Remember the story about the little shepherd boy who cried wolf? You don’t? Aw, c’mon … you’re not so old you’ve forgotten that one. Well, the story goes that the little boy got bored while tending his master’s sheep, and I suppose to get attention, kept crying “Wolf!!!”, even though there was no wolf after him (not to mention that wolves aren’t bad guys anyway). The townspeople all ran to his rescue, only to find there was no wolf, no threat, the kid was just bored. Then one day, a wolf really was after the kid, or more likely the sheep, and though he kept crying “Wolf!!!”, nobody came to his rescue, for they were all onto his tricks. Thus, the wolf ate all the sheep and the little boy, mostly to get him to shut up (poor wolf had a severe case of heartburn for days after). And the moral, according to Aesop, is “this shows how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them”.So why, you ask, do I tell you a fairy tale on this Saturday afternoon? I wish I could remember! I know I had a purpose … but I cannot remember it just now. So, I shall just proceed with a few snippets and perhaps it will come back to me, eh?
The impeachment trial, for those who might not know, is in its fourth day. Funny, the senators haven’t done a bit of work all year, but they are so eager to get this trial out of their way, supposedly so they can, as one senator claimed, “get back to doing the work of the people”. What work??? What “people”? They haven’t passed a piece of meaningful legislation in the Senate in over a year now! They don’t even discuss meaningful legislation. Oh wait … they voted to re-name a few federal buildings … that was pretty important to us all, wasn’t it?
Anyway, one Senator, Roger Wicker from Mississippi, responded to the impeachment charges that Trump had acted inappropriately, had abused the power of his office, in attempting to withhold aid to the Ukraine in exchange for personal gain …
“I do things every week that are inappropriate. So no, I’m not going to go down that road.”
Yo! Mississippi voters … are you listening here? Your ‘esteemed’ Senator does things that are inappropriate every week! Now, I might make mistakes on a near-daily basis, but … ‘inappropriate’ carries a connotation of corruption, of a lack of morals, of values. I think you Mississippians better be keeping a closer eye on ol’ Senator Wicker!
Funny, but the republicans seem a mite on edge these days, don’t you think? For example, yesterday Mike Pompeo apparently didn’t like some of the questions asked of him by NPR radio host Mary Louise Kelly. His answers were brief non-answers, but it was what happened after the interview that is telling. As he walked out of the room, he stopped at her desk, leaned in and silently glared at Kelly for several seconds before leaving the room. Within a minute, an aide asked Kelly to follow her into Pompeo’s private living room at the State Department without a recorder.
She would have been wise to decline, but curiosity got the better of her, I suppose, and she went. According to Ms. Kelly, Pompeo shouted his displeasure at being questioned about Ukraine. He used repeated expletives, according to Kelly, and asked, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” Either the republicans are nervous about something and on a short fuse these days, else they are trying to win brownie points by emulating their idol, King Trump.
And then there was the freshman senator from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn – a real nasty piece of work in my book. It seems almost as if each republican picks his or her own target to vilify, and Ms. Blackburn’s target is Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman. Vindman, you’ll remember, testified to House impeachment investigators about Trump’s July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and concluded that he considered it to be inappropriate.
Blackburn has been busily tweeting, appearing on television and social media that she considers Vindman to be vindictive and a coward. A coward? Excuse me, but Vindman is a combat veteran of the Iraq War. He served in Iraq from September 2004 to September 2005. In October 2004, he sustained an injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, for which he received a Purple Heart. He was promoted to the rank of major in 2008, and to lieutenant colonel in September 2015. That, to me, is not the career path a ‘coward’ would take.
During his Army career, Vindman earned the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge, as well as four Army Commendation Medals and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, yet Ms. Blackburn writes …
“Alexander Vindman broke the chain of command and leaked the contents of the President’s July 25th phone call to his pal, the “whistleblower.” Over a policy dispute with the President! How is that not vindictive?”
“Vindictive Vindman is the “whistleblower’s” handler.”
“Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?”
There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support any of her claims.
I think Tennesseans, like Mississippians, need to re-think their choice of people to represent them in Congress!
I still don’t remember quite where I was going with the ‘little boy who cried wolf’ story, but perhaps you guys can come up with something? Ah well, it’s a good story anyway. And now, I shall return you to your weekend activities!