Call it mind-bounce, call it angst, call it fed-up-with-Trump syndrome … whatever it is, it is interfering with my ability to settle in on a single topic today, so I decided to vent on a few topics. Sometimes getting some of the detritus out of the way helps me focus.
First, the good news …
Eight of the boys who have been trapped in a cave in Thailand since June 23rd have been brought out to safety! Four boys and the coach remain in the flooded cave and it is hoped that they can be rescued tomorrow. The boys are being kept in quarantine in a hospital to ensure they haven’t picked up any diseases. I am disturbed, however, by the fact that they have not yet been allowed to see their parents. It seems unnecessarily cruel to both the children and the parents, and the parents do not even know which boys have been rescued and which remain in the cave. Psychologists already anticipate that the boys are likely to suffer from short-term psychological symptoms. I am not a psychologist, but just from the standpoint of a human and a parent, it seems that the most important thing at this point would be reuniting the boys with their parents, letting them feel secure in the embrace of their moms and dads. But what do I know, right?
Anyway, I am thrilled that the eight boys so far have been rescued and seem to be in good health overall, and hope that the other four and the coach will be brought to safety tomorrow.
Scott Pruitt – one final bootlicking …
As we all know by now, Scott Pruitt resigned his position as head of the Environmental Protection Agency last week amid numerous major scandals. His resignation letter is something to behold, a true work of … I don’t even know the word for it. Here, in all its glory, is the letter, with my snarky remarkys in blue …
“Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. Your courage (you have GOT to be kidding!!!), steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes (define ‘improved’, please?) as well as historical regulatory reform (reform = destruction), is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.
That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing (define ‘blessing’?) to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us (Awwwww, pobrecito).
My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence (spare me the bullpoop!!!). I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.”
Does anybody else feel ill? You may notice that he didn’t even mention any of the scandals surrounding him? Happily, the 14 or so investigations of ethics violations will continue and he remains under the gun. If it is found that he is guilty of ethics violations, it will be up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decide whether to prosecute. Anybody want to guess how that is likely to go?
Even his friends don’t like the tariffs …
Even some of Trump’s closest allies in Congress are unhappy about the trade tariffs he unleashed last month. Senator Orrin Hatch, a close ally of Trump’s, reportedly said of the tariffs, “I’d like to kill ’em.” Republican senators say they can’t get the president to comprehend that his tariffs offensive could upend the mid-term elections. Commodity prices in the heartland are sagging, U.S. allies are retaliating with tariffs of their own — and GOP leaders are fretting that the booming economy is about to go into a pre-midterms nosedive.
My response to all that is, “you reap what you sow”. The republicans in Congress have blindly followed and supported Donald Trump through some of the most abhorrent decisions ever made by a U.S. president. They have shoved aside their constituents in favour of the upper echelons that Trump so loves. And so, when it comes home to roost, when the voters in their states finally say “ENOUGH!!!”, I will have not one shred of empathy for these jerks.
The games people play …
Paul Manafort’s trial is scheduled to begin later this month. Any bets as to whether it will or not? Thus far, Manafort has asked for a delay and a change of venue. Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman and a subject of Robert Mueller’s investigation, since he has close and proven ties to a number of Russians, is accused of both bank and tax fraud.
In requesting the move and the delay, Manafort’s attorneys cited intense negative publicity surrounding his prosecution by special counsel Robert Mueller. Yes, well??? You play, you pay … eventually. I am ready for somebody … anybody … to start facing the consequences of this huge criminal scandal that handed the 2016 election to the least qualified candidate imaginable. I suspect that once the first one falls, the rest will follow. We may need to build a new federal penitentiary to hold them all! Frankly, I will be doing the Snoopy Happy Dance in the middle of the street!
And thus concludes my mini-rants for today. I shall now go clean a bathroom or two and think about preparing supper later on … lemon-chicken, broccoli and wild rice is on the docket for tonight, and I will be teaching Miss Goose how to make the chicken. Perhaps someday she can fix supper and I can take a nap! Have a great evening, friends!