Today, I woke already filled with residual snark from last night. Then, the day added it’s own dose, and the net result is that Filosofa is once again grrrrrrrowling. Wait … did I ever stop growling?
You call this a debate???????????
Last night’s debate was a most disgusting display, and if this is an indicator of things to come, please shoot me now. These debates … they are not opportunities to hear the candidates’ platforms and ideologies. They are naught but popularity contests … a chance to see and be seen, to be heard, to see who can scream the loudest, who can … get the best dig in at one or more of the other candidates. They are a chance for the people of this country to see what a shamble we have devolved into. Arm-waving, fist-shaking, yelling and talking over one another … it reminds me more of a neo-Nazi rally than a political debate. I did not watch past the 20-minute mark, so I don’t know who was the ‘winner’. In my book, based on what little I saw, there were no winners … only a bunch of losers on the stage.
This nation has been without a leader for more than three years now. We have had no president, or one in name only. And, it appears that we will have none for the next four years if what I saw last night on the debate stage was any indication. Whatever happened to the days when politicians spoke well and in a reasonable tone of voice, when they acted like humans instead of hyenas?
The remaining three or four candidates who still stand some chance of winning the nomination in July damn well better get their act together, better re-think their strategy and stand above the fray, for if they don’t, they will be responsible for putting the final nail in the coffin of the United States.
He demands what????
Even while Donald Trump, along with his family, was enjoying a two-day vacation in India (at our expense), he didn’t let that stop him from meddling in Supreme Court business. Please note that the Executive branch (president, vice-president, and cabinet) is completely independent from the Judicial branch (courts) as per the U.S. Constitution. However, Trump took it upon himself to practically demand that two members of the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Sotomayor and Justice Ruth Ginsburg, recuse themselves from any cases that involved him.
His beef with Justice Sotomayor was her dissenting opinion last Friday when the court ruled 5-4 to allow Trump & Co. to deny green cards to immigrants who might likely need some form of assistance, who do not meet a certain “wealth test”. Well, first of all, immigrants coming to this country left their homeland with little other than the clothes on their backs and of course they will need a bit of a leg up! Second, the Court’s decision was strictly along party lines … something that is happening more and more these days and that should give us all cause for concern.
Trump seems to have picked up his outrage on Sotomayor’s opinion from none other than the ridiculous Laura Ingraham of Fox ‘News’ fame:
“‘Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favor of Trump.’ This is a terrible thing to say. Trying to ‘shame’ some into voting her way? She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a ‘faker’. Both should recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump related, matters! While ‘elections have consequences, I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!”
And, of course his antagonism toward Justice Ginsburg goes all the way back to 2016, when she called him a ‘fake’ and said she could not imagine him as president. She was so spot on! I still cannot imagine him as president!
This is unprecedented behaviour and cause for grave concern. It is my hope that Chief Justice John Roberts will, once again, admonish Mr. Trump and remind him of the separation of powers as per the U.S. Constitution … a document Trump took an oath to uphold, yet has never read. As I said in my first snippet, we have no president. We have a pathetic excuse for one.
Junior is out for bear
Donald Trump Jr has been granted the right to hunt a grizzly bear in north-western Alaska. You all know how I feel about hunting beautiful animals (or even ugly ones, for that matter), so this has me growling anyway, but there’s more …
For the license to go out and brutally murder an innocent creature, Junior paid exactly $1,160! That is as much as some families spend on food for a four-month period! That is a full month’s rent for my family! If the Trump clan have nothing better to do with their riches than use them to buy a permit to kill an animal … grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I hope the bear eats Junior.
A day to remember …
It was eight years ago on this day that young Trayvon Martin was murdered by a trigger-happy man named George Zimmerman. Martin, a young black man had gone to a convenience store to buy a soda, was on his way home, doing nothing wrong other than … being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Zimmerman saw him, decided a black teenager didn’t belong in the neighborhood, wrestled him to the ground, and ultimately shot and killed him.
George Zimmerman, a white man, got off scot-free. Had the tables been turned, Trayvon Martin would be on death row today. This should be a reminder, folks, that justice in the United States is not colour-blind, but is still very much tilted toward white privilege. Equal justice for all? I think not.