Early Morning Thoughts …

As I lay awake this morning, unable to return to sleep after having slept a scant 2 hours, I engaged in my frequent activity of pondering.  Today I will share with you some of the results of that mind-bounce sort of pondering …


Taxation without representation …

We declared our independence from Britian in 1776 for a number of reasons, however the main stated reason was ‘taxation without representation’. The British passed many tax laws that impacted the colonists.  The colonists had no representatives in Parliament to vote on or discuss these laws.  In English government, the people had to have representatives who could vote on taxes that would affect them.  The colonists had no such voice in British government. Long story short, the colonists declared their independence, represented by the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson, fought off the British and ultimately became the nation known as the United States. Today, we are in a very similar situation, though there is the appearance that we are properly represented.  Yes, we go to the polls each November and every other year we vote for men and women to represent us, to be our voice in the U.S. Congress.  But are they?  No, they are not our voice, they are the voice, the ‘yes-men’, actually, of only one group of people, the very wealthy.  Our taxes?  They go to those who already hoard the majority of the wealth in the nation, but number less than 1% of the population.  Our taxes are merely donations to those who least need them.  Look at the example of Scott Pruitt, already a wealthy man, who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   A very important job, and one that he is not bothering to do, as he is keeping busy trying to absorb as much money as he can into his own coffers.  For the complete story, see Gronda’s comprehensive series:  EPA Head Is One Sick Cheap Corrupt Puppy/ Pity His Poor Wife/ Part I, Part II, Part III  

This is but a single example of how our tax money is going to feed the overfed.  Think about the ‘tax cuts’ of last December.  If you saw any increase in your pay, it was minimal and has since been eaten by rising fuel and food costs, the latter thanks to Trump’s tariffs.  But trust me, people like Pruitt, the Trump family, the DeVos family … they gleefully saw a huge decrease in their quarterly taxes last month, and thus a rise in their profits … as if they needed any more.  And no, folks, it isn’t going to “trickle down” to us.


Free Speech, but for whom?

It’s puzzling to me that nearly 600 women were arrested last week during a peaceful protest against family separation and detention, yet people like Richard Spencer, Milo Yiannopoulos and others who preach hate and incite violence are guarded and their free speech protected.  So … if I am understanding correctly, 600 unarmed women marching in DC from Freedom Plaza to the Department of Justice to Congress, then sitting peacefully in the Senate’s Hart Office Building are a bigger threat than white supremacists and neo-Nazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was intentionally murdered and dozens injured by a man driving his car into the crowd – intentionally?  Can anybody explain this one?  I surely cannot.  The 1st Amendment, as I have said numerous times, gives us the right to protest when we feel our government is in the wrong.  If we no longer have the right of peaceful protest, but Nazis have the right to incite violence, what does that say about our nation?  And speaking of abuse of the right to free speech …


Alex Jones rants again …

We haven’t heard a lot from America’s #1 Conspiracy Theorist lately, but he is making up for lost time now.Jones-civil-warSeñor Jones is once again riling the masses, just in time for the nation’s Independence Day celebrations, with his declaration that the democrats are planning to use the July 4th holiday to start a “second Civil War”.  Good grief, what is this man smoking???

I tried to watch the clip from his program, InfoWars, where he expounded on this theory, but frankly after about two minutes, I felt ill, angry, and decided it wasn’t worth putting myself through.  It would, perhaps, be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.  The danger, however, is very real and I will not be surprised to find that tomorrow brings outbreaks of violence in our cities.  If it happens, the blame rests largely on the shoulders of Donald Trump, Alex Jones, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the minions who parrot these ridiculous taunts.  There is a saying among the saner of us, “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should”.  It is a lesson that many in this nation need to learn.  Without this sort of incitement, we might be able to work through some of our differences, find common ground and stop the madness that has led to the great divide.  But no, we have people whose entire careers revolve around keeping the pot of hatred filled and stirred.


And now you know how I spent the hour between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m., before finally uttering an expletive and getting out of bed.  To my U.S. friends, please have a fun holiday, but most of all keep safe.

31 thoughts on “Early Morning Thoughts …

  1. Dear Jill,

    I can’t wait to get arrested. Nowadays this is a badge of honor for those of us who are a part of this resistance.

    Another conservative (now former republican) Max Boot has come out asking fellow republicans to vote only for democratic candidates in November 2018.

    The problem with this widening economic disparity between the rich and the poor/middle class is that some politicians are using this reality to divide us, like by blaming immigrants/ refugees for the loss of jobs.

    There needs to some education that while corporations are incurring record profits and increases in productivity, the business executives are not sharing the spoils with their workers. For the past decade, worker wages are either stagnant or on a decline.

    We, as a country, need to know that we are in this boat together.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I have often thought the same … I wouldn’t mind at all getting arrested for protesting on the side of right! And I wouldn’t tell them my name! Make them work to figure it out! I read Max Boot’s piece and was mightily encouraged! Add him to George Will’s camp! Thanks for all you do, too, my friend! Hugs!!!

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  2. “There is a saying among the saner of us, “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should”. Amen to that! It should be emblazoned on every billboard in this country. How many lies does that sucker have to tell before the light goes on and people say he’s a insane idiot?

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    • I suspect that it will take more than his lies to wake his supporters … just what it will take, I am not certain, but perhaps when they begin to feel the pinch that is certain to come as a result of his tariffs, they will begin to see? I’m not holding my breath, but the price of gas is already up, jobs will begin being lost, I think within the next month or two, the price of food and other products will begin to rise. When it hits their pocketbooks, perhaps they will begin to come out of their stupor. Let’s hope it happens before November.

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    • Hey, old friend … long time, no see! Happy to see you!

      Yes, it is difficult to watch Jones, Hannity, or anybody else on Fox for that matter. I feel an obligation to try, for I believe we all need to be open-minded and listen to all sides, not just our own. But I simply cannot stand more than about 2 minutes of any of these idiots, most especially Jones & Hannity whose lies are likely to get people killed before all is said and done!

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  3. The largest congregation of money in all countries is income tax and the old saying ‘ where there’s muck there’s money ‘ is true. Money is a magnet ; and one that is waved at us all , all the time. In most cases it is reconsidered to be what gives us ‘ value ‘ as human beings and that is why we are constantly bombarded with details of the lives and actions of those with plenty of money.
    In the UK we now have three governments with all the attendant bureaucracy, and a House of Lords larger than ever ; while the EU is a well known gravy train with its myriads of riders. Scandals over the abusive use of funds is not confined to those on the right but is sprinkled across the whole spectrum of representatives.
    We must not forget the enormous tax avoidance operations of the big internet boys such as Google , but perhaps they think they should keep their own funds rather than let greedy governments misspend them.

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    • I’ve never objected to paying taxes, never felt over-taxed as so many claim. But, as an accountant, I understand fiscal responsibility, and I do expect the money we all contribute to keep the nation afloat and well-managed to be spent on the right causes, not padding people’s pockets and affording them to live a life of luxury while we struggle to pay the monthly rent and buy food. But one of the biggest complaints is, as you say, the big corporations that pay relatively small taxes, seeming to believe that it is their right … a divine right because they are, after all, the rich and famous. Government waste is bad, but corruption even worse. Capitalistic jerks … worst of all. The solution? There is none. Sigh.

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  4. For weeks I had this sort of up-beat 4th July greeting style post in my head, and then recently I woke up and it had turned to ashes.
    I will say no more Jill my comments might step over WP’s bounds of what one can write and may draw in some Alt Right contributors and I don’t want to turn your blog into a vicious no-holds barred battleground.

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    • Roger … anything you wish to say is ALWAYS welcome on this blog. I can handle the fallout … please feel free. You are among my best friends … and you already know that I always value your opinion. Speak, my friend …

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      • I can’t make up my mind whether I should wait until I have calmed down or let loose the rage.
        Recently exchanged views with folks on the opposite side to you and I might as well have been talking to a Hard Brexiteer (they’re the ones who think Britain can be like she was in the 18th & 19th centuries) or a Corbyneester (Whatever Jeremy says is right and anyone who questions his word is a traitor and the BBC is in a plot to discredit Labour).
        I was ok with them for a while but, I’ve given up….a bit like this…..
        Gospel of Mark Book 6
        Verses 11-15
        “And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
        12And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
        14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.”

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        • Hmmmm … so you guys have conspiracy theorists and you also have those who want to return to what they call “the good ol’ days” that really weren’t so good at all. I, too, got caught up in a Facebook battle yesterday and drew the same conclusions as you … might just as well talk to the moggies … no, wait … the moggies have a lot better sense! But we both know how that works … name-calling, refusal to even shut up long enough to listen … sometimes it’s a bit of comic relief, but other times it sets our teeth on edge and makes us want to scream or punch someone. But, as Herb tells me, that makes us just like them, so we ultimately walk away knowing that it was a lost cause to begin with. Listen to your wife, dear Roger, for I’m sure she has been saying, “yes, dear” a lot! Now get rid of that rage and frustration, for day after tomorrow is … 🌴 🏕️ 🏖️ 🏰 🌄

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  5. “Aint it the truth!” Roseanne Rosannadanna’s aunt always used to say, “It’s always something!” I don’t thgink this is any somethingt, I think this is “The Something.” It either gets worse from here, or it gets better. Gilda Radner might hope it gets better, but her never-seen television aunt will say it can only get worse.
    I’ll go with Topo Gigio, Oooooh, Eddieeeeeee!” as he hides his face behinde his hands.

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          • Yeah, ask any entertainer who was ever on his show. He believed he could make someone, and break them. If you ever read my “Cold End of the Bathtub” novel you will find Eddie in there, but that was before Topo Giggio came along…
            (o)

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            • Hmmm … I actually did read Cold End of the Bathtub a while back … or at least what you had on your page, which I believe was only a sample. I don’t recall seeing Ed Sullivan though … I’ll go read it again tomorrow.

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              • The bathtub was a novel, though I did start with a sample page. It is all there, as I first re-re-wrote it. It still needs a lot of work, but I don’t have the time or energy at present, maybe never. All I can do is what I do, just like I advised you scant seconds ago. What I would like to do, and what I can do, are seldom the same. But I accept that. I do my best. I’m pretty sure you do, too.

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                • Yes, I have a goal of writing an actual book at some vague point before I die, but since I haven’t yet started it, it is unlikely to happen. I am not without motivation, but am not yet inspired, I think. If a burst of inspiration ever hits, this blog will likely take a backseat, but for now, this is where my creative juices go.

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  6. 1st we were “dumbed down” by years of Fox News, now we are being “numbed down” by the daily bull crap that passes itself off as governance. It’s not good. We need to stand ready and be reactionary. P.S.(When I can’t sleep I count little Donnies in rags with begging cups passing by my bedpost)

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    • I agree … more and more, the insanity seems to be becoming ‘normalized’ … we are learning to accept or ignore things that we could not have imagined two years ago. This, of course, is very dangerous, but I’m not sure how to stop it. And how on earth do you keep from having night terrors if you imagine multiple ‘little Donnies’ in your bedroom??? I would wake screaming!!! 😱

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  7. You have a nation with some very dangerous individuals and not one of them seems to be on the side of the people. The law should be making an example of Pruitt and preparing a lot of belly laughs for Jones ( I detest the thought of him having Welsh ancestry.
    Cwtch

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    • We do indeed have some dangerous people in and out of government. The people with hearts in government have been shoved out, or ‘repositioned’ as we are told. In the EPA alone, every person who had the nerve to question Scott Pruitt has either been fired or ‘repositioned’. I didn’t realize Jones had Welsh blood … I am not happy to hear that either. Sigh.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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