Dear Donald Trump … our lives ARE NOT your personal playthings to do with as you wish for your own greedy, egotistical, narcissistic purposes! Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Filosofa is growling and grumbling tonight for a number of reasons …
Several days ago, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said …
“I’m increasingly worried that President Trump will want to shut down the government again because of impeachment. He always likes to create diversions. I hope and pray he won’t want to cause another government shutdown because it might be a diversion away from impeachment.”
When asked on Sunday if he would shut down the government in light of the ongoing impeachment investigations, he said …
“It depends on — it depends on what the negotiation — I wouldn’t commit to anything. It depends on what the negotiation is.”
This is NOT how government works … at least not unless your country is a tinpot dictatorship! But then, Donald Trump is neither educated nor enlightened on how government works, and has no concern for the standards and practices, nor for the people of this nation, let alone the U.S. Constitution.
Trump’s last government shutdown, which was also a political ploy to attempt to force Congress to fund his damnable wall, was the longest in the history of the nation. It cost people their homes, their cars … their livelihood. Is he going to do it again? Does he foolishly believe that the House of Representatives will shirk their duty and drop the impeachment investigations in exchange for his signature on the short-term spending bill before November 21st? If he believes that, he better think again. If he shuts our government down again for his own personal gain, somebody really ought to put strychnine in his Big Mac!
For those republicans and Trump supporters who may be unaware … California is one of the 50 states in the United States, and the most populous state. The population of California is 39.56 million, or approximately 11.9% of the nation’s total. And California is burning! California is experiencing horrible wildfires that are threatening land, structures, crops, and lives. Nearly 100,000 acres have burned in recent weeks, and thousands of people have been forced from their homes. And how, you might ask, is the head of the federal government helping?In his usual way, by placing the blame on others, by saying he could have done it better, and by threatening to cut off federal aid to the state — all done via tweet, of course.
First, he blamed California Governor Gavin Newsom who has been a critic of Trump for some time.
“The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must “clean” his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers …”
This from a ‘man’ who has no idea what he is even talking about, a ‘man’ who last year said that Finland ‘rakes’ their forests, a faux pas that the president of Finland quickly put paid to, showing Trump for the fool that he is!
Newsom fired back …
“You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.”
Thumbs up to Governor Newsom! 👍👍The reality is that increased temperatures due to global warming are causing the huge wildfires in California, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Drier, warmer conditions lead to vegetation drying out and becoming more flammable. And what has Trump done? He has rolled back nearly every single environmental regulation that would have helped reduce carbon emissions that are exacerbating the effects of climate change. He is more nearly responsible for those wild fires than any other individual on the planet, in my book! And yet …
“Every year, as the fire’s [sic] rage & California burns, it is the same thing – and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor.”
And speaking of climate change …
Yesterday, Trump kept to his threat, taking the first step in the process to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, making the U.S. the only nation to ever have done so, making us the only nation that appears not to give a damn about the environment, or the future of life on Earth. In a tweet, Mike Pompeo bragged about the move, saying …
“Today we begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. The U.S. is proud of our record as a world leader in reducing all emissions, fostering resilience, growing our economy, and ensuring energy for our citizens. Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model.”
I beg to differ. First of all, we are NOT proud of anything this nation has done regarding the environment since Trump took office. We have, under the lunacy of Donald Trump, done not one damn thing to cut emissions, protect the land or wildlife habitats, the water or air, but instead have removed nearly every regulation that was in place prior to January 20, 2017! I had hoped he would be gone from office long before this day rolled around. There is still some hope, since the country will not be officially out of the agreement until November 4, 2020 … the day after Trump is (fingers crossed) voted out of office.
In response to Pompeo’s tweet, Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a leading expert on the United Nations’ international climate negotiations process, warned …
“President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Paris agreement is irresponsible and shortsighted. All too many people are already experiencing the costly and harmful impacts of climate change in the form of rising seas, more intense hurricanes and wildfires, and record-breaking temperatures.”
If the U.S. does, in fact, officially pull out, we will be THE ONLY nation on the entire globe that is not in the agreement and is not even trying to save the environment. Think about that one for a minute. Or two minutes.
I have more, but … well, that’s enough for the moment … I don’t want to make you all growl and grumble too. There is one bit of a bright spot. Remember last week I wrote about Washington Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle who, after much thought, decided he would decline the offer to visit the White House for a celebration of the team’s win? His reasoning was that Trump had gone against many of Mr. Doolittle’s own values with his racist ways. Well, when I wrote that, it was rumoured that several other players were also considering declining the offer, and I am pleased to report that six other players in addition to Mr. Doolittle did not attend the White House ceremony yesterday. They are Anthony Rendon, Joe Ross, Javy Guerra, Wilmer Difo, Victor Robles, and Michael Taylor. I applaud them for having the courage to follow their conscience.