Filosofa Rants …

Tonight I am on a rant.  I do know that what Trump actually does is more important than what he says, but … sometimes the two go hand-in-hand.  Now that a formal impeachment inquiry has been started, we fully expect him to go off the rails for the duration, and I’ve said before that he is even more dangerous when he feels threatened or cornered, as he surely must feel now.


Round and round it goes, where it stops no one knows

Ever since the news of the whistleblower was first hinted at, life for those of us who care about such things, has been rather like being in a high-speed blender … far too many goings-on to keep up with, far too many jaw-dropping moments.  And it just keeps getting crazier and crazier … I well remember the Watergate era, the resignation of President Richard Nixon … yes, I was a political nerd even then … I remember what would become known as the “Saturday Night Massacre”.  I remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the aftermath.  And through it all, I do not remember the level of chaos, of utter contempt for the rule of law, as we are seeing today.  And this is only the beginning!

The latest is that apparently Trump is trading a promise to the National Rifle Association (NRA) that he will not support any additional gun legislation in exchange for monetary assistance with his legal fees during the impeachment process and next year’s election.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it for a minute.

On Friday, Trump hosted Chief Executive of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, at the White House for a meeting.  The information was provided to the New York Times by two people who attended the meeting, but later an NRA spokesperson denied that there was an offer of support in exchange for Trump’s opposition to gun laws.  Sorry, but given the history of both Trump and LaPierre … I have no trouble whatsoever believing that they agreed to such a deal.  And what the heck else would they have talked about … the price of coffee beans?

The NRA, in case you’ve forgotten, provided some $30 million toward Trump’s election campaign in 2016 … if you wondered why he falls in line whenever the NRA calls and asks “How high?” when Wayne LaPierre tells him to “JUMP!”, wonder no more.

So, to summarize that … the lives of the people in this nation are as nothing to Trump, and he is willing to trade away our lives in exchange for financial help from the most dishonest group in the U.S.  Got that, folks?


In other Trumpian-news …

Donald Trump is about to face impeachment charges, in all likelihood.  He tried to blackmail the president of the Ukraine to rig next year’s election.  He has obstructed justice.  He is holding kids in cages at the southern border, despite an order by a federal judge to reunite those children with their parents.  He has diverted funds that were budgeted to help with recovery efforts for Puerto Rico still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017, in order to build a wall that nobody wants and that will serve no purpose other than to feed Trump’s ego.  But … what was the breaking news yesterday afternoon?

State Dept. intensifies email probe of Hillary Clinton’s former aides

That’s right, folks.  The United States Department of State is more worried about Hillary Clinton’s emails from several years ago … emails that were already investigated and it was determined that there was no crime, no breach of national security … than they are worried about the person in the Oval Office who is committing a crime-a-day, it would seem!  And on our tax dollars, folks … our hard-earned money is paying for the State Department to waste their time investigating a non-issue, while the most corrupt individual in this nation is playing footsies with the Russians and the Saudis, rigging next year’s election, and doing his best to shred the U.S. Constitution.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … Ivanka Trump did not preserve all of her official emails as required by federal law, and her husband, Jared Kushner, used a messaging application to conduct U.S. business outside government channels, according to Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.  Is there some double-standard in play here?

Oh … and in case you didn’t hear a couple of weeks ago, Trump is urging the House Judiciary Committee to launch an investigation into President Obama!

Barack Obama signed a book deal in 2017, just as other former presidents have, and a production deal with Netflix a year later.  All on the up-and-up.  But Trump, under the gun himself, has to deflect … to anybody he can think of …

“We want to find out what happened with the last Democrat president. Let’s look into Obama, the way they’ve looked at me … They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal.”

Ridiculous?  Smoke and mirrors?  Sure, but … folks, this isn’t just some kid throwing a temper tantrum … it’s the person who was elected to lead a nation of some 330 million people, and this is what we get for our money?  I don’t know about you folks, but I feel cheated … terribly cheated.  We deserve better … much better.dump-trump

72 thoughts on “Filosofa Rants …

  1. Friends and colleagues within the USA, the power lies within the vote. I know you will vote. Your next tactic must therefore be to convince others to do the same. This is how the battle will be won, at the workface, down on your own part of the front line. The can be no:
    ‘Err…..(scratching of head)….I dunno…Y’know…It’s like all the same,’
    ‘Aww gee…. When I get off work me and the guys/gals were set on going out tonight’
    ‘Hmm. I (pause for self-satisfied smug stance) NEVER vote. They are all the same’
    Not this time.
    The Trump supporters will make sure they vote. And if they win again, then if some one did not vote that person will be vulnerable to them and their ideas….and there will be no place to hide.
    Vote. No matter how they try to gerrymander….the numbers will count.
    Make that 3,000,000; 6,000,000.
    God Help America; in a clumsy way she means well…really.

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    • Heck, Roger … this comment itself is worthy of being a post! Yep, that is going to be the challenge next year. I don’t understand how anybody can be apathetic in the throes of all this chaos, but some are. Some still haven’t opened their eyes and realized that all this affects them and their families, too, and they go right along with their fingers in their ears singing that obnoxious “La-la-la” song! We shall give it our best … and then some!

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      • These two powerfully wise statements are worth repeating as your arguments:
        1. Elie Wiesel
        Always take side. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

        2. Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller
        First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a socialist.
        Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a trade unionist.
        Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a Jew.
        Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
        (True you might find folk who are sure ‘they’ will not be coming for ‘them’….but can those folk be sure ‘they’ will not come for their friends, relatives, spouses, or children? F’instance how might they feel about attendance at Church on a Sunday being complusory?….. ‘They’ come in many ways)

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    • It implies, as Nancy Pelosi has said, that William Barr has gone rogue. Apparently, the constitution and laws enacted by congress no longer matter. The commands of King Donald are all that matters.

      But that’s why Trump will be impeached.

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    • Hello Mary. No. What happened was that before congress got this complaint the DNI in violation of the law set it to the DOJ and White House. The DOJ, claiming that Barr was not involved but who has done everything possible to protect tRump, decided to simply claim there was nothing illegal and no crime. Big surprise. So it means nothing except the crooks claimed there was no crime. Hugs

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    • Nah … it just means basically that Attorney General Barr has claimed that Trump can do no wrong. But … the Department of Justice is broken, and fortunately they do not have the final word. Barr came out of retirement to become Trump’s puppet, and surely by now he must be asking himself what the heck he was thinking … what else will he have to defend, how many more of his own values and morals will he be forced to sacrifice. The impeachment investigation is still ongoing, Barr simply saying what Trump did is ‘okay’ doesn’t have any effect on that. I hope they find sufficient evidence to impeach both Trump and Barr … and maybe a few others, as well!

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  2. Jill, I responded to your comment on my post. The group Republicans for the Rule of Law is pressuring Senator Richard Burr, as head of the Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committee, to condemn Trump’s Ukraine remarks and obstruction. They will be running ads as well. It should be noted, this group had a hand in getting Mitch McConnell to relent on election finance funding.

    So, if a Republican friend blames Democrats and the media, ask “help me understand why Republicans for the Rule of Law are pushing back on the president?”

    Also, read Joseph Kennedy’s editorial. The Trump call is akin to your boss telling you we are having layoffs, but your job is safe. But, I need you to do me a favor? And, what if that favor was to go out with him or smear someone? Conservative columnist David Brooks said you just have to follow the logical sequence of the call to see what Trump is doing? And, if nothing bad occurred per Trump, why did his staff try to bury the call?

    Keith

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    • I’m happy to hear that Republicans for Rule of Law are making a stand … I hope they have some positive influence. I cannot find Joe Kennedy’s editorial … do you recall where it was published? Yes, the fact that they went to so much trouble to hide this call throws up red flags all over the place! And, it makes one wonder how many other calls are hidden in some top secret database that we don’t know of … calls with Putin, MbS … ???

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      • Jill, I read Kennedy’s editorial as reprint in The Charlotte Observer on Sunday, September 29. It is called “‘Quid pro quo’ is Latin, but Trump made it easier to understand.”

        Google charlotteobserver.com

        Keith

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        • Found it … he is spot on, of course, and like as not the republicans who are saying there was no “quid pro quo” are well aware of it but … well, they have to have some talking point, don’t they, for they surely aren’t going to admit they’ve thrown their lot in with a ‘man’ who is guilty of breaking the very laws he took an oath to uphold. Sigh. Thanks Keith!

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    • Neil, true. That may be one of the reasons Ailes set it up. It is interesting to witness the infighting at Fox between its more studious news people – Chris Wallace and Shep Smith – and the night-time hosts. When retired Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters resigned his position as commenter on Fox, he vilified the night time hosts for making comments without merit or context. He did applaud the news folks as far more credible. Read his resignation letter which is worthwhile. Keith

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    • Between Fox and far right religion…they have both destroyed our country and I can’t help saying this, but,….. I can’t get over how many stupid ignorant people they are now. And it’s fueled by religion and willful stupidity.

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  3. Jill, I can hardly bear to read anything any more, but must. You will see our government is a young cousin copying his big bold role model. It’s beyond distressing, upsetting, it’s getting downright dangerous. Strength to you, wish I could offer good news. And I will reply to your email eventually, forgive me, I am on a creative roll as well as trying to keep up with the madness of the world. 🤗🌻

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    • I understand exactly what you mean. I think I would like just one day with no news, but I am obsessed and if I wake in the night, I grab my phone to check for breaking news, or the latest atrocity. Sigh. It is a dangerous world right now, on both sides of the pond, and the worst of it is the feeling of being powerless … even our votes don’t seem to much matter anymore, for in our last presidential election, it was actually the minority who won. And our voices are drowned out by the louder, more obnoxious minority voices, but yet we must keep trying to be heard and heeded. Strength to you also, my dear friend. And many huge hugs! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 Keep well, and know that you’re in my heart always.

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  4. Lashing and trashing about with all the dignity of a drunk (yeah another one) at a bar watching on the tv his team losing.
    Is there any point in reading anything which starts off with the headline ‘Trump says…..’ there will be nothing new.
    I repeat: Let no American citizen able to vote tell me there is no point in voting because ‘they are all the same’. If I am in a good mood my restrained reply will be, ‘Please read at least two books on American presidents before you say such things’
    To repeat once more…..This creature is a freak of your voting system. There are 3,000,000 + pieces of evidence on that score.

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    • I know … and really, if nobody responded in any manner to what he says/tweets, he wouldn’t know what to do … he would literally, I think, be dead in the water. But, even I sometimes cannot resist ranting back at the fool, and that just adds fuel to his fire. The creature is a freak of our voting system, and my fear is that it will happen again just as it did 3 years ago. Like you, I will have zero tolerance for anyone who makes excuses for not voting. In fact, I hope nobody tells me that to my face, in person, for I might end up in jail. Sigh.

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      • If they said it to your face I would hold your coat, and bear witness to the fact you acted in self defence.
        In the USA if you are able to vote and are not restrained by health, personal emergencies (and such) or extreme circumstances then there is no excuse for not getting your butt down there and voting.

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          • Hello Jill. Thank you for pointing that out. For a while here where I live it was hard for me to vote. The voting place we had to use was small and had long lines. I simply couldn’t do it. Even inside it was hard for me because they had a small place with no tables and I couldn’t stand with out support. I was clinging on to the shaky portable stands they had and trying not to fall down while marking my ballot. It was very dangerous for me and Ron was very upset because he couldn’t be near me to hold me up if I fell. So we did the mail in ballot thing. I prefer to vote in person, well the North Carolina mess shows how mail in ballots can be messed up and your vote not count. I did learn afterward that if you are special needs as I was, you can tell them and they have to accommodate you. For me that would have meant not standing in line and a table to do my ballot. That would have been unfair to the others in line I think and that polling place had no tables. The new and much closer ( much whiter ) poling place we go to has lots of parking, huge room, lots of machines , no waiting, and they have me marked as special needs so I get a table to sit and do my duty as a citizen. I am assisted at every step by a volunteer who stands out of my sight ready to help me when I need them. Then they make sure I am escorted to the machine that reads the vote. They even in the past let Ron stay with me to help me out of the chair. I am lucky in that I have had this service and that I do not need it right now, the last time we voted I only need to sit down and not all the special help. But if you are needing help ask them to label you as special needs on the voter roll, it makes casting a vote as a disabled person so much easier. Hugs

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            • Hey, Scottie! Thanks so much for this information! I wasn’t aware that people with disabilities could get special help at the polling places … I’m sure my readers will be interested in this. As it gets closer to election day, I will try to remember to make a point to let everyone know! Like you, I would rather vote in person, but the last couple of years I had no vehicle, so it was just simpler for me to do the mail-in ballot, and … I think I got spoiled with the convenience of it! Hugs!

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  5. Hello Jill. What worries me about the new investigation politically motivated by tRump in to Hillary’s email issues is that the State department is retroactively classifying emails that were not classified before. Remember that is what the Republican congress tried to hang Hillary on in all the hearings, that even though a few of the emails were not classified when she got them or forwarded them, later they were. So they were trying to claim she broke the law, even though she did not, as how could she know the future? This is simply political harassment and revenge, and that is third world banana country stuff. This is not suppose to happen in a country of laws. Also why is the State Department running this? If it is a legal investigation shouldn’t the FBI under the DOJ handle it, as they did the first time under Comey? This is a case if you don’t like the result of an investigation change the investigators. This is finding someone guilty and then digging up something to show it, even if you have to make it up.

    As for the NRA. Turns out the new Republican Senate report found that the NRA was acting as a foreign asset for Russia in passing money from Russia to the tRump campaign. What I want to know is why tRump needs help with money? He is a gazillionair right? Really wealthy, right? At least 10 billion when running for office, must be 50 billion now with his math skills. So either he is desperate for money and has a lot less money than he brags, or this is just another way for him to put more illegal money in his pocket, more graft. Hugs

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      • Hello Rawgod. Good advice when you lose as many companies as tRump does. He nearly lost everything in the 1990’s because he put his own money up to buy casinos and he he lost money and went bankrupt. He had to beg his family for money and they made him put up securities because they did not trust him with money. It was a Saudi Prince who bailed him out by buying his yacht for 20 million. Hugs

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    • The State Department, like the EPA, Department of Justice, and every other agency in the current administration has prostituted itself in subservience to Trump. I strongly suspect that nothing will come of the latest attempt to discredit Hillary Clinton, for I genuinely think it is nothing more than a distraction … something to take our eyes away from the ‘man’ behind the curtain. There will be more … he will have agencies looking into nooks and crannies that exist only in the slime-covered recesses of his own mind, and it will be a media circus, trying to keep us distracted and confused. We must keep our eye on the ball, which isn’t going to be easy.

      He is reportedly a billionaire, but only to the tune of $4-$6 billion last I heard. Pobrecito! However, he is enriching himself from his position, so no, he wouldn’t need the NRA to help with his troubles, but … he operates under the philosophy “Why should I pay for anything if I can lie, cheat and steal it from somebody else?” Sigh. Hugs.

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      • Hello Jill. Very true all you wrote. I read on another blog today that some wonder if he is slipping his mental gears and thinks sometimes he is still running against Hillary. He sure seems in mental decline from even the footstool level he started at. What do you think? Thanks. Hugs

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        • I think that he is extremely unbalanced and therein lies a danger … a big danger. Backed into a corner, feeling threatened, he will react, I think, as a caged animal and become even more erratic and unpredictable than he already is. Already, in the past three years, we have seen what you so aptly refer to as a mental decline from even the footstool level he started at, and so much of what he says makes no sense whatsoever. Plus, he will say something, contradict himself a few minutes or a few hours later, and swear he didn’t say the first thing. One example … just this month he said multiple times that he would meet with Iran’s leaders with “no preconditions”. Then, when it was reported in the media, they had him on film saying it, he called it “fake news” and said he never said that! I’m no psychologist, but even I can see that he is unstable. An unstable ‘man’ with his finger on the nuclear codes scares the bloody hell out of me, quite frankly. Hugs.

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  6. What worries me is Trump repeating over and over like a broken record how he views the person helping the Whistle Blower as a spy and to remember what we used to do with spies (in other words, put them to death). Some dimwitted follower of his is liable to take up their rifle or worse, a gun used to blow apart someone in war, and go hunting for the person. On the internet, the names of suspected people have been given. When some people are judged mentally ill it’s said they’re a danger to themselves and others. I’d guess that qualifies. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Dearest Suzanne, Trump is not repeating such theme for us, but only for his followers. He is hoping someone will shoot the whistleblower, and if they get the wrong one, so what. Keep on trying. Eventually they will shoot the right person.
      This has always been his MO, repeat till everyone on his side believes it. Truth doesn’t matter, only “Trump’s Truth” is important.

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        • Hello Mary. You are very correct. I posted about the New York Times reporting they got a call about one of their reporters about to be picked up by state agents in Egypt. They got a call unofficially from someone in the government because the administration knew about this and was going to let it happen. They had to appeal to another country to intercede and get the reporter out because tRump loves him a dictator and hates the news media. The article is a long read but it does detail other abuses on reporters that it seems tRump approves of. Hugs

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      • For the first time, Rawgod, I was listening to opinions by people on YouTube who have worked in government and heard one of them say the Whistle Blower should be put under the government protection program so I’m not the only one by far who picked up on that and is worried. Other people who have worked in government and seen Trump operate are concerned also. He sends out dangerous messages to his followers. I also read the word is spreading on some of the social networks they read. These are the crazies who drive clear across a large state to kill people with a weapon of war. 😦 — Suzanne

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        • They will drive from Hawaii if they believe it is their mission, and I am talking about their stupidity, not trying to turn this into a joke. Such is the right wing mentality. It is more dangerous than ever to live in America right now. As I watch from afar I am seeing the forebodings of civil war more and more. Three years ago I would have thought I was crazy if I was told something like that could happen. Now it seems almost inevitable. Trump must go!

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    • A valid concern, indeed. This is why it is so important to maintain the whistleblower’s anonymity, for there is no doubt some fanatical trumpeter would see it as a call to arms. While it is the media’s job to keep the public informed, they also have a responsibility to maintain the privacy of individuals whose lives would be endangered if their identity were known. Common sense, but somedays that seems to fail us. Sigh.

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      • Hello Mary. The reports are that the Intel community moved the person into “federal protective custody”. Talk about doing the right thing and screwing up your entire life and the life of your family. All so the cult of tRump can not rush to destroy any attempt to hold their Dear Leader crime family boss accountable. Hugs

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