One Thought …

I watched today’s January 6th Committee hearing in its entirety and … phew.  As I folded a load of towels after watching the last bit of it, the only thing I could think of was that if what was done to some of these election officials is considered ‘okay’, then democracy is dead in the United States of ‘America’.  If some 30% or more of the people in this nation believe that it’s okay to threaten a Secretary of State because he refused to change the votes of the people, if they believe it is okay to harass not only the election officials, but their parents, spouses, children and grandchildren … then folks, we are not “… one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” 

49 thoughts on “One Thought …

  1. As I too watched yesterday’s Jan. 6 Committee Hearing, the thought crossed my mind—as I posted yesterday on my blog—that our 68-yr old Pledge of Allegiance we all used to do standing up at attention first thing in the morning in elementary thru middle school grades. Remember Jill? This is what I now believe the newest Pledge of Allegiance looks like in Mob-style tRump’s world and his deluded radical followers…

    “I pledge allegiance to Lord Trump
    of the United Republicans of America,
    and to the MAGA for which He leads,
    one horde, under Trump, indivisible or death,
    in captivity or banishment,
    and mob-justice for all.”

    It’s intended to be political satire, BUT… in the bigger picture, is it? 🥺

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    • Heh heh … I remember getting sent to the Principal’s office because I refused to stand for the recitation of the pledge! See … I was a rebel even in second grade! But to the point, yes … your version is far more apt. The pledge, as I see it, is b.s. anyway, but especially today when we are nearly in armed combat against our own families and neighbors, when the word ‘patriotism’ has a sinister meaning, and when standing for one’s rights is spot on … unless you’re Black, Muslim, atheist, Jewish, or a woman, in which case you will be told to go to the back of the proverbial bus.

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  2. Thank you for sharing!!… presently all one is hearing about is that which is making news headlines, usually negative, thanks to today’s technology…things one wouldn’t have heard about due to the lack of communication… there are many in the background one doesn’t hear about slowly making changes…
    Thanks to the same technology more and more people are being heard and have access to reality…you post about some of them with Good people doing good things.. don’t give up on the USA yet… “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” (Marilyn Monroe)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • You’re so right, my friend. Due to the latest technology, we know far more than we might have even a decade ago, but certainly back 50 years ago during the time of Watergate and Nixon’s resignation. And in some ways, that adds to the divisiveness, but it’s necessary. How can we make wise decisions if we don’t have the facts of the matter. I haven’t, I suppose, completely given up on the U.S., but I am concerned for the future and disappointed in the people of this nation. We’ve had so much, but it’s never enough, there always has to be more, more, more, more, more. Too many of us take our privileges for granted and still have some sense of entitlement. So yes, I am disappointed and concerned for what will happen over the course of the next 3 years. I do like the Marilyn Monroe quote, though … and of course the Irish Saying that brought a bit of a smile. Thanks, Dutch!

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      • “No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” (Jean de La Bruyere)…. 🙂

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  3. Jill, this committee is democracy fighting back. It is up to each of us to encourage people to watch. These folks are paying attention to that oath to tell the truth. When I see the former president wants equal time, swear him in and ask him questions. An attorney gave an example once that in a deposition he corrected Donald J. Trump thirty times when he lied. Plus, lying to Congress in testimony is supposed to be a crime.

    We cannot have one branch of government instigate an insurrection on another branch or government, full stop. It matters not which party did it. We also need to hold our elected officials to account, especially when they lie to us as the former president is wont to do. And, any elected official who condones violence on fellow citizens who disagree with him needs to be brought in for questioning.

    These hearings are that important. Donald J. Trump is blaming everyone – Pence, Guiliani, McCarthy, et al – but the one guy who caused all of this. The guy in the mirror when he shaves is the culprit.

    Keith

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  4. Watched the whole thing..heartbreaking and exhausting the level of corruption and terror from trump….and the deep knowing that there is more danger and violence to come and that these trumper dangerous cultists are not going away and the common ordinary man who is a trump supporter will not budge in his belief of all the lies trump keeps telling.

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    • I know exactly what you mean, Mary. I blubbered like a baby at the very end, when every member of the committee and then some of the Capitol Police went over and hugged Shaye and Ruby. And I was wiping tears when Rusty Bower testified. WHY has Trump been allowed, actually encouraged by the people whose salaries WE PAY? How can this have happened? Those common, ordinary men who are Trump supporters that you mention have BLOOD on their hands. His evil has trickled down to them and I hope every last one of them goes to prison. Sigh.

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  5. I have to admit Republican political ads have gone beyond insane and mostly cavorting the Maga crowd. Latest one from Eric Greitens running for US Senate. Plenty of guns and violence… what could possibly go wrong RINO hunting?

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    • My friend … this is rapidly becoming a world I don’t recognize, and not one that I think I want to stay in. People … well, there are good people in the world … I write about them every Wednesday … but the rest are just turning into horrible beings without conscience, without values. How? Why? When? Sigh.

      Health is … well, a few problems of late, but hey … I can still cook a meal, fold a load of laundry, and stay on my feet for up to 1/2 hour at a time, so … all is well, yes?

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      • That’s what one of my oldest friends (my age) says: “I don’t understand the world anymore.”
        It sounds better than it was, but wasn’t there a possible “intervention” in the works? Forgot tjhe name… “cardio-something”?

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        • I was remembering back when I was in my 20s and 30s and I used to be so thankful to have been born in this nation, but today … well, let’s just say not-so-much. We have had it so good, had so many rights and advantages that people in other nations never had, but do we appreciate them? No, instead we take advantage, take those advantages for granted, and want more more more more more. Yes, cardioversion … it’s still on the table, but has been delayed yet again. Perhaps next month, fingers crossed. Thanks for caring, Brian!

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    • I fully agree, Ned! She and her mother brought tears … I just cannot understand how anybody could threaten innocent people just doing their job. Like you, I hope some good attorneys help them and also that somebody has set up a GoFundMe account to help with their living expenses. I’m going to check tomorrow, for if there is such an account, I will definitely donate a small bit to it. Thanks for the reblog, Ned!

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          • And what disturbs me MORE Jill, Scottie, and Ned… is WHO were they replaced by!? And all her 18-21 coworkers who also worked there in the elections-counting center!? I wish or I hope that Shay Moss and Lady Ruby can have their jobs back along with everyone else. But knowing how much the modern radical Trumpian-Repubs have been going after ALL key offices in every state possible, and winning them… I have my doubts all of this across the nation can be reversed. 😞

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            • That, my friend, is definitely the greatest concern. Between voting restrictions being implemented in the majority of states, maga-ites being installed into positions where they will have some control over election security and outcome, we are right to have concerns. In 2020, we had people like Bowers and Raffensperber who upheld their oaths of office, who cared more about the nation than about their party or chosen candidates. They saved our bacon, as the saying goes, but I think they won’t be able to in 2024 and we may be destroyed by those who have no conscience, no values, only greed, arrogance, and ignorance.

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              • Yes Jill. And I’d be terribly remiss if I didn’t state the historical fact and context that this subtle, pseudo-covert, long-term Conservative (extreme) Republican “overthrow” of key state and federal offices, courts and judges, and Electoral officials/protocols was hatched by then Democrat Colgate W. Darden Jr., then activated by (R) James M. Buchanan in 1956-57 and their blue-prints became the architects of today’s Radical Right after Charles Koch & brother dumped millions upon billions of dollars into this long-term political war-plan.*

                This Darden-Buchanan-Koch “war-plan” faced its biggest foe and challenge in the November 2020 Congressional and Presidential elections, and it/they lost! The backlash became the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capital and tRump’s indecent gall to disrupt and block the peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden. The Radical Right, tRump, and all their loyal allies are still pushing back. They still have a massive stronghold on many key states—rural in particular that control the Senate—to repel the defense and counter-attacks by TRUE democracy and its defenders. But it is going to be a long, long war to take back what Darden-Buchanan-Koch and the Radical Right have gained since 1957.

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                * – One of many sources: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-architect-of-the-radical-right/528672/

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                • Well thank you for that bit of history! I learned some things I wasn’t aware of. Yes, I have grave concerns on many levels today for the future of this nation. Starting with the Supreme Court … grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. And ol’ Kevin McCarthy and his motley crew.

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              • Grrrrr, apologies Jill. I forgot to go back and put a Closed-italic HTML-code after the word… long-term Conservative (extreme)…

                Would you mind correcting that please Ma’am? Then you can delete this comment. Thank you. 🙂

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      • The question is why? I know they are power-mad assholes who need to rule the world, or as much of it as they can, but what are they getting out of it? They can only see as far as their own lives, and they are not immortal. They will die! Does the whole world have to end with them?

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        • They do not care about future generations, or … well, perhaps a better explanation is that they are blind to what is happening, are blind to the fact that they are destroying the world for their own progeny. And because they are so very stupid, they believe that more more more more money is the solution to EVERYTHING. Money, they think, buys security, buys happiness, buys anything one desires. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will pay the price for their perfidy, but so will ours.

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