Why the Shutdown is Stuck & What We Can Do

Yesterday, fellow blogger tokyosand published a post that gave the clearest, most concise explanation of how the current government shutdown came to be, and what we need to do about it … how we can use our voices to, hopefully, make a difference. Please take a minute to read this fine post, for it may answer some questions you’ve had, or help clarify what you already know. Thank you tokyosand, for this fine post and for your generous permission to share it with my readers!



Millions of Americans are already affected by the shutdown. Federal employees aren’t getting a paycheck (right at the end of the holiday season no less.) Others are being told their food stamps aren’t guaranteed if the shutdown continues. There is already real damage happening, and it will only get worse.

How did we get here? Why is it still a problem? Is there anything we can do?

How did we get here? 

At the end of the 115th Congress, we hit a deadline to renew funding for a third of the federal agencies. Ideally, we’d have an annual budget that took care of all of our agencies for one year, but since Congress hasn’t been able to agree on the budget, we’ve been patching together funding for these agencies with something called continuing resolutions.


Since the President sends his requests for the budget to Congress, having the leaders…

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It’s All About Me … Right?

Melania-jacketSo … the government has been shutdown for almost two weeks?  So what? I haven’t noticed any difference … and really, my friends, it is all about MOI, right?  We each see to our own happiness, so I’m sorry, but I see no disruption of my life, so in the words of our gracious {choke, cough, spit, sputter} First Lady {choke, cough, spit, sputter} Melania, “I really don’t care, do U?”

They say there is a build up of trash and debris in the National Parks, but … I haven’t been hiking for a year-and-a-half now, so what do I care, right?  I am, after all, still getting my mail.  They say people cannot sign up for food stamps, as the staff of the Food and Nutrition Service branch of the USDA (Department of Agriculture) is only minimally staffed, but what do I care, for I don’t receive food stamps anyway. overflowing-trash.jpgMy Social Security check was deposited to my account yesterday, so why should I worry?  What’s that you say?  The power station that serves my neighborhood isn’t being monitored?  So what?  I have electricity – I know this because every light in my house is burning brightly!

800,000 people aren’t getting paid?  Oh piffle, but really … I got my social security check, so why should I worry, right?  And after all … surely they have enough money in the bank to carry them over the hump? And anyway, I heard that they will get backpay when the government is open again, so what’s the big deal, Lucille?  And anyway, I’ve heard they’re only democrats, so … who cares, right?

Sorry, I cannot even keep up that charade any longer, for it is making me want to smack myself upside the head!  I just thought I’d try it on for size, but I don’t know how people like that live with their consciences at the end of the day, when all is quiet.

Note, my friends, that the above is not just a figment of my imagination but is the attitude of a large portion of the people in this country.  It is also not exclusively a republican attitude, but I have heard very similar statements from democrats.  It is not only an attitude shared by the un-and-under-educated or the ignorant, for just recently I heard a similar statement from somebody who I know to be well-educated and intelligent.  Indeed, this attitude crosses all divisions:  party, race, religion, etc. In some cases, it is a true disdain for others, or a stubborn ‘faith’ that whatever happens today does not matter and will be righted by some magical force at some point.  But, I believe that in the majority of cases it is simply a case of overload leading to apathy.

So much has happened in the last two years in this nation, almost all of it with negative impact, that what once would have been horrifying has now become the norm.  People tire of it, they learn to tune it out, for it wears on the psyche, steals their good humour, their Zen, if you will.  So, we hunker down and concern ourselves only with our immediate family, our present situation, and try to ignore the rest.  It is understandable, but dangerous, for we need people to not only be aware and informed, but we need them to care. We need them to care deeply enough to write those letters to their congressmen and women, to stand up and say, “Hey, this isn’t right!”

One of my biggest concerns is that over the next two years people will become so inured that when the 2020 election rolls around, they won’t even bother to vote, and that could very well lead us to a place I don’t even wish to contemplate.  Yesterday I read a piece in The Guardian by Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of numerous books.  His thoughts tie in with my own, and I share his words here.

Robert ReichAfter his first bizarre year, his apologists told us Donald Trump was growing into the job and that in his second year he’d be more restrained and respectful of democratic institutions. Wrong. He’s been worse.

Exhibit one: the “Wall.” After torpedoing Mitch McConnell’s temporary spending deal to avert a shutdown, he’s holding hostage over 800,000 government employees (“mostly Democrats,” he calls them, disparagingly) while subjecting the rest of America to untoward dangers.

On-site inspections at power plants have been halted. Hazardous waste cleanup efforts at Superfund sites are on hold. Reviews of toxic substances and pesticides have been stopped. Justice Department cases are in limbo.

Meanwhile, now working without pay are thousands of air traffic controllers and aviation and railroad safety inspectors, nearly 54,000 Customs and Border Protection agents, 42,000 Coast Guard employees, 53,000 TSA agents, 17,000 correctional officers, 14,000 FBI agents, 4,000 Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and some 5,000 firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service.

Having run the Department of Labor during the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns, I’m confident most of these public servants will continue to report for duty because they care about the missions they’re upholding. But going without pay will strain their family budgets to the point that some will not be able to.

Shame on Trump for jeopardizing America this way in order to fund his wall—which is nothing but a trumped-up solution to a trumped-up problem designed only to fuel his base.

In his second year he’s also done even more damage to the nation’s judicial-criminal system than he did before. At least twice in the past month he’s reportedly raged against his acting attorney general for allowing federal prosecutors to reference him in the crimes his former bagman Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to committing.

This is potentially the most direct obstruction of justice yet. He’s now pressuring an official whom he hand-picked and whose entire future depends on him, to take actions that would impair the independence of federal prosecutors.

Last month he blasted Judge Jon Tigar as an “Obama judge” after Tigar blocked the Administration’s limits on asylum eligibility to ports of entry, a decision summarily upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and sustained by the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Roberts issued a rare rebuke. “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges,” he wrote, adding that an “independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Which prompted his rejoinder: “Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have ‘Obama judges,’” followed by his baseless and incendiary claim that “they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country,” and their “rulings are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!”

In his second year Trump displayed even less commitment to keeping the military nonpartisan than he did initially. During last month’s teleconference with U.S. troops and coast guard members he continued his rampage against the judiciary, calling the ninth circuit “a big thorn in our side” and “a disgrace.”

Then he turned last week’s surprise visit to American troops in Iraq and Germany into a political rally—praising troops wearing red “Make America Great Again” caps, signing a “Trump 2020” patch, and accusing Representative Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats of being weak on border security.

Some Americans are becoming so accustomed to these antics that they no longer see them for what they are—escalating attacks on America’s core democratic institutions.

Where would we be if a president could simply shut down the government when he doesn’t get his way? If he could stop federal prosecutions he doesn’t like and order those he wants? If he could whip up public anger against court decisions he disapproves of? If he could mobilize the military to support him, against Congress and the judiciary?

We would no longer live in a democracy. Like his increasing attacks on critics in the press, these are all aspects of his growing authoritarianism. We normalize them at our peril.

Our institutions remain strong, but I’m not sure they can endure two more years of this. He must be removed from office through impeachment, or his own decision to resign in the face of impeachment, as did Richard Nixon.

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Blue Wave Fading to Aqua?

As a non-republican … an independent voter who, at this point is leaning heavily toward the democratic platform … I have been buoyed by the confidence of many in the “blue wave” that many see as sweeping the mid-terms.  At first, I was skeptical, thinking we were perhaps becoming cocky, over-confident, and that there were yet many hurdles to be either knocked down or jumped over.  But, I eventually became a bit more optimistic and felt certain the democrats will take over at least one of the chambers of Congress in November.  Turns out, my skepticism was justified.  According to a piece in The Washington Post yesterday …

“With the Republicans’ House majority at risk, 47 percent of registered voters say they prefer the Democratic candidate in their district, while 43 percent favor the Republican. That four-point margin compares with a 12-point advantage Democrats held in January.”  — 16 April 2018

Where did the other 8% go???  I wrack my brain, such as it is, trying to think why this should be the case.   The republican candidates in a number of races are notably bad candidates with sometimes outrageous views and histories.  Surely there hasn’t been any bright shining light from our current Congress, nor from the executive branch that would have driven a push to the right.  So … WHY???

According to the analysis in the Post article, one reason is that Trump’s approval rating is hovering at right around 40%, as compared to 36% in January.  Let us make note here that 40% is not a great approval rating by any standards, but it would seem that Trump set himself such a low bar to begin with that 40% now inspires the masses … somehow.

One issue that is almost certain to play largely into the equation in November is that of gun regulation.  In the wake of the February 14 Parkland Florida mass school shooting, young people have taken the proverbial bull by the horns and made their voices heard around the nation.  They want something done … now … before more of their friends die such a tragic death.  And they are a force, for certain.  But … before we become too cocky over that one, remember that there is also a push-back factor among those who see their right to own guns … any and all guns … as sacred.  From the Post article …

“… three-quarters of voters who prioritize enacting new gun laws support Democrats for Congress, while 8 in 10 of those who give protecting gun rights greater significance support Republicans.”

So yes, more people, especially those who will be eligible to vote for the first time in their lives, will turn out to vote and will likely vote for a candidate who supports stricter gun laws.  But at the same time, more people who might have let a mid-term election pass them by, will turn out to ‘protect’ their 2nd Amendment ‘right’.

It is the way of political campaigns to find a chink in the armour of the ‘enemy’ and blow it into a full-size chasm.  The democratic party is not without its Achilles heels, one of which is Minority House Leader, Nancy Pelosi.

“Pelosi has a negative image, with 32 percent of Americans holding a favorable view of her, and 44 percent unfavorable. Among Republicans, she is well-known and widely disliked, with 74 percent holding unfavorable views of her, 63 percent strongly.”

CNN Politics has referred to Pelosi as ‘the Republicans’ secret weapon in 2018’.

As I noted in my three-part project last week, one of the biggest hurdles we face in November is getting people to the polls.  I firmly believe that if we could get 85% of eligible voters to actually vote, the Democrats would sweep the mid-terms, but that is unlikely.  Still, it behooves us all to work toward getting more people to vote, getting more people interested, reminding them what is at stake.  We also face hurdles of gerrymandering, and while I applaud the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for their firm stance on re-districting, I don’t see other states following suit as I had hoped they would.

The Republicans are poised to play a dirty game of pool, and they are likely to continue to have the help of their friends, the Russians.  Although it has been proven that the Russians did, in fact, interfere in several ways in the fairness of our democratic processes in 2016, the Trump regime has declined to take aggressive steps to avoid such interference this year.  The Democratic Party must proactively counter the falsehoods and mud-slinging that is sure to start in earnest any day now, but it must do so without lowering itself to those standards.  We must show the public the face of integrity, the face of values, ethics, compassion and intellect.  Rather than engage in a mud-fest, we must prove why our candidate is the better one for the job.

So, why are the Democrats losing ground in the polls?  Why is the ‘blue wave’ fading to aqua?  I don’t have the answer, but we need to be finding it … SOON!  There are 203 days left until election day.

The November mid-terms are too important for us to sit back and assume that anti-Trump sentiments will carry the Democratic candidates into a majority position in the House and/or Senate. It is said by many that Trump, himself, will doom the Republican candidates in November, and it is a comforting, appealing idea, but … it would be a mistake to become overly-confident.  Remember 2016?  We were so sure that a ‘man’ with no experience, no knowledge, and a big, loud, obnoxious mouth could never be elected to the most revered office in the land.  Well, guess what, folks?

Divided We Fall …

“United we stand, divided we fall” – John Dickinson, July 1768

“Divide and conquer” – attributed to Philip of Macedonia

“A house divided against itself cannot stand” – Abraham Lincoln, June 1858

Regardless of whether you are republican or democrat, conservative or liberal, I am asking you today to suspend disbelief for a few minutes and give some thought to an idea that awakened me this morning.

The great divide, as I have called it for the past year, has been in the making for nearly a decade, having its origins, I believe, in the formation of the “Tea Party movement” which appeared to be mainly a response to the election of the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama. Throughout President Obama’s two terms, there was push and then push-back, until the divide widened and then widened some more.  Already, by 2015, any political discussion was likely to turn into a hostile argument, Congress was rendered ineffective by extreme partisanship, friends and families parted ways, and the nation was primed for one of two things:  a large-scale catastrophe that would bring the people together again, or a manipulator who would further widen the gap between ideologies.  Enter Donald Trump.

While I do not credit Trump with a large amount of intelligence, I do credit him with being devious, for it is what he has spent his life doing.  And he had some help from at least one autocratic leader, Vladimir Putin, who is intelligent as well as devious.  It turned out to be a winning combination for Trump, though a losing one for the people of the United States.

Donald Trump quickly realized that the most polarizing issue in the U.S. was immigration, and his entire campaign revolved around that issue.  He had people chanting “build that wall”, while others were protesting at his rallies in support of human rights.  He claimed we would ban Muslims, for they were terrorists, and we would keep out Mexicans, for they were ‘rapists and murderers’. At its core, the immigration debate is not, as Trump has claimed, about either the economy or national security.  At its core, the immigration debate is about racism, pure and simple.  Donald Trump played his cards well. And we became ever more divided.

Congress, having a republican majority in both the House and the Senate, is also divided, but in recent weeks, there have been some signs that members of Congress are willing to reach across the aisle and work together, for the health care debacle proved that without some bi-partisan effort, nothing could be accomplished.  This was good news for the nation, good news for the people, but bad news for Donald Trump, for his goal is to keep them apart, to keep them fighting on every issue.  And so, he reached out to Schumer and Pelosi, knowing that such a move would anger the far right, the radical elements in his own party.  He never intended, I think, to actually follow through in efforts to work with the democrats, and that, from his perspective, was the beauty of the plan.  He annoys a good portion of his own party, then turns 180 degrees around and makes demands that are contrary to what he discussed with Schumer and Pelosi, thus annoying the democrats.

If there is one thing Donald Trump understands, it is how to bring out the worst in people, how to pit them against one another.

I began this post with three quotations that I turn to now.

“United we stand, divided we fall” – Patrick Henry used this phrase in his last public speech, saying “United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”

“Divide and conquer” – the key elements of which are: creating and encouraging divisions to prevent alliances; fostering distrust and enmity; and encouraging meaningless expenditures that reduce the capability for other things.  Immanuel Kant, in his Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch, cited three political maxims for an autocrat: Divide et impera – divide and conquer; Fac et excusa – Act now, and make excuses later; and Si fecisti, nega – when you commit a crime, deny it.  Trump has done all three of these to one extent or another.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand” – The North and the South had come to hold distinct opinions in the question of slavery, and now the issue had come to permeate every other political question.  Lincoln believed that unless the issue of slavery was resolved soon, the Union would no longer be able to function.

This is not the first time our nation has been so divided, however it is, I believe, the first time that our divisions are being manipulated by one person for the purpose of increasing the power of the presidency at the cost of reducing the power of the people.  Yes, we still have the vote, but Trump is taking steps to manipulate that, also, with his voter fraud commission that, given the people who are in charge of the commission, seems likely to remove many, perhaps millions, from the voter registration rolls.

I said early on that Trump would not like the confines of the office of president, that he would not like the congressional oversight and the rules that bind his office.  I believed then, as I do now, that his goal is and has always been, to be a ruler rather than a leader.  I cannot predict the outcome, for I still have hopes that the system of checks and balances will hold, that the people will begin to awaken and see what is happening to this nation, and that Trump will be removed from office before his power is such that he cannot be removed.  That is my hope. The end result depends on each and every one of us.


Some 800,000 young people are being held hostage.  They are but pawns in Donald Trump’s game of “Gotcha!”  I refer, of course to the Dreamers, the young people brought into this country, typically by their parents or other close relative, and provided certain legal protections against deportation, in order to get an education and contribute, ultimately to become citizens if they choose.

gotcha-2The bully in the White House has sent a long list of demands that Trump will require in exchange for any hope of a deal to protect the Dreamers.  Since when does the president of this nation make demands upon Congress??? This is the behaviour of an autocrat, not a president.  And to toy with the very lives of 800,000 human beings???  Unconscionable!!!

The most objectionable part of his demands?  The damned wall, of course.  The wall that will cost some $70 billion to build and then will serve NO purpose.  Additionally, he demands the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum and denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities”. He is also demanding the use of the E-Verify program by companies to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs, an end to people bringing their extended family into the United States, and a hardening of the border against thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America.

It must be obvious at this point, even to his most hard-core supporters, that Donald Trump hates people.  That he is against the human race as a whole, for if his demands were met, it would be a death sentence for far too many. While I agree that we must do everything in our power to protect the Dreamers, that it is unacceptable to send them to countries they likely do not remember, where they know no one and have no life, no home, no connections.  But, the demands of the MITWH cannot be given into.  CAN NOT!

The cornerstone of this nation was immigration.  At some point, almost every one of us have ancestors who immigrated here from elsewhere.  Trump’s own mother came to the U.S. from Scotland in 1929, and his paternal grandfather came from Germany in 1885.  Yet he would almost completely shut our borders to all immigrants!

Mr. Trump needs to read the U.S. Constitution, or if he is incapable, he needs to have somebody read it to him, for nowhere in that document does it give the president the right to demand anything from Congress.  Even the republicans in Congress must surely realize that they cannot bend to his demands. No surprise here, but the chief backers of Trump’s laundry list of demands are none other than white supremacist policy advisor Stephen Miller, and racist Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions.

In a letter to lawmakers, Mr. Trump said his demands would address “dangerous loopholes, outdated laws and easily exploited vulnerabilities” in the immigration system, asserting that they were “reforms that must be included” in any deal to address the Dreamers.

Remember last month, when hard-core republicans were aghast at the news that Trump had met with Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, both democrats, over issues of immigration and spending?  There were jokes galore about how Trump’s two new best friends were Schumer & Pelosi.  Not anymore!  Schumer and Pelosi issued a joint statement today:

“The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans. We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise.”

When Trump claimed he was willing to work with democrats, to reach across party lines, I did not applaud, for I knew there was something under the surface, but I wasn’t sure what. I do not trust him, never have and never will, so whatever he says, I either assume the opposite, else take it with a grain of salt.  In this case, I am still not sure what his purpose was.  He alienated some from his own party, and gained nothing.  Was the purpose to get us to lower our guard so that when he delivered today’s slap in the face, we would be unprepared and thus that much more horrified?  I have no idea.

I call on every single member of Congress, regardless of party affiliation, to send Mr. Trump’s demands back to him, marked with a big NODemands are not negotiating tools, they are the methods used by dictators, by bullies, by those who wield such power over others that they have the leverage to make demands, knowing that their victims have no recourse.  This is the United States of America, a democratic-republic, where we do not have a dictator, an autocrat.  We have a government that allows a certain amount of power to each of its three branches, but that power is not unlimited.  Would somebody please inform Trump that his last name is neither Duterte, Erdoğan, nor Putin?

On Trump’s Great Deflection …

Deflect: cause (something) to change direction by interposing something; turn aside from a straight course.

Deflect:  cause (someone) to deviate from an intended purpose.

cookie-jarWhen in trouble … deflect.  Deflect the attention away from your own errors and point the finger at somebody else.  This is what a 5-year-old child does when caught with his hand in the cookie jar … he says his sister took some first, or that the dog peed in the living room, or any of a string of finger-pointing methods that will deflect the parents’ attention away from his hand in the cookie jar.  It is the nature of a 5-year-old, and nothing to lose much sleep over.  However, when adults do it, and many do, it is cause for greater concern, as they should have matured beyond that mentality, should accept responsibility for their actions.  And when the leader of a nation does it … then it is cause for losing sleep!

Over the course of the past two weeks, at least three of Trump’s cabinet picks or closest aides have been proven to have had contact with representatives of the Russian government before Trump took the oath of office. In at least one case, Mike Flynn, the conversation that took place between himself and the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, was an exchange of confidential information.  In all three cases, the contact was improper, at best, and potentially treasonous to the then Obama administration, at worst.  Most of us are questioning who else in the Trump regime may have had inappropriate contact with Russian officials, and in what context.  So, rather than call for a full-scale investigation, as would be appropriate at this juncture, what does Donald Trump do?  Why, he points the finger at others, of course.

First, he points the finger at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin,” Trump tweeted. “A total hypocrite!”

schumer-putinThe basis for his accusation?  A 2003 Associated Press image of Schumer having coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York. According to the caption, Putin was visiting the first New York gas station of Lukoil, a Russian company. Schumer fired back at Trump via Twitter, saying, “Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in ’03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team?”  In 2003, at the time of the photo, Schumer was a first-term U.S. Senator from New York, so contact with a foreign leader … any foreign leader … visiting the U.S. and specifically New York City, is to be considered within the scope of his job.

On Wednesday, after it was discovered that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had lied under oath about his own contacts with Ambassador Kislyak, Senator Schumer called for Sessions to resign … presumably what made Trump go on a search of something with which to strike back at Schumer, while at the same time deflecting the attention of both the media and the public from Sessions’ crime. And what he found … gasp … was a 14-year-old file photo.  Sad!

But he didn’t stop there!  Next, he went after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for much the same thing …

Take #1: “I hear by demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it,”

Take #2: “I hearby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it,”

Take #3: “I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it,”

Only took him three tries and 16 minutes to spell it right.


Nancy Pelosi was, indeed, photographed in 2010 at a formal dinner attended by Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian Federation president Dmitry Medvedev, Texas Republican Representative Mac Thornberry, former House GOP leader Eric Cantor, and others including Kislyak.  The photo was a press photo of a formal dinner, with no attempt made to hide anything.  It was a far cry from Sessions’ private meeting with Kislyak, and since Pelosi was at that time a senator, again, was well within the scope of her position.  During a recent interview with Politico, Pelosi was asked if she had ever met with Amassador Kislyak, to which she replied no, she had never met with him.  The implication is that she had never had a meeting with him.  Trump claims she lied and should be investigated, but there are major differences between this and Jeff Sessions’ situations.  First, attending the same formal dinner, photographed by press, is not a private meeting. He sat across the table and down a few seats, so it is likely the two never spoke a word to each other and she may have not even remembered that he attended, as there were at least ten other people present … and it was 7 years ago!  Second, Ms. Pelosi was under no oath, she was being interviewed by the press. Pelosi also responded to Trump on Friday: “.@realDonaldTrump doesn’t know difference between official mtg photographed by press & closed secret mtg his AG lied about under oath.”



There is no smoking gun in either Pelosi’s or Schumer’s cases … they are both non-issues.  Surely Trump is aware of that and this is a pathetic attempt to pull attention away from his own team members Flynn, Sessions, and son-in-law Kushner, who may have had inappropriate dealings with Russian officials before Trump even took office.

As of this writing, there is no word on whether the Department of Justice will actually take Trump’s ‘demands’ seriously, but I think it is doubtful.  And, I think this is more likely just Trump lashing out in response to both Pelosi and Schumer having called for Sessions to step down in light of his lies under oath, rather than an actual expectation that an investigation into either Pelosi or Schumer would come to pass.

trump-babyThe lack of maturity, the 5-year-old mentality, is astounding in one in Trump’s position.  Those who voted for Trump last November presumably believed they were voting for a ‘man’ who could lead the nation, but instead what they got … what we all got … is a petulant little boy inside the body of an adult.  I hope that members of Congress look at this attempt to deflect blame from his team and see it for what it is … or what it is not … and it is definitely not the behaviour of a rational adult.