Just a short addendum to this afternoon’s post, for I have one more ‘two thumbs’ to give this evening. This one is to Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland. Governor Hogan has joined Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in bringing his National Guard troops home from the Mexican border in protest of “the inhumane treatment of children”. Several democratic governors, including Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia have done the same, but Governors Hogan and Baker are both republicans, so this was truly an act of courage for them! Two thumbs up for the courage of the states to have more humanity and compassion than the ‘man’ in the Oval Office! 👍👍
The narcissist in the Oval Office is once again working hard toward destroying our relationships with our closest allies. Our friend Gronda says it best in her latest post, so please take a few minutes to read her excellent work. Thank you, Gronda!
The republican President Donald Trump has been warned by influential right wing pundits like Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity of FOX TV, that he needs to get tough on anti-immigration issues. Building that southern US border wall is not optional.
As per a 4/3/18 Real Clear Politics report, “Ann Coulter talked to radio host Howie Carr on Monday (4/2/18) about President Trump’s “total betrayal” on the wall and an “obscenity-laced” screaming match she had with the president in the Oval Office. For the record, Coulter said Trump “swore first.”
“He’s failing right now,” Coulter said. “The presidency isn’t over yet, he can still come back and do it. But people who voted for him shouldn’t be cheering for him everytime he betrays them and this is a total betrayal for him to sign that (Omnibus) bill. It’s a total betrayal for him not to build the wall.”
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Arizona … home to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake – both republicans, but of the lovable sort, if there is such a thing. And I just discovered another Arizonian to love, based on a single sentence. His name is Ruben Gallego (think of it as ‘guy-eggo’ for pronunciation) and he is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona. The sentence that won me over?
“I will gladly work with the president when his ideas aren’t stupid and detrimental to the United States. Unfortunately this is what this plan is.”
I was just trolling various news outlets, half asleep in the warm afternoon sunshine when I saw that and immediately felt Snoopy doing a bit of a happy dance in my heart!We all know the backstory … Trump has signed an order to send the National Guard to ‘guard the Mexican border’ until such time as his wall can be built. We also all know that, despite Trump’s rants, there is no immediate threat on the border, there are no ‘caravans of evil’ threatening to cross the border with the intent of raping and pillaging, and it is all a big hoax on the part of Trump. A potentially costly hoax for a number of reasons.
While many republicans were busy licking the Donald’s boots, praising his ‘strength’ in this matter, most democrats were less over-joyed, but perhaps none so outspoken as Mr. Gallego. Of course, the mouthpiece, Ms. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had to speak:
“If that congressman’s so concerned, maybe he ought to show up and actually support legislation that would fix these problems instead of blaming the president that’s actually doing something about it.”
To which Gallego responded with a tweet:
“Hey @PressSec – Unlike your boss, I did show up and served my country in the Marines. Now, I show up in Congress to serve my country again and act as a check to some of your boss’s worst plans.”
Okay, okay … it’s mud-slinging at its finest, accomplishes little if anything and is beneath us. But …
I’m the kid who got kicked out of kindergarten for fighting … I can get down & dirty with the best of them sometimes!
But now, let me just wipe some of this mud off and let us take a closer look at Ruben Gallego.
Gallego has been in office since 2014, when he won 74% of the vote in Arizona’s 7th district, a district that is heavily democratic and majority Latino. In his first year, he earned a B+ rating from the NRA, but ever since has an ‘F’ rating … a plus, in my book. He has the endorsement of Mayday PAC, a super PAC that seeks to reduce the role of money in politics. Another score, in my book. On February 28, 2013 Gallego voted against an amendment that sought to raise campaign finance limits for federal candidates and abolish all limits for state candidates.
Gallego is a relative newbie, but so far, I like what I see. I see no barriers to him winning re-election in his district in November, so no real need to highlight him, other than that he ‘walked the walk’ in standing firm against Trump’s ludicrous waste of our resources to combat his fairy-tale threat on our southern border.
Arizona seems to turn out people with good sense, on both sides of the political aisle. I wonder … is it something in the water?