Whatever would I make of this blog if I didn’t have Trump and his band of thugs to write about? Hmmmm … I might have to go back to reading whole books and writing book reviews, or perhaps shut the blog down and go back to knitting scarves and afghans for my friends (yes, I do know how to knit and used to spend many an evening so occupied. A year or two ago, I gave my stash of yarn and supplies to my daughter, who is now knitting me a sweater with a wolf on it and wolf paw prints on the sleeves!) Anyway, I do have Trump and the rest of the jerks to write about, so …
The Planet vs Trump …
Since taking office on January 20th 2017, Donald Trump has had several goals, all of them intended to destroy the U.S. But one, the one he calls his “crowning achievement”, is to destroy the planet, making it uninhabitable for all life forms. His deregulatory moves have had a terrible effect on all life forms, but they are moves that he has said will “save lives, lift the economy and help the auto industry.” Frankly, if I cannot breathe, if the bees who pollinate our food are dying, if species are dying out … who gives a royal f*ck about the auto industry … or the economy, for that matter? And save lives??? What a crock.
During the administration of President Obama, a fuel economy standard was put into place that would lower CO2 emissions, save us all money at the pump, and help with restoring cleaner air to every country in the world. Given that these standards were put in place under Obama, naturally Trump had to destroy them, just as he destroyed his friends’ toys as a child. Even the auto industry was not fully behind Mr. Trump’s deregulation and today, four of those automakers are standing firm in their commitment to the people and the environment.
On Wednesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a multistate coalition, filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s disastrous final rule rolling back the nation’s Clean Car Standards. Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The battle is expected to reach the Supreme Court.
Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen, while not a part of the lawsuit, have split from the other automakers, declaring that they will continue to follow the lead of California and 13 other states that are upholding tougher standards than those set by the federal government.
By the Trump administration’s own calculations, changing the rule increases the emissions of greenhouse gases, the primary cause of global warming, by at least 867 million metric tons relative to the standards being rolled back. That is greater than the amount many midsize countries put out in a year. It will also cost the average car owner an additional $500 over a three-year period in fuel costs.
Yet another test for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide whether they place more value on the planet and human life, or whether they are Trumpies above all else.
Pushing the boundaries … or are there any boundaries for Trump?
Since beginning his battle with Twitter a few days ago over his false tweets that Twitter put a fact-checking message on, Trump seems determined to show us just how utterly nasty he can be. Folks, you can go to your local landfill, dig around all day, and I don’t think you will find anything as ugly, decayed, and downright nasty as the person who sits in the Oval Office today.
Until yesterday, I had never heard of “Cowboys for Trump”. My supper would have settled better if I had never heard of them. ‘Cowboys for Trump’ is a right-wing organization founded by a former street preacher named Couy Griffin. Griffin is also a country commissioner for the county of Otero, New Mexico. Apparently, the people of that county don’t much care about such things as education or qualifications. Hmmmm … seems that 40% of the people in the U.S. don’t much care about those things, either.
Griffin has led a number of protests against the closing of the nation’s businesses and stay-at-home orders … no surprise there … he fits the prototype. But, this week he overstepped his bounds. In an interview with the Daily Beast on Tuesday, he called for the execution of at least two democratic governors, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia. Why? He claims they are ‘traitors’ for the restrictions they have imposed in their states, trying to keep their populace safe in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
“You get to pick your poison: You either go before a firing squad, or you get the end of the rope.”
What a bastard, yes? But wait … it gets even worse.
Earlier this week, a video surfaced of Griffin at some event with his ‘cowboys’ giving a speech whereupon he said …
“The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
Okay, so the man is a bloody idiot … we can ignore that, right, although he frankly should be behind bars in Otero Country tonight for that is hate speech and incitement to violence in 8 short words. But wait … that’s not all …
So pleased and inspired by that video was Donald Trump that he re-tweeted the video on Twitter, with a comment …
“Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico!”
If I said on Twitter, “The only good Republican is a dead Republican”, do you know how fast my account would be closed … forever? And do you know how long it would take for the cops to show up at my door? And yet some jackass in Podunk New Mexico can say it in a public venue, tweet it on a public forum, and the fool who calls himself a ‘president’ (and I use the term loosely) can re-play it, again on a public forum, with impunity! How utterly … unprofessional, demeaning, and downright NASTY is this sorry excuse for a ‘man’? What’s next … what new low will I be writing about tomorrow?
On a brighter note …
There are many republicans in Congress who I’d like to see ousted, who should have been ousted long ago, but while the list is long, one man is always at the top of the list: Mitch McConnell. Mitch gave his all to ensure that President Barack Obama had to fight tooth and nail for what few proposals he got by during his eight-year tenure in office. He ensured that our Supreme Court has the least integrity of any in the history of our nation. And he rules the Senate with an iron hand, threatening and bullying just as Trump does. Mitch long ago forgot to whom he owes his allegiance and is naught but a high-paid bootlicker for Donald Trump.
I was happy to see this new ad by The Lincoln Project, the political action committee formed in late 2019 by several prominent Republicans with the goal of preventing the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.