Peter 'Fish' Case: Gauze candidate will help heal our nation

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Before we get too deep into this week's tirade please keep this definition in mind — wound packing: performed by doctors or clinical staff for substantial wounds that are deep or tunnel under the skin. The wound filler is often made of a sterile gauze or foam that is designed to be inserted into the wound bed to soak up blood and other exudate material for a better healing environment. Some of the gauze used in the packing material is impregnated with medication or other substances to prevent necrotic tissue and other unwanted cell growth and micro-organisms that will interfere with healthy progress. This definition was copied and pasted directly from the website, Clearly this is not the end process of treating the wound, but it certainly will help in the healing process.

Let's talk about the concept of a gauze candidate, shall we? Much like the very clinical explanation given above for treating such a wound, we need to also treat this country in much the same fashion. This administration has split the flesh of this nation wide open! Lying, cheating, feeding each other to the wolves, it literally has everything that any Hollywood movie has in the most "House of Cards" way. Now, the idea of a gauze candidate is to get the bleeding under control, so the healing can occur. Please keep in mind that whomever is unlucky enough to serve directly after the Spray Tan Bloviator will have easily four years of work just to simply push hate back into the closet and return the planet to some sort of general order. Unfortunately, just like a blood impregnated piece of gauze, it'll be thrown onto the biohazard pile and discarded.

Make no bones about it, that shouldn't stop you from selecting the opposite party's candidate that has been put forth as the next hopeful leader of these United States. In fact, I'd make the argument that you need to drive all your neighbors to the polls with you. There is far too much on the line this time around. We can leave nothing to chance. While the Democrats fool with a phone app for caucus voting in Iowa which they gave to people that have zero chance of connecting to that level of technology; while our Democratic leaders duke it out on the campaign trail and take the occasional pot shot; we cannot be distracted. This current administration has proven that it no longer cares about you or me, and the only recourse we have happens on Nov. 3, 2020. On that date is when we pack the wound with gauze.

I believe that we can put the genie back in the bottle; after all, we have a longer history of accepting what the framers of the Constitution and Founding Fathers put together. Our muscle memory will take over very easily once all this tweeting and rhetoric is pounded back into the dark corners, where these characters will find themselves again in the familiar position of cowering in basements complaining that they can't speak freely. I'm here to remind them that they can speak freely, they just won't have the backing of what has turned into the Republican Party (give or take one Mitt Romney). For the record, I don't believe that this is the Republican Party, I believe it to be a hijacked version of same. I think that they can rebuild, too.

But in order for that to happen, we have to restore truth and justice. We have to un-redact what has been redacted. We have to spend a few years untangling the messes that will be left behind. We're never going to unscrew everything that got screwed up. But if we can simply pack the wound with gauze, that'll start us on the road to healing. To do that we must unify behind whatever candidate is put forward and vote. We can't be tempted to write anyone in, we can't take that chance. That would be like packing newspaper into the wound. It might work, but it probably won't, and we'll lose whatever shred of dignity we have. Vote Gauze for President — I'm Fish, and I approve this message!

Peter "Fish" Case is a man with an opinion. He offers up a weekly podcast discussion that can be heard at Questions, compliments and complaints can be sent to him at The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.



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