The Republican primary campaign season is playing more like a 19th century Italian opera than a political season. “The Force of Destiny,” long thought to be cursed or jinxed is an opera especially apropos, as it has been a minefield for producers and players. It appears that once again reality is aping fantasy and one of the lead tenors in the DC cast is Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House.
The chorus is of failed candidates that have broken their pledges to support the nominee before they dropped with each then doing plaintive arias before TV cameras. Mr. Ryan, not a candidate, but the top man in the Party and only two heartbeats from the Presidency, per the Constitution, is refusing to say he will support Mr. Trump! So far he is singing from an off-stage balcony. While many expect Paul Ryan to finally appear on stage, he may not! What is this all about?
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Mr. Ryan became Speaker reluctantly, which was curious as he has been so chummy with Mr. Obama it would seem he could be very successful with “President Cool,” but this is not the only mystery for Mr. Ryan. He had been sporting a very thick beard for a few months, only recently shaving it off to put to rest rumors of a religious conversion. It made him look quite Middle Eastern. Was he converting to Islam or just sucking up to Imam Obama? After this we need an intermission, the full orchestra and Prelude to Act II.
It is long thought by many knowledgeable Washingtonians Mr. Obama is a closet Muslim, but his releases show he functions as a Muslim on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a Christian Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Then, Saturdays he is sometimes Jewish showing his full capabilities to “play it your way!” What a politician!
Meanwhile, back in Wisconsin, the curtain rises on Act III with Mr. Ryan showing too much wealth for a man who has never made more than $174,000 per year with the expenses of a US Congressional Representative working 800 miles from home.
The Ryan residence in Janesville,Wisconsin is grand, and while it may not be what we would call a “mansion,” it certainly is in the mid to high six figures price class.
And, it recently took a big jump to the seven figure class with the addition of a security fence around what appears to be a full acre of the dairy state.
The grounds include what looks like a tennis court and it has recently been surrounded with a tall security fence that probably cost $500,000, including all the accouterments now seen in such installations.
With no more than the obvious we have serious questions about Mr. Ryan’s finances, and should he be offended at any such questions, we must note that people in high places are legally required to answer all such questions. Even if Mr. Ryan documents his show of great wealth is really borrowed, they would likely be inappropriate per the law.
Mr. Ryan is far from unique in Washington, DC, as every member of Congress we have looked at appeared to be living well beyond what Congressional salaries would afford. By law people in such positions are not allowed to enrich themselves in any way, but there can be little doubt that many, if not all, do.
The Third Act begins with the aria “Ogni nomo ha un prezzo,” “Every man has a price” backed by a full chorus, “Lo fanno tutti,” “Everybody is doing it!” in an irresistible crescendo that would turn a choir boy into a thief and a population to object profoundly to the likes of Donald Trump who appears, stage rear, on a distant, elevated platform singing “Confessare il peccatore,” “Confess sinners, confess!” backed by three black lady singers doing “Hallelujah’s” to a syncopated beat.
The Washington, DC establishment is trembling that Donald Trump will bring a quick end to their evil games. They have come to the decision that Hillary would keep all the evils in place and that the nation is on the verge of collapse only means they will soon have opportunities to pick up great assets for pennies on the dollars!
Donald Trump has long been a big businessman well known for political contributions. He has been “shaken down” by the best and likely a long list of scores to settle. Now he can do it as a man with a white hat and horse! Nothing is more fearful than a powerful man seeking revenge. He will take no prisoners and every shot will be aimed to produce the most pain.
There are 535 men and women who are now learning every lump, bump and flaw in their bedroom ceilings as they stare at them through long nights on the thought Mister Trump is in their futures. For their twisted souls we have the aria, “La vita e’ finita,” “Your Life is Over” sung by Donald Trump in full voice and battle armor standing next to a huge white horse who drops a big load, on cue, during the final chorus!
Soon after election, if Mr. Trump asks the Justice Department to do forensic audits of Congressmen and put a whistle blower bounty on crooked elected, he would cast a very dark shadow on the Capitol building. This would be like passing full-employment legislation for criminal defense attorneys, prison guards and orange coverall makers. So we finish our opera with a humming chorus, like that in Aida, of old white guys in orange coveralls for the finale’ of La Forza Del Destino DC.