Abuse of Power

The times we failed to hold up our standards recently are numerous.

1.  allowing anyone to run for President of the United States without forcing them to provide tax returns.

2.  electing a President of the United States who was caught saying ‘I like to grab them by the pussy.’

3.  electing a President of the United States who openly mocks the physically disabled.

4.  Congress not acting as the separate power that they are, to hold a daily lying to the world (via Twitter or verbally) presidential candidate, or actual President….accountable.  Just acting like the President is Teflon Man, and nothing outrageous or an actual lie he utters over and over almost without the ability to contain himself…nothing sticks to him.  No accountability.

The list is endless and we all know it is.

A love of Truth and Virtue is not leading this country anymore.

It is absolute abuse and corruption of absolute power.  The country was set up with three branches of government; the Executive branch (the President), the Legislative branch (Congress), and the Judicial branch (the Supreme Court and lower courts.)  The whole purpose was to BALANCE power.

There have been, of course, MANY times when one political party held all three branches of the government in control.  But it has NEVER been as abused as it is being abused right now.

There was always compromise, based on a common goal of truth and decency.

That no longer exists.

We like to think that our elections are the one fail-safe we have to right the ship of abuse of power.  Perhaps that is still true.  But we don’t even know if we can trust our elections anymore due to electronic hacking and gerrymandering of voting  districts.

There is no way that our Founding Fathers could’ve anticipated an electronic revolution that would allow hacking to the political level that it is currently being employed.  Paper ballots is still the safest way to vote.  We are told that there is enough separation of voting by states to prevent a change in the outcome.  But we saw with the last election that if only a few states have a change of a few hundred thousand votes each, enough to swing their electoral college, well….we have a different outcome.

These are horrifying times for our country.

Whether Brett Kavanaugh was a notorious black-out drunk in high school and college…whether even if we accept that, and that condones his forgetting potential horrible crimes like gang rape…the ATTITUDE and BEHAVIOR and blatant LIES (about getting into Yale unaided–he didn’t, about “Devil’s Triangle”, about his age and the legal drinking age in high school, to name a few of his perjury lies)…he exhibited during Thursday’s testimony ought to make him unworthy of a lifetime appointment to the highest court in our country.  The verbal abuse he spat out, the accusations against anyone left of him politically, where beyond appalling.  He is supposed to be part of the most politically-free, impartial court in our country.

He even went so far as to THREATEN the left to expect retribution!

This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record,” Kavanaugh said. “Revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.”

“This is a circus,” he continued. “The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades. This grotesque character assassination will dissuade confident and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country, and as we all know, in the political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around.
So he talks about revenge.  He makes it ABSOLUTELY POLITICAL by discussing President Trump and (for God’s sake) the Clinton’s.  He makes it clear he could NEVER be politically impartial ever again.  He even goes so far as to THREATEN when he says ‘what goes around comes around.’
This is a man we are supposed to trust with the laws of our land, for LIFE?  This is a man who is THIS out of control when sober?!
It’s appalling.  But we live in the times of Donald Trump.  Where lying is the norm.  Where almost every sentence uttered by our President EVERY DAMNED DAY, MANY TIMES A DAY, is the exact OPPOSITE of the truth.  Where the President hates our country’s allies and all but worships the enemies of democracy.  
It’s an appalling time.  Yesterday, quietly, a judge ruled to allow 200 Democrats in Congress to continue their anti-corruption lawsuit against President Trump over his violations of the Emolument’s Clause.
It’s all about the money and absolute corruption of power FOR money.  First, foremost, always.  If Trump could end term limits today, he absolutely would.
The thing is, we have no idea where this is headed.  You read all of the respected pundits, and all that they (and anyone) can do is point to the past.  But we are living in a different world.  On the daily, past regulations and more importantly, moral guidelines and MORES are being destroyed.  I don’t think we can trust the Constitution or Bill of Rights or Amendments to protect us, anymore.  The only thing left to protect us is a free and accurate voting process.
And do we have that any more?  I honestly don’t know.
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It’s hard to deal with all this.  It’s been two long years already.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.  I personally ebb and flow on what I can handle, and when I have to pull back and try to ignore it, but the daily attack on our sensibilities NEVER ENDS.  It’s a daily assault on decency.  Any attempt I’ve made to just try my best to live a GENTLE life, gets slapped down anytime I view any news source.  One has to completely bury their head in the sand in the USA to avoid it.  And isn’t avoiding it, the very reason we are in the position we are in now?  We didn’t speak up louder against Trump when we had the chance two years ago?  We didn’t fight harder to convince non-voters or third party voters that a vote for anyone other than Clinton was a vote for Trump, because we didn’t seriously think a ‘pussy grabbing, physically mocking the physically disabled’ man could possibly win the Presidency?
So I just can’t avoid for too long at a time.  I try but I can’t.  I have tried to stay away from turning this blog political.  I avoided blogging altogether because of it.  But the daily assault really has left me no choice.  I FULLY intend/need to get back to the good old days, when talking about tv shows and grandkids and getting ready to retire (22 working days left!!) were all that matters.  The Rams -my beloved NFL team- is kicking butt.  I am enjoying that fully.
But…this week is EXTREMELY important.  This Supreme Court choice will affect our country for at least the next 20-30 years.  To just pretend it all doesn’t matter, isn’t important, can be avoided….
that’s what got us into this mess.  AT least, that’s how I see it.
Peace and love to you.  I gotta go get cleaned up and go watch my youngest grandson play some soccer and enjoy a nice burger lunch on the way to the game.
Thanks for making it this far, if you did!

26 thoughts on “Abuse of Power

  1. Martha

    So terribly sad. And tragic and frightening. The whole world is watching this, and even though I don't live in the U.S., I am horrified that this man will probably be placed in one of the most powerful, decision-making positions in the country after all that's been said and done. And especially after some of the things he said. It is absolutely mind-boggling.

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  2. laurie

    The news from America is playing out like a bad movie,, but your post was beautifully written, I cannot understand how so many Americans thought he would do a good job,,how did he get the votes.

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  3. Cynthia

    I admire you for speaking out. This past week has been an absolute horror and nightmare and it's hard not to get hopeless and depressed. At what point is it no longer possible to turn the train around?

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  4. tammy j

    oh willow. I totally understand. and I know it actually is detrimental to my health. I suppose it is for all of us who can't stand even the thought of him much less the reality. but I see it in the numbers of my BP. still I watched both days of the hearings non stop. I got just as angry when Grassly sat there like a Patriarchal STUMP. and the grandstanding of Graham Lindsey and others who were pushing through this farce of a man. thank goodness Senator Flake had sense enough to speak for the investigation! but then Trump says it will be a “LIMITED” investigation!!! ??? what does that mean? I live in a state that is so RED it hurts. I vote every time but it is futile. even the national polls just brush it off as a given. our elder senator had the GALL to say that he thinks “Dr. Ford was coached” when asked if he believed her story. and Trump has already told us that he will PARDON himself if ever necessary. how do people raise their children with a liar in the leadership position of our land? they hear us talk of him. they're not dummies. AND the newscasts. it's just all so despicable. I would hate to be a young parent today and try to make sense of it to my small child! Heaven help us.

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  5. Kay

    I've avoided writing political posts too, so I thank you for voicing everything I've been feeling. When is it going to end? It's so embarrassing to have such an amoral, bombastic braggart for our president. And yet, the Republican party is selling their souls to go along with all this. It's appalling.

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  6. Lynda

    I have watched it all unfolding – I agree with your summation of him. The worst part is the division that is happening in your country. If you want to see how a real leader should act then watch our Prime Minister giving her speech at the UN this week. She is the youngest leader our country has had and had just given birth to her first child. She talks about unity, equal rights and care for the earth. She is in total contrast to your leader. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_wew4_C3p8

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  7. Silver Willow

    I can't explain it Laurie (and thanks), because my own daughter feels that way, and normal discourse is impossible with all of them. Each side is SO SO convinced that they are right, that no one talks. Trying to talk leads immediately to passionate arguing. There is no more middle anymore.

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  8. Silver Willow

    I think if I was a young parent, I would do my best to try and move elsewhere. Especially if I had a daughter.It's not good for my health either, anyone's health, but neither is bottling up our feelings.

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  9. Silver Willow

    I think we will know 11/7/18…the day after elections. Either there is a blue wave or there is not, and our direction will become obvious, horrifying or hopefull.Thanks, Kay. It's encouraging to know who feels the same way, whether they can express it yet or not. 🙂

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  10. Silver Willow

    She's great, Lynda. We have some great leaders in our country still too; Cory Booker, Kamala Harris (I think these two have the strongest possibility)…also Amy Kholobucher. Any of them would make fine, strong leaders. But they have to be able to handle the shit Trump and the GOP will throw at them. I know Cory and Kamala (especially) can…I haven't seen enough yet of Kholbucher.I am most decidedly against Warren; she has too much baggage and is too 'old school Washington.'It will be interesting. There is hope, but not without some progress LEFT from this November election. If we can't win back some strength this election, I doubt we ever will.

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  11. DJan

    I hate to say it, but I believe he will be confirmed. I wish there was something that could be done to prevent it, but I fear it's inevitable. You and I don't watch Fox News, but they are calling it the Democrat's fault for this mess. Privilege and money now runs my country. But I cannot and will not allow current events to demoralize me. I feel everything you said here, SW, and if I had a private blog, I could say similar things. I keep my head down and convince my friends to VOTE. It's our only chance for change within my lifetime. 😦

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  12. Lynda

    I've always been of the opinion that Trump only won because but they just didn't want Hillary. I'm sure a strong candidate will show through and hopefully swipe that insane smile off Trump's face. I don't care if Republic or Democrat – just someone normal!

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  13. Silver Willow

    I think he's going to be confirmed, too. But I also think that won't be the end of it. There are members in the House who have already stated that if the House turns blue from the election, they will file impeachment charges against Kavanaugh. This isn't over by a long shot. No matter what.

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  14. ellen abbott

    if we don't get control of Congress at the midterms, this country is done. they will overturn term limits for president and we will have an authoritarian theocracy. we women and citizens of color and the other gendered will be crushed.

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