Mad As Hell! (Part II)

Last week I wrote a post titled “Mad as Hell!”, and then after some thought, I had a sneaking suspicion that there would be more to come, so I added “(Part I)” to the title.  Lo and behold, I was right.  I can only wonder how many parts I will end up with.

The word of the day is … well, actually there are several words of the day:  stonewall, injustice, dishonesty, and I could think of more, but why bother?  Yes, I am talking about the Mitch McConnell Dog-and-Pony show happening as we speak in the Capitol building in Washington D.C.  McConnell and his cronies seem to be programmed to say one word only:  NO.  No, you can’t subpoena documents from the White House.  No, you can’t call John Bolton or Mick Mulvaney or Robert Blair or Michael Duffy or virtually any other witness.  No, you cannot subpoena documents from either the Department of Defense or the Office of Management and Budget.  What a SHAM this trial has already, after only one day, turned into.

My question … at least my first one … is this:  If McConnell and the other 52 republican fools in the Senate truly believe that Donald Trump is NOT guilty of any wrongdoing, then why the hell are they so afraid of any witness testimony or document review?  It seems to me that if they believe he is innocent, they would welcome such witnesses and evidence, to show the American public once and for all that Trump did nothing wrong.  So … all this subterfuge, all the games that McConnell is engaging in … they point heavily to the fact that McConnell and the entire rest of the right side of the aisle in the Senate are altogether too well aware that the defendant, Donald Trump, is guilty as charged … and then some.

And if you thought that Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts presiding over the trial would bring even an element of fairness, then think again, for he is proving himself to be naught more than just another of Trump’s hired goons.  History will not be kind to him, nor to any of the actors in this dog-and-pony show, but they don’t seem to think past the nose on their faces.

Granted, we all knew that at the end of the day, Trump will be acquitted because … for some reason that as yet eludes me, they seem scared shitless of Trump and will throw their very careers in the trash to bow to his wishes.  However, one would think they would at least … at the very least … give the appearance of a fair trial.  But nooooooo … they might as well stand up and say, “Trump is guilty as hell and we therefore find him innocent.” 

The thing that disturbs me most about this is not that Trump will remain in office until he is (hopefully, fingers crossed) voted out in November … I already had that one pegged from the first time the word “impeachment” was mentioned.  No, what is most disturbing and should scare the hell out of us all is the precedent this sets.

At just over 8,000 words, the U.S. Constitution does not cover all bases, but merely lays the foundation for a government based on democratic principles.  Specifics are left to two things:  laws and precedent.  Both, once set, are difficult to reverse.  If a fair trial, at least on the surface, is conducted and Trump is yet acquitted, it would be no different than when Bill Clinton was impeached but acquitted at trial.  However, if this trial continues to be a sham, a circus according to the wishes of Mitch McConnell, the precedent it sets is that no president is ever likely to be impeached again.  But … even that is not the worst of it.

The very worst is that in using his office, his power, for personal gain and political purposes, Trump effectively tore down any constraints or barriers to unlimited power.  Checks and balances?  Where???  Congress is tasked with overseeing the executive branch, and yet they have handed him the keys to the kingdom and said, “Do whatever you wish … we won’t stop you.”  The judiciary has largely said the same.  Where, my friends, do you suppose that leaves us … the 330 million people of this nation whose voices have been stifled by the very people we voted into office and whose salaries we pay?

We have laws in this country … laws that are not being enforced today, laws that are being laughed at by the very people we have entrusted to enforce those laws.  Imagine if you vandalized your neighbor’s car and ten people were standing on the street and saw you.  One of them finally calls the police while you continue to use your baseball bat to break every window in the car.  Now imagine that at your trial, not a single one of those ten people are called to testify.  A neighbor’s home security camera caught the whole incident on video, but that is not allowed at your trial, either.  That is exactly what this impeachment trial is.  There is no doubt that what Trump did was wrong, nor is there doubt that he did attempt to use the leverage of assistance to the Ukraine in order to force them to publicly announce an investigation into Trump’s political opponent, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.  There’s not a shred of reasonable doubt.  But … if no evidence is allowed to be presented, if no witnesses are allowed to tell what they know … where’s the damn justice???

Too many times already in the past three years, Trump has gotten by with abusing the power of his office, with obstruction of justice, with endangering the nation and its people.  If he is not held accountable now, then folks, we have an autocrat, an “Imperial President” who has no bounds, no conscience, and no reason to honour his oath of office.  The republicans in Congress are in the process of creating a monster, one that will destroy this nation.

I have emailed the republican senator for my state, Rob Portman, twice within the past ten days and have not received a single response, which leads me to believe that as a citizen and taxpayer, I have no voice in my government.  And that leaves me mad as hell!

50 thoughts on “Mad As Hell! (Part II)

  1. Interestingly, as the dog and pony performance continues… I came across something that shook me up quite a bit… I had not heard anything about this and wondered what exactly is going on behind the scenes. While Trump continued his performance of the ‘innocent victim of Witch hunting’ he quietly signed into existence, ‘Space Force,’ a new military initiative to conduct Space Warfare under the guise of protecting US interests… I urge everyone to go browse through the Website (and watch the videos) of this new military ‘force.’ It chilled me to the bone.
    https://www.spaceforce.mil

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        • SpaceX is the company created by Elon Musk… Having very advanced Rocket technology.

          Just have a weird feeling that sightings of UFO’s are about to increase dramatically.

          What has this to do with the impeachment trial? There is no way that DT is going down… Too much money and power at play here. The Democrats are being treated like Greta Thunberg… An annoying voice shouting against the wind of doom!

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          • Sigh. No, we all know that he isn’t likely to be convicted and removed from office, and at this point the best plan would involve a hired assassin, for 2020 isn’t looking as hopeful as I would like, either. But, there are 10 months yet until the election and a lot can happen. Sigh.

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          • This is the YouTube link for the Space Force recruitment video… It will appeal to the gaming youth and scifi movie junkies. What it says is that society, poverty, hunger, injustice, cruelty and environmental collapse, does not matter… They will spend your money to conquer Space and beyond to take any mineral wealth out there… This is not a fantasy film… This is the reality unfolding. 😔

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            • The first exercises are already underway…

              “Space Flag represents a fundamental pivot from viewing space as a benign environment to viewing space as a contested domain of warfare. This critical exercise provides an educational environment where our space warfighters are challenged to defend, fight, and win in space against a thinking adversary in potential future conflicts.”

              https://www.spaceforce.mil/News/Article/2058963/space-superiority-exercise-space-flag-concluded-successfully-on-us-space-force

              What on earth have we unleashed… Other Nations have already responded to this (and not with positivity as the US has just upped the stakes).

              Did anyone here know about the formation of Space Force? And if you did, did you dismiss it as fantasy?

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              • I knew, and yes, I dismissed it as fantasy. While I share your concern to a point, my best guess is that ‘Space Force’ will be relatively short-lived. For one thing, it is a Trump pet project … it is unnecessary, and this nation already spends FAR too much on military … our budget is the biggest on the globe. We cannot afford another branch of the military … especially one that is naught more than an ego trip for the megalomaniac in the Oval Office. But, he cannot last forever, and my belief is that when the republicans leave the Oval Office, some degree of common sense will kick in and the Space Force will be gradually phased out. My hope is that this happens before too much money is squandered or lives lost. You’re probably thinking that I’m not taking this seriously enough, and perhaps you’re right, but my friend … I am so overwhelmed as it is with things that are critical today, that I have to push some things to the back burner else I will literally shut down. So, while this will remain on my radar, and while yes, it makes me furious that he is using our tax dollars to play with billion dollar toys, it isn’t my biggest concern at the moment. That could change, of course, for our situation evolves daily, if not hourly! Hugs! ❤

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      • Again, my friend, I don’t anticipate any of this happening, for it is the most useless thing he could find to waste OUR money on. The more important things to focus on, I think are the issues that are affecting our very survival on this planet at the moment, and also on getting Trump out of office. I’m pretty sure that if he is voted out, the next president won’t follow through with the “space force” farce.

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          • General John Raymond talks about the Space Force initiative.. Sorry it is the 6th New Forces command and it has been 70 years since they last created one. The uniforms look similar to that of the airforce and there will be a migration of 16,000 air force personnel into Space Force over the next 18 months to 3 years.

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            • Apologies, it is General Jay Raymond. My head is bouncing round this with incredulity. The recruitment video might be a spoof, but these guys are really serious and I just can’t get my head around Space Warfare… I can’t deal with warfare down here on earth…. Just all too much! 😔

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    • Actually, I wrote a blurb about his signing “space force” into law back in December … https://jilldennison.com/2019/12/22/shopping-makes-for-snarky-snippets/ but haven’t had much interest since, for it is the stupidest idea I’ve heard in a long time, and my best guess is that it will never get off the ground, especially if Trump loses in November. Methinks he got the idea from watching something like “Buck Rogers Meets the Three Stooges”!

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      • I missed that or it just didn’t register on my radar… But the US government has given some rather lucrative contracts to Elon Musk and SpaceX. Unfortunately, this is all too real, and the 1967 Space Treaty has too many holes in it (something that the UN has tried to address but seemingly got nowhere).
        It might seem pie in the sky, Jill, but I think this has some big ramifications.

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        • Delete all my ramblings if you want Jill… This just makes me suspect motives for Space Force. The Doomsday clock has just moved to a 100 seconds to midnight… That is the closest position since the beginning of the Cold War… I don’t think that it will take much for a Nuclear war to break out from Space (although the UN Space Treaty strictly forbids use of Nuclear weapons in Space).

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  2. Permit a Benjaminism here…”You earned Two Thumbs Up and 10 Gold Stars”, I will omit the neckbuster hugs! My Son and I had a late night phone conversation that began with the Senate Impeachment Trial and the near certainty that Trump will be NOT be found guilty by the GOP of anything. We ended by discussing which of the presidential candidates amongst the Democrats would have the best chance to defeat Trump. As is often the case here of late, I admitted to fearing that no matter which Democrat garners the nomination their chance of success in the election seems doubtful. He quoted some words that I had read in a book and gave to him several years ago, that now hang on a wall in his office : “Success can be defined in many ways but failure in only one…quitting.” – Gerard de Marigny. We cannot quit fighting until this scoundrel is removed…if not by impeachment, then at the ballot box! Thank-you!

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    • You know I loved the Benjaminism! Probably good that you omitted the neckbuster hugs, though, for one of us would likely have gotten injured! 😉 The quote by Gerard de Marigny is apt, though I would argue that there are circumstances in which one can fail even though one persevered and gave it his/her best shot. Still, you are right, quitting is the ultimate failure and this is one situation where … quitting is simply not an option … the stakes are too high. Love ‘n hugs!

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      • If you will indulge my Propensity for Loquacity, I shall endeavor to put the word “Failure” into the perspective of a wise woman from long ago. To use the words of my Gram when telling a true story, “It happened like this”…when I was in the 6th grade, as was the custom at the time, I was expected to create a classroom science fair project. In those days, the winner of each grade level from the school went on to complete with other schools and so on to higher levels…my projects never made it out of the classroom. The rules were that it was only the student’s work without assistance from any other person. Allow me to interject here that it was clearly obvious that this rule was not always followed. In my home, it was followed to the letter! At any rate, I decided to germinate some of Gram’s lima bean seeds, then plant them in small pots and continue growing them in varying degrees of light as well as in complete darkness. At the end of my experiment, I would compare the results. I thought this an excellent plan and carried it out at my Gram’s, as she had many places to place the pots to carry out my experiment. Gram loaned me her Kodak camera to take photos to record various intervals of growth or the lack of it and also had them developed for me. Admittedly, my photography skills were nonexistent in those days which resulted in more blurry photos than clear…but needless to say, they could not be repeated. At the end of the allotted time for the project, most of the surviving plants were less than stunning results. Nevertheless, I made a rather crude wooden platform and placed the pots with handwritten cards giving the details of each with their specific photos placed behind them. I was devastated and more than a little embarrassed when the evening school show was held with the revelation of my grade plastered on it. Whilst I was aware that this was not deserving of an “A”, I was not expecting an “F”. My “Failure” was there for everyone to see, not the least of which was my family! I cried all the way home, no words of consolation could penetrate my grief and mortification. My Gram sat with me down on the sofa and in her infinite wisdom told me something that I have never forgotten. I repeated them often to my children over the years and most likely will to Benjamin as well. Gram said : “You may not have a total success, but you never have a complete failure if you gave it your best and learned something from it.” It was then that my Father added these words from Thomas Edison : “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The End and The Beginning! Thank-you!

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  3. Jill, the GOP Congressional caucus is following the following mantra: when the law is against you, argue the facts; when the facts are against you argue the law; when both the facts and law are against you, pound on the table. If Trump’s phone call was “perfect,” why did his staff try to bury it? If Devin Nunes’ name appeared in uncovered evidence, why did he not recuse himself? If Lev Parnas did not have the “juice” why would leaders give him an audience? But, my question for the Senators is why did you take an oath to be impartial if you have already stated you will be partial. That means you lied to the American people under oath. I want to hear from more witnesses, but right now, Trump looks guilty from the witnesses I have heard. What McConnell knows is more witnesses will not help Trump. Keith

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    • Quite true … and if they believe he is innocent, then why are they all acting as guilty as the kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar? They make it look worse every day, but yet … he will get off without accountability, won’t he? Why? Because the country is led by those beholden to the uber wealthy, I think. There will come a day of reckoning.

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      • Jill, Fox covering the testimony with an overlay of the audio is prima facie evidence that Trump is perceived to be guilty. What happened to the truth will set you free? I will say this again. This is the chance for real leaders in the GOP to step up and rid the country of this national security and constitutional risk in the White House (and the person who has seriously damaged the GOP). Keith

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        • Agreed, and even more disturbing, though I have not yet verified the accuracy, is that Fox is ahead of all others in ratings for their coverage of the impeachment trial. This does not bode well, if the greatest portion of this nation is getting their news from Fox and Fox is playing games to change the appearance of the trial. Yes, as you say, this is a chance for real leaders in the GOP to step up to the plate, but I must ask … are there any ‘real leaders’ in the GOP today? Are there any men (or women) of conscience in the Republican Party? I wish somebody would show us, for right now I see almost none.

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  4. This is indeed a worst-case scenario. In a sci-fi film, the generous aliens would at this point come down and teach us how to make honest decisions. I’d love to see Mitch’s face if that happened. I’m helping my blood pressure by not watching any of it. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Interesting article … depressing as hell! But, just what we expected anyway. This is why I say that if I can point to any single thing that set the wheels in motion to doom this nation, it was the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, allowing unlimited amounts of money to be donated to political campaigns. I hope those wealthy jerks are the first ones to suffocate when the air is no longer breathable. Meanwhile, though, we have to keep fighting as best we can. Sigh. Thanks for sharing that article.

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  5. Justice is dead…. Which will soon be followed by the demise of liberty, freedom and any remaining truth within the political constraints of our world. We get closer every day to walking away, to getting off the conveyor belt that we call ‘civilization.’

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    • The trouble is, though, that … at least from my perspective … we cannot just say it is dead and shrug our shoulders or throw our hands up in the air, for that is being defeated without a fight. I think we have to use whatever is at our disposal, be it the power of the pen, or our physical selves marching in protest, to make our voices heard, to scream, “NO … this is not right and I will not accept it!!!” If we don’t at least try, then we’ll never know if we might have succeeded. Sigh.

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  6. I join you in your madness, er in being mad.I thought Nancy Pelosi should have hung on a bit longer until she had achieved some promise of a fair trial.Moscow Mitch should not be there at all having already promised to throw it out very quickly in favour of Trump.No better from that loud mouthed weasel Lindsay who said he won’t even pretend to be fair. Those two at the east should not be in the room. I think the Democrats should hold a news conference at the end of every day to say how their requests for documents and witnesses have been answered as well as the proofs they came up with to secure the im[eachment. The public might as well have the truth ot what the President has done.
    Cwtch

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    • So, you wish to join me in my madness, eh … heh heh heh.

      I don’t think that Pelosi would have gotten anything no matter how long she held out. Remember that Moscow Mitchie was prepared to start the trial without even having the articles of impeachment, and his plan was to simply dismiss all charges quickly and without muss or fuss. So, I think Pelosi figured at least by sending over the articles, she was forcing a public trial. A sham? Surely it is, but the public can see for themselves what shyster boot-lickers Mitchie, Lindsey, and every other republican senator are being. Will it change minds? I doubt it will change the hard-core trumpeters, but it might make a few people stop and think, and at least we will know that Trump is guilty by the massive cover-up that is being perpetuated. Still, my blood is boiling, for this is a slap in the face to the very people that put these jerks into office and pay their salaries. And in the future, when somebody says to another president 10, 20, 50 years from now, “Mr. President, you cannot do that for it is not within your power”, the president will just laugh and say … there can be no abuse of power, for I AM the POWER.” Sigh.

      Cwtch

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