Miss Francis’ clay pipe, democracy and the Kraken

Dear Editor,

  It is early evening in Sandy Ground in the mid-50s; inside the little house, before she retires for the night, Miss Francis is smoking her clay pipe. A sweet pungent scent is coming through the cracks around the closed door behind us; it is oozing out, into the air, onto the steps where my friend and I are seated. It is early evening in Sandy Ground, long ago, in the innocence and ignorance of youth.

  I can’t speak for my old friend Michel Augusty who I last ran into a while back; we were shuffling along in Kooyman, strangers, and then our eyes met; he is grey – like I am, but that smile of his is just as warm as it was way back then. There at Kooyman, it was neither the place nor the time for revisiting, for reminiscing. And besides, my old friend would, most likely, be surprised to learn that the scent of tobacco from his Granny’s clay pipe is stowed away in my brain.

  The aroma cannot be experienced at will on recall, with the scenery; it is not there when I go back in thoughts to us sitting on the steps. The sharp sweet scent oozes back, seemingly, only to usher in relief, some reassurance, consolation or comfort in rare times of intense anguish or great stress, like the one I’ve been wrestling lately: my concerns over liberty, democracy in the USA. Last night, while I was back on the steps with Michel, the aroma from the old clay pipe oozed forth, sweet and pungent, uplifting like a great sunrise when it clears the hill and spreads its rays on Sandy Ground.

  Somewhat invigorated, I decided to go online in search of some more sunlight. I discovered four mighty dragon slayers: one of them, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Mr. William McSwain, cannot speak of any ongoing investigation his office is involved in, but he is the person who is now leading the identification and prosecution of Democratic vote frauds in the Philadelphia area before the votes are certified.

  He has some experience and success in investigating politicians: on July 23, 2020, he accused a Democrat, Michael (“Ozzie”) Myers of “… conspiring to violate voting rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Pennsylvania primary elections (Justice News, Thursday, July 23, 2020). But this was election fraud among fellow Democrats, a common occurrence that got minimum press coverage.

  The three other mighty dragon slayers are very outspoken and convinced that they have the proof which they are marshalling (preparing for presentation to the courts and the public); they declare that there was massive fraud in the presidential election, that President Trump is the real winner of the election. These are three individuals, each one of them with a great professional reputation.

  There is Rudy Giuliani, a former US Attorney who busted New York City mafia bosses and, later, cleaned up New York when he was mayor of that city.

  There is Attorney Lucian Lincoln (“Lin”) Wood Jr., a very famous, highly respected and successful lawyer; he is well known for having successfully represented Richard Jewell, the security guard who was accused in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. Over the years since that exploit, Attorney Lin Wood has successfully defended a great number of clients who have won hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements.

  And there is Attorney Sidney K. Powell, maybe the mightiest of these four dragon slayers; she appears to be very familiar with the game that is being played, as well as with all of the players involved. And everyone, everywhere (including in the media) is careful, very careful not to tangle with her – that is strange, very strange, indeed. Attorney Powell served 10 years as an Assistant US Attorney; she is quite familiar with the US Department of Justice for having also researched it for her two important and influential books – Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice (2014), and Conviction Machine: Standing Up to Federal Prosecutorial Abuse (2020).

  All of this makes Attorney Powell very well prepared to deal with the crocs in the deep swamp that is Washington and the US Department of Justice particularly. A few days ago, she stated that she will soon “release the kraken,” the giant squid: a deep sea monster that dwells in the cold depths of the sea off the coast of Norway. Reportedly, the kraken surfaces sometimes and attacks vessels in that area: it wraps its giant tentacles around the vessel, and pulls it down under, deep down onto the bottom of the ocean.

Gérard M. Hunt