End of Democracy

(This is a guest article submitted by an unlikely patriot who goes by the handle of “Bandolero“)

The migrant influx, tantamount to an invasion, boggles the mind. Watching the latest videos at the Texas border, one sees virtually all healthy young men, not families, by the thousands. There’s a plan in this. Is it a Democrat plan, or have they, as well as too many Republicans, been persuaded (whether in money or promises) to look away?

We don’t think the Democrats, on their own, could formulate such a plan and fuel the strategy necessary to complete it. Such a strategy would require global coordination as well as lots of money. But what’s the end game, the objective of the plan? Could it just be to inflate the numbers of Democratic voters beyond anything the Republicans could muster in opposition? That could be why the Democrats are complacent, if not complicit, about it, but would that be enough to satisfy whoever is coordinating and implementing the logistics of packing millions of undocumented aliens into the country? Whoever they are, we doubt they would trust the Democrats to concede the end game.

We’ve observed that, concurrent with the migrant invasion, there is a calculated demonification of those who most vocally decry the border travesty and who would be the most potent forces to actively oppose whatever the plan is. I refer to WASPs and others who are aligned with the MAGA vision. They hold the Constitution inviolable, including, in particular (but not exclusively) the 2nd Amendment. They must, therefore, be disarmed. But that’s not enough. They must also be silenced. Consequently, they are ridiculed by the media, de-platformed, and even destroyed, all to the glee of liberals who think they see a social nirvana comin’ down the pike because they think they have a vision born of enlightenment. Their vision is, however, born of tunnel vision caused by blinders crafted by those behind the plan to ensure that only “approved” facts reach the cognitive center of the brain as it struggles to find meaning. What’s comin’ down the pike is not nirvana but, rather, socialism followed by fascism and the total dependency of the masses upon the “largesse” granted by an all-powerful government; that is to say, enslavement.

Is this a conspiracy theory, or is it a picture that approaches focus as one discerns the connections among the several dramas at play in the country? But, you might well ask, who could pull off such a scheme? We wish we knew. The scope of investigation necessary to yield an authoritative answer is beyond our scant means. We would suggest, however, that there’s more than one “who”. A global scheme of such import would require an alliance, whether of persons, corporations, countries, or a combination thereof. Certain names come to mind, but not with the clarity required for publication. Perhaps there are those whose resources would enable them to achieve that degree of clarity. Unfortunately, they are members of the privileged elite who will be just fine in the new world that’s coming. They have nothing to lose (they believe) and, therefore, no incentive to seek truth or resist.

Enjoy what’s left for now of what our forefathers gave us before it’s entirely gone. Short of a miracle or something unpleasantly drastic, the not-too-distant future for most of us stands to be… disappointing.

Retirement Redux

The retirement was finally done, at least, insofar as closing the office. I emptied six rooms, 900 square feet, of all evidence of my 40 years’ occupation and practice of law. All the old typewriters, printers, computers, desks, chairs, etc. that were so familiar and served me well – gone. It’s odd the sentiment and attachment felt for inanimate things. The books, OMG, the books, the foundation of my knowledge, the tools of my trade, although some were just for show. All gone. The contents of ten legal sized four-drawer metal file cabinets were emptied into large bins which, along with more than 40 legal-sized boxes of files, were unceremoniously hauled out and shredded. It’s impossible to describe the emotions, watching 40 years of life’s work dumped into a truck and shredded. All those hours, days, weeks and years of work, rendered into tiny disparate strips of paper. Maybe they’ll be recycled and reborn as Starbucks cups. Or maybe birthday and get-well cards, printed on the back: “Made from 100% recycled career of John C. Chappell, Attorney at Law.” Having my routine ripped out has been more of a shock than expected. Life used to be: get up, breakfast, drive to post office for mail, drive to office, work, work, work, drive home, supper, more work or, with luck, some family time, bed; repeat, repeat, repeat… The vacuum created by the loss of routine and familiarity has been a shock. Don’t miss the profession, though! Don’t get me started about why I’m so happy to put the legal profession behind me. I’ll just say, it’s not the profession it was when I entered it.


We’re closing in on retirement, which necessitated clearing out nearly 1000 square feet of office space. We’re talking about office space we’ve occupied for nearly 40 years. During a span of four decades, one can accumulate a lot of stuff. The process of clearing out turned into a trip down Memory Lane. Actually, it turned into several Memory Lanes. One of the most memorable was the lane that represented our technology timeline. Here are pictures of some of our first business computers: the venerable Kaypro CP/M portables. Yes, we still have them and look forward to firing a couple of them up when we have the time. Imagine! These were pre-DOS. No hard drives. Well, the Kaypro 10 has a hard drive, all of 10 MB, hence, Kaypro “10”. The others worked from two 5.25″ floppies. One we booted up from, the other we saved our work on. I’m going to have to come back to this later and write more about it. I’m being flooded with too many fond memories.

Kaypro Portable Computers