America is still one of the greatest countries on the planet with a strong foundation of democracy. But, there’s mold in the closets. The musty shag carpet reeks of stale Budweiser. And the popcorn ceilings have to go. Only that the popcorn ceiling is our electoral process.

“There must be some conspiracy out there involving the rich and powerful, the things our government is doing just don’t make sense!” remarked a close friend who stayed with me over New Year’s.

I replied, “No. it’s just highlighting how messed up we’ve let the system get, and a lot (not all) of people in political power are just not that bright. And also imagine, who would want the job? It’s like running for president of the Home Owners Association. There’s a certain type of person that applies to these jobs, not unlike the resting bitch face person at your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).”

When I came back from Afghanistan in 2002, and later left the Navy, things started to bother me. I’d ask myself, “How, can we, as Americans, keep people offshore in Cuba, with the sole intent, to deny them of their basic human rights under the Constitution of the United States of America.” Just hold them without due process indefinitely.