Yep, friends, I know it’s hard to believe, but I have still more snarky snippets in my pack! There’s just so much material … sigh. I am working on a piece about Stephen Miller that I started last week, but frankly I’m not sure when it will see the light of day. I can only wallow in the muck that is Mr. Miller for so long before I am physically ill and have to step back out for a while. Stephen Miller is perhaps the most evil person I’ve encountered in many years, perhaps ever. Anyway, to release some of the pent-up angst, I found plenty to snark about …
Loyalty … to the country, not the prez
The representative for my district is Warren Davidson, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, therefore a radical right-wing republican. Last evening, he posted on Twitter:
“Executive Branch employees swear to faithfully discharge the duties of their office. If they disagree with #POTUS they should resign, not join in a ‘resistance.’”
He was referring, of course, to Acting Ambassador to the Ukraine William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, both of whom testified before the House impeachment inquiry that Trump’s attempted extortion to force Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to open a false investigation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter in exchange for military aid that was already approved, was disturbing, was wrong, and potentially damaging to the national security interests of both the Ukraine and the U.S. He referenced an OpEd in The Hill that claims, in a nutshell, that Trump can do whatever he pleases and that none of the people in his administration have a right to protest or to speak against his actions.
Bullshit. People who work in government do not work for the president. They work for We the People, and their loyalty is to the people of this nation, not the president. I well remember that Trump asked James Comey, former Director of the FBI, to sign a loyalty oath … an oath not to the country, but to Donald Trump. Comey refused. How many in the administration have signed such documents, though, that we don’t know about? This, my friends, is unconstitutional, plain and simple.
Mr. Taylor and Mr. Kent were acting appropriately and were courageously putting the best interests of this nation before the megalomaniac in the Oval Office. They were concerned with the manner in which foreign policy is being conducted, more like mafia tactics than respectable government negotiations. Not to mention, they were legally obligated to honour the subpoena by the House, which some in the Trump administration seem to have forgotten. My hat is off to both of these gentlemen. As for Mr. Davidson … I will work diligently to help people in his district see that he is a greedy, manipulative authoritarian who deserves to be given the boot next year.
When due process of law takes place, it should not be overridden by the ‘man’ in the Oval Office. Let’s get something straight here … Donald Trump is, for better or for worse, the president, but he is not the king, of the United States. Most presidents use their power as needed, but try not to abuse it, and try to act in the best interest of the country. Donald Trump is the polar opposite.
- Major Matthew Golsteyn of the Army Special Forces was awaiting trial on charges that he murdered an unarmed Afghan in 2010.
- Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance was convicted at trial in 2013 for ordering the shooting of a group of civilians in Afghanistan, an order he then tried to cover up.
- Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher of the Navy SEALs was charged with the murder of a captive in Iraq but was acquitted this summer of all charges except for the minor charge of posing for a photo with a corpse.
Last week, Donald Trump used his pardon pen to pardon these three war criminals, one of whom had not yet even been convicted. This is a bit different from your run-of-the-mill pardon. These pardons were issued against the advice of top defense officials and are largely seen as a sign of disregard not only for the decisions of military juries, but for the judicial process itself.
Oddly, the majority of the military’s rank-and-file are supportive of Trump. This surprises me, for he has done nothing for them, has done nothing for veterans, and even attempted to rip off veterans when he promised a donation from his charity, then attempted to renege. So … what’s the allure? But, the top brass are less enamoured with Trump, especially after these three pardons. Privately, many worried that Trump’s actions could erode discipline by sending a message to troops and commanders that in some cases the laws of war would not apply.
He doesn’t understand, he doesn’t think, he doesn’t care. Speculation is that he will also pardon Roger Stone … what a farce this government is becoming.
Sometimes it backfires!
You have to love this one. U.S. House representative Elise Stefanik played a role in last Friday’s impeachment hearings, accusing Democratic committee chairman, Adam Schiff, of trying to silence her and other members of her party, “simply because we are Republicans.” She also rather contentiously questioned the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was testifying before the committee.
Donald Trump was pretty pleased with her, tweeting …
“A new Republican Star is born. Great going @EliseStefanik!”
I had to chuckle, though, for this one actually helped Ms. Stefanik’s opponent in next year’s election, Tedra Cobb! Ms. Cobb’s campaign received more than $1 million in donations over the weekend! One such contributor was none other than Kellyanne’s hubby, George Conway, who donated $2,800. Others included George Takei and Mark Hamill.
And, just because I sense you guys need a few laughs, I give you … Seth Meyers as he summarizes last week with humour for us!