Johnny Depp aside, along with the many other voices in the public square are telling us that we do not have permission to support the presidential campaign of Mr. Donald J. Trump — who may not be, thankfully, an approved Republican — but the essential wonderful truth of American political crux remains that “when I pull the voting booth curtain closed behind me, I can vote for whatever and whomever I wish.”

This is what appears to be happening in the U.S. 2016 GOP primaries. The folks who have been able to successfully pull the puppet strings on voters for quite some time are aghast. More accurately, they are left flat footed and bewildered. Defeated?

If you thought that the direction of public policy was unalterably set, think again. “We the people” might still be the straw that stirs the drink. Anybody out there want to say that our drink isn’t being stirred?

Always pleased with the “Not Me” people ...

Bob Ekstrom

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