Yet Another ABOMINATION!!!

I am so sick and tired of the chaos in this post-election period.  I am sick and tired of being shown that we the voters are naught but pawns in a large game of corporate greed, and that our voices matter only so long as we agree with the corporate giants whose net worth is thousands of times higher than our own.  I’m tired of feeling my heart rate shoot through the roof because of my extreme fury with those who identify as republicans, when all they are is greedy monsters.  The latest that has raised my hackles …

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is a grade-A bastard.  On behalf of the State of Texas, he has filed a lawsuit against four other states:  Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  Apparently, I was right the other day when I said this is no longer the “United” States, for within a nation, states do not sue other states, especially for that which does not concern them!  It would be like me suing my daughter for wearing red shoes!

The lawsuit, filed directly with the U.S. Supreme Court, asks that the voting results in those states be thrown out because of their changes in voting procedures that allowed expanded mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.  No allegations of widespread fraud or irregularities, simply because Paxton and Texas don’t like that these states allowed more people to vote by mail rather than standing in line being contaminated by a deadly virus!  And what the hell business is it of Texas what Michigan does???  NONE!

Note that these four were considered ‘battleground’ states, ones that might have gone either way.  Note also that Paxton didn’t file the suit against California, or New York, states that also allowed additional mail-in voting due to the pandemic, but which are traditionally democratic strongholds.

But wait … it gets even worse.  Yesterday, 106 republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Texas case against the four other states.  In other words, 106 of the men and women in Congress who we elected to serve our best interests and whose salary we pay with our hard-earned tax dollars, want the Court to take away our voices, to negate our votes, simply because we mailed them instead of standing in line for hours and dying two weeks later!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Now, I don’t think it at all likely that the Court is going to accede to their wishes at this juncture – it would be a fool’s errand and would likely lead to an uprising the likes of which this nation has not seen in more than two centuries.  It would be unconstitutional, to put it quite simply.  But I am incensed that these assholes in Congress who are by law OUR EMPLOYEES, are seeking to cause us grievous harm.

Adding insult to injury, Donald Trump filed a motion with the court on Wednesday asking the justices to let him intervene and become a plaintiff in the suit!  This is all unprecedented, and in my book is treason against the people of the United States.  If my voice were strong enough, if my blog reached enough people, I would try my best to start a tax rebellion right now, urging people to continue paying their state and local income taxes, but not their federal.  These jerks, and I do include Donald Trump in that, do not deserve to get one more thin dime from We the Taxpayers!  Remember … well, we weren’t alive then, but we know the history … in 1776 when colonists rebelled against ‘taxation without representation’?  That, my friends, is precisely what Trump and the republicans are trying to do to us … keep taking our tax money, and stifle our voices, take away our constitutional rights to participate in free and fair elections.

Below is a table I put together, sorted by state to hopefully make it easier to check and see if your representative is among the reprehensible autocrats who support this vile movement.  If so, please take a minute to email or call them and tell them just what you think of their nefarious activities!

Rep. Bradley Byrne Alabama’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Mo Brooks Alabama’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Gary Palmer Alabama’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Andy Biggs Arizona’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Debbie Lesko Arizona’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Rick Crawford Arkansas’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Bruce Westerman Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Doug LaMalfa California’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Ken Calvert California’s 42nd Congressional District
Rep. Tom McClintock California’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Ken Buck Colorado’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Doug Lamborn Colorado’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Daniel Webster Florida’s 11th Congressional District
Rep. Gus Bilirakis Florida’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. Ross Spano Florida’s 15th Congressional District
Rep. Matt Gaetz Florida’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart Florida’s 25th Congressional District
Rep. Neal P. Dunn Florida’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Ted S. Yoho Florida’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. John Rutherford Florida’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Michael Waltz Florida’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Rick W. Allen Georgia’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter Georgia’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Drew Ferguson Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Austin Scott Georgia’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Russ Fulcher Idaho’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Mike Simpson Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Mike Bost Illinois’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. Darin LaHood Illinois’s 18th Congressional District
Rep. Jim Banks Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. James R. Baird Indiana’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth Indiana’s 9th Congressional District
Rep. Steve King Iowa’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Roger Marshall Kansas’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Ron Estes Kansas’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Steve Scalise Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Clay Higgins Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Mike Johnson Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Ralph Abraham Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Andy Harris Maryland’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Jack Bergman Michigan’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Bill Huizenga Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. John Moolenaar Michigan’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Tim Walberg Michigan’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Tom Emmer Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Trent Kelly Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Michael Guest Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Ann Wagner Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Vicky Hartzler Missouri’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Sam Graves Missouri’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Jason Smith Missouri’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Greg Gianforte Montana’s at-large congressional district
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Adrian Smith Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Lee Zeldin New York’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Elise Stefanik New York’s 21st Congressional District
Rep. Ted Budd North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District
Rep. Gregory Murphy North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Virginia Foxx North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. David Rouzer North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Richard Hudson North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Dan Bishop North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District
Rep. Brad Wenstrup Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Jim Jordan Ohio’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Robert E. Latta Ohio’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Bill Johnson Ohio’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Bob Gibbs Ohio’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Kevin Hern Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Markwayne Mullin Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Scott Perry Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District
Rep. Fred Keller Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. John Joyce Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District
Rep. Glenn Thompson Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District
Rep. Mike Kelly Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District
Rep. Dan Meuser Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District
Rep. Joe Wilson South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Jeff Duncan South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. William Timmons South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Ralph Norman South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Tom Rice South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Tim Burchett Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. John Rose Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Mark Green Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. David Kustoff Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Mike Conaway Texas’s 11th Congressional District
Rep. Randy Weber Texas’s 14th Congressional District
Rep. Bill Flores Texas’s 17th Congressional District
Rep. Louie Gohmert Texas’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Kenny Marchant Texas’s 24th Congressional District
Rep. Roger Williams Texas’s 25th Congressional District
Rep. Michael C. Burgess Texas’s 26th Congressional District
Rep. Michael Cloud Texas’s 27th Congressional District
Rep. Dan Crenshaw Texas’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Lance Gooden Texas’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Ron Wright Texas’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Kevin Brady Texas’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Rob Wittman Virginia’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Ben Cline Virginia’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Dan Newhouse Washington’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Washington’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Alex X. Mooney West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Carol D. Miller

West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Tom Tiffany Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Our good friend David from ‘cross the pond has clearly assessed our situation here. He and other friends in the UK, Germany, Australia and elsewhere see our situation quite clearly and are sending us good vibes, hoping we can survive and overcome this madness. Thank you, David.

The BUTHIDARS

There was a time this blog would only contain posts relating to peace in the world and the value of Hugs. Of equality and of reminding the world if we have, we must not stint of sharing. We cannot accept the fate of children starving in Africa, and yet these days we cannot accept of children starving in so called civilised societies.

I needn’t go into the fact that there has been an election in the United States. The statement would normally end there and life would go on as normal until the change of one President for another and new people in all the top jobs. Things are hugely different this year since the President would not accept he results of the election claiming massive voter fraud by Joe Biden and his Democrat election team. I have no idea whether the President actually believed his own hype since he’s…

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Time To Raise The Bar

The qualifications for becoming a U.S. senator are:

  • Must be at least 30 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years
  • Must reside in the state he/she would represent

The qualifications for becoming a U.S. representative are:

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years
  • Must reside in the state he/she would represent

You will notice there are no educational requirements, no IQ requirements, no need to prove competency or fitness for office.  Founding Father James Madison of Virginia wrote that …

“Under these reasonable limitations, the door of this part of the federal government is open to merit of every description, whether native or adoptive, whether young or old, and without regard to poverty or wealth, or to any particular profession of religious faith.”

Perhaps, knowing what we know today, we would write that a bit differently …

“Under these skimpy limitations, the door of this part of the federal government is open to every man or woman with or without intellect, with or without conscience, and with sufficient wealth to live in a manner far above those people he represents such that he or she will never understand their needs.”

Today, there are 249 Republicans in Congress, and of those, only 26 … barely 10% … are willing to acknowledge the proven fact that Joe Biden won the November election.  On Wednesday, Trump posted a 46-minute video Wednesday evening in which he wrongly claimed he had defeated Biden and leveled wild and unsubstantiated allegations of “corrupt forces” who stole the outcome from the sitting president.  The next day, The Washington Post surveyed all 249 Republicans in the House and Senate, and here are the results …

WaPo-chart

Click here for a full listing of how each senator or representative responded.

The silence is deafening, don’t you think?  The two who claim that Donald Trump actually won the election are Mo Brooks  from Alabama and Louie Gohmert  from Texas, both of whom have been on my radar in the past for their abominable actions as representatives in Congress.

In 1787, when the requirements for office were first written, few people had college educations, few had experience in government, so it made sense to set a low bar for those seeking office.  The goal was to elect people who cared about the country, who would work to make our government one that was “by the people, of the people, and for the people.”  But times have changed … dramatically!  The goal is still the same, but the means of achieving the goal have become far more complex than they were 233 years ago.  We have failed to keep up with the times in many ways, and today the requirements for office in both the executive and legislative branches are pitifully inadequate.

That so few members of the Republican Party are willing to put the best interests of the country ahead of their own is simply unconscionable and in my book is grounds for impeachment.  They certainly have the right to their own personal beliefs, but they have an obligation to uphold their oath of office, which they have long since abandoned.

The damage that is being done to our country by their refusal to accept the results of this election will last for decades.  In essence, they are saying that our election process is null and void, that you cannot trust it, and that our votes do not matter.  WHY are they doing this?  For their own self-interest.  Except for the nutcases like Brooks and Gohmert – both of whom should have been impeached long ago – the majority of those who are silent on the outcome of the election are afraid … afraid of Donald Trump.

Only a handful support Trump’s goal of overturning the election results, of silencing our voices, but the silence of the 200+ who refuse to admit Biden’s victory are complicit by their silence.  I’ve heard people say that the Democrats refused to accept Trump’s election in 2016, but the morning after media outlets called Trump the winner, Hillary Clinton conceded and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer spoke by phone with Trump. Schumer issued a statement shortly thereafter congratulating the president-elect and calling for Americans to “come together.”  A stark contrast to the GOP response today!

Largely because of the refusal to publicly acknowledge the election results, some 77% of the republican voters now believe that the election was ‘rigged’, was ‘stolen’ from Donald Trump, and that Joe Biden is not the legitimate winner.  We don’t know yet what results this will have on our society, but an intelligent person can guess.  Violence in the streets?  A refusal to abide by anything Biden says?  Increased racial violence?  Or worse?

ryan-mcconnellThere will be no dearth of long-term effects, as well.  The people of this nation, led by the assholes in Congress, are destroying themselves.  When asked about the election results, if he accepted Joe Biden as the President-elect, Mitch McConnell replied …

“The future will take care of itself.”

How profound … NOT!  McConnell is only the lead jackass, and the rest of the braying donkeys are following his lead.  Where they are leading this nation is not a good place.  Government exists for the people … all the people.  The majority of the people spoke loud and clear on November 3rd … we are tired of an autocrat calling the shots, disregarding our very lives, and we want a return to a government that works for us … ALL of us, not only those who are wealthy or powerful.  We expect our elected senators and representatives to REPRESENT us, not to disregard our voices and pander to a madman who is destroying this nation.

I plan to write a letter to the major newspapers in my state to voice my objection to the lack of conscience being exhibited by my elected officials.  I don’t know if it will do any good, but I have to try.  Meanwhile, I think it is time to revise the eligibility requirements for members of Congress, and while we’re at it, for the president … it’s time we raise the bar, for right now the bar is lying on the ground.

A Damn Shame

The Electoral College will meet in just ten days to cast their votes, per the popular vote in their states, for the next president of the United States.  Joe Biden has, as I’m sure you know by now, won 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232 … so there should be no question, right?  But, you need to know that there are a few shenanigans by people who are attempting to override the will of the people and keep Donald Trump firmly planted in the Oval Office.  Do I think this will work?  No … but I do think we need to be aware, and once again contact our elected officials to make sure they understand that we will not put up with having our voices erased.

Although the Electoral College will meet on December 14th and presumably the electors will vote in good faith, representing the will of the people, there is still one final step in the process.  Congress must certify the Electoral College vote.  Trump has, thus far, lost all but one of his lawsuits, and that one resulted in a negligible difference, especially as compared to the 40 he has lost.  So, his last best hope is for Congress to challenge the results of the Electoral College.  Typically, this wouldn’t be a concern, but this year is like no other in our history.

An obscure 1887 law called the Electoral Count Act, and several subsequent updates, spell out the process, setting January 6th after a presidential election as the official certification date and outlining vague, unnecessarily complex procedures. On that day, the House and Senate meet in a joint session at 1 p.m. — just three days after the newly constituted Congress is sworn in. One of their first orders of business is to pass judgment on the Electoral College vote.

If a single House member and a single senator join forces, they can object to entire slates of presidential electors. They must do so in writing and provide an explanation.  If they do, the House and Senate must retreat to their chambers and debate the outcome for up to two hours before voting on the matter. Each state’s electors are certified separately, meaning lawmakers bent on challenging the results have multiple chances to force lengthy delays.  If the Democrat-run House and GOP-controlled Senate disagree? That outcome has never been tested before, so we are in uncharted waters here.

Why do I bring this up now?  Because at least a few republican members of Congress are trying to rally support for such a challenge.  Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama has been telling colleagues and allies that he plans to challenge the Electoral College votes when Congress officially certifies Joe Biden’s victory on January 6th, as long as a Senate Republican joins him in the long-shot effort.

“In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress’s certification should reflect that. This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures.”

Methinks Mr. Brooks has been drinking a bit too much of the Trumpade.  But, he is not alone … the ignoble Matt Gaetz, representative from Florida, unconscionable Warren Davidson from Ohio, and newly-elected Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon follower/promoter, have all said they would seriously consider challenging the certification of the Electoral College.  So, all that’s left is a republican senator to jump on board … is it so hard to believe that Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, or Lindsey Graham might decide to play along?  They certainly haven’t shown any integrity thus far …

Even so, I think the odds of such a challenge succeeding are slim-to-none, however it is in our best interest to keep an eye open, for there are those who would deny the voice of the people, would instead opt for a government that does not consider the will or best interests of the people.  These are uncharted waters … this entire election and post-election period has been unprecedented in the history of this country. We can be forgiven for not having much trust in the system operating as it was originally intended … as it has for the past 233 years.  Corruption seems to be the name of the republican game and … the only thing I trust them to do is lie, cheat, and steal.

I don’t think the framers of the Constitution nor the people who fought for our freedom ever intended it to be like this.  It’s a sad statement that we cannot trust the people we elected and whose salary we work hard to pay.  Most people work hard all their lives and pay their taxes without question, so that we can support the lifestyles of these people in Congress, most all of whom are independently wealthy beyond our wildest imagination, and half of whom would throw us under the wheels of a bus if it suited their interest.  A damn shame.

Five to Four

Our friend Nan wrote the post that was in my mind, but hadn’t yet reached my fingertips (spent the day cooking, y’know). In short, the United States Supreme Court ruled that religionists’ rights supercede our rights to be as safe as possible. Nan’s post is great, but the ensuing comments and conversation adds depth to the topic. Thank you, Nan, Vic, and others for your insight!

Nan's Notebook


As many of you have probably heard or read by now, the U.S. Supreme Court just gave Religion a vote of confidence. Of course, for many of us, this comes as no surprise since we knew Ms. Amy Coney Barrett was going to be an influencing factor in church/state decisions.

However, what was surprising – and gratifying – is that Chief Justice John Roberts took a much more egalitarian approach to the issue. A good sign, hopefully, of things to come … although we should never get too confident.

The entire matter is addressed in this article.

Beyond the fact the decision favored the churches in this case, I found the overall reasoning lacking in so many ways. It was Justice Neil Gorsuch’s comments, in particular, that really stood out to me.

He noted that other businesses, such as bicycle repair shops, did not have similar restrictions and went…

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It’s Morning in America

Our friend Jeff is almost as good at being snarky as I am! But today he celebrates some of the good things that have come about this week, and he does it so well that I just had to share. Thanks, Jeff!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

On The Fence Voters

After a more than two week nationally televised hissy fit from the Mad King, it’s finally over. The sore loser, in a tweet, of course, released his stooge lapdog at the General Services Administration (GSA) from her blind devotion to him – allowing the official transition of the incoming Biden/Harris administration to commence.

It’s morning in America, my friends. Yes, we have another two months of the current loser president to put up with, and there’s no doubt the lunatic can do a lot of damage in the interim. But it’s over for him, whether he accepts it or not.

Already this week, President-elect Biden announced some major nominations to his upcoming cabinet, initially in the area of national security. The wealth of experience, competence, and diversity is on full display – including Avril Haines, who would be the first woman named as Director of National Intelligence, and Alejandro Mayorkas…

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Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Dear Senator/Representative,

I write today out of extreme frustration as a citizen of the United States, a person who has paid taxes since 1964 when I was but 13 years of age, and an independent voter who has voted since 1972 for both parties at various times.  I believe I have earned the right to speak my piece, and I shall do so now.

Since the U.S. Constitution was adapted in 1787, this nation has abided by certain standards, one of those being a fair and honest election whereby everyone has an equal voice, and once the results are tallied, they are accepted by all.  In the 2016 election, it was later proven that Russia aided and abetted the election campaign of Donald Trump, who actually lost the election by nearly 3 million votes, and yet due to the electoral system, was placed in office on January 20th, 2017.  His opponent, Hillary Clinton, graciously congratulated him on his ‘win’ the day after the election, as did then-President Barack Obama.

Fast forward to November 3rd, 2020, not quite three weeks ago.  The election was held, but results were not immediately available because of the surging pandemic that led many of us to vote by absentee ballot.  Within a couple of days, it became obvious that Joe Biden had won the election, had earned 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, and had scored over 6 million votes more than Donald Trump.  And yet … without one shred of proof or evidence, that result is being hotly contested by Trump and his lawyers.  Not only that, but Trump continually claims, falsely, that he won the election, that there was massive voter fraud, and that “the democrats stole” the election from him.

You know, and I know that not a single shred of evidence exists to support Trump’s claims.  Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security, Christopher Krebs, said that the 2020 election was the most secure in the history of the nation.  He was fired for telling the truth and for doing his job.  Still, Donald Trump continues to create chaos by making false claims.

In the past week, four members of Congress have followed their conscience and condemned Trump’s attempt to cast doubt on the validity of the election:  Senator Mitt Romney, Senator Ben Sasse, outgoing Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Pat Toomey.  Each of the four have said it is time for Trump to face the fact that he lost and be gracious in conceding the election.  YOU, however, remain silent.  I ask you now … WHY?  You know that Joe Biden won the election honestly and fairly.  You know that Donald Trump is a temperamental, dishonest ‘man’, lacking in integrity, who has done more damage to this country than the last ten presidents combined.  So … why are you silent?  Your silence speaks volumes about your character.

Surely you must realize that Trump is casting doubt, not only on the integrity of the 2020 election, but on our democratic processes as he continues to rant and rave about things that simply do not exist.  You have achieved one of the highest-ranking positions in the nation, so surely you must be an intelligent and well-educated individual, and yet at this moment, it appears that you are without conscience.

I, and my fellow citizens, call on you today … yes, TODAY … to condemn Mr. Trump’s rhetoric and actions, to demand that he concede the election so that President-elect Biden’s transition team can get to work, planning for a smooth transition and the ongoing safety of the nation.  IF you do not, if you continue to enable Trump and his minions to undermine the democratic processes of this nation without so much as a whimper on your part, then you do not deserve the position you hold.  Know that, if you continue to allow this to go on without adding your voice to those of Senators Romney, Sasse, Toomey, and Alexander, then I and others will work tirelessly the next time you are facing a re-election bid, to ensure that the American public knows just how disinterested in the future of this nation and its people you are, and I will work to support your opponent, whoever he or she may be.

Sincerely,

Jill Dennison – citizen, taxpayer, voter


Note to readers:  I have sent this letter to Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Representative Warren Davidson, and am planning to send it to the local newspaper, as well.  The silence in the GOP on this matter is deafening and we cannot wait forever for these members of Congress to find their consciences.  Feel free to adapt and use the letter if you wish.

What A President Sounds Like

What follows is an interview with President Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United Sates.  Listen to his words, watch him … and then compare him to the clown who is currently, as our friend Jeff says, “batshit crazy”.  Need I say more?

This, my friends, is statesmanship, this is how a president who cares about the people in his country speaks, thinks, and acts.

Good Night

Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Matt Gaetz, Susan Collins, Joni Ernst and many other horrendous, conscienceless, corrupt members of Congress have been re-elected.  Worse yet, at this point it looks very much like Herr Trump will continue as the Dictator of the nation formerly known as the United States of America.  As of this writing, there are at least 65 million very stupid people in this country who have just signed the death warrant for the country and its 330 million inhabitants.  Thank you, assholes.

Filosofa is OVER and OUT.

Telling It Like It Is — Reality

I remember 2015-2016 when I would ask friends and acquaintances what, exactly, they saw in this clown named Trump who was running for president.  Their answer was often an enigma: “he tells it like it is.”  Now, I was never able to pin them down on just what “it” was, but in their minds, they were convinced that whatever ‘it’ was, Trump told ‘it’ like ‘it’ was.  Well, we now know that he fed these people a bucket of bullshit, that honesty is not in his vocabulary, and that there is no ‘it’ that he understands well enough to talk about, but rather talks at the issues.  However, journalist Charles Blow is one who actually does ‘tell it like it is’, especially in his latest column in the New York Times


America Shocked Itself and the World

Charles BlowCharles M. Blow

29 October 2020

How could we have been so blind? How could we have been so naïve? How did we not believe that the worst was possible until we plummeted into it?

We didn’t believe that a demagogic tyrant-worshiper could rise to the presidency.

The founders of this country worried obsessively about the rise of a demagogue, and the power of foreign influence on our democracy. And yet somehow, over the years, after centuries of American presidents behaving in ways that at least demonstrated a fealty to the country and its institutions and the power of precedent and legacy, those fears waned to a whisper.

Having a demagogue, partially installed by a Russian disinformation campaign no less, who exalted our enemies in the world and hammered our friends, was somewhat unthinkable. This was America. We would only go so far. We might race up to the precipice, but we would never hurl ourselves into the abyss. Wrong.

With the election of Donald Trump, America did the unthinkable, shocking itself and the world: It put the most powerful country in the world under the control of a lying, grifting, shady carnival ­­­­­conductor. He had no experience in governance and no expertise. His entire life was a game of smoke and mirrors, double talk and double-dealing.

Even Trump, not a student of history or much else, didn’t seem to grasp the awesome power he possessed until he systematically started to test all the fences supposedly restraining him, only to realize that the only thing holding many of them up was customs and conventions. Most could be run through or pushed down.

It was like a scene in the film “Jurassic World” where the scientist created a hybrid, Frankenstein dinosaur because people got bored of the conventional ones. Well, the dinosaur was clever enough to break out of its cage and run through the park, killing everything in sight. As one of the scientists said: “You made a genetic hybrid. Raised it in captivity. She is seeing all of this for the first time. She does not even know what she is. She will kill everything that moves.” He continued, “She is learning where she fits on the food chain and I’m not sure you want her to figure that out.”

Trump realized the power of the presidency, that it was uniquely at the top of the food chain, and so began his rampage.

We didn’t believe that in this era we could have a president who could be so regressive on issues of white supremacy, white nationalism and xenophobia.

To be sure, there have been other presidents more racist than their predecessors.

Andrew Johnson assuming the presidency after Abraham Lincoln comes to mind. Although Lincoln had professed his white supremacy during the Lincoln-Douglas debates, he led the nation to emancipation and into Civil War in part over the issue of slavery. Johnson’s racist reconstruction plan after the war excluded Black electoral and governing participation, led to the rise of the Black Codes and led to his impeachment.

Lyndon B. Johnson being followed by Richard Nixon comes to mind. As a senator, Johnson had shepherded the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and as president he pushed through the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968. In addition, he nominated the first Black justice to the Supreme Court: Thurgood Marshall. Nixon on the other hand, was different. As Tim Naftali, an associate professor of history at N.Y.U., wrote last year in The Atlantic: “Nixon believed in a hierarchy of races, with whites and Asians much higher up than people of African descent and Latinos. And he had convinced himself that it wasn’t racist to think Black people, as a group, were inferior to whites, so long as he held them in paternalistic regard.”

But, in some ways, Americans came to see these occasional regressions as more minor — a hiccup, a stutter step in which the country took a small step back among much greater strides forward. We were not prepared for what Trump delivered: a generational retreat into darkness.

We had not seen a modern president so openly and blatantly court and even defend racists and xenophobes. We had not seen one refuse to clearly condemn white supremacist hate groups, instead retreating to a position of false obliviousness when condemnation was demanded. We have not seen a recent president who would stoop so low as to separate immigrant children from their parents, apparently with no plan to reunite them, as a matter of unwavering policy.

These are but two examples. But the list is legion. I could enumerate them until my fingers blistered. But they would all illustrate the same point: We, America, let our guard down for a campaign cycle, believing, surely, that the most qualified woman to ever run would defeat the least qualified man to do so. We didn’t vote with the intensity the emergency required. And in doing so, we allowed the country to be dragged to the brink of ruin.

We are now living the reality that the founders feared and that women, minorities and immigrants hoped was an artifact of former times.