Tonight I am on a rant. I do know that what Trump actually does is more important than what he says, but … sometimes the two go hand-in-hand. Now that a formal impeachment inquiry has been started, we fully expect him to go off the rails for the duration, and I’ve said before that he is even more dangerous when he feels threatened or cornered, as he surely must feel now.
Round and round it goes, where it stops no one knows
Ever since the news of the whistleblower was first hinted at, life for those of us who care about such things, has been rather like being in a high-speed blender … far too many goings-on to keep up with, far too many jaw-dropping moments. And it just keeps getting crazier and crazier … I well remember the Watergate era, the resignation of President Richard Nixon … yes, I was a political nerd even then … I remember what would become known as the “Saturday Night Massacre”. I remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the aftermath. And through it all, I do not remember the level of chaos, of utter contempt for the rule of law, as we are seeing today. And this is only the beginning!
The latest is that apparently Trump is trading a promise to the National Rifle Association (NRA) that he will not support any additional gun legislation in exchange for monetary assistance with his legal fees during the impeachment process and next year’s election. Put that in your pipe and smoke it for a minute.
On Friday, Trump hosted Chief Executive of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, at the White House for a meeting. The information was provided to the New York Times by two people who attended the meeting, but later an NRA spokesperson denied that there was an offer of support in exchange for Trump’s opposition to gun laws. Sorry, but given the history of both Trump and LaPierre … I have no trouble whatsoever believing that they agreed to such a deal. And what the heck else would they have talked about … the price of coffee beans?
The NRA, in case you’ve forgotten, provided some $30 million toward Trump’s election campaign in 2016 … if you wondered why he falls in line whenever the NRA calls and asks “How high?” when Wayne LaPierre tells him to “JUMP!”, wonder no more.
So, to summarize that … the lives of the people in this nation are as nothing to Trump, and he is willing to trade away our lives in exchange for financial help from the most dishonest group in the U.S. Got that, folks?
In other Trumpian-news …
Donald Trump is about to face impeachment charges, in all likelihood. He tried to blackmail the president of the Ukraine to rig next year’s election. He has obstructed justice. He is holding kids in cages at the southern border, despite an order by a federal judge to reunite those children with their parents. He has diverted funds that were budgeted to help with recovery efforts for Puerto Rico still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017, in order to build a wall that nobody wants and that will serve no purpose other than to feed Trump’s ego. But … what was the breaking news yesterday afternoon?
State Dept. intensifies email probe of Hillary Clinton’s former aides
That’s right, folks. The United States Department of State is more worried about Hillary Clinton’s emails from several years ago … emails that were already investigated and it was determined that there was no crime, no breach of national security … than they are worried about the person in the Oval Office who is committing a crime-a-day, it would seem! And on our tax dollars, folks … our hard-earned money is paying for the State Department to waste their time investigating a non-issue, while the most corrupt individual in this nation is playing footsies with the Russians and the Saudis, rigging next year’s election, and doing his best to shred the U.S. Constitution.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch … Ivanka Trump did not preserve all of her official emails as required by federal law, and her husband, Jared Kushner, used a messaging application to conduct U.S. business outside government channels, according to Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Is there some double-standard in play here?
Oh … and in case you didn’t hear a couple of weeks ago, Trump is urging the House Judiciary Committee to launch an investigation into President Obama!
Barack Obama signed a book deal in 2017, just as other former presidents have, and a production deal with Netflix a year later. All on the up-and-up. But Trump, under the gun himself, has to deflect … to anybody he can think of …
“We want to find out what happened with the last Democrat president. Let’s look into Obama, the way they’ve looked at me … They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal.”
Ridiculous? Smoke and mirrors? Sure, but … folks, this isn’t just some kid throwing a temper tantrum … it’s the person who was elected to lead a nation of some 330 million people, and this is what we get for our money? I don’t know about you folks, but I feel cheated … terribly cheated. We deserve better … much better.