There are monsters everywhere we look in the federal government today. Those who are opening their mouths to say, “But it has always been so”, just hush, please. Sure, every administration has had a few corrupt members, some more than others. But the current administration is the most corrupt in history, and that is only based on what we know! I think that once they are gone and the digging begins, we will find many dead bodies that we are not aware of yet. But I’m not talking about corruption at the moment, I am talking about monsters …
It isn’t only the corruption, but the sheer lack of any shred of conscience or humanity in most of Trump’s administration, from his hired bimbo Kellyanne, to his senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Look into their eyes … nothing. No warmth, no sign of life. And at the top of the monster chain is none other than Trump himself. But today I write about other monsters …
Trampling the Constitution … again
Trump & Co are at it again, this time attempting to shut down journalists whose reporting is unfavourable to Trump. A group of Trump allies has begun a program to start dossiers on these journalists consisting of basically any dirt, real or imagined, they can dig up on them, including potentially embarrassing personal social media postings. According to the New York Times …
The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.
Operatives have closely examined more than a decade’s worth of public posts and statements by journalists, the people familiar with the operation said. Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public, the people said, with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up. The research is said to extend to members of journalists’ families who are active in politics, as well as liberal activists and other political opponents of the president.
The information unearthed by the operation has been commented on and spread by officials inside the Trump administration and re-election campaign, as well as conservative activists and right-wing news outlets such as Breitbart News.
This is very shaky ground they are treading upon. Be afraid, people, be very afraid. Trump has trampled the Constitution multiple times already, has declared himself to be above the law, and sadly the Department of Justice is now headed by a Trump sycophant who will not pursue any action against Trump. The 1st Amendment, perhaps most especially the free exercise clause guaranteeing freedom of the press, is the major safeguard from becoming an autocracy. It isn’t, as some would tell you, the Second Amendment keeping us free … it is the First.
Though the Times was unable to identify all the members of the group, one such member is noted as Arthur Schwartz, a friend to both Don Trump Junior and Steve Bannon.
A monster re-surfaces …
“On this day, August 25, 2019, after consultation and approval from my wife of 61 years, Ava, I have decided to run to be reelected Sheriff. Watch out world! We are back!”Those were the words spoken on Sunday by the man who was convicted of contempt of court, who has engaged in racial profiling and crimes against humanity, former Maricopa Country, Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio. In case you’ve forgotten, Arpaio …
- engaged in “unconstitutional policing” and established a “pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos”
- failed to investigate over 400 alleged sexual assault cases reported to his office, including dozens of child molestations between 2005 and 2007 alone
- arrested a 6-year-old child during an immigration sweep
- arrested a reporter from The Phoenix New Times for reporting on him in an unfavourable light (The Times sued and won a $3.75 million settlement)
- refused to comply with a previous court order to stop racially profiling, and was found guilty of contempt in July 2017
- Was convicted of contempt of court and faced a prison sentence, but Donald Trump pardoned him on 25 August 2017
Despite the pardon, Arpaio is a convicted felon and a rotten-to-the-core excuse for a human being. Surely the people of Maricopa Country cannot be stupid enough to elect him again???
And yet another monster rears its ugly head …
You remember ol’ Roy Moore, right? Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama who was removed from the bench for breaking the very laws he had sworn to uphold … not once, but twice! Ol’ Roy Moore made his own rules, refusing to remove the granite Ten Commandments monument from a federal government building, and the second time for issuing an order to Alabama judges to disregard the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the same-sex marriage case of Obergefell v Hodges.
In 2017, he ran against democrat Doug Jones for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, and lost, largely because numerous credible accusations of sexual harassment emerged during that time, the most heinous one by a woman who says Moore sexually abused her when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney and she was only 14 years of age.
In the weeks that followed, Moore called into question the accuser’s character, saying she was a part of a “liberal conspiracy”. The woman, Leigh Corfman, filed a defamation of character suit which is still pending. And now, ol’ Roy is running once again for the U.S. Senate, and he wants the court to dismiss Ms. Corfman’s suit so that it doesn’t cause him problems with the voters in Alabama.
Moore’s senate bid is unlikely to gain much momentum, even without the shame of having been accused of such misconduct, for he has raised far less in campaign donations than his two opponents. Doug Jones has raised some $4.3 million, Bradley Byrne has raised around $2.4 million, and Roy Moore has raised a paltry $16,000. However, the mere fact that his arrogance allows him to believe he is fit for any office higher than that of garbage collector is appalling.
To offset the darkness of this post, I bring you just a little bit of humour …