The Monsters Under My Bed

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

rouhani-obama-tweet-2.jpgThe 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 …Gosar-tweetI 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. Trump-fate

23 thoughts on “The Monsters Under My Bed

  1. Seth Myers has a couple of rene ‘A Closer Look’ Segments, that really put this lying and cheating firmly in the picture. While Seth is funny, he has a cutting monologue that really does call Trump an out and out Liar, along with all the usual suspects who try to shore up his terrible decisions. I hope the British Government and Boris, has the good sense to stay away from this mess and not react to the downed Ukrainian Airlines Aircraft (Now considered to be hit by an Iranian missile). While, yes a lot of people on board were Canadians and from other countries, most were of Iranian descent and I cannot imagine that this was deliberate (though Iran seems to be bulldozing the evidence away rather quickly).
    Trump will look for any excuse to create a war… It creates an uptick in manufacturing war weaponry. No other nation should back him up… He is a complete lunatic… And if you want my opinion, the USA will be the first to use a nuclear weapon… After all the track record is that only the USA has purposefully used them.
    I wish Obama could actually go over and talk to Iran… I think he would be the perfect negotiator because the Trump administration hates Obama do much, so he has to be acceptable to Iran (who now hate Trump). Shit… What a complete mess!

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    • I’ll go in search of the Seth Meyers videos soon … he is funny, but also well-informed and sharp. You’ll notice that it is only the U.S. saying that Iran shot down the jetliner, and also notice that Trump is fairly low-key about it. Now … if Iran had shot it down, if Trump actually believed that, he would be shrieking at the top of his lungs … er, thumbs … non-stop. Something fishy here, something not quite kosher. Yeah, a complete mess. Sigh.

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  2. There is not enough room under a king size bed for all the monsters that are lurking about these days! Good Grief, even the closet doors can’t be closed to contain all of them! It does seem to me that Paul Gosar, the Dentist-turned-Congressman, needs to be extracted from his present employment! The saying that I heard growing up was “no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted”. Mayhaps, though doubtful, the horses were valued higher than the cows. At any rate, it could also be said that this proposed resolution by the House is “too little too late” but I suppose, as has also been said, “better late than never”. It also seems to me that Trump will not abide by anything he chooses not to abide by, whether a law is passed or not. It is arguable that why should he…as he has gotten away by doing what he will whenever he will without interference from any pesky trivial things such as norms and laws. Trump’s day of reckoning is long overdue! Thank-you!

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    • Dear, dear Ellen! After some 15 hours spent researching, writing, revising, re-writing today, you have made me smile … nay, laugh! I loved your play on words about Gosar, and was chuffed to see that you have as many monsters in your room as I! On retrospect, I think it was the horse that had already gotten out when we closed the barn door, but I honestly cannot remember … it might well have been the skunk for all that I can recall at the moment. But, to the point … you are so correct. Trump will not abide by any law that he chooses not to. Remember how he bragged that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue? Well, if he chose to, I’m sure he would. We must get him out of office a year from now, at the latest, else this nation will never be the same again. Heck, it is already at that point, but we definitely cannot tolerate another 4 years. Sigh.


  3. While I was replying to Jeff and his post about the Evangelicals this phrase from film ‘The Sweet Smell of Success’ popped into my head and I got it quite wrong, this is the correct one:
    ‘That’s fish four days old. I won’t buy it!’ which is the message you should send Gosar every time he says something

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  4. Jill, Gosar knows fully well what he was trying to do. It reminds me of another Arizona legislator, former Senator John Kyl, when he was caught in lie and said the following to a reporter, “You have mistaken what I said as the truth.” In other words, it is your fault I am lying. Gosar deserves every bit of criticism.

    Getting back to the Iran mess, this was made by Trump when he backed out of the Iran Nuclear deal against the wishes of six co-signers and his Sec of Defense. We knew THEN this was a mistake and would could cause problems. People need to be reminded of this as they reshape history. Keith

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    • PS – I just left a message with a staff member for Gosar. Key themes – the act and response are poor form, we need our legislators to be our better angels, and I now know his name, and it is not in a good way. He needs apologize and say he screwed up. The staff member said people have called in about this. Please feel free.


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    • “You have mistaken what I said as the truth.” Wow … that blows my mind. Well, I guess if I lie on my tax return this year and say we have 15 children, then it’s okay, eh? grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      Yep, Trump has single-handedly … well, with the help of Pence and Pompeo … created havoc in the Middle East, where there was only mild strife before he came along. He has caused Iran to stick out their tongue and say “We’ll build nukes if we wish”, and he has caused our former allies to distance themselves from us. Wow, what a great president, eh? grrrrrrrrrrrrr.


    • Yeah, I have some of those, too! I think, from what I have seen, that Boris has many of Trump’s less savory qualities, but … he is also more intelligent than Trump and knows which side his bread is buttered on. Thanks Jack! Love you too! 💞

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  5. I doubt anything is safe in his hands, he has a limited attention span so no saying where he’d put anything down.Isn’t it a same that they’re so afraid of President Obama they have to try and blame him for any problems.

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    • Obama could be dead and they will still be blaming him for creating problems he never could have imagined.
      But notice. He is not dead, yet he keeps letting the Repuglycans keep heaping shit on his shoulders without complaint. He knows the people who matter know they can call him all the names they want, but words will never change who he is, and who he was as president.
      No matter how big a hole the Rs try to dig under him, the better Obama looks, and the bigger he grows because of them.
      Trump is nothing but a pile of shit beside him!

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      • You’ve hit the nail on the head, rg. Obama is above the fray, he is a man of character and dignity, and he doesn’t need to get down and play in the mud with the pigs who would blame him for everything that is wrong today based only on the colour of his skin. And, as you say, the more they put him down, the better he looks. He wasn’t perfect, but was a damn sight better than the buffoon sitting in the Oval Office today. Sigh. I want Obama back!


    • You’re right … not even a Sharpie marker is without dangers in his hands! And yes, it is a damn shame that Obama, who tried to keep peace in the Middle East, who tried to do many things to protect the environment, who tried to put people and their lives ahead of corporate greed, is the whipping boy for Trump & Co. There is an article in today’s WaPo that I will send you in a bit about just this. Sigh.


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