You would be surprised if I said I didn’t have any snarkiness built up and just waiting for an outlet, wouldn’t you? Just when we think it’s gotten as bad as it can get here in the U.S., fate (or Donald Trump) steps in to prove to us that no, it can get much worse. Which has me lying awake nights wondering … what’s next? But, for today, here are a few of the things on my radar …
The press must do better!
I am fully supportive of our free press, I realize that they are the only thing standing between us and a dictatorship, but sometimes I get frustrated with them. One example … the headline reads:
The president’s convention speech will be moved from Charlotte, N.C., after Republicans clashed with Democrats over virus concerns.
Makes it sound as if it were just more political fighting … democrats vs republicans, round 2,114. But that was not the case at all! North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper refused to allow a full-fledged, packed stadium style convention to take place in light of the precautions the state is taking due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, Governor Cooper is a democrat, but his decision was not an attempt to stifle the Republican National Convention on political grounds, but rather to protect the people of his state. That is, after all, his job!
Now, the republican leadership and Donald Trump may choose to view it as a political move, but the free press should be neutral, should be above the petty grievances of political parties. I am disgusted and disappointed that the New York Times stoops to such cheap tactics. Governor Cooper did offer a compromise, a smaller convention with safety measures in place, but Trump and the GOP said, “All or nothing at all.” So fine, let them have it elsewhere — it looks like Florida’s Governor DeSantis is eager to invite more coronavirus cases to his state. North Carolina may lose a bit of bar and restaurant revenue, but they may also save a heck of a lot of lives. Thumbs up to Governor Cooper!
One bit of good news …
Representative Steve King of Iowa has been on my radar for several years. He is a blatant racist and doesn’t care who knows it. He even earned the Idiot of the Week award back in 2017.
In the past year or so, his rhetoric has become even more offensive, so much so that last year his own party stripped him of all his committee assignments. But on Tuesday, Steve King got what he deserved! He lost the Iowa primary by ten points to his contender, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra.
King claims that his loss came from an effort to “push out the strongest voice for Christian conservatism”. He then went on to claim that the “spirit of America is being fractured by anarchists in this country.” Yep, he’s still as much an idiot as he was in 2017!
Thumbs up to the people of Iowa for finally removing this ugly racist wart from our Congress!
Another good bit of news …
Donald Trump has been throwing his weight around (and there surely is a lot of it to throw around!) these past few days, and one of his threats has been to send the military into our cities to quell the protests, most of which are peaceful, that are a response to the continual racism in this nation. Turns out that his Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, doesn’t agree with him. Esper actually found his cojones and said in no uncertain terms that he opposes sending active-duty troops into U.S. cities to deal with violent protesters.
“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations. We are not in one of those situations right now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
Is it possible that even some of Trump’s sycophants are beginning to see what sort of tyrant they’ve aligned with? We can only hope.
About damn time …
Finally, more than a week after the brutal murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, the other three officers involved who stood watching while Derek Chauvin choked Mr. Floyd to death, have been charged with “aiding and abetting murder.” The three former officers are Thomas Lane, 37, J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34. Thus far, Thao is the only one who has been arrested, though there are warrants out for Kueng and Lane.
Tou Thao has faced six prior misconduct complaints in his career with the Minneapolis Police Department. He also was the subject of a lawsuit that claimed he and another officer punched, kicked and kneed an African-American man, leaving the man with broken teeth and bruises.
In addition to the charges against the three, charges against Chauvin were upgraded to 2nd degree murder on Wednesday, charges that carry a potential maximum sentence of 40 years. I really hope he serves every single day of those 40 years. And, since these are not federal charges, Trump won’t be able to pardon him!
And speaking of pardons …
On Tuesday, Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative group Turning Point USA, wrote on Twitter (do any politicians actually communicate in more than 280 characters anymore?):
“Roger Stone will serve more time in prison than 99% of these rioters destroying America All because he supports Donald Trump. This isn’t justice. RT for a full pardon of Roger Stone!”
Trump went on to share the tweet Thursday morning, writing in his own accompanying message:
“No. Roger was a victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt, one which will go down as the greatest political crime in history. He can sleep well at night!”
Roger Stone … a lifelong criminal with a list of crimes longer than my arm, can sleep well at night as Trump will pardon him, ensuring he doesn’t pay for his crimes. Meanwhile the rest of us lie awake worrying about the state of our nation with a madman at the helm. See the irony here?
The answer is “EVERYTHING!”