Do The Right Thing!!!!

It is interesting to make note of a memo issued on April 17th by a top Republican strategist advising GOP candidates on how to address the coronavirus crisis, or rather how to work around Trump’s inept bungling of the entire scenario since January.  The memo includes advice to Republican candidates in the 2020 election on everything from how to tie Democratic candidates to the Chinese government to how to deal with accusations of racism. It stresses three main lines of assault: That China caused the virus “by covering it up,” that Democrats are “soft on China,” and that Republicans will “push for sanctions on China for its role in spreading this pandemic.”

The short version, a primer for GOP candidates, reads …

  • China caused this pandemic by covering it up, lying, and hoarding the world’s supply of medical equipment.
    • China is an adversary that has stolen millions of American jobs, sent fentanyl to the United States, and they send religious minorities to concentration camps.
  • My opponent is soft on China, fails to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party, and can’t betrusted to take them on.
  • I will stand up to China, bring our manufacturing jobs back home, and push for sanctions on China for its role in spreading this pandemic.

It’s a script, basically, for candidates who might be asked about the coronavirus, or Trump’s unconscionable response, for how they can divert attention and obfuscate, finding a way to blame … who else? … Democrats for everything.  Funny, isn’t it, how the strategists can spin almost anything?  But it is in the long version that the most interesting part, a single sentence, occurs:

“Don’t defend Trump, other than the China Travel Ban — attack China.” 

So, while the memo … all 57 pages of it … basically contains a roadmap for navigating around Trump’s faux pas, just one sentence caused the you-know-what to hit the fan!

On Monday, Trump political adviser Justin Clark told NRSC executive director Kevin McLaughlin that any Republican candidate who followed the memo’s advice shouldn’t expect the active support of the reelection campaign and risked losing the support of Republican voters.  Hmmmm … seems to me that the GOP is a bit dictatorial.  Perhaps this explains why, when Republican senators had the chance to convict the madman in the Oval Office of the high crimes and misdemeanors of which he had already been proven guilty, and remove him from office, they reneged on their duty to the people of this nation.  Perhaps they had been threatened.

Clark issued the following statement:

“Candidates will listen to the bad advice in this memo at their own peril. President Trump enjoys unprecedented support among Republican voters and everyone on the ballot in November will want to tap into that enthusiasm. The president’s campaign, the RNC, and the NRSC are firmly on the same page here.”

Fast forward to yesterday, when Trump’s approval rating had dropped from 45.8% in late March to 42.6% and still likely to drop further.  Not to mention that Trump is now trailing Biden, who has had 110% less media coverage than Trump, in many states.  So, “da ‘man’” went off his rocker, as he is wont to do when the consequences of his own actions come home to roost.  Usually, he takes it out on the staff nearest at hand, or the media, or democrats, or Obama.  This time, though, he took it out on his ignoble campaign manager Brad Parscale.

ParscaleNow, mind you I have no love of Mr. Parscale, for he both looks and acts like a Nazi.  However, fair is fair and he did not deserve the reaming he got from his boss yesterday.  There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Trump’s declining approval rating and drop in the polls is a direct result of his own actions and ineptitude.  It is a cumulative effect of him saying there would be only 15 cases of coronavirus in the U.S., “nothing to worry about, folks”, up to and including his suggestion that he knew more than all the experts and he thought that injecting humans with disinfectant would cure the virus.  It is the fact that he has shown himself incompetent and uncaring that has driven his numbers down, not anything Mr. Parscale did or did not do.

Reportedly, he told Parscale that he “would not” lose to Biden, insisted the data was wrong and blamed Parscale for the fact that he is down in the polls.  But, the utter idiocy doesn’t stop there.  He also made a threat to sue Mr. Parscale for the salary he has earned working for Trump!  Oh, wouldn’t you just love to see him try that?  It is no different than the owner of any business telling an employee, after three years, that he is now displeased with her service and wants her salary back for the past three years!  Fat chance, Bucko!

Parscale, it is said, replied, “I love you, too”, and the call ended.

We can laugh all we want, but there is a bigger point here … a couple of them, but I’ll stick with one for the purpose of brevity.  Donald Trump is not sane.  He is not fit for office, never was.  In the middle of the worst crisis this nation has seen since World War II, he is not concerned for the lives of the people of this nation but is only concerned about his election campaign.  He does not think logically but lashes out at anyone in the line of fire when angered.  He expects fealty from all who surround him, though he has done absolutely nothing to deserve loyalty.  His own ego matters more than your life or mine.

There are sixteen people in this country who, collectively, could save this nation from the evil that resides in the White House.  They are:

Vice President Mike Pence

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Attorney General William Barr

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Secretary of Education Elisabeth Prince DeVos

Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt

Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia

Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell

Administrator of the Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows

These are the people who comprise Trump’s hand-picked cabinet.  Most are highly un-qualified for their position, and I’ve always believed this was done with purpose, perhaps to follow Steve Bannon’s desire to “dismantle the administrative state”.  However, these people are in the unique position of seeing on a day-to-day basis the utter lunacy of the ‘man’ in charge of the nation’s well-being, and having the ability to remove him, to render him unfit to serve.

Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution states that if, for whatever reason, the vice president and a majority of sitting Cabinet secretaries decide that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” they can simply put that down in writing and send it to two people — the speaker of the House and the Senate’s president pro tempore. Then the vice president would immediately become “acting president,” and take over all the president’s powers.

If Pence and eight of the fifteen cabinet members saw their loyalty as being to the nation and its people instead of the madman named Trump, this nation could be Trump-free within a matter of hours.  Will they?  No, they will not.  Why?  Because their fortunes and futures are so closely linked with Trump’s, and because the GOP has resolved to threaten, browbeat and bully any who speak against Trump, that they are cowards … they are scared to death to speak against him, scared to death to do the right thing for the people of this country.  I plan to write to each and every one of the people on that list, including Mike Pence, and let them know that their responsibility is to We the People, not a hateful, corrupt, sorry excuse for a president.  Will it do any good?  Doubtful, but … there are times when a person simply has to speak up.  This is one of those times.

41 thoughts on “Do The Right Thing!!!!

  1. You go for it , see if you can establish a conscience in one of them that might have a ripple effect until they’re all ready to turn.Just don’t hold your breath while you’re waiting and try very hard to ignore that laughing sound you hear in the background.
    Cwtch

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  2. These are the people who comprise Trump’s hand-picked cabinet.
    Yes, makes one wonder if it has anything to do with Bannon’s comment … but more likely it directly relates to Trump’s own promise to “drain the swamp.” Thing is, I think many misinterpreted his meaning. “The swamp:” was any qualified person who might buck him or point out his utter stupidity. And of course, any and all Democrats.

    In any case, so long as this bully is in charge, any person who might consider “doing the right thing” might as well accompany it with their resignation letter.

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  3. ‘Do…the right….thing’
    🤔
    Nope I don’t see it happening now.
    It’s only in November 2020 that the right ‘thing’ might be done.
    And that will rely on the voters, not what lurks in the Whitehouse or buzzes around it….
    Like flies around…..
    Well, y’know

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    • No, in reality I don’t see it happening now, either. BUT … I also don’t see it happening in November, if I’m completely honest. Many things are going on behind the scenes, and this election will be about as honest as a carnival boardwalk game. That’s why I think we need to do something sooner … I stop at calling for somebody to be a hero/martyr, but …

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      • Quite right Jill.
        Trouble with the hero/martyr thing is that both sides will think it justified and that way all hell breaks loose.
        If November 2020 goes in the darkest of places only by sustained civil disobedience and non-cooperation will there be anyway out, short of low key civil strife and you the USA really don’t want to go down that way, not with your firearms laws…. You’re back to All Hell breaking loose again.

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        • Much as I’m against violence, I think that this country is a pot about to boil over as it is. I almost wonder if it isn’t going to take something akin to a revolution to settle things. Sigh. Mind you, I’m not advocating for bloodshed in the streets … not at all! But, think about it … da trumpeters have said that if Trump loses the election, they will be out for blood, they will riot in the streets … so, either way, I think we’re gonna end up with All Hell Breaks Loose. The summer is projected to be the hottest on record … that brings out the worst in everyone, tempers get even shorter … I just sense that no matter what happens, we are on the brink of … something.

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          • People would do well to read the history of the USA from the 1840s onwards and see where that went.
            Obviously Trump never has.
            Unless you get a generation of FDRs, Trumans and Eisenhowers coming up ‘on the outside rail’ and this morass continues the best to hope for is a gradual civil and civic breaking away from Washington and the office of President as states and cities go their own away. Even that is fraught with dangers.
            You know the scenario I’ve mapped out.

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            • I am willing to bet that more than half the people in this country have never read it’s history. Sure, they can tell you a bit about the Revolution, the Civil War, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy … but they have not studied the history, and even those who did, did so while wearing rose-coloured glasses that filtered out such things as slavery, the Japanese internment camps, the St. Louis, Dred Scott, and other less savory events. Yeah, I know the scenario … and I will be a wolf by then. Aaaarrrrooooooooooooo 🐺

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  4. And of course let’s not forget the spineless cowards of Senate not named Mitt Romney who could have saved us from this nightmare. Simply put, it’s the most pathetic display of dereliction of duty to the Constitution in my lifetime. We must make them pay in November Jill. Badly.

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  5. Hi Jill! Hope your keeping well and staying safe during this time! I recently published an article on my blog about America, and specifically Trump’s response to coronavirus. This is obviously from my perspective, someone outside of America, so I thought you might find it interesting for you and your followers. I also recently reached a milestone of 1 year of blogging! I gave you a small shoutout in that post thanking you for your support of me! All the best, Sim 🙂

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  6. Jill, as an independent, I find this memo interesting, but it is not a new thing for parties to do. I have said many times that Democrats are lousy marketers and tend to use circular firing squads to many times, while Republicans will galvanize around a message that need not be embedded in truth. Why do I say these things?

    In 2012 and 2014, the GOP used two themes to run against Obama – the “failed stimulus” and “job killing Obamacare.” Neither statement was true, especially the “failed stimulus.” They used the failed stimulus so much even Democrats believed it. The stimulus actually worked increasing the growth of the economy so say six econometric firms. It just needed to be more.

    Obamacare did not kill jobs. A statistic was used that noted individuals retired early and went out on their own since they had access to healthcare. I will say companies did restructure jobs to be less than 30 hours a week to avoid having to offer healthcare, but to say it killed jobs is an oversimplfication.

    So, what the GOP put out is similar to the past. What is comical is the distancing from bragging on the president. Genuflection is critical to The Donald. So, when a document implies that maybe The Donald is imperfect, then he will pout like a toddler and run home to mom. A Congressman once said when he was in the Oval Office for a signing of a piece of legislation, he noticed a “Hit list” on Trump’s desk of Republicans who voted against it.

    Dems don’t realize advantages they have. Even before the downturn (and counting Trump’s numbers), there have been more jobs created under 12 terms of Democrat presidents than 13 terms of Republican presidents since 1921. And, it is not even close. If asked, people would say it is the opposite. The economy and stock market has performed better as well and people think it is the opposite. Trump tells people he created the economy (after lying about it during the campaign), when he inherited 91 consecutive months of growth, a more than doubled stock market and unemployment under 5%.

    Dems need to focus on being the party of healthcare (Medicare for All is an option to consider), but lets shore up the ACA, especially after the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 Monday that GOP Senators led by Marco Rubio screwed insurance companies and American citizens to win a political argument (Google Marco Rubio and ACA Risk Corridors). By the way, Trump did something similar in the summer of 2017 that hurt Americans and our deficit, then lied about so doing.

    We missed six weeks of COVID-19 because of Trump’s naysaying, downplaying and hoax calling. That hurt Americans and our economy. People claiming the government must reopen, should know the president dropped the ball in a big way. The Chinese lied. WHO could have been better, but Trump also screwed up when he had chance to be the president we needed. The ball was on the tee and he whiffed.

    These are the real truths.

    Keith

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    • Well said, my friend! Yes, the democrats should have the advantage … they just seem not to know how to use it, how to market themselves and their candidate. I see now that Trump’s toadies are falling in line once again, making the talk show circuit praising his “achievements”. And people buy it! The polarization in this country will be our downfall if we don’t learn to listen to and respect each other, to stand against the cruelty and hatred being promoted from the top.

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      • Jill, what I find disconcerting is the active China is totally-at-fault push. It is the Trump method of distraction. Nothing ever can be the fault of Donald J. Trump. The sycophants are full bore into China bashing. What I find interesting is China has deeper pockets and is fighting back calling out Trump’s incompetent handling.

        China is at fault, WHO is at fault. And, Donald J. Trump is at fault and is still not learning any lessons from previous mistakes. Now his new press secretary is lying for him. And, Pence (and others) have been told not to wear masks. This last point would be comical, if it were not so dangerous. Keith

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        • I completely agree with you, and it’s even to the point where he is asking the intelligence community to manufacture evidence that China created the coronavirus for evil purposes, just so he can retaliate and deflect any and all blame from himself. And no matter how much evidence is presented that is fact-based, that nobody ‘manufactured’ the virus, there is that 40% of the people in this country who will stick their fingers in their ears and simply refuse to listen to the truth. I fear that Trump is wading in where he doesn’t understand the consequences and is going to take us into an open conflict … one that had no cause except Trump trying to cover his own patootie. Hilarious, isn’t it, that the new press secretary began by saying “I won’t lie to you”, and then in the next breath … lying. You’re right … this would be the comedy of the century, if only it weren’t so real and so dangerous for the entire world.

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  7. This is off topic, but a wealth of information for perhaps future posts. I just ran across it and wanted to get it to you. Currently we are thinking so much about this virus, but there’s much more going on. And these trumpers think he cares about them and the US. And this is a public article and I can only imagine what we don’t know and will never know.
    https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/06/trump-foreign-business-interests/

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  8. Thanks for sharing!!.. don’t count on those sixteen to confront the WH, they have their jobs because of Trump and they are not going to “bite the hand that feeds them”… 🙂

    “Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.” Frank Herbert

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    • Well, Frank, your point has merit, and in most circumstances I would fully agree with you. However, I believe that Trump will do ANYTHING to remain in office, in power as he sees it, and I hear rumblings … just snippets of this and that … that lead me to believe there is less than zero chance we will have a fair election, and every possibility that he will lie, buy, cheat and steal the Oval Office again. So, I think a more immediate solution is called for. I actually have a better idea, but I’m not in favour of having the men in dark glasses pounding on my door, so I bite my tongue, but I’m sure you can make an educated guess. As re Pence … I don’t like Pence, he is a homophobe and a misogynist … but, he is sane. He isn’t a madman. Trump is. And, Pence would only have a short few months in office, for he could not win an election on his own. He has the personality of a rock.

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  9. Very well put!

    China is an adversary that has stolen millions of American jobs

    That is especially rich. It was the will of the USA to dismantle their manufacturing base in favour of a foreign nation that could do it all more cost-effectively that ‘stole the jobs’. Yet again, capitalist greed was shown to be top of the agenda.

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    • You are so right … cheap labour was the name of the game, and so … we outsourced. Interestingly, even Trump’s daughter Ivanka outsourced the production of her clothing line to … I believe it was Taiwan … for the cheap labour. Hypocrisy???

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    • I could live with being deported to the UK (there is a certain man in Wales who I would practically give my life to be with), and in truth, despite Boris and Brexit and all the rest … you guys have a much nicer civilization than we do here with the gun culture and the orange-skinned, fake-hair madman. Sigh.

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    • Y’know … I hope I do fly onto their radar. They will look like the biggest fools in the world if they come to arrest me … a 68-year-old lady who can barely breathe, can barely see, and who’s strongest weapon is her pen (computer). Bring it on, FBI!!! Thanks for being a character witness, by the way! I’ll keep your number handy!

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