The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good …

First, the good.  Yesterday, Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced that she is planning to vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson next month.  I have long felt that if any Republicans would stray from the party line and follow their conscience, it would be Collins, Murkowski of Alaska, and Romney of Utah.  We can only hope that with Senator Collins stepping forward with her courage, others may follow suit, realizing perhaps that their oath to We the People matters more than their oath of fealty to party.

UNITED STATES – MARCH 8: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Bidens nominee for Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in her office on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, watching much of her hearing testimony, and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.  I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position.”

It’s not often these days that a member of the Republican Party has the courage to go against the flow, and I think it’s important to give kudos to those who do.  Thumbs up on this one, Senator Collins.  👍


The Bad …

From Heather Cox Richardson’s newsletter on Tuesday night …

Russian state TV featured a Russian government official calling for “regime change” in the United States, asking the people of the U.S. to replace President Biden with Trump “to again help our partner Trump to become President.”

Our partner???  Well then … can there be any clearer statement than this to confirm what most of us realized early in 2017 … that Russia did assist in the former guy’s election in 2016 and would happily do so again today?  Why?  Because Putin realized early on that Trump was enough of an egomaniac that he could be played like a fiddle.  But this, a Russian official calling for intervention to unseat a sitting president, is even worse, for it is an attempt to not only overthrow an election, but a duly-elected president who is already in office and has been for 14 months!  And yes, for the record I did verify this news via a number of sources.


The Ugly …

Every former president that I can think of in my lifetime has left the limelight with grace and dignity at the end of their term … even Richard M. Nixon tucked his tail between his legs and slunk off into the night.  We did not hear Nixon calling for revenge, nor trying to control the Republican Party from afar.  In fact, we heard very little from Nixon over the years after his exit from the Oval Office on August 8, 1974, and frankly, what Nixon did to force his resignation pales in comparison to what the former guy did during and since his time in office.  So why is the former guy still in the news on a daily basis?  Why is he being allowed by the GOP to continue to make utterly stupid remarks, sparking the wrath of the nation – except, of course, for his rabid followers who would love him even if he threatened to murder their children.

The latest?  From his ‘home’ in Mar-a-Lago, he called on Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to ‘find dirt’ on the president’s son, Hunter Biden.  It’s not the first time … in fact, Trump’s first impeachment came as a result of him asking Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy to ‘dig up dirt’ on Hunter Biden in exchange for military aid that had already been approved by Congress.  But today, he is in no position of power, has no role in our relations with either Russia or Ukraine!  As White House Communication Director Kate Bedingfield, filling in for Jen Psaki who is out with COVID, said yesterday …

“What kind of American, let alone an ex-president, thinks that this is the right time to enter into a scheme with Vladimir Putin and brag about his connections to Vladimir Putin? There is only one, and it’s ****** *****.” [name deleted to protect the integrity of this blog]

What kind indeed?  The kind who, according to his own niece, would burn down an entire nation to protect his own ego.  The kind who thinks, erroneously, that he is some sort of a great mind, when he cannot string together a simple sentence.  The kind who will never care for others, who considers himself the only important being in the world.

Let us remember, folks, that neither the former guy nor Hunter Biden are president of this nation … our president is Joe Biden and he is doing a damn fine job, given all that’s been thrown onto his plate in the past 14 months since he took his Oath of Office!  Meanwhile, I call on the Department of Justice to proceed with all due haste in the indictment of the former guy so that he may reside in a federal prison with few venues for his hateful communications.

And I call on those who still consider themselves disciples of the former guy to search high and low for your consciences, for your integrity …

15 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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  2. #45 represents the American oligarch class, but has duped his base of working class suckers to support his agenda. The former guy fashions himself a modern day autocrat and rules with an iron hand, he’s a big fan and student of Putin, sans charm, charisma and power.
    Pray that he doesn’t make a run for 2024, b/c i’m afraid he might actually win 😦

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    • There is a problem there. THEY have sold THEIR integrity for power, but that power is only lip-service, so full lo lies THEY are too stoopid to see through. What fid Trump or his goons do to actually help any of the MAGAts actually have a better life? Are THEY making better wages? Do THEY have better health care? Can THEY afford better housing? Are THEY paying less for gas for THEIR gas-guzzlers than we are paying for our electric cars, or our fuel-efficient gas burners? Is THEIR enviroment any cleaner than our enviroment?
      What exactly has the King MAGAt done for THEM? He has given THEIR God more ascendence over anyone else’s God. Wasn’t THEIR God already the Number 1 God in the world? He gave THEM the voice to openly spew hatred for others not like THEM. That hatred was alresdy there. But nobody hated THEM for it Now everyone HATES THEM for it. Families! Family is so important to THEM. Now THEIR FAMILIES are broken up. Wives hate husbands. Husbands hate wives. Children hate parents. Parents hate children. Siblings hate siblings, and vice versa. Is this really the life THEY want?
      It seems to be. THEY do not want people with a different skin colour to vote in THEIR elections. THEY do not want THEIR children to lesrn the truth of THEIR nation’s history in THEIR schools! THEY do not want people of alternste lifestyles to be able to live their lives quietly and happily. What THEY want is for EVERYONE to lead the same crappy lifestyles as THEY do, to suffer the wsy THEY do. Rather than raise THEMSELVES up, THEY want everyone rlse to lower themseves to THEIR level. And to have to lead miserable lives, just like THEY do!

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  3. Jill, then there is the story of the missing phone calls, seven hours worth, on January 6, 2021 and his acting like a criminal using burner phones. But, he pleads ignorance as to what they were. Really/? A self proclaimed genius does not know that burner phones are used by criminals to escape detection. As for the Putin and Trump brofest, that speaks volumes by itself, no matter what The Tucker says. Keith

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    • I believe it was John Bolton who said he had heard Trump refer to ‘burner phones’ many times in the past, so there goes that argument! This one may actually bite the former guy … but then, I’ve thought that before. Still …

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  4. “So why is the former guy still in the news on a daily basis?”

    Coz he’s so entertaining. With Trump you get something for the whole family, young and old, rep and dem, man, woman, child and octogenerian.
    I remember when he first visited the EU parliament in Brussels, we heard laughter all around. A thing that doesn’t happen very often thereabouts. =^.^=

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    • Cheap thrills, in other words? Yeah, I suppose you’re right … rather the same principle that attracts people to other venues of “entertainment” like bullfights and boxing matches. A joke … and a bad one at that.

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