Just Two Thoughts …

It occurs to me that those of us writing political blogs covering U.S. politics and the regime of Donald Trump spend more time correcting misconceptions that he creates than we spend being proactive and creative.  But so be it … we cannot let the fool on the hill get by with lies that go unchecked and with tarnishing the reputations of good people.

Image result for don mcgahnThe latest, of course, is Don McGahn, former White House counsel.  According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, McGahn testified under oath that Trump had given him a directive to order Rod Rosenstein, then-Deputy Attorney General, to fire Robert Mueller based on a ‘conflict of interest’ that did not, in fact, exist.  McGahn refused, and ultimately left Trump’s employ rather than break the law.

Naturally, Trump denied that he had told McGahn to fire Mueller …

“As has been incorrectly reported by the Fake News Media, I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so. If I wanted to fire Mueller, I didn’t need McGahn to do it, I could have done it myself.”

Ah yes, he could have, but that would have opened a can of worms and made him look even guiltier than he already did at that point.  Now really, folks, who are you going to believe … Trump who has told more than 10,000 documented lies since his inauguration, or McGahn who had the integrity to refuse an order and resign rather than break the law?

Then last month, the day after the redacted copy of the Mueller report was released to Congress and the public, Trump contacted McGahn and asked him to publicly declare that he doesn’t believe Trump obstructed justice.  McGahn refused Trump’s request.  Now if that doesn’t speak loud and clear that Trump is, to this day, obstructing justice, then I don’t know what it takes.  Are you listening, Mitchell McConnell??? 

Trump, needless to say, is in a state of rage …

“I was NOT going to fire Bob Mueller, and did not fire Bob Mueller. In fact, he was allowed to finish his Report with unprecedented help from the Trump Administration. Actually, lawyer Don McGahn had a much better chance of being fired than Mueller. Never a big fan!”

Image result for quotes about lies thomas jeffersonUnprecedented help from the administration?  I think not.  And if he wasn’t a fan of McGahn, why did he hire him in the first place?  More lies.  With apparently nothing better to do, Trump tweeted some 70 times on Saturday. Since he is so fond of giving everyone nicknames, I think his new moniker ought to be Tweety Twump.

McGahn is still, as of this writing, scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on May 21st, though Trump has ordered him not to.  I think that since McGahn is a private citizen, and since he has already testified before the Mueller team, that even Trump’s “executive privilege” cannot stop McGahn if he chooses to testify.  I hope that he will, I like and respect McGahn, however if he doesn’t, I hope that the committee will issue a warrant for his arrest for contempt of Congress.  Somewhere, somehow, Congress must find the chink in the armour and be allowed to do its job.


july-2The United States celebrates Independence Day on the 4th of July each year.  The celebration commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject and subordinate to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.  Of course, it would take a war to make the declaration reality, but this is the date that is remembered for its significance.  In recent decades, the holiday is, for many, not much more than an excuse to picnic or grill out, drink lots of beer, and watch fireworks after dark.  Nonetheless, there is symbolic meaning to the day.

One of the most prominent events takes place in Washington, D.C., which includes fireworks on the mall.  Correction … it did.  Until King Donald Trump decided to take over the celebration and make it all about himself, rather than the people who fought for this nation’s independence back while his own ancestors were still living in Germany.

Trump has decided to move the fireworks display from its usual spot on the Mall to be closer to the Potomac River (who said it was up to him???), but that isn’t even the worst of it.  He has decided to hold a bloomin’ campaign rally from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial!  What an irony!  The man who was known as ‘Honest Abe’ … being defaced and devalued by the most dishonest president in the history of the United States.  The man who fought to free the slaves and end bigotry being smeared by the one who is “Making America Racist Again”!

This is supposed to be the people’s celebration, not Donald Trump’s.  That’s okay, though, for just as I said last year, in my heart, there is nothing to celebrate this July 4th.  Frankly, in this, the year 2019, I wish we were still a subject of the Crown.  Queen Elizabeth is a much kinder, more intelligent leader than the one we have.

23 thoughts on “Just Two Thoughts …

  1. About the only thing that a liar can be counted on to do is lie. If there is one thing that Trump can be counted on to do, it is to lie about his lying. He apparently cares little about how both are so transparent. About this year’s intended 4th of July celebration…why is no single person in power in Washington D.C. standing up and saying : This is not a Donald Trump holiday, it belongs to the People! If, or more likely when, Trump dares to spew his lies in front of the Lincoln Memorial, I should not be surprised to see Lincoln’s statue crumble to the ground in mortification. Thank-you!

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    • There are people who lie, on occasion, for a purpose, usually to save themselves from some situation, real or imagined. And then there are pathological liars who seem to actually be unable to distinguish a lie from the truth, and will rarely tell the truth when a lie will do just as well. Trump, needless to say, is of the second variety.

      I have asked the same … who are the organizers of the event, and why are they allowing Trump to hijack the festivities? You are so right … this is a celebration for all of us, not just for Trump and his few sycophants. I truly hope that nobody shows up, though I’m certain he and Sarah and Kellyanne will still claim it was “the biggest crowd ever!” I would dearly love it if the Lincoln memorial chose that very moment to collapse into a pile of rubble … hmmm … 💡

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  2. Does that mean we can finally get you to call our national sport Football. Unfortunately the Queen has only ceremonial powers. The PM and Parliament has the power. The PM is self obsessed, deluded numpty, Parliament is filled with the likes of Boris Johnson. Basically your screwed or you come back to the UK and you are screwed.

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    • I was told in no uncertain terms a couple of years ago that yours is the one true game of football, and I’ve tried hard to honour that! This ⚽ is a football. This 🏈 is just an ugly ol’ pigskin that grown men toss around and try to kill each other over, while earning millions of these 💲. Do I get a gold star for getting it right?

      Yeah, it would be a case of ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’. Sigh.

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        • Well … as long as your ’rounders’ is played about the same as our ‘baseball’, I don’t really care which it is called. It is one of the few sports that I can understand, though, so don’t mess with the way it’s played. In fact, back in the day, I could hit a mean ball! However, not being able to run, I had to have a pinch runner!

          Now, about cricket. To me, cricket will always be 🦗 a rather ugly-looking, but charming good-luck bug. You can play a game with 🏏 and call it whatever you wish, but when you say cricket, I will still picture the insect that my cat de-legged last night, much to my chagrin. 😩

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  3. Jill, not only did the man in the White House obstruct justice (per 700 plus former federal prodecutors and Fox legal analyst Judge Napolitano, he is still doing it. We must lean in on GOP Senators to remember their oaths. Keith

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    • I am leaning as we speak. I was so annoyed at my own representative, Warren Davidson, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, because he sent his weekly newsletter just singing Trump’s praises over the China tariffs, over his taunting of Iran, and other issues for which Trump has earned my scorn, my wrath, but certainly NOT praise!

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      • Jill, this is a huge contradiction for GOP legislators. It is almost as bad as the blatant hypocrisy of the Freedom Caucus on the debt and deficit. Here are two easy q’s for your rep I would love to hear the answer to.
        1) help me understand why so many farmers going bankrupt and leaving the fields is not cause for alarm ?
        2) why did the Freedom Caucus scream bloody murder when the debt was $8 trillion, then vote to increase the $22 trillion debt by an additional $1.5 trillion?

        Keith

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        • Those are two excellent questions, and I shall include both in my response to him tomorrow. I always respond to his emails, even though it has given me ulcers to do so, for somebody must convince this jack#$% that not everybody sees things the way he does. It infuriates me when he says that ‘everybody’ thinks this-or-that. What am I — chopped liver??? Sigh. If I get through the Trump tenure without heart failure it will be nothing short of a miracle.

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  4. I have watched the 4th celebration religiously for many years. Not this year, not if trump is going to be the centerpiece. So, is fox news rather than PBS going to provide the coverage? 😡 Will they show clips of trump accompanying the fireworks? How about the music? Hell, trump will probably order “God, Bless the King.” Am I pissed? You betcha.

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    • I’m sure that it will be all about Trump, unless somebody with some sense calls a halt to his arrogant ideas. I will not watch it, but as I said, I see little to celebrate this year. I’m pissed too, my friend. Very much so. 😠

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  5. And he cooperated with Mueller so much that Mueller wrote in the report that Trump’s answers were inadequate and incomplete. He said he didn’t recall or recollect over 30 times. Yeah boy…..that’s really helping out! Every day Jill, he gets worse. Didn’t think it was possible…..

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