I had a surreal experience one day while watching a program on TV. My thoughts drifted away and suddenly, in my mind’s eye, I saw a politician looking in a mirror practicing his speech.

Looking past the mirror at his imaginary audience, he said, “I want to thank you very much for helping me win the election. Through the liberal use of innuendos and half-truths, I am now elected to this prestigious office.” He went on for a bit, then turned back to the mirror. Looking himself squarely in the eye, he said, “I promise you that I will do everything possible to make things better for me and my party.”

He went on a bit more and I was jarred from my entrancement when my doorbell rang, and the postman passed me a letter. The letter was from a politician somewhere that I’ll never be, asking for a political donation.

Was it my imagination, or is that what is really happening to our country?

Al DyerMoscow