I know. Sometimes I think this doom and gloom reality I profess is a little nuts only because perhaps the smart thing to do is to ignore it as OUR nature intended. Moreover, it has been said that men pray not so much for their daily bread as they do for their daily deception. Indeed, that may not be such a bad idea. On the other hand that sort of attitude can give us a Donald Trump for president. Pick your poison.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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