I considered not writing a post for this morning. My mother used to caution me: “Si no puedes decir algo bueno, entonces no digas nada.” Translation: If you cannot say something nice, then say nothing at all. And thus, I considered skipping my morning post, for I knew I could not say anything nice. But, sigh, I then remembered something else my mother used to say: “Siempre comparte con tus amigos.” Translation: Always share with your friends. So, grab a stick (to bite on to keep from screaming and scaring the neighbors), a box of tissues and sit down while I regale you with the latest …
“If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries. I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don’t want that guy.” – Donald Trump, interview with John Solomon and Buck Sexton of The Hill, Tuesday 18 September 2018
Excuse me, but last I knew, a candidate … which is all Trump was after winning the primaries, after winning the nomination … does not have any more right to fire the Director of the FBI than you or I!!! Is his ego truly so bloated that he thinks he had that ability? And if so, then what else does he believe he can do, that he cannot … or can he?
And then there was this, from the same interview …
“You know, I took that test when I got my last physical, and the doctor said that’s one of the highest scores we’ve ever seen. I did that not because I wanted but I did it, I was always good at testing. But if there’s anything great about me it’s stability, and I’m a good manager. Always been a good manager, but you know, I have a vision.”
When I read that, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry, so instead I choked on a bite of celery. Fortunately, daughter Chris is a nurse and certified in the Heimlich maneuver.
But wait … it gets even better … or worse, actually. When speaking of his decision earlier this week to release to the public certain classified materials relating to the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election despite serious national security concerns, Trump credited …
“I have been asked by so many people that I respect, please — the great Lou Dobbs, the great Sean Hannity, the wonderful great Jeanie Pirro.”
Donald Trump … the leader of the United States of America … responsible and accountable to some 328 million people … is jeopardizing national security … based on the advice of … three radical, right-wing, conspiracy-theorist, television talk show hosts?!?!?!?!
I don’t care if you are a democrat, republican or independent, if this doesn’t make you see red, then you seriously need an education.
If you have the stomach for it, and have somebody with you who knows the Heimlich, feel free to read or watch the entire 1:32 long interview.
Ethics, Schmethics …
The September 3-9 Gallup poll asked how Trump’s ethical standards compare with those of seven of his eight predecessors. Take a look at the results …Trump’s ethics were considered to be even lower than Richard I-am-not-a-crook Nixon!!! Nixon, who was charged with obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress as a result of his involvement in the Watergate scandal, is the only U.S. president to resign from office, which he did in 1974, before his near-certain impeachment.
Yet more than eight in ten Republicans still approve of the job he is doing. Shoot me now!
He should’a stayed home …
It is generally appropriate and expected for the president to visit and tour areas of the nation after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. So, it was no surprise that Trump visited New Bern, North Carolina, hard-hit from floods as a result of Hurricane Florence last week. Looking at the remains of a yacht that had washed up against the back of a brick home, Trump asked the homeowner … “Is this your boat?” The man shook his head and said “No”. Trump turned with a grin and replied, “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.”
Was there a more inappropriate remark he could have made? Other presidents have treated natural disaster tours as dignified, solemn affairs. After all, people have lost homes, possessions, cars, family pets, and in some cases even the lives of loved ones. They need both practical help and compassion, understanding. With Trump, they get off-key attempts at humour, and as the New York Times states it, “pep-rally enthusiasm”. Frankly, had I been that homeowner I would have spit in his face. What an embarrassment he is to us all, only some 36% of the nation cannot see it. Perhaps if he mocked their own misfortune they would begin to understand.
Okay, folks … that’s all I’ve got … well, actually I’ve got lots more, but that’s likely enough to start your day off on the wrong foot, so I’ll leave off here. Have a great day, my friends … try to step away from the train wreck for a bit and go outside, enjoy nature, remind yourself that ‘this too shall pass’. I think that’s my new motto.