Now, we’re trade marking The Memo™?? That’s a hoot! Trademarking is supposed to protect intellectual property. We already know there are at least 2, the one that was presented in the Senate and the one that went to the WH. And it’s anything but intellectual. Lord knows what he’ll actually put out there later today.
It seems as if our government is all set to officially enter “the” constitutional crisis. There’s a Jewish tradition when somebody you care about has died. You either rip a piece of clothing or take a black ribbon and rip it and attach it to your clothes.
When the patriarch Jacob believed his son Joseph was dead, he tore his garments (Genesis 37:34). Likewise, in II Samuel 1:11 we are told that King David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and rent them upon hearing of the death of Saul and Jonathan. Job, too, in grieving for his children, stood up and rent his clothes (Job 1:20). (The Basics of Kriah, or Tearing a Piece of Clothing retrieved from The Basics of Kriah, or Tearing a Piece of Clothing | My Jewish Learning (2018))).
In the absence of any other symbolic gesture, I’m thinking seriously of obtaining one of these and to immediately start wearing one to show my profound grief for our constitution and our government, and possibly, our democracy. I can purchase them rather cheaply (about $1.00 for the ribbon and shipping each). They come in one piece and you rip them as follows
I would have to order a minimum of a dozen. Would anybody else be interested in grieving publicly this way?
I can’t begin to express how disgusted, worried, and depressed I am tonight/this morning. @mouseam and others. Please continue to find reasons to smile, despite the fact that we’re watching all the principles of our government self destruct before our very eyes. I need those right now.
I lived through Watergate. I never thought I would see a repeat of that again. But here we are. History does, indeed, repeat itself.
Do let me know if there is interest in the mourning ribbons. You can either respond to me in this thread, or privately.