Happy Dancin’ and Mud Fightin’

Arizona … home to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake – both republicans, but of the lovable sort, if there is such a thing.  And I just discovered another Arizonian to love, based on a single sentence.   His name is Ruben Gallego (think of it as ‘guy-eggo’ for pronunciation) and he is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona.  The sentence that won me over?

“I will gladly work with the president when his ideas aren’t stupid and detrimental to the United States. Unfortunately this is what this plan is.”

I was just trolling various news outlets, half asleep in the warm afternoon sunshine when I saw that and immediately felt Snoopy doing a bit of a happy dance in my heart!We all know the backstory … Trump has signed an order to send the National Guard to ‘guard the Mexican border’ until such time as his wall can be built.  We also all know that, despite Trump’s rants, there is no immediate threat on the border, there are no ‘caravans of evil’ threatening to cross the border with the intent of raping and pillaging, and it is all a big hoax on the part of Trump.  A potentially costly hoax for a number of reasons.

While many republicans were busy licking the Donald’s boots, praising his ‘strength’ in this matter, most democrats were less over-joyed, but perhaps none so outspoken as Mr. Gallego.  Of course, the mouthpiece, Ms. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had to speak:

“If that congressman’s so concerned, maybe he ought to show up and actually support legislation that would fix these problems instead of blaming the president that’s actually doing something about it.”

To which Gallego responded with a tweet:

“Hey @PressSec – Unlike your boss, I did show up and served my country in the Marines. Now, I show up in Congress to serve my country again and act as a check to some of your boss’s worst plans.”

Okay, okay … it’s mud-slinging at its finest, accomplishes little if anything and is beneath us.  But …


I’m the kid who got kicked out of kindergarten for fighting … I can get down & dirty with the best of them sometimes!

But now, let me just wipe some of this mud off and let us take a closer look at Ruben Gallego.

Gallego has been in office since 2014, when he won 74% of the vote in Arizona’s 7th district, a district that is heavily democratic and majority Latino.  In his first year, he earned a B+ rating from the NRA, but ever since has an ‘F’ rating … a plus, in my book.  He has the endorsement of Mayday PAC, a super PAC that seeks to reduce the role of money in politics.  Another score, in my book. On February 28, 2013 Gallego voted against an amendment that sought to raise campaign finance limits for federal candidates and abolish all limits for state candidates.

Gallego is a relative newbie, but so far, I like what I see.  I see no barriers to him winning re-election in his district in November, so no real need to highlight him, other than that he ‘walked the walk’ in standing firm against Trump’s ludicrous waste of our resources to combat his fairy-tale threat on our southern border.

Arizona seems to turn out people with good sense, on both sides of the political aisle.  I wonder … is it something in the water?

22 thoughts on “Happy Dancin’ and Mud Fightin’

  1. Jill, there seems to be a communicable disease in the White House that affects hiring, decisions, communications, etc. It is called “Sans Due Diligence.” In this case, before Ms. Sanders is smug with a response about someone, she may want to do some homework. Keith

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    • Homework? Learning facts? Thinking? Tact?
      Diplomacy? You’ve got to be kidding … those are all dirty words in the era of Trump! I nearly gagged a day or two ago when I saw somebody refer to Trump as ‘charismatic’. Somebody get me a dictionary, for I must not understand the definition of this word!


      • Jill, on this subject, Scott Pruitt may be getting acclaim for deregulation in business circles, but an article today said that some of his changes are being overturned in court or are destined to be such given the sloppy nature of their preparation. The article noted the recent announcement to pull back on the Obama era mpg requirements was absent scientific data and rationale that the courts expect. It was instead supported by quotes from car companies. You would think an attorney who sued the EPA many times would know better. Keith

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        • Really??? I hadn’t seen that … I will have to go searching. The only things I’ve seen lately about Pruitt are about his ethics violations in renting that apartment from a lobbyist and then not even paying the $50 per night rent. Want to make a bet as to when he is terminated?

          You are right … he hasn’t done his homework, and he seems to fail to understand that while yes, his friends in the oil/coal industries may applaud his moves, the rest of the world has their hand clapped to their mouth aka a horror movie! What disturbs me most, though, is the blatancy of it all … the unapologetic nature … it’s as if they know that we are unable to change anything and that our voices are drowned out by conspiracy theorists, Trump supporters. They seem to believe themselves invincible. I look forward to the grande awakening!

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I love this guy, the US Rep. Ruben Gallego from Arizona. But of course, he is a Democrat. Politifact fact checked a his recent claim, “Using the National Guard to do border security is very expensive,” Gallego tweeted April 3. “For what it would cost the Guard to make just TWO arrests at the border, we could give a homeless veteran permanent housing for an entire year.” PolitiFact found the claim to be mostly true.


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    • I’m not surprised. I read yesterday that the Governor of Oregon said she would refuse to send the National Guard if asked. I give her a thumbs up, though I am not sure she can actually refuse, but I give her kudos for trying!



    • Ha ha ha … I was actually thinking along the lines of ‘drinking water’, but Lake Havasu will do! He does seem to be a straight shooter … let us hope he can stay that way!!! Let us also hope there are a few more like him in every state, come November. 🤞🤞

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        • Yes, when people were saying that, I reminded more than one that, just as you do not enter into a marriage with the idea of what you can mold your partner into, but instead must love them just the way they are, one should not vote for what one thinks the person might become, but rather for the man/woman you see standing before you. Sigh. But … an expensive lesson, yes?

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I saw it too … “I will gladly work with the president when his ideas aren’t stupid and detrimental to the United States. Unfortunately this is what this plan is.”
    Wikipedia … Ruben Marinelarena Gallego (D) – (born November 20, 1979) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 7th congressional district. Gallego was born in Chicago and is a first generation American of Colombian and Mexican descent. … this is the reason!! And I like him even more now!!

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