In rather a grand funk this evening, I’ve concluded that letting off a bit of snark would be the best way to return to my normally sweet, joyous self. Yeah, okay, I haven’t been either sweet or joyous in decades, but at least I don’t normally threaten to chop all the fingers off my hand because it made a typo. When it comes to that point, it’s time to let off some steam.
Twitter allows manic bullies, but not those who would say “bimbo”
Twitter is not, nor should it be, the official venue for presidential communiques. Given that I was briefly banned from Twitter a couple of months ago for calling one of the Fox News bimbos a ‘bimbo’, it seems a no-brainer that a ‘man’ who tells lies, threatens, bullies, falsely accuses, incites violence, and curses people on Twitter should be permanently banned. Instead, he is given carte blanche to write as many threatening falsehoods as he can dream up in a day. A double standard? Very much so.
Trump’s latest is an unfounded and erroneous campaign against journalist Joe Scarborough. In 2001, when Scarborough was a Republican U.S. representative from Florida, a female staffer died after she passed out due to an undiagnosed heart condition and hit her head on a desk. Scarborough was not even in the building at the time, police investigated and there was no sign of any foul play. However, all of a sudden Trump decides to call on police to open an investigation, accusing Scarborough of murder. No evidence, no reason, no justification … just Trump attempting to find yet another way to distract the public from his many crimes and from the increasing death toll that is a result of his horrible bungling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Twitter, Facebook and the like were initially intended to be “social media” outlets, places were friends and families could connect, keep up with the latest, send messages and pictures, etc. Now, all have become political venues where crooked, dirty politicians lie and promote their own agenda. Twitter finds the appropriately-used word ‘bimbo’ offensive, but allows people to basically call for the lynching of another? Great job, Mr. Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, by the way, has a net worth of some $4.7 billion … I guess pandering to the corrupt pays off, eh? I think perhaps the time has come for us to hold Twitter accountable … demand they ban Trump, for his words are likely to incite trouble among those of his followers who are not thinkers, but rather … followers.
McSally is … going … going …
I had to laugh when I read that republican advisors are warning that Martha McSally has fallen dangerously behind in the polls to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate – a seat, by the way, that was not earned via election, for she lost the election in her home state of Arizona, but was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to fill the seat left vacant by the late, Honourable Senator John McCain. McSally has never been able to fill McCain’s shoes, and stands, in my book, zero chance of holding the seat after the November election.
Some of McSally’s views …
- She wishes to de-fund Planned Parenthood, thereby robbing many in the lower income brackets the right to affordable health care, and she is all for denying contraceptives to those same people in lower income brackets. I guess she thinks more babies starving will make the world a better place?
- She opposes same-sex marriage.
- She opposes public education, instead being like Betsy DeVos and supports using public education money to provide vouchers for wealthy parents to send their children to private and religious schools. She is also in favour of cutting Pell Grants, the only way some of us have to get through college (yours truly was only able to earn a B.A. through Pell Grants), and opposes refinancing of student loans.
- She fully supports the fossil fuel industry and opposes the Clean Power Plan to promote renewable energy sources.
- She opposes any restrictions on guns.
- She would repeal ACA and opposes any efforts to ensure health care for all.
There’s more, but this should be enough to prove why McSally has no business sitting in the U.S. Congress, yes? Frankly, I’m not even sure at this point that she has any business taking up space on the planet. Eat your hearts out, Republicans … McSally will go down in flames as Mark Kelly, a far more noble example of the human species, takes her seat in the Senate (hopefully after disinfecting it).
Return to the Cold War?
Donald Trump lived through the Cold War, same as I did. But, apparently he was too busy partying with the likes of Jeffrey Epstein, grabbing women by the … ahem … and learning how to be the biggest arsehole on the planet to pay much attention to such things as nuclear proliferation and the threat of a nuclear war.
Yesterday, Trump announced his plans to renege on yet another international treaty, the Treaty on Open Skies. This treaty was signed by then-U.S. Secretary of State James Baker under President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and aimed to build trust and reduce the risk of war through unarmed aerial surveillance over territories of all 30+ participants.
As usual, with no evidence whatsoever, Trump claims that his buddy Putin has failed to ‘adhere’ to the treaty, so Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the treaty that has successfully reduced the chances of an accidental nuclear incident for more than 30 years now. No evidence, no real reason … just that Trump does not like any sort of multinational agreement … he wishes the U.S. to be alone and vulnerable, believing that “only I” can solve all the problems.
I think that once we emerge from this dark period I call the Reign of Trump, perhaps it is time for us to consider making some changes to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, specifying the limits on the authority of the president more clearly. There is no way that the president should be able to enter into or pull out of international agreements and treaties without the approval of Congress. It should not be the decision of a single person, just as the hiring and firing of the people who are to oversee the executive branch should not be the decision of the president alone. I think we have seen in the past three years how the loopholes in the Constitution can lead to an extreme abuse of the powers of the office.