Jolly Monday is on temporary hiatus due to a severe lack of … jolly. Hopefully, Jolly Monday will return soon. Jolly, Joyful and I offer our humblest apologies, but some days you just can’t be jolly, no matter how hard you try.
Most of the day, my mind has been preoccupied pondering Donald Trump’s felonious telephone call to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State. This call was more damning than any of the Watergate tapes, was a blatant attempt to overthrow the results of a fair and honest election. By all accounts … let me repeat that … BY ALL ACCOUNTS, there was no voter fraud in the November 3rd election. Audits have been done, legal challenges … 61 of them at last count … have been reviewed and discredited, even by the U.S. Supreme Court. Signature audits have been done; recounts have been done. Every election official has certified that there was no widespread voter fraud that would have changed the outcome of the election. Donald F. Trump LOST. Joseph R. Biden WON. Plain and simple. In every contest, every election, there can only be one winner. Joe Biden is the winner of the 2020 presidential election. PERIOD.
The telephone call, in and of itself constitutes an impeachable offense, and were it not just 16 days before the end of his term, I am fairly certain that impeachment proceedings would have already begun. The call is also felonious. It is against the law to bribe or blackmail a public official, which is precisely what Trump attempted to do. Tonight, as I write this, he sleeps in luxury in the Executive Residence of the White House, but he should be sleeping on a cot in a jail cell.
I call on every Republican legislator to condemn Mr. Trump’s actions. Instead, they are intent upon making a statement by refusing to certify the electoral votes on Wednesday. They, too, have sold their consciences upriver. For the record … the electoral vote will be certified and at noon on January 20th, Joe Biden will become the President of the United States. That is not even in doubt, but what will happen to this nation over the next 16 days is a matter of grave concern.
I read a few hours ago that Trump either has or is planning to file suit against Brad Raffensperger for releasing the audio transcript of the phone conversation. Raffensperger was not only well within his rights to release that audio, but in one sense, it was his duty to do so. WE THE PEOPLE … the people who entrust our lives to the head of government, and the people who pay his more-than-generous salary … have a right to know what our hired help is doing! We have every right in the world to know that our elected official is a conman, a crook, a lowlife scum of the earth!
As if all of this weren’t bad enough, Trump is encouraging violence on Wednesday, the day the electoral votes will be certified by Congress. He has invited the ‘Proud Boys’ and other white supremacist groups to attend a rally that he himself plans to attend. He tweets …
“The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C. will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th… StopTheSteal!” Trump tweeted Friday of the rally he’s promised “will be wild.”
Though Trump hasn’t yet provided details on the specific location, the National Park Service has so far received three permit applications to protest the election results on Wednesday, with more than 15,000 attendees expected, USA Today reported. On Thursday, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department said there will be multiple street closures across the city on Tuesday and Wednesday for “public safety,” with potential intermittent closures in the downtown area. A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said she was “very concerned” that there would be violence in Washington, DC, on January 6 “because the president himself is encouraging it.” If lives are lost, as I suspect may be the case, those lives fall squarely on the shoulders of Donald Trump and there should be lawsuits demanding his imprisonment on the charges of wanton endangerment.
My friends, in our lifetime the worst we had was Richard Nixon, but compared to Donald Trump, Nixon was only a minor miscreant. Donald Trump has lied repeatedly to the people of this nation, and in the case of the pandemic, at great cost to We the People in terms of the lives of our loved ones. Donald Trump has broken the law more than once, but with the protection afforded by Attorney General William Barr, has escaped consequences. And now, he is lying, cheating, and stealing to stay in power. I want you to ask yourselves one simple question: WHY?
For four years, he has not done the job with which he was tasked or has done it so poorly as to cause severe damage to the U.S. and it’s reputation. He’s spent more time on the golf course or shoving food into his obese body than he has spent working. So why does he care so much about keeping a job he hasn’t even done? Power? Sure. Avoidance of criminal charges? Avoidance of massive debt? Absolutely. But I think there is more. I think he harbours illusions of turning the office of the president into a king’s parlour where he rules autocratically and to hell with We the People.
I end where I began, with an urgent plea … nay, not a plea but a directive … to every Republican lawmaker to hold this madman accountable, to put your own interests aside for a few days and remember that your oath is to the Constitution of the United States, and therefore to We the People. The oath you took was not to Donald Trump, and if you did swear an oath of fealty to him, then you belong in a jail cell next to his, Ted Cruz!
An astounding 81 million of us voted against Donald Trump. Yes, my friends, we voted against Donald Trump, for Joe Biden, while a good man and one who I believe will be a good president, would not likely have beaten a more credible Republican candidate, say a George W. Bush or a Ronald Reagan. We the People made our voices heard on November 3rd. We said that we do not want a racist, egotistical conman in the Oval Office. Republicans in Congress must respect our wishes, or lose their seats. That is the bottom line.
My apologies for comments that have gone unanswered. I appreciate each and every comment, have read them all, but have simply been unable to respond today. Please forgive me.