Clousy and drimsal

By Ken Frederic | Jun 13, 2019

Like many, I had a paper route in the sixth grade. Mine was a prime route: The downtown business district in Ellsworth, which took less than an hour, including the walk down Bridge Hill to get my papers at the Hancock House and back up for breakfast afterward. The Bangor Daily News was $0.42 for six issues. Saturday was one heavy load at the start, but it was collection day.

Weather like we had this May meant extra work to keep the papers dry and take them all the way to each door. We called it “clousy and drimsal.” All that was before lawmakers decided the school superintendent would make better decisions for Maine’s kids than their parents. Now, kids must get permission to work, even at summer jobs, and no sixth-grader would get that permission today.

Clousy and drimsal is also my view of the long, miserable spring in both Augusta and Washington. One bit of sunlight out of Washington is that the last vestiges of the attempted coup against President Trump imploded with the delivery of the Mueller report.

Books by Dan Bongino, Greg Jarrett and Mark Levin, reporting by Sarah A. Carter and John Solomon, and remarks by Attorney General Barr detail that sordid chapter in American history beyond what the space here permits.

Some feign shock and dismay that Russia interfered in 2016, but “Venona” (John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr) shows that is pure ignorance, hypocrisy, or deceit. The only thing new in 2016 was the unprecedented level of complicity in the upper levels of the Obama DOJ and DNI that is now being exposed. That crimes were committed is not in doubt. We’ll see whether and how many prosecutions and convictions result.

Closer to home, Maine is, mercifully, almost through the first session of the 129th Legislature: The potential for economic and social mayhem is largely captured for this session. More than 2,000 bills were introduced. Many were hideous attacks on our freedom and economic health, and many more were simply bad ideas.

Among the former were proposals to put a $0.40 tax on every gallon of fuel used for any purpose. A mileage tax was proposed, as was a nearly 50% increase in the income tax rate for families called wealthy for taxation and middle class when MSEA-SEIU is demanding raises.

Other legislation proposed state-funded abortions, authorizing “red flag” gun seizure, mandating pre-K for children as young as 3, turning Maine into a sanctuary state, mandating a $15/hour minimum wage, expanding ranked-choice voting, which has never produced the promised majority, and even disenfranchising Maine voters by awarding our electoral votes to whichever candidate prevails in a few highly urban (overwhelmingly Democrat of course) districts in New York, California, Texas, Florida and Illinois.

Infanticide proponents argued that a fetus is not a human being. Climate change fanatics asserted the world would end in 12 years.

One Maine legislator offered her view that businesses should fund the new minimum wage by reducing higher-paid employees to minimum wage. Another legislator told us that if we didn’t like the new taxes, we could move to Massachusetts.

A sitting member of the Supreme Court reportedly declared that “a pregnant woman is not a mother.” A Maine newspaper even offered the view that making Maine a sanctuary state would help fix Maine’s “whiteness” problem. Even worse, there are voters who support these ideas and support the people who expressed them.

Our founders understood we could not survive an ignorant, unprincipled, hateful, and unreservedly selfish electorate. But narcissistic personality disorder seems to be epidemic in coastal America, and particularly in coastal Maine.

Many voters seem to live in a fact-free universe where wants become “rights” and charlatans promise indulgences knowing they cannot be delivered sustainably. Truly, our republic is under attack from those who would trade their freedom for secure subsistence and from those who would impose servitude and wealth confiscation but deliver misery and even death as we are witnessing in North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran.

Those of us who would preserve our freedom, prosperity, and republic must overcome our revulsion at the tactics of personal destruction radical socialists have weaponized. We must stand together to speak against and steadfastly resist the left’s demagogues who proudly advocate imposing their oppressive agenda on America.

Either we will grow the spine to preserve and defend the constitutional government our forefathers forged for us, or the socialists left will impose their version of government on us.

Another View is a Maine Press Association award-winning column written by an individual who is a member of a group of concerned citizens who meet regularly in the Midcoast.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Katie Drinkwater | Jun 16, 2019 17:35

Ron Horvarth,  thank you for your service and thank you for your common sense!  Posted by Dee Urquhart

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 16, 2019 06:22

Make that "Sargent", Jan/June.  And that "empty suit" was a uniform with 130 combat mission, 5 air medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross to it's credit.  I'll match that against your soul less, cowardly president any day.


And have a happy Father's Day.

Posted by: ROBERT W. KNAPP | Jun 15, 2019 17:00

Do you really think someone would be so stupid as to report foreign information to the FBI? This same FBI that Comey, McCabe, etc. leaks information to the press then lies about it. Uses a tainted report that they knew contained false information to get a FISA warrant. Yeah, right. Call the FBI.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Jun 15, 2019 15:37


I think with his current approach he definitely should be demoted to at best PFC Cut and Paste. It is a difficult task to fill an empty suit

Jan Dolcater  Rockport

Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Jun 15, 2019 08:24

Capt. Cut & Paste strikes again. This time his "source" is Occupy Democrats - how profound. That is followed by his usual name calling. He needs to re-read my column on "Rant or Comment."

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 14, 2019 15:03

One can always depend on the smell of mind-rot drawing other mental scavengers to a carcass.  Mr. Frederic pours out a feast of hypocrisy and in no time at all Schrader and Wallace, like jackals, are soon stalking about to join in.


Really, Eric?  Hillary again?  Didn't you learned anything by the eight or so "investigations the Republicans did during Obama's adminstration and the eleven hours of testimony she gave in front of them, with nary a blink?  Perhaps you still believe in the "doctored" information that was presented.  (And how many documents and witnesses did Obama refuse to give up?) The only horrible deeds in that scenario were at the hands of Republicans.


"Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) admitted he faked evidence to portray former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) as guilty of breaking the law, according to Occupy Democrats. Democratic leaders and the American public are calling on the Benghazi Committee to give back taxpayer money funding it, and to end the committee’s partisan charades.


Rep. Gowdy admitted his actions, but only after the CIA outed his egregious lapse in judgement and procedure to both sides of the House, and after Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Mar.) called Rep. Gowdy out in a letter."

Seriously, I doubt if Barr will actually act on trump's wild accusations since, though he has been badly compromised by his own illegal actions, he knows there is no "there" there, even if you don't.  He may be corrupt but he's not stupid.


And let's not forget that Gowdy's main donors were connected directly to Cambridge Analytica, the data company that "targeted the US election, hacked state voter rolls, funded Democratic voter suppression and operated from command and control servers operating from trump hotels, and paid for by Boris Epshtyen on behalf of both Russia and trump."   No wonder Gowdy "retired," just a jump ahead of the FBI, for now.


Also laughable is Frederic's claim of "the unprecedented level of complicity in the upper levels of the Obama DOJ and DNI that is now being exposed."  If Mitch McConnel couldn't find anything to act on in two years of total Republican control of congress than Barr will find nothing now, and any fabrication will quickly be exposed for just another paranoid trump fantasy, a pathalogical liar pretending to live his own dreams.


Oh, there so much BS in this sad article of political whining that I just can't stomach debunking it all but Frederic's blatantly hypocritical "to preserve and defend the constitutional government our forefathers forged for us" is just too much while most Americans watch trump dismantle our democracy by ignoring that constitution as well as the rest of the law.  In the meantime any and all attempts by the congress to prevent further Russian intervention in our elections have been stonewalled by McConnell and the mass of Republican quislings.  Such as:

"Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) blocked an effort by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to pass a bill via unanimous consent requiring campaigns to report any offers of foreign assistance to the FBI."

Or this:


"The Senate will not vote on any legislation to protect US elections from foreign interference, a Republican committee chair said, despite the consensus of the intelligence community that Russia will once again seek to hack election systems and manipulate American voters in 2020.


The reason, said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Wednesday, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has decided not to bring any election security bills to the floor for a vote.

As I've mentioned before that $2.5 million of Russian money in McConnell's "campaign funds" is acting like an intestinal blockage against any prevention of further interference by Putin.  This "collusion" is so obvious that's it's no wonder George Will has observed that:

"In fact, young people have made up their mind about the Republican Party, that it’s kind of the dumb party.” 


But not too dumb to be corrupt.  No argument here.

Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Jun 14, 2019 14:06

Nice piece, Ken.  It appears that the Dems are cratering on their anti-Trump obsession.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 14, 2019 03:57

I assume; 
By the Gloom
And Doom:

"It's a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong might brighten your outlook up a smidgen as you peruse the rest of the news.


Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jun 14, 2019 03:30

Well written Ken. It's only a matter of time until the circular firing squad starts to unload to save their own skin. All these horrible deeds would never have been disclosed if Hillary was elected and I'm sure if Loretta " 5 by 5" Lynch stayed on as AG, it would have continued. The whole thing with Hillary, the tarmac meeting with Bill and the Comey exoneration played out perfectly until something terrible happened. Trump was elected President. The arrogance of Hillary going on her "listening" and speaking tours since 2016 will come back to haunt her, as there are several instances of violations of Federal Statutes that aren't even in dispute. AG Barr will not ignore her transgressions and there will come a day when we'll see here "perp walked". It will be quite a sight, ready for pay per view.

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