Thanks for your kind words, Jess. You see, I eventually, in my own mind, got a little too smart when I perfected my theory of the universal law of probability balance. Meaning, in human terms, that the way our minds are wired, like everything else in the universe, all that is good must always be at some point in time offset by bad of which Donald Trump is only a small part of that negative offset.

So burdened with this insight I can’t honestly offer hope, and humans can’t function well without hope real or imagined. Therefore it’s most likely best that I shut up and just let the good folks chase their dreams.

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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