My Thoughts

Two thoughts come to mind and neither of them particularly welcome. Of the first, the aphorism “be careful what you wish for” while precipitously dangling a preposition, expresses a concern perhaps as well as the perennial habit of “grasping defeat from the jaws of victory.” Then there is the second thought, which sounds a lot like the narcissist’s prayer: “That didn’t happen. And if it did, it wasn’t that bad. And if it was, that’s not a big deal. And if it is, that’s not my fault. And if it was, I didn’t mean it. And if I did … You deserved it.”

So, to the first thought. I received an email this afternoon with the promising subject line: “Victory at the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners 12/14/2021.”

Good morning, fellow Nevada Patriots!

We have good news to report. The county commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of ending the county emergency declaration (declared by the County Manager on 3?16/2020 and ratified by the BCC on 3/31/2020).

Though this sounds like good news indeed, it seems the devil is always in the details and thus the admonishment to be careful what you wish for. As the author, Cindy Martinez, goes on to note:

Despite the lifting of the county emergency declaration yesterday, the state declaration remains in place. We will have a brief respite over the holidays to rest & reorganize. We will be working on the next step in our strategy to nullify the Governor’s unconstitutional mandates.

Here then is the reason for the cautionary tale of perennially grasping defeat from the jaws of victory—the unintended consequences. In talking to someone well-informed on the goings on with the Washoe County District Board of Health, when asked what the effect would be of the WCC vote to end the ED, “Nothing” because the WCC has always followed the State guidelines, not the WCC’s.

Furthermore, as most if not all are aware, the WCC, headed by the inestimable Robert (Bob) Lucey, has not the greatest of reputations to put it far too mildly. The shenanigans and corruption though well-documented, are far too numerous to mention, especially of those of Commissioner Lucey. I mention this simply to point out that Lucey, a corrupt RINO, was one of the three votes in favor of ending the county emergency declaration. Needless to say, Loosie Lucey wasted no time touting the fact and spreading the good news of how he let the Governor know that he was no longer going to comply with his emergency declaration. Loosie Lucey played us like an out-of-tune violin. Anyone who believes he won’t use this for his reelection campaign is smoking something. We may have just damaged Mike Clark’s campaign. Be careful what you wish for, those unintended consequences tend to bite you in the end.

Now on to my second thought and the narcissist’s prayer. Received a second email, this one from the Republican Women of Reno.

Hi Chuck,

The following is being sent FYI. It’s an excerpt from “Muth’s Truths,” an online editorial published by local political editor Chuck Muth. RWR as a club cannot officially endorse one Republican candidate over another in a primary, so we are simply forwarding this article for informational purposes. It does not constitute endorsement of one candidate over another.

Begin forwarded text:

MAGA Supporters for Brown – December 13, 2021

In the last Muth’s Truths, I asked MAGA readers to share their reasons for supporting Sam Brown for U.S. Senate in the GOP primary despite Donald Trump’s endorsement of Adam Laxalt. Hoo-boy, did I get an earful! A sampling…

What followed were unabashed endorsements for Sam Brown and against Adam Laxalt. This really reeks of the narcissist’s prayer: the club cannot officially endorse a candidate but if we could, we would endorse Sam Brown, and it would be your fault if we did. The democrats and the left and the current administration are infamous for doing this. Have we now sunk so low? We need to hear from all the candidates, not just the one we cannot officially endorse. Smells of hypocrisy to me.

Just my thoughts for a Wednesday for what it is worth.


About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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