It may be a new year, but frankly it feels the same as the old one did, with threats of violence planned by fools and idiots who call themselves the “Proud Boys”, a Republican-run Senate voting against helping the people who need it most, and a few jerks in Congress attempting to declare the United States to be a dictatorship by cancelling the votes of 81 million people to keep a mentally deranged madman in the Oval Office. Yep, folks … it’s true what they say … the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Moscow Mitch strikes again …
The House of Representatives approved raising the individual stimulus amount from $600 to $2,000. There are people in this country who cannot pay their bills, cannot afford to buy food for their family, or to see a doctor when needed, and Congress has already wasted months playing games, so it’s time to move on this. So, the House passes the addendum, sends it to the Senate, and what happens? It shouldn’t surprise anybody that Mitch McConnell is holding it up, likely to burn it or rip it to shreds today or tomorrow. Why?
Mitch McConnell claims that $2,000 checks are “socialism for the rich.” Tell that to the mother of three who lost her job due to the pandemic and is struggling every day to keep her children fed! I have had just about enough of Mitch McConnell and I must question the intelligence of those who elected him yet again two months ago. Damn you, Mitch McConnell … you’ve never known a day when you had to choose between paying the electric bill or buying food … you’ve always been an overweight priviledged white male of means. Don’t you dare call a lousy $2,000 stimulus check ‘socialism’. You apparently lack any understanding whatsoever of what ‘Socialism’ even is!
Now, if we really want to talk about ‘socialism for the rich’, let’s look for a minute at some of the tax rebate checks that were issued under Trump’s tax plan:
Amazon: $129 million
Delta: $187 million
Chevron: $181 million
GM: $104 million
IBM: $342 million
That’s socialism for the rich! Oh, and one other example: Mitch McConnell with an estimated net worth of $22.8 million, takes taxpayer money in the form of a base salary of $193,400, not including perks such as travel and meals. Talk about socialism for the rich!!! This nation does not need people like Mitch McConnell making decisions that rule our lives, and in many cases may cost us our lives.
Retaliation or fabrication?
Sunday, January 3rd is the one-year anniversary of the murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani by a U.S. drone strike. Logic tells us that if Iran intended to seek revenge beyond what they did last year, they would have already done it. But those of us who are able to see the logic here are not sitting in the Oval Office. The person who does sit in that office claims he expects Iran to seek revenge on that one-year anniversary of the murder. Certainly, they would be well within their rights to do so, but the Iranian leadership is not quite as stupid as our own, and almost certainly have no such plan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday accused Donald Trump of attempting to fabricate a pretext to attack Iran, and said Tehran would defend itself forcefully.
“Instead of fighting Covid in US, @realDonaldTrump & cohorts waste billions to fly B52s & send armadas to OUR region. Intelligence from Iraq indicate plot to FABRICATE pretext for war. Iran doesn’t seek war but will OPENLY & DIRECTLY defend its people, security & vital interests.”
Under ordinary circumstances, I would accept the word of the president that there was some plot afoot, but … people, we haven’t had ordinary circumstances in nearly four years now, and we all know that Trump is not above lying through his teeth for the sake of his own self-interest. And what, you ask, could he possibly gain from taking the nation to the brink of war with Iran? Nothing, but he is leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to remain in office. If he were to declare a state of emergency and implement martial law …
Think about that one.
And speaking of which …
I was pleased yesterday to read that Mike Pence asked a judge to reject the lawsuit filed earlier this week by Louie Gohmert and others that aims to expand Pence’s power to use a congressional ceremony to overturn the presidential election, arguing that he is not the right person to sue over the issue. I would have preferred hearing him say that it was not the right thing to do, period, that President-elect Joe Biden is the next president of the United States, but hey … I’ll take what I can get, which is little enough these days.
More than a few times in recent days, I have seen Republicans say “74 million American votes matter”. Sure, every vote matters, but the bottom line is that while 74 million people, and I use the term loosely, voted for Trump, 81 million voted for Biden. Biden won, Trump lost … what the Sam Hell is so difficult about that concept?
So, on Wednesday, January 6th, Congress convenes to certify the Electoral College votes, 306 of which are for Joe Biden as compared to the 232 for Donald Trump. At least one Senator, Josh Hawley of Missouri, and several Representatives (again, I use the term loosely, for they sure as hell don’t represent We the People) plan to contest the results, ensuring that there will be further delays and more of the ulcer-inducing chaos we have been subjected to for months now. Joe Biden will be certified by Congress, of that I am 99.8% certain. However …
Also, on Wednesday, January 6th, at least four large rallies have been planned by those who would see the election overturned in one way or another. The events will be headlined by Trump’s most ardent supporters, including recently pardoned George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during its Russia investigation, and longtime ally Roger Stone, whose sentence for seeking to impede a congressional probe into Russian election interference was commuted by Trump in July before being upgraded to a full pardon.
Formal rallies are planned most of the day and will draw pro-Trump demonstrators to the Washington Monument, Freedom Plaza and the Capitol. But online forums and encrypted chat messages among far-right groups indicate a number of demonstrators might be planning more than chanting and waving signs.
Threats of violence, ploys to smuggle guns into the District and calls to set up an “armed encampment” on the Mall have proliferated in online chats about the January 6 day of protest. The Proud Boys, members of armed right-wing groups, conspiracy theorists and white supremacists have pledged to attend.
Trump, meanwhile, has continued to issue calls to supporters to converge on D.C. “JANUARY SIXTH, SEE YOU IN DC!” he tweeted Wednesday. My friends … this is not how this nation behaves. This is the most juvenile, abominable behaviour and surely even his supporters cannot support this madness. WHY do we have to put up with this? First, he drags this nation down in the eyes of the world, then he bungles the response to a pandemic so badly that we have the world’s highest death rate … nearly a half-million people in this nation have died from the coronavirus. And now this. It’s time for it to end. January 20th cannot come soon enough, and frankly I think he needs to be removed from office immediately in order to ensure the safety of this nation.
Welcome to 2021, the continuation of 2020.