America's Man on Horseback


CHAPTER TWENTY: Accountability for the Past

You can decree unique Laws of Attainder and Corruption of Blood, giving you, and you alone, the legal right to punish, without trial and without a proclamation of guilt, the living for the sins of their fathers, their grandfathers, their great-grandfathers, and even their great-great-grandfathers. (These decrees would apply also to the original person, if living.) These two edicts allow you to visit the iniquity of the father upon the children and upon the children's children unto the third and fourth generation. - From Page 146

Sift through lists of past members of the establishment for likely candidates. Do not rule out those who enjoyed honor and preeminence; the most skilled scoundrels hide among the illustrious. Discard the names of those wretches associated with public insults. Open ridicule alone makes them unworthy of your time.

One such doleful case was Joseph R. Biden, Jr., a U.S. senator. In mid-1987, Neil Kinnock, the British Labour party leader, asked, "Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?" In several speeches later that year, Senator Biden recited, "Why is it that Joe Biden is the first ever to go to a university? Is it because I'm the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?" Senator Biden's presidential chances evaporated after being accused of plagiarizing Kinnock's speech. The media made much of the theft but was kind to Senator Biden about stealing the phrase "a thousand generations." That lack of logic was never publicized. In 1987 the American Civil War had occurred barely five generations ago. Just thirty-one generations had gone by since Genghis Khan conquered China and English barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta. Less than eighty generations ago Jesus Christ was born. The first stone wall was built around the world's first city, Jericho, no more than four hundred generations ago. Neil Kinnock foolishly passed off that he traced the education of his ancestors going back to 23,000 B.C., the era of Cro-Magnon man. A thousand generations? Biden, even less bright than Kinnock, stole fool's gold. - From Pages 150-1

I prefer to avoid voluminous newspaper quotes, legal jargon, and lecturing about misdeeds. Perhaps rhyme can accomplish the same--and quicker... - From Page 153

Birds of a feather, two cormorants, differing only in courage--the first a war hero, the second a war avoider.

Jim Wright was Speaker of the House,
A war hero, credentials weighty;
Served Texas in Congress since '55,
Voted "most respected" in 1980.
(12 more lines of rhyme)
Senator Phil Gramm served for many years,
He was a member of both Houses,
Authored the Gramm/Rudman/Hollings Act,
"Balanced Federal Budget," he espouses.
Yet no one did more that Senator Phil
To postpone facing the national debt;
He knew Congress sessions stand alone,
Laws ignored to our country's regret.
He played his cards for personal fame,
And tricked the middle class;
Played politics to gain jobs for his wife,
Many times this came to pass.
And, while Phil's known for avoiding war,
Now takes a soldier's stance,
Ready to fight, and face the gore,
His target enemy, fire ants.
He finds them worse than the VC,
Dreams of them won't let him sleep,
So he lobbies funds for their death decree,
A new job his wife could keep. - From Pages 156-7


Excerpt from [INTRODUCTION]

Excerpt from [CHAPTER ONE] Greetings and Salutations

Excerpt from [CHAPTER THREE] America's Accelerating Decline

Excerpt from [CHAPTER FOUR] Flatulence and Mendacity

Excerpt from [CHAPTER SEVEN] Ending Crime, Riots, and Lawlessness

Excerpt from [CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO] Selecting New Territories

Excerpt from [CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE] The Conquest of Mexico

Guy Odom


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