part Two, Society; Chapter Two, Counselor

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Chapter Two: Counselor

Jim made himself the indispensable counselor to royals, emperors and priests, both through the ministry of his doppelgangers, and through his interaction with them in his primary incarnation.

He was the king maker, the seer and the sage, the principle advisor, the grand vizier.

He wove stories into every culture. Creating narratives that functioned like auto-hypnosis for his audience, building on and augmenting the mnemonic tropes he had carefully laid in prior generations.

Through these procedures he had control of all human government, and with that control he subtly guided them through periods of strife, and hardship, through war and famine.

His charges could not help but respond to the controls he put in place, giving him leverage over every government in the world.

He managed those controls invisibly, careful not to draw attention to his activities, mindful of how the smallest decisions could ripple outward in concentric rings, creating patterns that could potentially alert the Continuum to his clandestine activities.

He knew that it had sent other Observers to Earth, to watch him monitor his work.

This was against protocol, it was evidence of the fact that the Continuum operated beyond the Control of the Collective, but those factors were immaterial.

Jim built programs into the social order of humanity that echoed the norms of the Empire, as if he were preparing them for inclusion in it at some future point.

To his observers he accomplished those things without violating the non-interference directive, apparently. Jim masked his work so as to make it seem like an organic development; the emergence of a caste system, the organization of the priesthood, the mythological tropes that pointed the faithful to a hope beyond this world, a hope for themselves and their families rooted in a belief in reincarnation.

The notion of karmic debt governed every function of human culture, the cult of sacrifice, and servitude to the invisible gods.

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