Good Tuesday morn, friends! The madness just never stops, does it? Every day there is some new atrocity taking place in Washington, something new to set our teeth on edge and our blood pressure soaring. I wonder if we will even get a break from it on Thanksgiving? At least there is one upside … I never have to go looking for a topic to write about! Snarky Snippets started out as a one-off … one day I had a number of notes on things I wanted to write of, but none were worthy of an entire post by themselves, so I decided to compile them into a ‘bits ‘n pieces’ type of post. Perhaps a day will come when there is no snark, when I go back to reviewing books and writing humorous pieces. I doubt it, though.
Off with his head!
Remember yesterday when I told you that the Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, had threatened to resign if Trump had his way in attempting to micromanage the Navy and override Spencer’s decision to oust Edward Gallagher? Well, it seems that Secretary Spencer displeased Donald Trump with his views, and you know what happens to any who have the courage to have a viewpoint that opposes Trump’s own whims … off with their heads!
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a Trump sycophant since day #1, requested Secretary Spencer’s resignation. In other words, Trump ordered him fired for not supporting Trump’s demand that the Navy fully reinstate Mr. Gallagher, despite his humiliating behaviour. According to the New York Times …
“In a statement, Mr. Esper said he had lost trust in Mr. Spencer because his private statements about the Navy SEAL case differed from what he advocated in public. But Defense Department officials said Mr. Spencer prompted the ire of Mr. Trump when he threatened to resign over the president’s handling of the case of the SEALs member, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, and publicly said he disagreed with the president’s handling of the matter.”
So, there you have it folks … you speak against the whims of Trump, and … off with your head!
She’s baaaaaack …
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House Press Secretary, is rather like a bad penny that just never goes away. In her former position, she was a spectacular failure. She presided over punishing Jim Acosta of CNN by suspending his White House access. She phased out the daily press briefings that in recent history have been the main way presidents answer to the public. Her legacy would be “defending the indefensible and not being truthful with the American people,” according to David Axelrod, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama.
As she left the White House for the final time, Trump said …
“I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
Well, guess what? She recently told the New York Times that she believes she has “been called” to take up the mantle, to become the next Governor of Arkansas. No word on just who ‘called’ her.
“There are two types of people who run for office. People that are called and people that just want to be a senator or governor. I feel like I’ve been called.”
All I can say is I’m glad I don’t live in Arkansas! Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, and I generally respected the man, though I rarely agreed with him. Suffice it to say that Sarah is not the (wo)man her father was.
Where is the justice?
The House of Representatives has been trying to gain access to Trump’s tax returns and related financial records for months. In April, the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed his longtime accounting firm Mazars LLP, for those records. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against Trump’s attempt to block Mazars from complying …
“Contrary to the President’s arguments, the Committee possesses authority under both the House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply. We conclude that in issuing the challenged subpoena, the Committee was engaged in a ‘legitimate legislative investigation.’”
Once again, justice prevailed … for a few short weeks. Naturally, Trump’s lawyers filed an appeal. There was only one place left for them to go … the U.S. Supreme Court. And go there, they did. And guess what, folks? The Supreme Court bowed to “his majesty”.
Yesterday, at Trump’s request, the Supreme Court issued a stay of the mandate of the lower court. Five justices signed the stay, and it is said that “no justice publicly noted any opposition”. I can guess which five signed the document, and I can also guess why no opposition was noted.
The stay is just that … it is good only until for ten days, until noon on December 5th. If Trump’s lawyers fail to file a formal petition to the Supreme Court for a hearing on the case, the stay will expire, and Mazars will have to turn over the subpoenaed records. Does anybody actually believe that will happen? Y’know … the more he fights turning over his financial records, the more suspicious I become. I am now fully convinced that those records would put an end to his presidency, and possibly even land him in prison, else he would have allowed them to be released before now.
If the person who should by all rights be held to the highest standards of accountability is above the law, then I think we can only conclude that there is no law in this nation.
Now that I’ve started your morning out with a bit of snark, go forth and share the snark! Snarl at somebody wearing a red hat!