The Licensing of the Presidency (White House for Sale)

I rarely follow new blogs these days, as I don’t have time to keep up with the ones I already follow, but recently one crossed my path that seemed exceptional, so I followed it. The blog is Enigma in Black, and according to the authors bio it is “one man’s opinion about matters primarily involving politics, education, and race.”
We all know that Trump is profiting from the presidency, that he sees this nation as his own private domain and that his hired thugs are profiting as well. This post, however, shines some new light on it all and is appropriately titled, “The Licensing of the Presidency (White House for Sale)”. Thank you, Enigma, for both this excellent post, and your permission to share.

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It’s how Trump has done business the past couple of decades. After six bankruptcies, Trump did learn a new trick and started selling his name and not trying to run a profitable business. Trump doesn’t really own many of the properties with his name on them. In 2015, his name was on seventeen properties in New York of which he owned only five. At present, the number of buildings in New York with his name has dwindled to eleven, as the six“Trump Place” properties elected to have the Trump name removed. The Trump Organization continues to manage the properties. A typical deal involves Trump licensing his name which once attracted buyers/renters for a fee while also being paid for management duties.

Trump’s new business model allowed him to eliminate risk while raking in a percentage, whether the venture succeeds or fails. When The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower…

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‘Toons, ‘Toons, and More ‘Toons!

It’s a busy day for all of us.  I don’t have time to write the post that is bouncing around in my head, for I am busy in the kitchen today, and you don’t have time to read it anyway, for you are likely either busy in the kitchen or watching football.  So, what better day than today for some ‘toons?


Since it is Thanksgiving, and since da turkey is da bird of choice for most, including moi, a few turkey ‘toons seem a good way to kick off the post!turkey-1turkey-2turkey-3turkey-4turkey-5turkey-6


Last week, Trump pardoned convicted war criminal Edward Gallagher, but he didn’t stop there.  He ordered the U.S. Navy to restore Mr. Gallagher to his former rank of Chief Petty Officer, while at the same time, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer was arranging for Gallagher’s discharge.  Long story short, Secretary Spencer crossed Trump and denied his order, and last Sunday he was fired.  gallagher-1gallagher-2gallagher-3


Of course the Ukraine has seen more headlines in the U.S. in the past month than in the entire past century, and it all started with a phone call … a perfect, beautiful phone call, according to Trump.  But now, the web seems to reach far and wide, entrapping many such as Giuliani, Nunes, and others.ukraine-2Ukraine-3ukraine-4Corruptionukraine-6


And let us not forget Russia and Putin’s latest puppet …RussiaRussia-2


The GOP originally stood for Grand Old Party, but they lost that distinction long ago.  Lately, however, they are selling their collective souls downriver in their efforts to defend the indefensible — Donald Trump.  They have put aside their oaths of office, have stopped even pretending to care about the people of this nation, and their new designation should be POL … Party Of Lies.GOPGOP-2GOP-3


And that’s it for today, my friends!  Have a great day and go for a long walk after you stuff yourself!  Except for Hugh, who will likely be shoveling instead of walking!

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Short, Snarky Snippets

If you think that the fact that it’s Thanksgiving, the fact that I have a turkey to roast, stuffing to make, potatoes to cook, and all the other stuff is going to keep me from being a snarky you-know-what today, then you don’t know me well.  Last Thanksgiving, I managed my usual two posts plus a music post, and while I may or may not have a second post today, I at least have some short snarky snippets to share with you!  I consider it my civic duty … it’ll give you something to discuss over your turkey & gravy!


Who knew …

… That those of us whose humanitarian values have led us to be called “liberals”, as well as some other less savoury names, were trying to change the name of the holiday presently known as “Thanksgiving”?  Funny, but I hadn’t heard that one until this morning when I was reading that in Trump’s rally yesterday, he claimed …

“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving. People have different ideas why it shouldn’t be called ‘Thanksgiving,’ but everybody in this room I know loves the name ‘Thanksgiving,’ and we’re not changing it.”

And the crowd cheered.

To the best of my knowledge, there has been no movement to change the name of Thanksgiving.  There were numerous humorous responses on Twitter, but one of the responses to his foolish remark was spot on:

“Well, many Natives, like myself, call it #nationaldayofmourning & as far as I’m concerned, if you don’t like it, grab a ship back home and shove some crumpets up your bum and let us repair this land.”

He also returned to one of his favourite themes, what he refers to as “the war on Christmas”.  He claims that he has now “made” everyone say “Merry Christmas”, rather than “Happy Holidays”.  Bullshit.  I typically go for the “Have a great holiday” line, though sometimes I may say “Merry Christmas”.  Thing is, see … not everyone celebrates Christmas as a religious holiday.  Many of us celebrate it as a secular holiday, a way to begin the long, dark winter season with light and festivity.  If you choose to celebrate it according to your religion, fine.  If you don’t, then that’s fine also.  Once again, Trump has overstepped his boundaries.


And about that rally …

Not surprisingly, Trump used much of his time at his aforementioned campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, talking about his pending impeachment.  He cast the impeachment inquiry as a desperate effort by democrats to win back the White House in 2020. He went so far as to call the impeachment proceedings ‘bullshit,’ prompting a new audience chant containing the expletive. And he put those proceedings in the same category as the Mueller investigation, labeling all of it a ‘scam’ and a ‘hoax.’

“They’re attacking me because I’m exposing a rigged system that enriched itself at your expense and I’m restoring government of, by and for the people.”

Say WHAT???  I’m still speechless and have steam coming out of my ears over that blatant, bald-faced lie!

“The radical Democrats are trying to overturn the last election because they know that they cannot win the next election. It’s very simple.”

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Tucker said WHAT???

tucker-carlsonTucker Carlson of Fox News fame is a grade-A jerk.  No surprise there, we’ve known that for years.  But, he may have crossed a line this time.

“Why do I care … what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? And I’m serious. Why do I care? Why shouldn’t I root for Russia, which I am?”

After the predictable backlash from those who remember that Russia is a domineering, bullying nation that is seeking to restore an ‘empire’ ala the Soviet Union, ol’ Tucker said, halfheartedly, that he was only joking.  Right, Tuck.


Spencer speaks …

Funny, isn’t it, that Trump who dodged the draft back during the Vietnam War, who has never served a single day in the military, is now micromanaging the military of which he knows absolutely nothing?  Ousted Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, has written an OpEd in response to his firing.  The thing he wrote that struck me as being 110% true is that Trump …

 “… Has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”

Can’t argue with that … Trump has no clue what the words “ethically” and “rules” mean.  Commander-in-Chief???  Hah!  The most unlikely of candidates for that job.


For the love of animals?  Doubtful

In December 2010, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill, H.R.5566 – Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, that banned videos that show animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or subjected to other forms of torture.  On Monday, Trump signed into law another bill, H.R.724 – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, that is essentially an expansion of the original.  This one makes such cruelty to animals a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Since the bill had bipartisan support in Congress, and since it is basically a no-brainer, there would have been absolutely no justification for Trump to not sign it, but some have found a morsel of redemption for Trump in the signing of this bill, saying, “See … he did something good!”  We are, it would seem, desperate for him to have one little redeeming quality.  But wait …

Do you see the irony here?  Trump’s two elder sons are both big game hunters who have killed numerous beautiful animals for sport.  No contest, they are guided by experts, they have big guns, the animal is in a preserve and has no guide, no gun.  Senseless slaughter, pure and simple.  Sorry, folks, but this bill does not apply to people who slaughter animals for food or to those who hunt, trap and fish.  Too little … far too little.


And now, I leave you to enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family.  Have a great one, my friends!

Giving Thanks

Our friend Jeff takes this opportunity to tell us a little bit about how & why he and Greg started On the Fence Voters, and what direction they plan for the coming year. I am looking forward to working with Jeff on a project or two in the coming months … thank you, Jeff!

On The Fence Voters

With news coming at us at blinding speed, it’s tempting to do a rant on HIM today. I’m not going to do it, though. There will be plenty of time for that in the coming weeks. We have turbulent waters ahead, and it’s going to take all of us to stay focused so that we can exile the current President of the United States to one of his failing properties. We cannot allow the man to win a second term.

But today, I’d like to veer in another direction. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and well, I’d like to take the time to give thanks.

When my long-time pal Greg, aka Ohio Realist, called to ask if I’d be interested in doing this project in early 2018, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

Both of us had remained in contact with each other after I moved to the West Coast in 2004…

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Letter To Republican Senator

I think that if there is a chance that the U.S. Senate will remember their oath of office, will remember that their oath is to the U.S. Constitution, not the president, and that their loyalty damn well better be to We the People, it will only happen if we remind them.  Seems many of them have forgotten where to look for their conscience, their values.  I think the time has come to remind them.

Below is the letter I have sent to the republican senator in my own state.  Feel free to take any of the ideas expressed within if you write to your own senators.

Dear Senator Portman,

I am writing to you today, because as a resident of the State of Ohio, a citizen of the United States, I am very concerned about the actions of the Senate. 

First, I would like to remind you that you took an oath whereby you swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution.  Your loyalty is to the people of this nation, not the ‘man’ who sits in the Oval Office today.  We currently have the most corrupt president in the history of this nation, and frankly he has brought our reputation to its knees.  We are no longer regarded as a trusted ally by virtually any nation.  We have let the people of the entire world down with our complete disregard for the environment.  And all this has occurred in the last three years, and all because of the corruption that begins and ends with Donald Trump.

I believe it is a foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives will vote to impeach Donald Trump, possibly before the end of this year.  And then, Senator, the ball will be in your court.  The majority of people in this nation support the impeachment, conviction, and removal from office of Donald Trump.  Nothing less is acceptable, for the fate of not only this nation, but every nation in the world is at stake.  I firmly believe that within the next twelve months, Donald Trump will do everything in his power to ensure that next year’s election will be so dishonest and unfair that it will be a complete sham, a mockery of any democratic principles that remain in our nation.

I ask that you think long and hard about the actions of the Senate, search your own conscience and ask yourself if your loyalty to Donald Trump is of more value than your loyalty to the people who voted you into office.  Is your dedication to Donald Trump truly worth selling out your own values?  Is it worth risking your own career?  Can you look your three children in the eye and tell them how important it is to always ‘do the right thing’?  And perhaps for you the most important question:  Do you wish to be re-elected in 2022?  We the People have long memories, and if you fail us this time, I promise to do everything in my power to see that you never serve a third term in the U.S. Senate.

I think you know the right thing to do.  Please remember your oath of office, remember the people you are paid to serve, and do the right thing.

Sincerely,

Jill Dennison, voter/citizen/taxpayer

Your Morning Dose Of Snarky Snippets …

Good Tuesday morn, friends!  The madness just never stops, does it?  Every day there is some new atrocity taking place in Washington, something new to set our teeth on edge and our blood pressure soaring.  I wonder if we will even get a break from it on Thanksgiving?  At least there is one upside … I never have to go looking for a topic to write about!  Snarky Snippets started out as a one-off … one day I had a number of notes on things I wanted to write of, but none were worthy of an entire post by themselves, so I decided to compile them into a ‘bits ‘n pieces’ type of post.  Perhaps a day will come when there is no snark, when I go back to reviewing books and writing humorous pieces.  I doubt it, though.


Off with his head!

Remember yesterday when I told you that the Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, had threatened to resign if Trump had his way in attempting to micromanage the Navy and override Spencer’s decision to oust Edward Gallagher?  Well, it seems that Secretary Spencer displeased Donald Trump with his views, and you know what happens to any who have the courage to have a viewpoint that opposes Trump’s own whims … off with their heads!

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a Trump sycophant since day #1, requested Secretary Spencer’s resignation.  In other words, Trump ordered him fired for not supporting Trump’s demand that the Navy fully reinstate Mr. Gallagher, despite his humiliating behaviour.  According to the New York Times

“In a statement, Mr. Esper said he had lost trust in Mr. Spencer because his private statements about the Navy SEAL case differed from what he advocated in public. But Defense Department officials said Mr. Spencer prompted the ire of Mr. Trump when he threatened to resign over the president’s handling of the case of the SEALs member, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, and publicly said he disagreed with the president’s handling of the matter.”

So, there you have it folks … you speak against the whims of Trump, and … off with your head!off-with-his-head


She’s baaaaaack …

Sarah-cartoon-2Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House Press Secretary, is rather like a bad penny that just never goes away.  In her former position, she was a spectacular failure.  She presided over punishing Jim Acosta of CNN by suspending his White House access. She phased out the daily press briefings that in recent history have been the main way presidents answer to the public. Her legacy would be “defending the indefensible and not being truthful with the American people,” according to David Axelrod, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama.

As she left the White House for the final time, Trump said …

“I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

Well, guess what?  She recently told the New York Times that she believes she has “been called” to take up the mantle, to become the next Governor of Arkansas.  No word on just who ‘called’ her.

“There are two types of people who run for office. People that are called and people that just want to be a senator or governor. I feel like I’ve been called.”

All I can say is I’m glad I don’t live in Arkansas!  Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, and I generally respected the man, though I rarely agreed with him.  Suffice it to say that Sarah is not the (wo)man her father was.


Where is the justice?

The House of Representatives has been trying to gain access to Trump’s tax returns and related financial records for months.  In April, the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed his longtime accounting firm Mazars LLP, for those records.  Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against Trump’s attempt to block Mazars from complying …

“Contrary to the President’s arguments, the Committee possesses authority under both the House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply. We conclude that in issuing the challenged subpoena, the Committee was engaged in a ‘legitimate legislative investigation.’”

Once again, justice prevailed … for a few short weeks.  Naturally, Trump’s lawyers filed an appeal.  There was only one place left for them to go … the U.S. Supreme Court.  And go there, they did.  And guess what, folks?  The Supreme Court bowed to “his majesty”.

Yesterday, at Trump’s request, the Supreme Court issued a stay of the mandate of the lower court.  Five justices signed the stay, and it is said that “no justice publicly noted any opposition”.  I can guess which five signed the document, and I can also guess why no opposition was noted.

SCOTUS-1.jpgThe stay is just that … it is good only until for ten days, until noon on December 5th.  If Trump’s lawyers fail to file a formal petition to the Supreme Court for a hearing on the case, the stay will expire, and Mazars will have to turn over the subpoenaed records.  Does anybody actually believe that will happen?  Y’know … the more he fights turning over his financial records, the more suspicious I become.  I am now fully convinced that those records would put an end to his presidency, and possibly even land him in prison, else he would have allowed them to be released before now.

If the person who should by all rights be held to the highest standards of accountability is above the law, then I think we can only conclude that there is no law in this nation.Trump-Liberty


Now that I’ve started your morning out with a bit of snark, go forth and share the snark!  Snarl at somebody wearing a red hat!

The Outcome of the Senate Trial is Not a Done Deal. Here’s Why.

I, like the majority of us, have been guilty of lamenting that though the House will almost certainly impeach the most corrupt president we’ve ever had, I was equally certain that the Senate would never vote to convict and remove him. My reasoning being that it will require 20 republican senators and every single democratic senator to achieve the 2/3 super-majority required and there are not 20 republican senators with integrity. While that may well be the case, I was wrong in that I forgot, briefly, what a powerful voice We the People can have when we work together to use it. Our friend TokyoSand reminds us …

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Do you remember the days and weeks leading up to the Senate’s vote on the disastrous Republican “repeal and replace” healthcare bill during Trump’s first year as president?

I do. Thousands of everyday Americans called their Senators, and attended town halls, and demanded meetings in their local offices, and wrote op-eds for their local papers, and more. We demanded to be heard on this incredibly important topic and we did not give up. Back in 2017, we had no reason to believe that the Republican Senators would vote the way Democrats wanted them to. But we cared a LOT about this issue and nothing was going to stop us.

And then we won. The Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass their bill.

We’ve all seen the power of a motivated citizenry. So I’m very perplexed as to why everyone, and I mean everyone, says out loud that the…

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Snarky Snippets … And A Rant (Or Two)

This post started out being just a collection of Snarky Snippets, but by the third story, it had turned into a full-blown rant.  The issue of guns and the stupidity of people tend to do that to me.  Sigh.


No military experience required for senior position — apply within

Earlier this week, I reported that Trump had issued pardons to two convicted war criminals, along with one who was still awaiting trial.  One of those convicted and pardoned was Edward Gallagher, a former Navy SEAL, who was accused of shooting civilians, murdering a captive Islamic State fighter with a hunting knife in Iraq, and threatening to kill SEALs who reported him, among other misconduct.  In his July court-martial, he was found not guilty of all charges but one:  posing for photos with the teenage captive’s dead body.

And then, last week, Trump pardoned Gallagher.  The Navy, however, is going forward with its plan to expel Gallagher from the SEALs, given that his crime brought shame upon the entire Navy.  And then, Trump intervened yet again, tweeting …

“The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”

Legally, this is a mine field and adds to the chaos that has become the United States government.  The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if Trump is allowed to have his way in this case.

The Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer, said disciplinary plans against Chief Gallagher would proceed because he did not consider Mr. Trump’s statement on Twitter to be a formal order. Mr. Spencer added that the president, as commander in chief, had the authority to intervene and that it would stop “the process.”

I am neither a legal scholar nor a military strategist, however from a layman’s point of view, it seems that Trump is way out of bounds on this one.  First, he has zero military experience himself, having dodged the draft through his father paying a doctor to lie about a foot condition (blisters, I believe).  Second, although Trump is, as ‘president’, also Commander in Chief of the armed forces, I don’t think that should give him the power to micromanage the military, as he is attempting to do in the Gallagher case. And third, even though Trump pardoned him, it does not negate the fact, at least in my mind, that Gallagher was proven guilty of such a heinous, disgusting crime.  Frankly, I don’t want him in the military in any capacity.


They’re building their own wall …

There are only two things, as best I can figure, that keep Trump’s base Velcro-ed to him:  the economy remaining relatively strong, and his promise to build his damned wall, come hell or high water and at any cost to the environment.

He hasn’t gotten much of his wall built, and what he has built has already been proven ineffective, as it can easily be sawed through with a simple power saw.  But never fear, Steve Bannon has formed a right-wing group of people who are taking matters into their own hands.  The group call themselves We Build the Wall, and their president is a man named Brian Kolfage.

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They have been bulldozing the banks of the Rio Grande to erect a privately funded border fence along the water’s edge … even though they have no permits to do so.  Never mind that construction activity along the river banks is tightly regulated under international treaties because structures can exacerbate flood damage and alter the course of the river channel.

The International Boundary and Water Commission, which issues permits to build in the Rio Grande channel, has asked the group to suspend construction, submit a detailed engineering study and withdraw its excavators and other heavy equipment from the river levees.  But Kolfage said his group is barreling forward anyway … one could only hope they would all get washed into the Rio Grande and out to the Gulf of Mexico.we-build-the-wallThe damn fool, Kolfage, tweeted …

“Who else loves the fresh smell of diesel in the morning when we’re building the wall? Does it look like we were told stop? NOPE! Burning & Churning suckers.”

According to its website, the group has collected nearly $25 million in private donations and pledges, with plans to build at least 35 miles of barriers at up to 10 locations along the U.S. southern border in support of Trump’s mission to seal the border off to migrants.

No concern for the environment, no concern for the rule of law … vigilantes, in my book, and I’d like to see the lot of them in prison.


Second Amendment sanctuaries???  WTF???

Earlier this month in the state of Virginia, democrats rode a platform on gun control to historic victories in state elections.  But … the gun nuts in the rural counties aren’t liking it one bit.  They want to declare their counties ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’, meaning that any new gun legislation passed in the state legislature would not be honoured in those ‘sanctuary’ counties.  They say they fear that their ‘way of life’ is being cast aside. toon-guns.jpgTheir way of life???  Excuse me, but … how does gun ownership constitute a way of life?  Let’s get some facts straight here … guns are made for one thing and one thing only:  to kill!  To cause death.  The words ‘life’ and ‘death’ are polar opposites!  They cannot exist together … they are mutually exclusive!  Are these people … ah, never mind … I’m not going for the jugular just yet.

When the General Assembly convenes in January, Governor Ralph Northam has promised to move quickly with Democratic leaders to pass measures such as universal background checks, limits on the types and numbers of firearms that can be purchased and a “red flag” law allowing authorities to seize weapons from someone deemed a threat.  All very sensible, long overdue, and not-yet-enough measures.

Do the people of rural Virginia not care if their children are shot in school?  Do they not care that it is not safe in this country anymore to go out to a restaurant, to even walk down the street?  What the heck has happened to sanity in this nation?

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They walk among us …

The people behind this movement say any kind of gun restriction feels personal. They’ve heard that some proposals would prevent kids under 18 from owning guns and say people who would ban assault weapons don’t understand what they are.  So … they want kids owning guns???  And what’s with them saying we don’t understand what an assault weapon is?  Oh yeah, folks, we understand full well what it is … a killing machine that can mow down hundreds within a minute or two.  NOBODY outside of the military needs such a weapon.  NOBODY!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Turns out that rural Virginia is not alone, not even the first to follow this path of idiocy.  In New Mexico, 25 of the 33 counties have declared themselves ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’, with some law enforcement officials saying they would go to jail rather than enforce firearm restrictions!  In Illinois, nearly two-thirds of its counties have done the same.


A bit of humour to end this snarky rant …


Okay, my friends, I have now sent myself into a fit of heart-pounding apoplexy and need to calm down, so I’m finished snarking ‘n ranting for tonight.  I think I’ll just turn off the computer and read for a while …

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Throw The Bums Out!!!

Politics in the United States, or anywhere for that matter, should not divide the people of the nation.  Politics is not supposed to be a game played by only those who can afford to play.  Politics is not supposed to be about the holder of the highest office in the land seeking to commit crimes under the very noses of those who put him into office.

Politics should not be about Donald Trump saying that yes, he did things that were against the law and will continue to do them, and there is nothing that the people he purports to represent, the people who pay his salary (before you say it, yes, he does receive a salary) can do about it.

Politics should not be about a representative who is involved in a university sex scandal bullying his peers in an attempt to validate the criminal activities of the president.  In the United States, the U.S. Constitution provides for a system of ‘checks and balances’ between the three branches of the federal government.  Instead of following the Constitution, though, those who have taken an oath, who have sworn to uphold that very document, are trampling it every day.  The republicans in Congress are naught but paid lackeys … hired hands who say “Yessir” and “Whatever you say, sir”, and when told to jump, ask “How high, sir?” to Donald Trump.

President Lincoln proclaimed in his Gettysburg Address on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863 …

“… government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Friends, it has either perished or is lying dormant today!  Today’s government is of the Donald, by the Donald, and for the Donald … nobody else matters, not even to about half of our representatives and senators in Congress!  You want to talk about ‘quid pro quo’?  Here’s the real ‘quid pro quo’ … Donald says to your district’s representative, or your state’s senator …

“You gotta support me … you gotta throw up roadblock after roadblock to get this impeachment thing stopped.  You do this, I will come do a rally in your state to support you before the election.  You don’t do it?  I will tell so many filthy lies about you, call you so many ugly names, that you couldn’t get a job collecting trash.”

Our elected officials have forgotten that Donald Trump is NOT their boss!  I am their boss, you are their boss, every one of 330 million+ people in this country are their boss.  Donald Trump is not.  We must remind them, and there are two ways to do that.  First, we must call and write to them and inform them in no uncertain terms that they will rot in hell before we will ever vote for them again.  Second, we must vote them OUT!

My own representative in the House, Warren Davidson, is a grade-A jackass who panders to Donald Trump, bends over as far as he tells him to, licks his boots, and then runs around the state doing Donald’s dirty work.  Devin Nunes of California is a weasel, a little yappy dog who does Donald’s bidding even when it is unethical, immoral, and illegal.  He plainly broke the law when, during the Mueller investigation, he told lie after lie and passed on information to Trump that he had no right to do.  The Federal Election Commission is investigating Nunes for campaign finance violations.  Jim Jordan is a bully who is under investigation by the State of Ohio for his role in the Ohio State University sex scandals when he was the assistant wrestling coach some twenty years ago.  This is the bunch of jerks into whose hands we have entrusted our lives, my friends!

We’ve come a long way from 1787 when a group of men gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to draft a document, a guideline for the newly formed United States of America.  Those men hoped to put forth a set of laws that would serve as a foundation for the government and the people of this nation.  They were deep thinkers, unlike almost any in our government today.  One of their foremost goals was to ensure that we could trust our government, that we would not be forced to tolerate corrupt politicians or unfair laws.  I think that the framers of the U.S. Constitution would be appalled if they could see the mockery that our government is today.

Donald Trump is turning this nation into something it was never intended to be, and our elected representatives in Congress are helping him do it.  Trump has committed impeachable crimes, and the House of Representatives is in the process of impeaching him for those crimes.  However, the republicans in both chambers of Congress are doing everything in their power to turn the impeachment process into a three-ring circus.  Each and every one of the republicans in Congress are guilty of obstructing justice.  Nunes is threatening to open a second investigation and call his own witnesses.  He and others have apparently taken an oath of fealty to Donald Trump and forgotten about the oath of office they took to this nation.  There is one and only one way to rescue what is left of a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”

Throw The Bums Out!!!

How About Schiff for President?

Adam Schiff, who I once thought of as rather ineffectual, has proven himself to be quite the opposite over the past few weeks during the impeachment hearings. He has stood strong in the face of much criticism, and stoically gone on about the business of the day. Our friend Jeff tells us a bit about Adam and floats an idea … not for the present, but perhaps for some point in the future. Thanks, Jeff, for giving Adam his due credit, and for helping us to get to know him a bit better!

On The Fence Voters

Schiff’s stature grows with inquiry leadership

It’s been quite the wild ride the past two weeks. I’ve weighed in with my thoughts throughout this impeachment inquiry. So many things have stood out—the patriotic testimony of career public servants, the continued obstruction by the President of the United States, and the sycophantic performances of the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee, to name a few.

But something else also stood out as well. While I’ve gotten to know a bit more about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff the last couple of years, his stewardship over the hearings was beyond stellar, in my view. The contrast between himself and the Ranking Member, Devin Nunes, couldn’t have been more stark. His steely resolve and iron-willed determination differed mightily from the conspiracy theorist and Trump boot-licker Nunes.

Time and again, Republicans attacked his leadership, as well as the rules he set down before the…

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