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Playing Both Ends against the Middle - 19sep21



In the Star Wars prequels

we saw the fictitious Chancellor Palpatine

directly playing the republic off of the separatists


and indirectly play the separatists off of the republic

through his agent: Count Dooku.


By deceptively playing both ends

off of the middle


Palpatine was able to consolidate power,

undermine his foes,

and conquer the galaxy.


How often do we see political leaders

of flesh, blood, and bone;

who vilify straw men before the cameras


that later behind closed doors

they might serve their corporate donors

with relative impunity

at the expense of the planet and its people?


May love, wisdom and integrity

permeate the hearts and minds of all

and prevent our country

from going the way of the Galactic Republic.


Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action


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