Is there no end, you ask, to the snark of the Filosofa? And the answer is … I don’t think so. If there is, I haven’t found it yet. The problem is that I have at least 30 topics backlogged that are snark-inducing and I don’t know where to start. Okay … let’s start here …
Coward of the county …
I had hoped that former White House counsel Don McGahn had conjones. I hoped he was a man of honour and integrity. All indications were that he cared about the letter of the law, for he resigned his position rather than do Trump’s bidding which would have meant breaking the law. A sign of an honourable man. But I was wrong. McGahn is just as afraid of Trump as are the rest of his minions.
Legally, since McGahn is a private citizen and no longer employed by the U.S. government, there is nothing Trump or Barr can do to stop McGahn from testifying. What hold, then, does Trump have? Well, let me tell you … Trump has made it known in a rather offhand sort of way that if McGahn testified before the House committee, he (Trump) would instruct republicans to cease dealing with McGahn’s law firm, Jones Day. McGahn’s lawyer said that McGahn would honour Trump’s wishes. What about the wishes of the citizens of this nation? What are we, chopped liver? I was a fool to believe that Don McGahn might put the best interest of the nation, the common good, before his own personal concerns. Silly me, for believing that anyone who was ever associated with Trump had a backbone or a conscience.
Committee chair Jerry Nadler responded …
“This move is just the latest act of obstruction from the White House that includes its blanket refusal to cooperate with this committee. It is also the latest example of this Administration’s disdain for law.”
Right, Mr. Nadler, so instead of scratching your head, let’s do something this time. Hold McGahn in contempt, swear out a warrant for his arrest, fine the heck out of him. DO SOMETHING!!!
Trump, of course, is gloating, saying …
“I think it’s a very important precedent. And the attorneys say that they’re not doing that for me, they’re doing that for the office of the president. So we’re talking about the future.”
Bullshit. If this is to become the future, then let us simply disband both the executive and legislative branches right now … today … for neither of them is worth a damn at this moment. We the People are being royally ripped off!
Kris Kobach thinks highly of himself …
You remember Kris Kobach, right? Well, perhaps I’ll just briefly refresh your memory, for he has been out of the news for a while now. Kris Kobach is the former Secretary of State of Kansas who was named the vice chairman of Trump’s short-lived, ignominious ‘Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’ which was a rather draconian committee attempting to prove that there had been massive voter fraud in the 2016 elections. The truth was that the only election irregularities were on the part of Trump and his ‘people’, including his Russian buddies. Kobach demanded that the states turn over all information on all voters, including private information such as address and social security numbers. Most states flat-out refused, there was no evidence of voter fraud, and the commission simply fell apart.
Kobach has a long history of bigotry and attempted voter suppression techniques, and at one point had called for a “Muslim registry”. He was also an advisor to good ol’ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, America’s #1 racist.
Fast forward to today. Trump is trying to create a new position in his administration that would be titled “Immigration Czar”. Say WHAT??? We don’t have ‘czars’ in this country!!! Donnie has been hanging out with the Russians too long! The position would be ostensibly to “coordinate immigration policy across government agencies”. There is no doubt that it would, in reality, be much more than that. Trump is considering a couple of people for that position, and Kris Kobach is one. Well, he thinks highly of himself, and he provided the White House with a list of his ‘requirements’ for the job:
- Office in the West Wing.
- Walk-in privileges with the president.
- Assistant to the President rank – at highest pay level for WH senior staff.
- Staff of 7 people (2 attorneys, 2 research analysts, 1 scheduler, 1 media person, 1 assistant).
- POTUS sits down individually with Czar and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Ag, Interior, and Commerce, and tells each of the Secretaries to follow the directives of the Czar without delay, subject to appeal to the President in cases of disagreement.
- 24/7 access to either a DHS or DOD jet. Czar must be on the border every week.
- Ability to spend weekends in KS with family on way from border back to DC, unless POTUS needs Czar elsewhere.
- Security detail if deemed necessary after security review.
- Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy – the principal spokesman on television and in the media.
- Promise that by November 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kris Kobach to be DHS Secretary, unless Kobach wishes to continue in Czar position.
My jaw had to be picked up from the floor … in fact, I laughed so hard that I had to be picked up from the floor!!! Who does this yahoo think he is???
A closing note …
Please keep our good friend rawgod and his family in your hearts tonight. They have had to evacuate their home due to wildfires in Alberta, Canada. They and the kitties are safe, but don’t know yet whether they will lose their home to the fires. 😢