Just Two Little Snippets

The thing that occupies my thoughts the most these days is the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.  My heart cries for the people of Ukraine and frankly I would love the opportunity to spit in Mr. Putin’s face!  However, other things also demand my attention, so for the moment I will turn my mind and my angst in other directions.


Address the real problem, Teddy!

Recently, Senator Ted Cruz made the following statement …

“Across this country, Americans are horrified at skyrocketing crime rates, at skyrocketing homicide rates, at skyrocketing burglary rates, at skyrocketing carjacking rates.”

Hmmm … I guess that I am the anomaly, then, for none of those things ‘horrify’ me.  What does horrify me is the alarming increase of racism, the murder of numerous Blacks by police officers, the very people we are told to entrust with our lives.  I am horrified by the utter disregard for the people of this country by certain politicians, many of them newbies from the last election.  I am genuinely horrified at the attempts in the majority of states to restrict voting rights such that Black people, the elderly, college students, and the poor will find it almost impossible to cast a ballot.  I am also horrified by the refusal of the Supreme Court to uphold voting rights and women’s rights, thus obliterating much of the progress that was made over the last century.  I’m horrified by the Republicans and the conservative media blaming every single thing they don’t like on President Biden, while failing to even note his many successes.  Oh yes, my friends, there are many things that should horrify the people of this nation, but crime … I’m not horrified by the crime so much as the failure to effectively address it, to consider the reasons people commit crimes.

Frankly, I’m more afraid of that “law-abiding” gun nut I see walking into the grocery store, or the pickup truck driving down my street with confederate flags in the back window and Trump stickers on the bumper.  If Mr. Cruz, or any other member of Congress, is so horrified by crime in this nation, then there is one thing they can do that will drop crime rates dramatically and have an almost immediate effect:  PUT STRICT GUN LAWS INTO EFFECT!!!  Take a look at crimes committed over the past year or ten years and you’ll find that most are committed with the use of a common tool – a gun.  If people have naught but a knife, a baseball bat, or their fists to subdue their victims, the crime rate is going to plunge dramatically.  Heck, we could probably reduce most police departments by at least 50%!

But the reality is that Ted Cruz couldn’t care less about crime or about the victims of violent crime … his statement was made for the sole purpose of garnering support, as it’s pretty clear he hopes to be on the ballot for president in 2024.  Perhaps he would do better by staying in Texas when the weather gets cold and the lights go out, rather than running fast as he can for the warm beaches of Cancún.


Justice Thomas should resign!

Since the founding of the nation, no spouse of a sitting Supreme Court justice has been as overt a political activist as Virginia Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas.  Ms. Thomas has a leadership role in the Council for National Policy, a right-wing group with more than 400 members who include leaders of organizations like the ultra-conservative Federalist Society, the National Rifle Association, and the Family Research Council.  Most recently, Ms. Thomas took up the battle cry for Donald Trump’s Big Lie, the fantasy that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election and that Trump was actually the winner.  Not only has no evidence been uncovered to support this Big Lie, but the election has been investigated numerous times in nearly every state and deemed to have been the most fair and honest election in the history of the nation.

Ms. Thomas, however, continues even today to work against the people of this country, to attempt to undermine our will, and pressured Republican lawmakers to challenge the election results and appoint alternate slates of electors.  Had they done so, the election would have been decided by none other than the U.S. Supreme Court, of which Clarence Thomas is one of nine justices.  Can we say, “conflict of interest”?

Because Supreme Court justices do not want to be perceived as partisan, they tend to avoid political events and entanglements, and their spouses often keep low profiles. But Clarence and Virginia Thomas are the exceptions to those norms.  In addition to her position at the Council for National Policy, she founded a group called Groundswell with the support of Steve Bannon, the hard-line nationalist and former Trump adviser. It holds a weekly meeting of influential conservatives, many of whom work directly on issues that have come before the court.

For the three decades Justice Thomas has sat on the Supreme Court, he and his wife have worked in tandem from the bench and the political trenches to take aim at targets like Roe v. Wade and affirmative action. Together they believe that “America is in a vicious battle for its founding principles,” as Ms. Thomas has put it.

I think the time has come for Justice Thomas to turn in his resignation, and failing that, for Justice Thomas to be impeached.  The Constitution states that judges “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.”  I don’t believe that Justice Thomas’ behaviour qualifies as ‘good’, and I do believe that his wife’s fanatical activism is influencing his decisions, interfering with his integrity.


35 thoughts on “Just Two Little Snippets

  1. Trump was ever the action toy of the folk of the ‘On The Streets’ right-wing in America. Together they made a dangerous clumsy act which despite their tantrums lost the 2020 election.
    I agree with Keith, Cruz is far more dangerous, he would herd them up and lead them. It was said of him, if he was shot on the senate floor, the police would not be able to find enough witnesses to arrest anyone.

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    • I had no respect for Cruz even before that, but yes, that was the icing on the cake and if I had been his wife, he would have gone home to an empty house that very night! And agreed about Thomas … he never should have been confirmed after the Anita Hill fiasco.

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  3. Jill, one of the nice things at my age is I can choose on whether I want to suffer fools and foolish banter. I have said before the ONLY good thing about Trump winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is Ted Cruz did not. Now, Trump’s winning in November 2016 was not good, but I would not want Cruz near the White House. At one time, it was reported that Cruz was the most hated person in Congress in a poll of both parties. The reason is he tends to be a grandstander, which other politicians hate. During the 2016 presidential election, Fact Check said Cruz had the second most untruthful statement rate behind untruthful rate leader Donald Trump.

    A couple of favorite Cruz stories are as follows:
    – he personally led a shut down of the government coming withing 24 hours of the US defaulting on debts (he then later approved a tax cut that increased the debt by about $2 trillion).
    -he allowed people to think Obama was leading a military exercise to take over Texas, as inane as that sounds. He knew the truth was the military was doing some practice drills, but he let people believe the BS that ramped up conspiracy stories.
    -he went on vacation to Cancun when millions of Texans were without power.
    -he still supported Trump after Trump said Cruz’ father had something to do with executing JFK. If Trump said that about my father, I would not let him off the hook.

    So, I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to what the Texas senator says. Keith

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    • I somewhat agree with your take on Trump being elected vs Cruz, but of course Hillary was by far the best option. And I figure since Cruz doesn’t have the following Trump had, he would likely have been impeached AND convicted within his first year. Still, I do agree with your take on Cruz …he is not an honest man nor is he a man with any sense of duty, of integrity. I largely ignore him and Trump both, but that pompous statement of his set my teeth on edge. When I hear someone say “Americans want ___________” or “Americans think ____________”, I can only assume that they don’t consider me to be an American unless that is what I want and think. It’s so damn arrogant that sometimes I simply can’t help myself and must strike back. Sigh.

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    • You really shouldn’t pretend to know what I would or wouldn’t think or do, my friend. Right is right, no matter which “side” is doing it, but in truth, in the U.S. Supreme Court there should be no sides. Apology accepted.

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      • Honestly, I don’t know. I was hoping that the more principled members would make a stand, and that hasn’t happened yet. I suspect the Trump tide has crested, and his endorsement of Putin’s invasion may help with that. The party will be forced in a new direction, but which one?
        The paradox for the radical right — at least the Rebel flag wavers — is that Putin’s argument for “reacquiring” Ukraine isn’t so very different from Lincoln’s. Trump implicitly has endorsed the right of the North to put down the rebellion. Right now, the US is in the role that England took in the American Civil War, and southern rebel flag wavers need to be made to realize what that means.

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        • That was also my hope, but so far apart from Cheney and Kinzinger, there has been no visible movement toward a platform other than “whatever Trump wants”. Ordinarily, I would think that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine would bring the people of the U.S. together, but I thought that about COVID and look how wrong I was about that! If anything, it may divide us even further, pushing the right to blame Biden and whomever else they can easily point their fingers at. I thought at one point that perhaps Mitt Romney would bring some reason to the GOP, but that hasn’t happened either. I’ll never understand the hold that Trump has over the entire party!

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