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Whitaker-gate

(THREAD) The Whitaker scandal is deepening, as it becomes clear that Sessions’ Russia recusal was a coordinated sham and his firing an act of obstruction—and that his replacement is a White House plant inside the Mueller probe. I hope you’ll retweet and read on for more details

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!

I think it’s finally happened

I think I have completely burned out on following politics.  COMPLETELY.

(p.s.  I loved that ‘burned out’ photo above.  LOL)

I am so fed up with the Dems in congress knuckling under to the GOP.  And do not even get me started on the GOP or Trump.

I’m tired of letting myself get all riled up by all of this all.  I’m 66, and I just want to leave all the angst and fighting to younger generations.  I just am tired of getting all worked up and yet just not having the gumption to do anything about it.

I’ve been off and on, several times over the past year, on Twitter, on news sites, etc.  I run hot and cold with my desire to be involved. 

but.I’m.just.done.

I’m cutting myself off from those daily, non-stop sources of incoming news/commentaries/crap.  If I’m really serious about improving my health, that includes mental health, and frankly with high blood pressure, mental health is totally intertwined with my physical health.

So I’m making the biggest effort I’ve attempted yet to just BAIL on the politics.  I know that’s a cop out, but it’s what I have to do.

On the plus side, that leaves me more time to visit your blogs more regularly.  I like the thought of that.  A lot.  🙂

just getting crazier and crazier by the minute

The world just seems to be going to hell in a hand basket.  Not sure how much worse it will get.

A senatorial candidate for the GOP in Alabama has been accused by a handful of women, with credible, researched stories…of sexually inappropriate behavior with them when they were between the ages of 14-16, and he was in his early 30’s.  He denies it, and GOP ranges from ‘crazy bitches’ to likening him to Joseph and Mary (erroneously, since Mary’s was an IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, but we digress…)…and talk about consensual sex.  In other words, if it allows the GOP to gain a seat or retain a seat, it doesn’t matter how sleazy or immoral their candidate is.

Then someone handed the cell phone back to Trump, and the crazy tweets started again today.  Here’s a sampling:

When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!
Does the Fake News Media remember when Crooked Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, was begging Russia to be our friend with the misspelled reset button? Obama tried also, but he had zero chemistry with Putin.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!

I’m sorry…the man is simply insane. And traitorous; straight up, in the public.  He doesn’t even try to hide it.

Jiminy Cricket; we are in insane times.  It feels like a completely upside down world, doesn’t it?

As someone else posted today:

Mueller: lying Comey: lying Obama: lying Clinton: lying Federal judges: lying His sex assault accusers: lying Scientist about climate change: lying Doctors about Affordable Care Act: lying Mother of slain U.S. soldier: lying Putin: He means it.

I was happy to hear that Caroline Kennedy is thinking of running for office.  She’s stated this:

Kindness and decency is a dying art…certainly in the GOP.  It’s up to the rest of us to continue to fight/resist, and do our best to get the kind and decent people to every single voting opportunity afforded them.  That’s the only way we can turn this thing around!

The past year, in review

The first three months, I was despondent.

The second three months, I was angry.

The third three months, I tried to hide.

Now in the fourth three months, I’m FIGHTING.

I firmly believe that part of the reason I developed ulcerative colitis at the ripe old age of 65, is because of the entire GOP.  It’s been a process of diagnosis, and then learning about the disease, and my particular triggers, and adjustments.

But through it all, the same can be said about my political activism.  I’ve been going through phases since the election nearly exactly a year ago….emotionally and physically.  Most importantly, learning how to reconcile the two together without risking my health.  I’m still not fully there.  But I have learned things.

I’ve learned I might have to compartmentalize my political beliefs and passions.  For my health, foremost.  For my relationships, secondarily.  Although I won’t suck wind entirely with loved ones that are on the other end of the political spectrum.  It’s a learning process.  But I believe the days of ‘don’t talk politics’ are dead.  Trump won’t allow it.  “It”, being silence.  Silence is complicity.

But I have to weigh that with my health concerns.  So I hit periods of ‘I just can’t’…and I retreat and rejuvenate and heal.  Then I feel stronger again, and I forge back in.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  It’s a learning process for all of us, I suspect.

I know I can’t shut up about how evil this regime is…entirely.  It would be like asking me to give up chocolate forever.

not.going.to.happen.

So I pace myself.  I pick and choose my battles.  I compartmentalize where I bring up politics, and where I don’t.

I choose to do most of my politics on Twitter.  It might not be achieving much, but it feels right for me.  I will try to minimize it here, because it can be divisive, and I’m tired of blogging divisiveness.  That won’t mean there won’t be posts here and there on the subject, but this blog won’t revolve around politics.

So that’s where I stand today.  I wonder where the fifth 3 months will take me…

dropped another h.s. chum as a Facebook friend

my God, haven’t we learned Facebook really isn’t the place for political crap?  Especially since we are careening to another freaking civil war?

I ‘had’ to drop another old h.s. chum as a Facebook friend.  In fact, I got so ticked off that I didn’t just drop her as a friend, I flat out blocked her.  I can only consume so much stupidity around me.  Because honestly, I am well aware that there is a very strong likelihood that I got this ulcerative colitis, at a VERY unusually old age for first diagnosis, because of 45.  So I’m just not taking crap from anyone on the subject anymore.  Certainly not from a non-relative that I haven’t seen face to face in over 40 years.  LOL  (ok, I DID have to laugh at the absurdity of that.) 

Here’s the crap she posted.  I’m keeping it small because it’s so ridiculous.

I mean, SERIOUSLY.  How can people be this stupid and still figure out how to breathe, dress, and type?

:: shakes head ::

Okay, onward and upward.

I’m really worried for all the people in the path of Irma.  This hurricane is beyond a Category 5.  WAY beyond.  I remember my lovely trans-Atlantic cruise with my mom a few years back, that started off with a flight to Miami, and then boarding the cruise ship with first stops in Bermuda and the Bahamas.  I shudder to think of all those lovely places …and what they will face within the week.  I wish I could just scoop them up all into safety.  (same for those still suffering in Houston.)  My prayer list gets longer and longer every week, it seems…

:: sigh ::

All that said, I’m keeping a stiff upper lip.  We had a really nice smoked pork last night, and will have leftovers at least tonight and tomorrow night, too.  I have a good job and an amazing husband and a good family and fun pets, live in a place many can only dream of vacationing at, and overall, for an old, feisty broad who will turn 66 in less than 2 weeks…have decent enough health, too.  I’m DAMNED LUCKY and EXTREMELY blessed…and I’m well aware of it.   So there is that.  🙂