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August 17, 2017

Maybe Trump Could "Drain The Swamp" And Hire The USGA To Enforce State And Federal Laws
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Dustin Johnson at Whistling Straits
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Dustin Johnson at Whistling Straits
By R.J. Smiley

The Psychic takes a deep breath, then very s-l-o-w-l-y exhales through slightly parted lips. At last, the election is over! Trump, the real estate entrepreneur and golf course owner, rudely poured icy water on the coronation plans of Hillary Clinton. Vowing to "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" in the process. The Psychic wanted change, but like most U.S. citizens, he was embarrassed by the name-calling and cheap shots during the campaign process.

As the Psychic watches the gently falling snow, he tries to focus on his golf trip to the desert southwest shortly after the holidays. Each time he tries to recall the nuances of his scheduled golf courses, his mind drifts back to the election. Not really the election, but the free-for-all that America and American politics has become. To say the country has no laws or rules is untrue. But, those laws and rules are bent and manipulated with a variety of interpretation and an army of really smart lawyers.

The Psychic sadly realizes - America is no longer a nation of laws. The "Rule Of Law" is no longer relevant in America. The party in power picks the next Supreme Court Justice and for the next few years the Constitution is interpreted in that parties favor.

Subconsciously, with a flip of the wrist, the Psychic removes the shammy cloth exposing a crystal ball that is already glowing. Immediately a hypnotic trance overcomes the Psychic as he levitates into his chair. The ancient turban settles gently onto his head. "What is this sudden calling? Why has the crystal ball taken control?"

The Psychic peers into the future and sees the U.S. Capitol building, the halls of Congress, resting under a new roof. As the scene becomes clearer, the Psychic is able to identify the obscured letters that have been stretched in a thin layer over the Capitol building. They letters spell out U - S - G - A!

The Psychic searches for a clue, what does this mean. Why would the USGA be draped onto the roof of the Capitol building?

Then the Psychic understands; Trump has appointed the USGA to enforce the endless bundles of State and Federal laws.

The Psychic uses his shirtsleeve to wipe the sweat from his brow as he mentally reviews the black and white rulings of past PGA/USGA Tournament decisions.

Out of the foggy background, side-by-side video images of Dustin Johnson come into view. The first image is Johnson, standing in an obscure sandy depression, full of unraked footprints without spikes, addressing a shot to a hazard laden green almost 200 yards away. Johnson gently settles his club lightly onto the sandy surface, and then launches a towering shot onto the green. The well-earned two-putt par assured Johnson of at least a share of the coveted PGA Championship title at Whistling Straits. Quickly Johnson's title was revoked before the party could begin. Even though the sand bunker was not marked or raked, with no bunker rakes insight, Johnson was assessed a two stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker.

The second video has Johnson putting on the 5th hole in the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Johnson's ball inadvertently moved. It was not until several holes later that Johnson was informed that he "may be" penalized. But it was not until the end of the round that he was informed that he was, in fact assessed a two stroke penalty.

Without thinking the Psychic shouts, "Is America governed by 'The Rule Of Law'?" The Psychic leans forward and rests his exhausted head on his forearms.

As he doses in an exhausted slumber he visualizes an America where the rules were enforced as written. At first it is simple, if the speed limit is 55 mph and you are caught going 56 you pay a fine. Quickly all drivers would learn that the "speed limit" is exactly as posted. No different than being penalized for accidentally grounding a club in the bunker.

As the Psychic recalls the posturing and innuendos during the election, he realizes that if the USGA were in fact enforcing the nation's laws it would be much simpler.

Imagine, if Johnson was not assessed those penalties because he, "did not intend to ground his putter and cause his ball to move." Or, if Johnson was not assessed a two-stroke penalty because, "he forgot that all sandy areas within Whistling Straits were played as hazards."

The Psychic's final thought, "Maybe Trump could in fact hire the USGA to enforce all existing Federal and State laws?"

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