I am in rather a dark mood tonight … I even yelled at an animated character, a cute li’l octopus, on television and called her a … well, you get the picture. Two things in particular stirred my angst tonight, and both, I think, are well deserving of venting a bit of snarky steam.
“Suburban women: Will you please like me? Please. Please. I saved your damn neighborhood, okay? The other thing: I don’t have that much time to be that nice. You know, I can do it, but I gotta go quickly. They want me to be politically correct. I got rid of a regulation that was a disaster and it was really unfair, and you’ve been reading about it for a long time and it’s gotten a lot worse under Obama and Biden. We’re going to see that the women really like Trump a lot. Remember four years ago, they said women will never vote, then I got 52 percent. … You damn well better vote for me Pennsylvania, you better vote.”
These are the words of the incumbent in the Oval Office, spoken during a rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. First he begs and cajoles, then he threatens. And this is the person who has ‘led’ this nation into chaos for the past nearly four years and hopes to be given another four years to complete the destruction.
Joe Biden, by the way, is leading in the polls in Pennsylvania by an average of 6 points.
I have not paid particular attention to, nor written about, the hearings taking place in the Senate to determine whether or not to confirm Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s not that I’m not interested – I am. It’s not that I don’t think it’s important – I do. It’s just that from what I have read it is just another … yawn … Republican dog-and-pony show with the outcome predetermined. I truly have better things to do with my time than watch the Republicans preen and Ms. Barrett deflect.
To date, apparently Ms. Amy Coney Barrett has refused to answer all relevant questions, so … what is there to write about? Ms. Barrett is 48 years old, so We the People are likely to be saddled with her religious views becoming the law of the land for the next three decades or so.
The burning questions that she has refused to answer are on the topics of the Affordable Healthcare Act (whether the majority of us will be able to afford medical care when and if we need it), Roe v Wade (whether women will retain control of their own bodies, or be subject to a misogynistic rule), and Obergefell v Hodges (whether a significant portion of the population will be allowed to marry the person they love, or whether that, too, will be dictated by a bigoted Supreme Court). Ms. Barrett has refused to answer how she would rule on any of these topics. In my book, that removes her from consideration, for we have a right to know who will be deciding how we must live. And would somebody please tell me WHY Ms. Barrett’s children are front and center in the hearings??? They have no role in this, they have no place here! Best I can figure, it’s another ‘photo op’ moment like Trump having citizens forcibly removed from the streets of Washington so he could hold a bloody book in front of a damn church! Send the children home to do their online learning, Amy! Better yet … go home with them, since you have proven yourself useless.In the Republican’s book however, it is a little different.
Here are some of the questions Ted Cruz, a republican senator from Texas asked of Ms. Barrett:
- Do you speak any foreign languages? (French)
- Do you play any musical instruments? (Piano)
- What was it like staying at home during the pandemic with seven children? (Challenging)
- Why did she and her husband adopt two children from Haiti? (A long story)
Ooooohhh … what relevant questions for a potential Supreme Court Justice who will be expected to make decisions that may mean life or death for us all! Way to go, Teddy!
Now, one thing I didn’t mention above was Ms. Barrett’s take on climate change, arguably the single most important issue of the day.
“I’m certainly not a scientist. I have read things about climate change. I would not say I have firm views on it.”
Say WHAT? You have “read things”??? What things? Details, woman! How … HOW can anybody in this, the year 2020 with wildfires consuming much of the West Coast, with devastating hurricanes costing lives and untold property damages, and with the average temperature this past summer 92° in an area that usually has a summertime average of 85° … how can any sane person look at the statistics, step outside and attempt to breathe the air, and still have “no firm views”??? This woman is either very, very stupid, else she is already in the pockets of the corporate donors such as Koch Brothers and the fossil fuel industry!
I’m not a scientist, either, but I still possess some parts that Ms. Barrett may be missing: a brain, eyes, ears, and lungs … all of which tell me that humans, in their greedy quest for more useless money, have begun and continue the destruction of the environment here on planet Earth.
So, in conclusion, Ms. Barrett refuses to voice an opinion on women’s rights, LGBT rights, the right to medical care, and worst yet, she is stupid about the environment. GET. HER. OUT.
But no, the boot-lickers in the Senate have a majority, albeit a narrow one, and there doesn’t seem to be a single one with the cojones to “just say ‘no’” to Donald Trump. On top of that, the unconscionably powerful Koch Brothers have thrown their support behind her nomination. And thus began the beginning of the end of civilization in what was once known as the United States.
And I shall end on that note, for my temper is about to take me where I ought not to go. Let me just say, though, that if Donald Trump is elected for and seated for another term, I shall renounce my citizenship from the U.S., if not from the entire world. I can see nothing good in the future of this nation if the people continue to elect and applaud bloody fools and to put corporate profits ahead of people.