Just A Bill … Sittin’ Here On Capital Hill

Last Saturday night, a Police Sergeant in Houston, Texas, was killed when he responded to a call of domestic abuse.  The officer was Sergeant Christopher Brewster, he was 32 years old, and now he is irrevocably dead.  Just another statistic?  There is the danger, that with more than 36,000 gun fatalities already this year, each one becomes just another statistic.

But Houston Chief of Police, Art Acevedo, has seen enough and he is angry …art-acevedo

“We all know in law enforcement that one of the biggest reasons that the Senate and Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are not … getting the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized is because the NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends who abuse their girlfriends.  And who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend.”

H.R. 1585: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, is one of more than 250 bills that have been passed by the House of Representatives and are now languishing in what has come to be known as “Mitch McConnell’s graveyard”.  McConnell has called himself the “grim reaper” of progressive policies in the Senate.McConnell-graveyardSome of the other bills that have not seen the light of day in the Senate …

  • H.R. 1: For the People Act – aims to require states to provide an online option for voter registration and allow voters to register the same day they go to the polls. It would also require states to automatically register citizens who don’t register themselves. To protect elections from any foreign meddling, the bill mandates that states use paper ballots and that the Department of Homeland Security evaluate threats to election systems 180 days prior to an election and inform states of their conclusions. The bill includes campaign finance and ethics reform measures, including mandating presidential candidates release their tax returns.
  • H.R. 5: The Equality Act – seeks to provide comprehensive anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in employment, education, federal funding, housing, public accommodations and more.
  • H.R. 6: The American Dream and Promise Act – would protect young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — known as Dreamers — and establish a path to citizenship for more than 2 million immigrants without legal status.
  • H.R. 8: The Bipartisan Background Checks Act – seeks to expand background check requirements on private sales, including those at gun shows, on the internet or through classified ads.
  • H.R. 9: The Climate Action Now Act – would block the Trump administration from exiting the Obama-era Paris climate agreement.
  • H.R. 987: The Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act – seeks to lower prescription drug prices, bolster the Affordable Care Act and protect care for those with pre-existing conditions.
  • H.R. 1644: The Save the Internet Act – would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s party-line vote in 2017 to repeal net neutrality that prohibited broadband companies from blocking, throttling or prioritizing certain websites.

im-just-a-bill-6These and a couple hundred more bills have run into a brick wall named Mitch McConnell as they passed from the House to the Senate.  Now … as I see it, it is the job of the senators, including McConnell, to legislate.  That means, we are paying them $174,000 per year … except McConnell who, as Senate Majority Leader is being paid $193,400.  For. Doing. Nothing.

Chief Acevedo places Sergeant Brewster’s death firmly at the door of McConnell and others who are stubbornly and without purpose ignoring their duty.  I would agree, and I would also ask how many others have died because of the inaction of the Senate?  More than once, McConnell has said he will refuse to consider any legislation that does not have Trump’s support.  WTF???  Trump is not the employer of the U.S. Congress!!!  WE THE PEOPLE are their employers!

Now, we have an election coming up next year, and Mitch McConnell is up for re-election.  We can hope that the people of Kentucky have had enough by now and will vote him out.  Or …

Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution provides that “Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”

Yes, I know it’s a longshot, for most of the republicans in both chambers of Congress have drunk Trump’s poisoned Kool-Aid and are too cowardly to stray from the party line.  In other words, my friends, they have set aside their oaths of office, have set aside their duty to We the People, and are intent only on pleasing the ‘man’ in the Oval Office and their big-money donors such as the NRA and fossil fuel industries.  And the ‘man’ in the Oval Office has also set aside his oath of office … well, actually he never had any intention of honouring his commitment to the people of this nation … and is about to be impeached for doing so.

Folks … our government is B-R-O-K-E-N.  We are on a rudderless ship that, as I have said before, is headed for a big iceberg (one of the few left).  How much longer are we going to put up with this?  We damn well better make some sweeping changes on November 3rd, 2020, else we WILL hit that iceberg.vote-animated

 

61 thoughts on “Just A Bill … Sittin’ Here On Capital Hill

    • I fully agree, as do most of the readers of this blog. Unfortunately, between the fact that Mitch has refused to even discuss the election security bills that are sitting on his desk, the fact that we still have a large number of gerrymandered districts, the fact that red states are trying to implement new laws to make it harder for the poor and minorities to vote, and whatever propaganda the Russians are putting out, I fear the same result as in 2016 … the democratic candidate winning the vote, but losing the election in the electoral college. But, you’re correct that we need to start working on the undecided and the apathetic, for it’s highly unlikely that we will change the minds of any diehard republicans. It also isn’t helping that the democratic candidates are sniping at each other. Bah humbug.

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              • Hide kitties, someone called Auntie Sheila an idiot on Facebook and Uncle Woger is now Savage, Snarling Tiger Roger who is looking to tear someone not just one but two new ones. The SFB got two warning shots from me this morning and they were not at all calm and reasoned posts. They will regret that post. The Black Flags have been raised and there will be no quarter.
                Hartman….he was ok for a liberal……

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                • Not Auntie Sheila!!! She’s not no idiot! Let us at ’em, Uncle Woger … we’ll ‘tack ’em. Grrrrrrrrr 😾😾😾😾😾

                  I’m with the babes on this … lemme at ’em! I can imagine you’re ready to tear someone a few new ones! 🏴🏴 Let me know how it turns out! And give Sheila a hug for me.

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                  • 24 + hours have passed and no replies. He was lucky he was not in the house at the time, I went into a vitriolic overdrive for about 30mins, if his home was rattling I was the cause.
                    Another one was been abusive to a friend of mine, I gave the fellow a vague historical allusion to think about, he didn’t get it, made some sort of mistake and told me to ‘go back to school’…..so he got the full lecture with a big side dish of sarcasm. (like shooting fish in a barrel)
                    I must stop now though, I’m getting too ‘Hulk Smash’ with a mix of ‘The Punisher’ .Once again that evil little part whispers ‘go on, you know you enjoy it, humiliate and hurt them, give them a taste of what the old school players can do,’ It’s not good for the soul and from a true Christian perspective not just hypocritical buy something of a sin.
                    I need to go off in 40 days in a place of calm repose and reflection….yet again.
                    Hugs all around.

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                    • He sounds like what I refer to as “hit and run cowards” … they throw some b.s. insults, then disappear. Yeah, Roger, I have that same little evil part that whispers words of encouragement to keep me in the fray, and often enough I fall for it. But, when the chest starts hurting and you just cannot even smile at the antics of the moggies, it’s time to step back, take a nice long shower, fold a load of towels or something physical, and say “to hell with ’em”. I don’t worry overly much about sin, but I do try to stay alive to keep on fighting for another day, and so should you, my friend. The babes send their love … Boo has picked up an addiction … to television!!! He spent literally 2 hours straight watching kitty videos today … never budged from in front of the set!

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                    • He is so funny. He sits right in front of the t.v. and watches, his head going back and forth, then he tentatively reaches out a paw to touch the kitty on the telly. My daughter likes to watch crafting shows, primarily knitting shows, and Boo now likes them, too … he reaches out to touch the hand of the knitter, as if asking for a pet. It’s funny, for he’s the only one of the moggies who even notices the t.v. And yes, you’re right … it wouldn’t hurt us to use kitty-vid therapy every now and then.

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  1. Normally, I’m not a bloodthirsty person but I’m thinking that the very best way to get Moscow Mitch and his pals to pass gun control is to be victimized on Capitol Hill by an unhinged owner of an assault weapon – or three. Geez! Leave the schools alone and look to the Senate! My comment is totally awful but those GOP senators deserve it for not doing their jobs.

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    • I have thought the same … that they will take the gun issue seriously when it affects them personally. Sigh. Your comment echoes my own feelings … it is tragic that we have come to think like this, but … we’re tired of seeing innocent children killed because our elected officials are blinded by power and greed.

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  2. A little off topic, although it involves trump.

    Taken in part from Padre Steve’s blog. He sums it up quite well

    “We think we’ve come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches it’s all ancient history. Then – before you can blink an eye – suddenly it threatens to start all over again.”

    It is happening, all around the world, and it could easily happen here. The unwavering support of Evangelical, Charismatic/Pentecostal, and other conservative Christians for Trump, people who believe that anyone who opposes Trump is an enemy of God demonstrates that.  Our founders realized how easily it could happen, and they warned us about it; but they are dead, and neither Trump or his followers give a damn about them or the Constitution that they crafted.

    Many followers of the current President are far more dangerous than Trump, because they will outlast him by a generation, or more, always waiting for the chance to grab power by any means possible. A prime example is the heretical and money grubbing Paula White, who is now the President’s “spiritual advisor.” Likewise they are true believers in authoritarian, theocratic government, and are no better than the Taliban, the Iranian Ayatollahs, or the Saudi Mullahs.

    Trump is a problem, and he needs to be impeached and convicted, or voted out of office, I personally believe him to be malfeasant and evil, but some of his action and behaviors could be related to some form of dementia, that has only made his narcissist tendencies worse.

    But his supporters should know better, especially the ones who claim to be Observant Christians, or Jews. How anyone who supposedly studies the Jewish and Christian scriptures and traditions, yet supports and defends Trump is beyond me. It is more about faith than politics for me, though mine do often intersect. Being “pro-life” means much more than being “anti-abortion.” Being “pro-Christian morality” means more than being “anti-gay.” Being pro-Religious Freedom means more than being more than supporting policies that only benefit Christians, and I am a Christian. Some may take exception to that, Conservative Christians especially, but those of other religious as well as non-believers as well. However, it has been my experience that Atheists and Agnostics, as well as others that do not subscribe to my faith hold the Constitution in higher regard than most of the Christians that I know, or for than matter Muslims who have grown up as citizens in this country, and serve in our Armed Forces.
    Peace,
    Padre Steve

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  3. What Moscow Mitch thinks he is doing by holding up legislation, only he knows. Does he think it will help him hold onto power? He best know those who will vote for him, because nobody should. He is not doing what he took an oath to do, nor earning what he is being paid. Very few Repuglycans are. If they get re-elected, then there are no such things as Americans anymore, just a bunch of individuals caring only about their own lives.
    The Great American Experiment will die a miserable death.

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    • I think he believes it will endear him with his constituents, the majority of whom are republicans. However, the polls have his approval rating only at 24.8% as of today, so perhaps the people of Kentucky are actually getting fed up with him? We can only hope.

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  4. my neighbor’s husband of 23 years is a dreamer. He has a valid driver’s license, a baptismal certificate from Texas, and a marriage license from Ok. Ice picked him up yesterday after he was stopped for a broken tail light. He is being held for deportation. The family has over 45 people (professionals in the community) ready and able to give testimony as to his job (34 years and counting), his family, his church attendance, his education (AAS)……and ICE is refusing to allow anyone into his hearing. NOT even his wife! I am so disgusted with mcConnell and his crap! Because nothing has happened with the bill, this lovely man may be sent to a country he has not seen since he was 2 months old, has zero relatives and DOESN’T speak the language!

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    • It is a travesty that this man was deported due to stupid politics, at this stage of his life he should be grandfathered in as an honorary citizen. On the flip side, why did he not apply for citizenship during Obama’s administration? Didn’t the Dream Act go into effect in 2012, under DACA? Perhaps he should have taken care of business… As of January 2017, 740,000 people have registered through DACA. On September 5, 2017 the Trump administration rescinded the program. Sigh, snooze u lose, immigration is no joke.

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      • That is a most hateful commentary on any person, and he does not deserve your vitriol. You have no idea who he is or what happened to him.
        Your system is not only cracked, but inhumanely crumbling around your feet. Beware, lest you fall through cracks you cannot see, or understand.

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        • I agree with you, rg … it was unnecessarily hateful and … uncaring. I know that 1Earth isn’t typically like that, so I hope that she didn’t mean it to come out as it did. But yes, it was uncaring and the situation of this poor man has made me ill.

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        • Sorry RG, my apologies to Jill and fellow bloggers for my callous response. Last night tired and jetlagged after a 9 hr flight, my lightheaded attempt at blogging didn’t go so well. I didn’t intend to be hurtful but can see now how it came out that way, my bad.
          You are absolutely right, I have no idea what his personal circumstances were or what he had gone thru before his deportation.
          As a frequent traveler, I can only relate my own experience. I’m always mindful of the customs, traditions and gov’t regulations when I’m in a foreign country. My checklist has to be meticulous whenever I travel, as a professional all my documents must be in order: passport, work visa, licenses, immunization papers, health & travel insurance, customs forms, currency exchange and declarations… *sigh* that’s just the paperwork.
          I’m sure most Dreamers living and growing up in America feel they are real Americans like everyone else, working, raising family, living their lives. Hindsight being 20/20, they never anticipated being deported like an “illegal” migrant since previous administrations never made it a priority, and nobody had foresaw a Donald Trump being Prez.
          Now many are caught in this bureaucratic immigration nightmare, causing serious trouble for thousands.
          I really do feel for the Dreamers b/c it’s not their fault for being in the situation they’re in, but during that period of amnesty under Obama, I wish they took advantage of DACA and avoid the current trauma.
          You are 100% correct, many of our institutions are broken due to corruption, crony capitalism, self-serving lying POS politicians, horrendous gov’t policies that are totally inhumane.
          Believe me, I am fully aware and understand perfectly the severity of this current Earth Shift. But thanks for the reminder RG!

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      • Nah, let’s not make the mistake of blaming the victim here. Place the blame squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of Donald Trump and his band of white supremacists. This nation was founded by immigrants, it’s only real redeeming quality was willingness to open its arms and provide a safe harbour to all those in need. That ended on 20 January 2017. My neighbors are immigrants … refugees from Iraq & Syria … and frankly, they are among the kindest, most wonderful people I’ve ever known and I’m thankful for them. We are all on this globe together, we either help each other, or we are traitors to the human race. There is no longer a “them” and an “us” … it’s all WE.

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        • Sorry Jill, it won’t happen again. I too am beyond frustrated, also tired and grouchy after a super long flight doesn’t help. I feel helpless that our fellow beings, kind kindred spirits could be uprooted so easily b/c of prejudice, hatred, hidden under the guise of a heartless bureaucracy. You are blessed to have wonderful neighbors wherever they’re from. I have dear friends from many nationalities all over the world, and we don’t believe in arbitrary artificial borders. Yet to exist in this current system, we must abide by them to the detriment of our souls. 😦

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    • Suze … reading this comment made me sick. I tried to read your words to my girls, but … about halfway through the tears came and I could not finish. This breaks my heart. Sure, I’ve read similar stories and they broke my heart, but hearing it first-hand … somebody that is a friend of a friend … it makes it so much more real. WE MUST STOP THIS! This simply cannot continue! These are human beings we’re talking about, not some pawns in a giant game of chess! Thank you for sharing this … and please, keep me posted on any updates. Trump & McConnell and the rest of the bootlickers are the ones I’d like to see deported! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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      • On a positive note i am researching a viable solution for fundamental grassroots changes to our broken gov’t.

        Our government is broken, and we have to fix it. In this short film, Michael Douglas and RepresentUs Co-Founder Joshua Graham Lynn break down how our political system has been hijacked, why it encourages division and vilifies bipartisan cooperation, and why it’s made Congress so dysfunctional that they can’t even pass the most basic laws to improve the lives of Americans.

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    • Sigh. My heart breaks for you guys. 😥 But no, it won’t enlighten our voters, for two reasons. One, they don’t bother to pay attention to what is happening anywhere in the world other than in their own backyard. Two, even if they did notice, they wouldn’t stop drinking the Kool-Aid long enough to take off their ‘fun house glasses’ and see the reality of what the Oaf in the Oval is doing to us. Sigh.

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        • As of the 13th December 2019 I renounce my cultural and spiritual status as ‘Of Britain’.
          I live upon a collection of isles off the west coast of the mainland of Europe.
          Similarly I live in a town called Wrexham, I am not of it.
          I am Theistic (Catholic), Socialist, European and a Writer. I am a Husband Father and a Grandfather.
          The rest is merely statistical information to enable Sheila and myself to reside and currently live in sort of comfort.
          I owe no allegiance to these Isles, they have to work hard to win that back.

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              • We have no shortage of dumbasses, and there seems to be a growing wave of nationalism (a VERY ugly word). As for the democrats … they just don’t seem to get it. They are eating their own! More and more, I am discouraged by what I see and hear.

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                    • You are so right, Roger. Relative to so many others, we are yet in our infancy, and not learning from our ‘parents’ mistakes. But, the rules of the game have changed, and there is no wiggle room, no time for a learning curve, for two reasons: climate change and nuclear weapons. Your country and mine are 2 of the 9 nations having nuclear capabilities, and both are currently led by megalomaniacs. Then there’s Russia and North Korea. What could possibly go wrong???????????

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                    • Here’s a thought which was touched on in the film ‘War Games’ starring a young Matthew Broderick. The fear factor of those within the chain of the system, no one has yet actually fired off a live nuclear weapon through a missile system starting off cold.
                      The only folk involved in that were the crews of Enola Gay & Bockscar at the end of a long and very bloody war.
                      And so far the predictions of what the next major conflict will be like have been shown to be wrong.
                      The dangers now lie in the ‘small’ civil and civic wars and the damage they can cause.
                      And as you say, the fact that we are failing to adapt to our expansion upon the planet and consumption of its resources.

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                    • You make a good point, though frankly, I don’t trust Trump as far as I can throw a feather, not to push the button if he felt that he was losing power. I hope more than anything that he is defeated next November, but at the same time, I fear what he might do. As re the environment, it seems to me that humans are determined to ignore the crisis until they do bring about their own extinction. Greed and laziness. Sigh.

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                    • I might have said this to you before but it bears repeating Jill.
                      Somewhere in the very most secret recesses of the military and security services there are books of protocol of what to do when the president acts in a dangerous and prejudicial fashion.
                      If he tried anything like that….
                      Now I know I’ve written this out for you before:
                      1.Press Briefing:
                      ‘No the President simply has a head cold. He’ll (chuckle) be bouncing back at you in a day or two,’
                      2. Press release ‘Due to the continuation of his severe cold the president is taking a well-earned few days off’
                      3. Statement by someone: ‘No . There is no truth is that rumour. You’ve had one of those nasty colds that lay you up haven’t you?’
                      4. Press Conference: ‘Due to the severity of his influenza the president is cancelling all appointments for the foreseeable future. Mr Pence will temporarily be taking over the role.
                      5. Sober fellow from the GOP ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the president and his family at this trying time’
                      6. No news for a day or two.
                      7. Mr Pence: ‘It is my solemn duty to advise you that at ….. am this morning’
                      8. TV news ‘Arrangements continue for the state funeral’
                      9. Mr Pence speaks to the nation, senior members of the military and security services are noticed amongst those standing behind him.

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                    • I do so hope you are right, Roger, for I strongly suspect that Trump would have no qualms about destroying the entirety of life on earth if he felt the world had turned against him. It does make sense that there would be a protocol, for eventually it was inevitable that we would get a madman in the Oval Office I suppose. I do like your scenario, too. Especially the part in #5 about the ‘thoughts and prayers’. 😉

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  5. Hello Jill. The Republicans have given up on all you mentioned plus democracy. It is clear they do not want the voters choosing their elected representatives, they prefer to pick their voters so they can insure they win. Republicans crave power far more than they do democracy, and if they start to lose power as they have , they will over throw democracy to stay in charge. I think they would prefer a one party authoritarian ruled country such as China, North Korea, or Russia as long as they can be the party in charge.

    I am sad to report most schools do not even teach civics anymore. I do not know if that is deliberate sabotage or just a victim of cuts in the education funds. Either way most young people today have no clue how the government in this country is supposed to work or their rights, and all they see is the current messed situation is up not working. I loved the school house rock videos and I could sing them before I even understood what they meant. We need that today. Public service announcements of about 2 minutes played randomly around the clock. Why around the clock, because the adults need to learn about how our government works and the laws of our land also. It use to be required of broadcast station to devote time to education stuff like that, now they fudge it to get more money from commercials and paid programing. Hugs

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    • Very well stated Scottie. “Republicans crave power far more than they do democracy, and if they start to lose power as they have , they will over throw democracy to stay in charge.” — I would say the same about the Democratic Party, both parties have forgotten their roots AND lost their minds!
      Civics class will undermine the power and control of big gov’t and corporate America, it is not in their best interest to educate and empower the masses, they’re perfectly happy with keeping ignorant sheep population.
      In a way the Democratic Party has betrayed the American public much worse than the Repugs, and here’s why:

      The liberal class and the Democratic Party leadership have failed, even after their defeat in the 2016 presidential election, to understand that they, along with the traditional Republican elites, have squandered their credibility. No one believes them. And no one should.

      They squandered their credibility by promising that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would, as claimed by President Bill Clinton, create 200,000 new, well-paying jobs per year; instead, several million jobs were lost. They squandered it by allowing corporations to move production overseas and hire foreign workers at daily wages that did not equal what a U.S. unionized worker made in an hour, a situation that obliterated the bargaining power of the American working class. They squandered it by allowing corporations to use the threat of “offshoring” production to destroy unions, suppress wages, extract draconian concessions and push millions of workers into the temp and gig economies, where there are no benefits or job security and pay is 60% or less of what a full-time employee in the regular economy receives. They squandered it by forcing working men and women to take two or three jobs to support a family, jacking up household debt to $13.95 trillion. They squandered it by redirecting wealth upward, so that during the Clinton administration alone 45 percent of all income growth went to the wealthiest 1%. They squandered it by wiping out small farmers in Mexico, driving some 3 million of them off their lands and forcing many to migrate in desperation to the United States, a human tide that saw the U.S. right wing and President Trump direct mounting rage toward immigrants. They squandered it by turning our great cities into urban wastelands. They squandered it by slashing welfare and social service programs. They squandered it by supporting endless, futile wars that have an overall price tag of between $5 trillion and $7 trillion. They squandered it by setting up a surveillance system to spy on every American and then lying about it. They squandered it by catering to the big banks and gutting financial regulations, precipitating the 2008 economic meltdown. They squandered it by looting the U.S. Treasury to bail out banks and financial firms guilty of massive financial crimes, ordering the Federal Reserve to hand over an estimated $29 trillion to the global financiers responsible for the crash. They squandered it by not using this staggering sum instead to provide free college tuition to every student or universal health care, repair our crumbling infrastructure, transition to clean energy, forgive student debt, raise wages, bail out underwater homeowners, form public banks to foster investments in our communities at low interest rates, provide a guaranteed minimum income and organize a massive jobs program for the unemployed and underemployed, whose ranks are at least double official statistics. They squandered it by cutting child assistance programs—most drastically during the Clinton administration—resulting in 16 million children going to bed hungry every night. They squandered it by leaving over half a million Americans homeless and on the streets on any given day. They squandered it by passing laws that keep students burdened by massive college loan debt that has climbed to $1.4 trillion, debt they cannot free themselves from even if they declare bankruptcy. They squandered it by militarizing police and building the world’s largest system of mass incarceration, one with 25% of the world’s prison population. They squandered it by revoking due process and habeas corpus. They squandered it by passing massive tax cuts for the rich and for corporations, many of which—such as Amazon—pay no federal income tax, ballooning the federal deficit, now at $779 billion and climbing. They squandered it by privatizing everything from intelligence gathering to public education to swell corporate bank accounts at taxpayer expense. They squandered it by permitting corporate money—an estimated $9.9 billion will be spent this presidential election cycle on political advertising—to buy politicians in a form of legalized bribery that sees corporate lobbyists write legislation and create laws. They squandered it by doing nothing to halt the looming ecocide.

      The problem is not messaging. The problem is the messenger. The mortal wounds inflicted on our democratic institutions are bipartisan. The traditional Republican elites are as hated as the Democratic elites. Trump is vile, imbecilic, corrupt and incompetent. But for a largely white working class cast aside by austerity and neoliberalism, he at least taunts the elites who destroyed their communities and their lives.

      The shakedown that Trump clumsily attempted to orchestrate against the president of Ukraine in the hope of discrediting Joe Biden, a potential rival in the 2020 presidential election, pales beside the shakedown orchestrated by the elites who rule over America’s working men and women. This shakedown took from those workers their hope and, more ominously, their hope for their children. It took from them security and a sense of place and dignity. It took from them a voice in how they were governed. It took from them their country and handed it to a cabal of global corporatists who intend to turn them into serfs. This shakedown plunged millions into despair. It led many to self-destructive opioid, alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. It led to increases in suicide, mass shootings and hate crimes. This shakedown led to bizarre conspiracy theories and fabrications peddled by a neofascist right wing, deceptions bolstered by the lies told by those tasked with keeping the society rooted in truth and verifiable fact. This shakedown led to the end of the rule of law and the destruction of democratic institutions that, if they had continued to function, could have prevented the rise to power of a demagogue such as Trump.

      There is zero chance Trump will be removed from office in a trial in the Senate. The Democratic Party elites have admitted as much. They carried out, they argue, their civic and constitutional duty. But here again they lie. They picked out what was convenient to impeach Trump and left untouched the rotten system they helped create. The divisions among Americans will only widen. The hatreds will only grow. And tyranny will wrap its deadly tentacles around our throats.

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    • Sadly, you are right on several counts. They are far more interested in their power and wealth than in the good of the nation and its people, and a few have even been brazen enough to state that they would have no problem with an authoritarian leadership, provided they could be in on the power.

      For our schools to stop teaching about government and how it operates is unconscionable. Yes, I was aware of it, and have railed against it more than a few times, for we are educating them to be automatons, training them for specific jobs, but we have stopped teaching young people to think for themselves. What better way to ensure that the proletariat are not capable of taking a role in government, eh? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      And speaking of the School House Rock videos … ever since I wrote this post around 1:00 p.m., I have had that darned “I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill … ” song stuck in my head!!! I’ve whistled it, sung it, hummed it … and it won’t leave!!! 😉

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