Some nights, of late, there are monsters under my bed, just like when I was a child. Some nights, the nightmares are vivid and I wake up thinking that I am screaming, but not a peep is coming out of my dry throat. Given the things I write about, the things we all live with day-to-day, I suppose it’s no wonder.
Who knew a tweet …
Could cause such a stir? Here’s how it started …
U.S. Representative Paul Gosar from Arizona, a republican, posted this tweet
The image purports to show President Barack Obama shaking hands with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.
Trouble is, other than the obvious, that a) the photo was photoshopped – Obama never met Rouhani in person, and b) Rouhani is still in power, still the president of Iran. The purpose? Well, as best as anyone can figure, Mr. Gosar was, as many republicans have been scrambling to do over the past several days, attempting to find some justification or purpose for Trump ordering the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s second-highest ranking government official. The name of the game is “blame Obama”.
But Mr. Gosar’s response, when it was pointed out that this was obviously a fake picture, is what I find interesting. His response was basically of the “yeah, so what?” sort …I guess that makes me a dimwit, eh?
Y’know, folks, Trump & Co, the Republican Party as a whole, have an unnatural hatred of President Obama and seemingly everything he stood for, but it has gone many steps too far. Obama was a hundred times the man Trump is, and a thousand times better president than Trump. It’s time for the republicans in power to start doing their jobs and stop finding ways to prove how much they hated having an African-American president, for that is what it really all boils down to.
Mr. Gosar has flown onto my radar a time or two before. For one, he is a member of the ignoble House Freedom Caucus – a misnomer if ever there was one. And for another, as a recipient of donations from the NRA. He has engaged in conspiracy theories ala Alex Jones about such things as the fatal Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, and has also supported Iowa Representative Steve King, who was removed from his congressional committees for his blatantly racist public remarks. He has accused both the FBI and the Department of Justice of treason and has referred to Native Americans as “wards of the federal government”. He claims that the 2nd Amendment is the single most important amendment set forth by the Bill of Rights, even more important than the 1st Amendment, freedom of speech, press & religion. He has signed the Koch Brothers pledge promising to vote against any legislation to combat global warming. In September 2018, prior to the 2018 elections, six of Gosar’s nine siblings actively supported his democratic opponent, David Brill, saying their brother had become an extremist. And the list goes on … this is the face of our republicans in Congress today, my friends. This is the sort of garbage that has been lured out from under the rocks in the past decade. Thirty years ago, such a sample of pond scum would not have gotten even 1% of the vote.
Arizona … do not send this dolt back to Washington in November! You dishonour the name of your favourite son, the late, great John McCain when you send your trash to Congress!
Tie his hands … please!!!
The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a resolution to force the president to halt any military action against Iran unless Congress authorizes it. Nothing quite like closing the barn door after the cow’s already out, eh?
The measure would require that Trump cease all action against Iran unless Congress votes in advance to approve it, effectively tying his hands in the escalation of tensions between Trump and Iran. We all see the handwriting on the wall, yes? The House, with a democratic majority, will approve it and send it to the Senate where either it will languish along with a few hundred other House-passed bills, or rapidly be voted down. There is a ray of hope, albeit a slim ray, because yesterday, two Republicans signaled they were inclined to support it. Just need two more … any takers? Doubtful, as most congressional republicans are still praising Trump for assassinating Iran’s highest ranking general.
In her statement yesterday, Nancy Pelosi said …
“Members of Congress have serious, urgent concerns about the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy moving forward. Our concerns were not addressed by the president’s insufficient War Powers Act notification and by the administration’s briefing today.”
The divide in Congress is representative of the divide in this nation … and it is a lethal divide. Make no mistake … that old saying, “United we stand, Divided we fall” is apt. We certainly cannot continue as we are … that much is clear. There is a disconnect among the people of this nation, and it extends well beyond political parties. Donald Trump and his minions are using that disconnect to widen the gap, to make this nation so dysfunctional that it is an easy prey. Frankly, I am sick to the death of the “us vs them” mentality.