Remember the Academy Award winning movie “The Godfather?” Marlon Brando played his part to the hilt. The film is about organized crime in America. The Carleone family, for all of its appearance of respectability, was simply an odd assortment of crooks. The most memorable line in the movie was, “We made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

The Godfather provides a metaphorical insight into contemporary American politics. President Trump is Don Carleone. He is the head of a crime family, which is made up of Congressional Republicans. The family has two goals: to collect as much money as possible and to stay in power as long as possible. To accomplish these goals, they collect tribute from billionaires and big corporations. The job of seeing that the family stays in power as long as possible has been assigned to Mitch McConnell—the enforcer who keeps all the “made-men” voting the way they are supposed to vote. No mob family would be complete without its legal “mouth-piece,” Alan Dershowitz.

The Godfather requires absolute loyalty. Anyone who fails to show proper patronage will be cast to the wolves at the next election. The Godfather is a very jealous and vindictive person. Thought crimes are viewed as being particularly heinous. Look at what happen to James Comey! Getting on CNN and spill your guts is considered to be an act of treason. Everyone must love what the Godfather loves and hate what the Godfather hates. To show independents of thought and action like those recently displayed by Mitt Romney will get your name placed on the political hit list.

If you wish to know why the Republican dominated Senate refused to allow witness testimony at Trump’s impeachment trial, dust off your video of The Godfather and run it one more time.

Stanley D. Ivie

Richfield

(7) comments

roostervalleyfan

Stan, you can't even get it right on the movie description. First off, it is Corleone, second, the line was "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Your incessant blathering in The Reaper is exhausting. I'm astounded at the amount of time you have to waste by constantly spewing your venom on the pages of The Reaper's editorial page. Surely your time could be better spent. You live in one of the most conservative counties in one of the most conservative states in the nation. My suggestion...know your crowd.

Parachute

Roostervalleyfan

Yes, this is a majority conservative county in a red state. Does that mean everyone has to march in lockstep? It’s also a majority Mormon county. Does everyone have to be Mormon too? Maybe you need to think about your values.

roostervalleyfan

Parachute

I am thinking about my values, are you? I’m inclined to think that Parachute is in fact Stan hiding behind a pen name. Your only goal seems to be that of divider. Your letters are driven and motivated by spite. I think you’re the one who needs to re-think your values.

Lakota

I can certainly and easily see the analogy you refer to Mr. Ivie. It seems quite apparent to me. I fail to see how any cogent person would not recognize it. However, I do also understand that many folks don't see it, which in the long run, is truly pitiable...and also scary. In my opinion this lack of vision is due to folks being unwilling to examine their premises. We all have premises, and I think it behooves us all to examine them regularly. I believe that's the road to wisdom. It seems that when we're suffering the sort of angst that Mr. RVfan exhibits due to our premises, we sometimes seek to quell the fear by hanging on and blaming others, rather than seeking additional knowledge. Blasting out our fear over our ignorance, rather than dispelling our ignorance. Knowledge is the easy way our of our fear. Read and ponder information sources that can be trusted. How do we know that we can trust them? My technique is to check all the data I can find, and run it through the logic tester in my head. I've done a lot of that surrounding political occurrences over the past few years. I've come to the logical conclusion that there is a major news network which is functioning as the propaganda arm for a major political party and major political figures in our country. I've done some significant testing of this current conclusion. I recommend this process to all. Especially those suffering from the sort of fear based angst that seems to be afflicting Mr. RVfan.

roostervalleyfan

Hmmm....well one of two things, either Lakota is yet another screen name for Stan to hide behind or it's David Collins, one of the two. EIther way, your garbled and wordy retort is nothing but trolling. Trying to sidestep the matter at hand is just additional trolling, which is exactly what Stan wants. Your subtle jab at Fox news just shows your leftist attitude. Perhaps you need to re-think your narrative. Better yet, go watch The Godfather. That would be a better use of your time than spewing your liberal drivel.

Lakota

Hello rvf - Does the validity of my commentary hinge on who I am IRL? Does yours? Why do you choose silly name calling rather than discussing my commentary. I stand by my words, and would be pleased to provide facts in support if you'd like to provide some sort of actual counter argument. Let's talk. Just the facts sir.

roostervalleyfan

Ok Stan, let's get together. Let's see if Sara Straw can come too. That'd be a hoot. And at what point did I revert to name calling Stan, oh I mean Lakota. Sorry

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