To the extent that we opposed his efforts, his power only grew, but choosing instead to cease or relax our often and sometimes admittedly troublingly thorough principled opposition did not result in a commensurate reduction in his power or his desire for power, or his ability to discern how to best manipulate people and systems to increase his power or to enable or serve his desire for power, thus we found ourselves at a difficult impasse, which, as the reader is certainly aware, we subsequently identified as the brief interval between the coalition’s collective state of confusion and what eventually become a unanimous and unilateral decision to at least engage in a dialogue about considerably more unconventional, and arguably extreme, methods to resolve the coalition’s relationship to his power, the nature of his power, and his fundamental desirousness as it related to power. It was over this deliberation that certain factions began their nascent development and whose development in that selfsame context would much later, by partisan historians whose basic fealty to historical fact could nonetheless still be trusted at the time, be identified as the germination of events whose inexorable fruition has led to the current state of fractious, aberrant circumstances in which the reader finds herself.  

Carl Hansen Manks
06 03 19