A Few Thoughts

Just a few of my thoughts on this Saturday afternoon …

I think the people of District 3 in New York should have the opportunity to recall George Santos and force a special election.  The man they thought they were voting for, after all, does not exist.  Mr. Santos, or whatever his name actually is, built his reputation on a tower of lies … a very high tower, as it were.  And now, that tower is crumbling and should by any logical thought, be brought down before it does significant damage.  However, by the terms set forth in the U.S. Constitution, a member of the House can only be removed by a 2/3 majority vote in the House … or death.  With the current panic by Republicans over losing so much as one seat of their paper-thin majority, that is beyond unlikely.  Remember when the former guy said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and not suffer any repercussions?  Well, apparently that also applies to George Santos and any other House Republicans.

Apparently, the committee name “House Intelligence Committee” is a misnomer, for Republican House Leader McCarthy has ejected the only two members who actually had any … intelligence, that is.  Yep, the arsehole refused to allow two very intelligent and qualified Democrats, Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, to serve on the ‘Intelligence’ Committee.  Both have previously served on the committee, and Adam Schiff, notably, has led the Intelligence Committee for the past four years!

McCarthy did not diss Schiff and Swalwell because they weren’t qualified – he dissed them in retaliation for the times that some of his choices were not chosen for various committees, such as when Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t allow the two Jims – Jordan and Banks – to serve on the January 6th investigative committee because both had played a role in the insurrection.  Or the time that the Democratic-led House stripped Marge Greene and Paul Gosar, two radical conspiracy theorists, from their committee assignments.  Or perhaps, as Adam Schiff says …

“His objection seems to be that I was the lead impeachment manager in Donald Trump’s first impeachment, and that we held him accountable for withholding hundreds of millions of dollars of military aid from Ukraine. So he is now, I think, carrying the dirty water for the former president in trying to remove me from the intel committee.”

Whatever the reason, he is denying two of the House members with the most experience a seat on an important committee, one that is crucial to the security of the nation, for reasons that make no sense to a rational mind.

Remember, folks, it’s not about good governance, it’s not about what’s best for the nation and its people, it’s not about justice or truth, it’s only about power and wealth for the few.  Full stop.  Let us hope that in November 2024, people will vote more conscientiously, will actually put thought into their vote rather than simply voting along party lines or for the loudest voice.

And now, let’s lighten the mood with a few ‘toons, shall we?

20 thoughts on “A Few Thoughts

  1. It’s a case of addressing the Republicans with….
    ” You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … In the name of God, go!”
    Otherwise folk will look at the USA and use another quote:
    “Roll up that map; it will not be wanted these ten years.”

    Russia’s problem is that Putin getting on in years and brooding (as they do) in the Kremlin wanted his place in history.
    A younger man would have bided his time, reading American news, smiling to himself and occasionally sending friendly little notes to Ukraine ‘Do you really think you can trust that lot? C’mon let’s talk things over,’
    While playing another long game by sending support to his useful idiots in the american Republican Party and Right-Wing media.

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    • I fully agree … they have sat too long and grown too little. They are still living in the 1950s … or perhaps even the 1930s, since many of them still follow the ideologies of Mussolini and Hitler.

      I had thought that Putin growing older is a large part of the reason for his aggressiveness toward Ukraine and others at this moment … he’s left no legacy, as far as that goes, and won’t go down in the annals of history in the same ways that Stalin and Lenin did. Plus, he’s long had a dream of rebuilding the Soviet Union, or a Soviet-style aggregation of nations. But frankly, I’ve never given him much credit for being overly intelligent, and still don’t.

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  2. Jill, I left a message with Rep. Steve Scalise, as the Speaker does not take messages on the weekend. My message is simple. The Republican House has gotten very poor survey results in two separate surveys which is not a surprise to this independent and former GOP voter. If you want to make a change, you could start by taking folks like George Santos and Marjorie Taylor Greene off committees. Being elected is the business of their voters, but putting people who were elected under false pretenses or who are mean-spirited and denigrating to others affects us all. We deserve better.

    They could also stop playing chicken with the debt limit and follow the recommendations of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
    Defaulting on debt is not being responsible,


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    • Good job, Keith! I have yet to try out talking on the phone with my new hearing aids, but I shall do so today, and if it’s okay, then I, too, will start calling instead of just emailing! Unconscionable that McCarthy doesn’t allow messages on weekends! He forgets he is a “public servant”. I’m sick and tired of them playing games with such things as our debt ceiling, being willing to shut the government down and default on our obligations, both domestic and foreign. Do they not understand, or do they think this is all a game?


      • Jill, I have called McCarthy several times over the years, pleading for some leadership given his role. He had a chance after his great speech when he condemned Trump for his role in the January 6, 2021 insurrection, but he backtracked from that when he was called to Mar-a-Lago and made to acquiesce to the wishes of the former president. Keith

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  4. If like you say it is an “important committee, one that is crucial to the security of the nation” That is scary. How come a bunch of incoherent idiots can hold so much power? It appears Biden is at the mercy of these people, what is the point of winning an election and not be able to ensure the security of the country?

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    • Right now, nothing they can do will make it into law, for the Senate has a Democratic majority, and the President is a Democrat, so they are spitting into the wind. However, the attention they are getting will sway some people to believe what they say, and after next year’s election, the Republican Party may have more power. Originally, the two chambers of Congress were intended to provide a safety net against a president having too much power, but of late it has become more of an obstruction to good governance.

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