Potatoes doing what they do—nothing. Ya gotta love them.
At one point, I suggested to a fellow carrier that we would be better off with a sack of potatoes as a supervisor. Naturally, when this got back to my supervisor—as these things always do—she jumped to the conclusion that I had accused her of being as dumb as a sack of potatoes.
I explained to her that anyone smarter than a sack of potatoes would know that wasn’t my intention. I told her she was an instigator, a trouble maker, someone constantly looking for a fight. I added that a sack of potatoes sitting at her desk, while unable to accomplish anything good, would nevertheless be incapable of creating so much havoc as she did on a daily basis.
Because of climate change, we are not even beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but it’s beginning to look like a sack of potatoes in the Oval Office wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
What if on November 8, 2016, Republicans who couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary Clinton, instead wrote in the name, Sacko Potato? What if American voters put a sack of potatoes in the Oval Office instead of Donald Trump?
To be sure, nothing would have been accomplished in the last year, meaning we would still have a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Also, we wouldn’t have had...well, actually that’s the only thing we wouldn’t have. Nothing else has been done.
So what else might a sack of potatoes not done?
For starters, it wouldn’t have named a foreign agent as head of the National Security Agency.
It wouldn’t have named Cabinet Secretaries to departments they want to destroy.
It wouldn’t have pulled out of the Paris Accords, which now essentially include everyone except us.
It wouldn’t have insulted virtually every leader in the world who isn’t a dictator.
It wouldn’t have waged a year-long war-of-words with a thin-skinned, arrogant, ego-driven boy-man—in short, his mirror-image.
It wouldn’t have gotten into spats with every significant member of Congress—Democrat or Republican.
It wouldn’t have gotten into public feuds with the NFL or the NBA or athletes in general.
It’s safe to say it probably wouldn’t have received the support of white supremacists, who are very particular who they hang around with.
It wouldn’t have turned on the free press while, at the same time, embrace conspiracy theorists.
It wouldn’t have insulted American Indians, Americans living in Puerto Rico, Americans who didn’t vote for him, Americans it happens to disagree with, or any American with a basic understanding of history or a working knowledge of the English language.
It wouldn’t have put its self-interest ahead of the country’s best interest.
It wouldn’t have turned the White House into a pre-school playground.
On almost any day, you can hear the news coming out of this administration or read a tweet coming off the president’s phone and say, “No sir. A sack of potatoes wouldn’t have done that.”
In the end, there is a lot that a sack of potatoes cannot do and will never be able to do, but thank God, for all the things that a sack of potatoes cannot do and will never do. That’s the sack half full/sack half empty look at potatoes.
It’s why sometimes I wish there were a sack of potatoes sitting in the Oval Office right now, stinking up the place instead of the stinker we have.