Day 3,578,328 or something like that.
God, will it ever end?
I’ve been away for almost a month, when I got back it’s the same old, only different. I’m just not ready to do the math for the countdown. I was in Indonesia and there I saw references to some of the goings on, but not much. I asked for news. I got “Trump is being an idiot.” It didn’t matter on what area or subject. He was being an idiot. The biggest news thing about him seemed to be his ill-fitting tux.
When I got back I was stunned at the criminality and the lack of concern by the Republicans. They seem to like to purposely mispronounce Mueller, calling him “Mule – er.” Then there was the news about Elaine Chow and her criminality. Plus Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows unconcern about the very things they were so distraught over during Obama’s term in office. And Sarah Sanders is resigning. What a loss (Not).
One thing Trump is good at is wearing people down. That’s what he did in New York and what he is trying to do to the country. There are the ten items in the Mueller Report that as lawyers say “fulfill” every part of the criminal statue of Obstruction of Justice. It makes me wonder, if Trump were to shoot someone dead, would he be arrested?
Then there was a right wing friend who posted some nonsense. Oh yeah, I remember it compared a city in Texas to Chicago. Both about the same size, same population makeup. However, Texas had more gun stores than Chicago, but Chicago had many more murders. She asked the question, “Tell me again how having fewer gun stores makes you safer?” Well, by this logic then the answer to Chicago’s murder rate is to open more gun stores. Every time the Chicago murder rate comes up in the news typically the report points to the fact that many of the guns used in the murders come from guns bought outside of Chicago and outside of the state of Illinois. Many of the guns come from Texas. In fact, I think there are three gun stores on the Texas border that are responsible for many of those guns. The Texas border has 1900 gun stores. Obviously, for the sheep farmers living on the border.
Then she posted something else, I can’t remember exactly what it was but it was supposed to be some horrible thing I guess in her mind. To which I responded “Hooray” or some such, and the response was “I didn’t know you were a socialist.” Kind of a “when did you stop beating your wife?” sort of comment. To which I responded that I’m not; I’m a person searching for answers and solutions. Then her friends got in on it and I raised the question, “are you opposed to the military or Federal roads?” and that got the “It’s in the Constitution” response. (Spoiler alert: Federal Highways aren’t in the Constitution! In fact, it’s a German idea. Eisenhower, a Republican, liked the Nazi highway system and modeled the Federal highways after them. So I guess that makes him and by extension all Republicans Nazis – right?) So I’m making a silly extension of logic to make a point.
Those who think that socialism is a bad idea typically embrace socialism on some level. Let’s define the term. The use of tax dollars and government assistance to help a group of people. That to me is socialism. For me, I’m a believer in “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Others believe in what I call the myth of rugged individualism. That says you appreciate things if you do them all by yourself without help from anyone else. The problem with that idea is that in every example that such people give they got help from somewhere else. Typically, their parents or the government or a benefactor of some kind.
As examples: it was Glenn Beck or someone of his ilk who said he was poor and he made it one his own. He went to the library where books were free and they lived on food stamps. Wait a second, the books aren’t free, as Jon Stuart pointed out. Someone paid for those books and the government paid for the food stamps. Then there are the farmers who people like to point to as examples of salt-of-the-Earth hard working blah blah blah. And they are, no doubt, but they get help, a lot of help from the government. Be it grain subsidies, or the rural electrification project in FDR’s time or low interest loans via The Agricultural Department. Michael Lewis pointed out in his book The Fifth Risk that a big time Fox News contributor who hated big government and socialism, etc. etc. etc. had a farm project that he was doing and very proud of because he had done it all on his own. He had a big press conference and there was a lady standing there and he asked who she was. She told him and said she was from the Agriculture Department. Really? he said and why are you here? She replied that she was the one that got him the loan so he could do his project. So much for rugged individualism and doing it on your own. Lewis also points out that if the Ag Department didn’t help rural America it would look like rural China.
The there was the George Bush time that one of the staff was in a tough spot and George passed the hat to get them some money. Tip O’Neil said that the week before Bush had vetoed a bill that would have helped thousands that were in similar situations.
That I think sums up the problem with this “I didn’t know you were a socialist” argument. Yes, it would be great if everyone could make it on their own. The reality is that we all need help. That we rise on the shoulders of others who came before us.
A Sequoia tree on it’s own will easily be blown over. It needs a group, a network of roots and fellow trees to be able to stand tall. It can’t do it on it’s own.
We need to realize the simple human fact that everyone needs help at some point. I’m reminded of the Inca Empire. No one starved. Everyone was cared for. Yes, you had to pay tribute and it was figured out by what you did and could do. Everyone contributed and everyone was taken care of.
We can argue about how much one should be taken care of by government entities or regulated entities, and how that should be done, but there really is no question that there is a need for such care and help.
Perhaps, you disagree. That’s fine. You can go live by yourself in the woods I suppose. But if you come out of the woods. If you walk on a road, drink from a fountain, work for money – you owe. You need to give back.
Meanwhile, Trump has so embarrassed us that no one seems to care. “Prince of Whales.” How do you get to be his age and still be such a rube? Such a simpleton? So unsophisticated? So pathetic? So unwilling to learn? So uncaring as to not want to do even a mediocre job? It is staggering.
There have been some interesting statistics that are really reverse sort of psychology I guess is the best way to put it.
The NRA is in trouble financially.
So is the supplier of guns to Cabella and others. They stocked up big time knowing Hillary was going to win and there would be a run on guns because she was going to take them away. Trump stole the election so no need to buy those guns. Whoops. bye bye.
Immigration is up big time. Why? The smugglers are telling folks they better get in quick before the border is sealed. Obama had the numbers at a fifty year low.
The problem and the reason people are coming here from Central American countries is the conditions in their home countries are deplorable. This isn’t any secret. Henry Kissinger pointed this our over fifty years ago. The solution was to dump money into those countries to bolster their infrastructure and their fragile institutions. What did Trump do? Cut the little aid we give them.
Then there is the corruption and the graft. We thought we were above this sort of thing. At least, I did. Surprise. Is there any member of Trump’s cabinet that isn’t trying to personally enrich themselves?
I don’t know. I don’t think so.
Then we get to the screwing with the Constitution. There’s the Republican gerrymandering specialist who wants to suppress the Census count by asking a citizenship question. To be clear, the Constitution makes it clear that everyone gets counted. Period. In fact, you might say that the reason we fought a war for independence was largely due to this question. The question of being counted. Remember, “No taxation without representation”? Yeah, well, see back in the 1600s the British decided that one county looked like another so why bother re-apportioning them just because the population moved around. When folks started to moved to formerly sparsely populated areas, they didn’t get any representation. Other areas that had few people or even got flooded did have reps. It was very unfair. The Brits extended this idea to the colonies and America got no voice in Parliament. So we dumped some tea in Boston Harbor, fought a war, and wrote a Constitution that directly addressed that problem I.e. everyone gets counted and representation is reapportioned based on that count.
The Republican don’t like that. They want to make sure minority groups are under counted so they won’t get the services they need. A treasure trove of emails has revealed this is exactly why they are doing it. They tried to say other things and when the folks at Census said, oh we can get you that data cheaper and easier and faster than putting it in the Census the Republicans weren’t interested.
Speaking of Republicans, I think the party should be renamed the RussoRepublican Party. I mean, is there a Republican who hasn’t taken money or intel or meetings with Russians?
And what’s with the nasty mispronouncing of Mueller’s name to “Mule – Er” ? Clever huh? Just like their saying “Democrat” party. WTF? How petty and nasty can you be?
I was re-reading my copy of the Mueller Report the other day. Their was an additional article in my copy about Robert Mueller and his time in Vietnam. He spent a year there. Took heavy fire. Got shot in the leg. Much of his group got wiped out. He directed the counter attack and rescued wounded men while under heavy fire. All this while Trump was getting a medical deferment for non-existent bone spurs.
Then there’s the taking his kids to England fiasco. He has no shame.
PS Me with The Donald.
No wait. It’s a big fat lazy dragon. (On Komodo Island, Indonesia.)
3,578,328 days, minutes, seconds, something until this nightmare is over.