Be Angry … BE VERY DAMNED ANGRY

A day or two ago I received the following ‘breaking news’ update from Politico:breaking-news

I impatiently cleared it from my phone, saying, “Yeah, yeah, I already figured that”.  And then today, Robert Reich posted this on Facebook:

breaking-newsSure, it came as no surprise, for it has become obvious that the congressional investigations are not being taken seriously by Trump and his minions. But, if we keep doing as I did, treating it as just another day, another abomination, ho-hum … then we have lost, and he has won. And the result of his winning will be that the United States of America will become yet another dictatorship in the Western world, like Turkey, like Russia.  Perhaps we are already on the brink … it very much feels as if we are.

And then this, from Amy Siskind, also on Facebook …

“Okay folks, the FBI is heading to meet with Gov Scott about Russia having hacked at least on [sic] county in Florida during the 2016 election and this story isn’t even trending or getting attention. This is how our democracy gets extinguished in the chaos and broad daylight.”

She is right.  Spot on, in fact.  This is how democracy dies.  We tune it out, we turn it off, we close our eyes and our minds, for it is too much, just too much.  Surely the dam that was built in 1787 to protect us from evil fascist leaders will hold, right?  We can simply go on playing games, posting pictures of our regurgitatable lunches on Facebook, and let the politicians deal with it all, right?  Yeah, right … that was what the German people thought in 1933, too, and look how well that worked out.

Not only has Trump blocked the release of the six years’ worth of tax returns requested by Congress, but he has filed a lawsuit against the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, in order to delay or block the release of his company’s financial records.  He has ‘forbidden’ former White House security official Carl Kline from answering the subpoena serviced upon him.  He is currently threatening …

“If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Which just proves what I have said for two fucking years now … the ‘man’ does not even have the foggiest concept of how our government operates!!!  Nothing in the Constitution or American legal history gives the Supreme Court a role in deciding whether Congress has misidentified what counts as a high crime or misdemeanor for the purpose of impeachment.  It matters not how many of his sycophants he has managed to insert into the Supreme Court, by law … BY LAW … they cannot quell a Congressional move to impeach!

But folks, the law only applies to the extent that We the People give it legitimacy.

Thus far, I have urged caution on the impeachment path, felt it was better to have our ducks in a row first.  But, my patience has run out, for Donald Trump is attempting to poison the ducks before we can bring them into the row, and it appears the only means for obtaining the information the Congressional committees are seeking is going to be via the impeachment process.  He is forcing our hand … he has made his own bed.

Robert Mueller himself, and former White House attorney Don McGahn are expected to testify within the coming month.  Trump has zero control over these two, for they no longer work for or owe allegiance to the administration.  Their testimonies will likely remove all doubt that Trump has obstructed justice, but even if they don’t, he is blatantly obstructing justice today … now … right this minute, by interfering with a legitimate investigation by Congress.  He claims “executive privilege”.  There is no such thing when it comes to treason, when it comes to turning a democratic republic into a dictatorship.  No, Donnie, you have no fucking executive privilege!

Per our friend Gronda, from the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974:

Article 3: Contempt of Congress.

In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, contrary to his oath faithfully to execute the office of the President of the United States, and to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, had failed without lawful cause or excuse, to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas issued by the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, on April 11, 1974, May 15, 1974, May 30, 1974, and June 24, 1974, and willfully disobeyed such subpoenas. The subpoenaed papers and things were deemed necessary by the Committee in order to resolve by direct evidence fundamental, factual questions relating to Presidential direction, knowledge or approval of actions demonstrated by other evidence to be substantial grounds for impeachment of the President. In refusing to produce these papers and things, Richard M. Nixon, substituting his judgement as to what materials were necessary for the inquiry, interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, thereby assuming to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the sole power of impeachment vested by Constitution in the House of Representatives.

In all this, Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore, Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial and removal from office.

(Approved 21-17 by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 30, 1974.)

Can we re-write this for our current situation?  I think so … what do you think?  Need I say more?

We must not, under any circumstances, become complacent to the atrocities being committed by not only Trump, but his hired thugs such as Stephen Miller, Steve Mnuchin, William Barr and others.  We must not turn the page of the breaking news update with naught but a sigh and a roll of our eyes.  We must demand an accounting in the press, we must stay on top of the day-to-day atrocities, and we MUST make our voices heard, else all is lost.

71 thoughts on “Be Angry … BE VERY DAMNED ANGRY

    • While I am convinced that impeachment is both necessary and in the best interest of the nation, I still think that we must proceed with caution. It would be destined to fail if we cannot get some (56, to be exact) republicans on board to reach the 67% majority required. So, yes, I’m with you, but proceed with caution.

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  1. “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
    ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
    ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
    Now who does that remind you of?

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  2. When Trump spoke the words “I solemnly swear…” the only swearing he was doing was inside his mind, “Screw them, I’ll be doing what I want!” Vows mean nothing to this man. He probably has no idea what the word “solemnly” means.
    Anger, no, I am not angry with him. He is doing nothing I did not expect. Frustraton, though, I do feel. I am frustrated that I did not see the extent of the perfidy he is capable of. Not that it would have mattered, I knew we were in for a bad time–I just never saw bad it was going to be.
    I used to believe humanity had a survival mode that always kicked in when life on Earth was threatened. Life on Earth is now being threatened, but instead of going into survival mode, Trump and his populist movers and shakers are helping it happen sooner than anyone ever expected. I know the only god Trump believes in is himself, but those around him believe they are helping the rapture along. They’re not going to be happy when they discover there is no rapture. Even if there were a god, and he was designing a rapture, it was not suposed to be the end of the world. What will there be left for the meek to inherit? Unless he meant the cockroaches, the meek will have nothing to inherit if humanity destroys the world as we know it. And would a god really reward those who brought about the end of his creation? His only reward for them would be an eternity in hell for their arrogance.
    Lucky for them there is no hell, and no god. There will be life somewhere, because life cannot be extinguished. Humans, on the other hand, are not a necessity.

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    • Exactly! And that is why his lawyers would not let him testify before the Mueller team, for they knew that he would have no compunction about lying under oath. It means nothing to him.

      You hit the nail on the head when you say you did not see the level of perfidy of which he is capable. That is what happened with me … I knew he was a sorry bastard and would listen to nobody, but … in my wildest dreams I did not imagine he would do all he has to destroy this nation. I knew it would be bad, but I had no idea how bad.

      Trump is 72 years old, eats crap all day long, weighs over 300 pounds. He has no reason to care about what happens in 20 years, for he won’t be here to see it. His kids? His grandkids? They are naught but commodities to him. He was born, I do believe, with rot where his heart ought to have been, and is incapable of loving even his grandbabies. They are a prop, a tool … nothing more. So, why should he care if, twenty years from now the air is unbreathable and all the wolves are dead? He doesn’t. Plain and simple.

      Those who are awaiting for something called the Rupture … they will get what they deserve. F-them. I have this fun vision of their spirits roaming around somewhere in space, looking for that mythical place called “heaven”, and finding only stars, meteors, and the occasional lost satellite from days of yore.

      Forgive my cynicism tonight. I’ve fallen into a deep rabbit hole, I think. Hugs.

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  3. While anger is a natural response, one must be sure to control it and not be controlled by it. As you often express your anger through these posts, and might I say quite well, there is reason to believe that you are not causing yourself potentially deadly heart rhythms. We the People can not allow ourselves to become inured to Trump’s flagrant disregard for what he solemnly swore to uphold. This becomes increasingly more difficult as every single day there is another action and/or lie from him. I just finished reading The Hill’s “Trump tells NRA he’s pulling US from Arms Treaty.” He is refusing to “ratify” President Obama’s United Nations Arms Trade Treaty signed in 2013. Why, to please the NRA, to undo more of Obama’s work, to pull away from the United Nations, or just because he can…all of the above, none of the above?? Jill, there are more and more times that I believe that Trump is single-handedly tarnishing and decimating what should be my golden years. There are times that my ardent desire is to leave the country that I love. And then, that wee voice inside whispers…never give up, don’t let him win. Your posts, such as this one, fuel the wee voice. Thank-you!

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    • You and I think very much alike, dear Ellen. More than once, I have spoken to daughter Chris about moving to Canada. Two friends have offered to sponsor me. But, then comes that same little voice that speaks to you, and says, “Nope, you’re not giving up this fight just yet.” And thus, here I am, sleeping little, eating less, pounding the keyboard into the wee hours of the morning. And sadly, I have more anger & angst than I am able to let out onto this blog. Enough said. The thing that keeps me doing what I do is that, while I might not be changing any minds, I’ve found a lot of friends, such as yourself, and we keep each others’ spirits bolstered, we commiserate with each other and encourage each other. I never feel alone these days. You hang in, my friend … we’re all in this together. I cannot promise it will have a bright and sunny ending, but I know we will have given it our best. Hugs!

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  4. I share the frustration expressed by some towards wimpy Democrats who issue idle threats at those refusing to testify but who so far are not exercising their constitutional power to force such testimony through the legal system. Issue the damn subpoenas and enforce them! If I was called to testify before the House but didn’t want to, I’d just ignore them until they forced me. This isn’t complicated. Hey Dems, stop the BS and get serious!

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    • I just finished reading and commenting on Padre Steve’s post. It moved me to tears. Thanks for making sure I saw it, my friend. I agree with you that I would have liked to see him publish it in one of the major newspapers, but the reality is that The Washington Post and New York Times will only accept original content. I found out the hard way that if it has been published, even if only on a blog, they won’t accept it. Sigh.

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  5. I feel your anger..and I raise your anger by 100!! That Article 3 Impeachment of Nixon sure rings true doesn’t it? And he’s doing it right in front of our eyes. Did you notice the vote count in 1974 out of that committee? Even then, with all of his crimes and lies, Nixon got 17 votes in his favor. Perhaps it was just to save face in the Party…who knows? And that was even after the tapes had been out and he’s on them confirming the crimes that John Dean had testified about. The Republican Party has been corrupt for years now. Thankfully, there were enough principled Republican Senators who chose country over Party…..You and I both know that won’t be the case with this crowd Jill….Doesn’t matter though…put them on record that they are defenders of this lunatic! Impeach him….however long it takes!

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    • Whew … if you raised my anger by 100, you better take your blood pressure meds! Yes, I DID notice the vote count and I rolled my eyes. There have always been a few nut jobs in Congress, apparently. I think there’s probably a level of corruption in both parties, but it is obviously a higher level in the republican party. Which makes sense, for when you’re supporting the big money guys … well, as the old saying goes, if you lie down with the dogs, you’re gonna get fleas (or something close to that). No, my friend, with Mitch McConnell in charge of the Senate, they will not convict him and remove him from office. Unless … unless the House investigative committees, or perhaps one of those 14 outsourced cases, uncover something so blatant, that ‘smoking gun’ people are talking about, that even Trump’s loyal followers are appalled. Then, maybe.

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  6. There are two different versions of the USA.

    There is USA, the banana republic ruled over by emperor Trump. And there is USA the federal system created by the authors of our constitution. And I guess the supreme court gets to decide which of those is to be the real one.

    I’m inclined to think that turning us into a banana republic is a step too far for even the conservatives on the Supreme court. But I guess it will make for interesting plots to be used by future dramatists and screen writers.

    In the mean time — I’m not really angry, for anger destroys reason. But I am patient and ready to battle for the soul of the USA (the federal system version).

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    • I hope that you are right that even the conservatives on the bench, and specifically the two bananas that have been placed there in the past two years, will find a bit of a conscience and put a stop to the madness, but I’m not holding my breath. I will, however, keep my fingers crossed. In one sense, it is true that anger can be counter-productive, but I find it impossible to be complacent with all that is happening these days. Anger or angst.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    So true … yet I’m so tired, spent and fed up!! … ‘We must not, under any circumstances, become complacent to the atrocities being committed by not only Trump, but his hired thugs such as Stephen Miller, Steve Mnuchin, William Barr and others. We must not turn the page of the breaking news update with naught but a sigh and a roll of our eyes. We must demand an accounting in the press, we must stay on top of the day-to-day atrocities, and we MUST make our voices heard, else all is lost.’

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  8. Jill, thanks for the pertinent post. Let me be frank, people of all parties need to write or call their Senators and Congressional representatives, especially if they are Republican. This is not a kingdom, it is a republic. When Congress subpoenas someone, violation of such request is unlawful. It matters not which party the President represents.

    If the GOP so-called leaders acquiescese on these issues to the President, they are denigrating our democracy and are derelict in their duty. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith. Yes, we cannot let up, but must keep using our voices, such as they are, to make our displeasure known. I have literally been almost harassing Warren Davidson on Twitter, and have also sent him a weekly roundup email expressing my displeasure with everything he says or does, though in a very professional manner. I don’t know why Carl Kline isn’t in jail! If I disregarded a subpoena, I’d likely be tossed UNDER the jail!

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      • Jill, I reached out to my two Senators again today. The primary message is noted above. I did tell the staff member for one that, as an Independent and former GOPer, I view the President as the greatest threat to our democracy. I shared I am at my wit’s end – what will it take? I am glad to see Fox News’ Judicial commenter, Judge Napolitano pen an op-ed that says the President is clearly guilty of obstruction. We need more conservative voices to speak the necessary truths. Keith

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        • I’m proud of you, my friend! I don’t call them, for with my hearing, it is often difficult for me to understand, especially if it is a woman on the other end (no, that’s not misogynistic statement, but women are often harder to hear), but I write … and write … and write. I will go in search of Napolitano’s OpEd … indeed it is encouraging when even Fox commentators speak the truth! It has happened a few times of late … perhaps state television is turning? I agree … more conservatives must surely becoming fed up and changing their tunes. ‘Twould be nice if they made public commentary.

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    • Well, the dems are proceeding with caution because, they don’t have a large enough majority in the House (67%) to guarantee a successful impeachment, and a failed impeachment would spell doom for the party at all levels in 2020. Plus, there is no democratic majority in the Senate, so it is doubtful they would vote to convict and remove him from office even if the impeachment succeeded. That’s what happened with Bill Clinton. So, they are, I believe, hoping to gain enough damning information to convince at least some of the House republicans that impeachment is the only way.

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  9. Dear Jill,

    President Trump makes President Nixon look like an amateur in comparison. Frankly I would like Steve Mnuchin to be held in contempt. I’m worried that the Democrats will continue to be overly cautious in making the executive branch comply with the ‘rule of law’ instead of trampling on it. You know if the shoes were reversed, there’s no way republican lawmakers in the US Congress would be acting likewise.

    The problem with the president having a lackey in his Attorney General William Barr means that the Democrats in the House’s Oversight Committees can’t look to his Department of Justice for redress. To go through the court systems for help could take years.

    The president trampling/ flaunting the ‘rule of law’ cannot become the new normal.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, he makes Nixon look like an amateur criminal, but also makes him look almost completely honest! And intelligent! I agree … the president, no matter who is in office, cannot be above the law. If he is, then there is no democracy, no rule of law, but only corruption like we have now.
      Hugs!

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  10. The longer they leave it before Mueller and McGahn testify, the further it gets from ‘We the People’s’ minds. The less serious they think it is. Nancy Pelosi should be telling everyone that the President is not complying with the law and that he should be impeached. There should be Democrat speeches designed to make people angry at the President so he stays at the forefront of their minds while the process starts. His popularity is only 37% and may be dropping, don’t give him opportunity to mobilise his support while the House remains inactive.
    Cwtch

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    • My understanding is that since Mueller is still technically employed by the FBI, ie., the Department of Justice, he cannot testify. He is to resign soon, possibly this week or next, and then there is very little that can be done to stop him. The question becomes, will he want to testify. Some speculate that he would prefer to let his report be his final word. I don’t know. As for McGahn, Trump shouldn’t be able to stop him from testifying … the logic there is that since he testified to Mueller’s team, then what he brings to the table is not privileged information. But, of course, Trump is trying to stop him. I’m not sure how that is going to play out, either. Sigh.
      Cwtch Mawr

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    • Problem is… Nancy Pelosi is a calculating, conservative political animal who pretends to be Democrat. She will do no such thing, esp the right thing if it in any way jeopardizes her position or ability to make close door deals with the Trump administration. Pelosi has never acted on the best interest of the ppl, only to herself and big money donors. She’s the very definition of traitor and hypocrite. 😦

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      • I have to disagree with you again. Pelosi is intelligent and knows how to get things done. She has, from my research and recollection, always supported humanitarian legislation, so one really cannot say she doesn’t act in the best interests of the people. And she certainly isn’t a traitor … I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but I believe you’ve been misled.

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        • If Pelosi is such a humanitarian, they why is she against Medicare for all? As a corporatist stooge, she only wants to keep ACA on life support, but what happens to 30+ uninsured Americans. She talks a whole bunch of doublespeak nonsense. Listen for yourself in her last town hall meeting:

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  11. Until Congress actually starts dropping the hammer, and I mean jail time, for everyone with severe memory lapses, and the defying of subpeonas, this is what we can continue to expect from this administration.

    You can bet your ass none of us would get away with these shenanigans. They would throw us under the jail…

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  12. Yes be very angry. The worry is that it continues on a daily basis and nothing changes. Yes some like us get more mad but the likes of him continue. His supporters still back him. His party largely just fall in line. The opposition remains divided. Deep sigh. It’s not just in the US. I’ve just started a rant for tonight’s post about the UK. It’s a good job we are not meeting up for a coffee and cake today – I suspect we might be kicked out of the cafe.

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    • You’re right … his base is all he cares about, and they cannot see past the nose on their face to understand the ruination he is causing. Ha ha … I can just picture that scenario! Yes, we’d likely be banished in short order! 😀

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  13. You are so right, Jill. I just shared a couple of videos by Robert Reich on his Facebook page. I wish I’d had him as a professor but he’s younger than me so that wouldn’t have been possible. If you’ve read them, he hits the nail squarely on the head. What a great speaker. I wasn’t aware of him until I saw him on your posts. —- Suzanne

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  14. In the opinion of a sympathetic Canadian, Americans angry over Trumpish shenanigans ought to be angry at themselves. It’s incredibly frustrating – why can’t Americans accept the fact their sacred constitution created a modern day monster unfazed by implications of unbridled manipulation. Sigh. 🙂

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  15. You are quite right in that we are all becoming so used to this, so desensitised to yet another appalling revelation, that we hardly notice them anymore. That’s how the sleepwalking off the edge of the cliff begins.

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  16. I think the numerous actions of Trump actually make Nixon’s misdemeanors look compartively angelic.
    Trump is running the Whitehouse like his own personal Mafia like enterprise. Why cannot people see the obvious corruption here? Will it take murdered bodies floating in the Ptomac river, to wake US citizens up to the gun toting thugs running the country, and flouting every US law you hold dear?

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    • I fully agree. I’ve said a few times that Trump makes Nixon look like a saint! And in fact, if power hadn’t gone to his head, he was actually a good president and opened up relations with China that might never have happened without him and Kissinger. And, he created the EPA. He had something Trump doesn’t: intelligence. People cannot see, because as long as it isn’t effecting their own lives directly at the moment, they don’t look past their own backyard. I don’t know what it will take, but I’m thinking that if the market tanks, if jobs are lost due to his horrible trade policies, if people suddenly have to choose between buying food or paying the rent, then they will wake up. Maybe. More likely they will somehow blame Hillary, Obama and the democrats.

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