No Wonder

60F00C78-DD72-4A79-930D-2E638D965902It’s no wonder that the people associated with Donald Trump are defying congressional subpoenas. I mean why not? They apparently are facing no penalties and no negative consequences for refusing to comply with those subpoenas.

But former Trump cronies, from Paul Manafort to Michael Flynn to Michael Cohen, are either in jail or will be going to jail for testifying before Congress. While those who are refusing to respond to subpoenas are walking around scot-free. They are being rewarded for not appearing.

It appears that Congress, the Legislative Branch of our federal government, which is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government (along with the Judicial Branch) and which is supposed to have oversight responsibility over the Executive Branch, is a toothless tiger. What can Congress do when the president, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department, and everyone else in the Trump administration chooses to ignore Congress? Write sternly-worded letters? Ooh!

Oh wait. I almost forgot that Donald Trump, Jr. has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Junior apparently got to dictate the terms of his appearance before the Republican controlled committee. He set the time limit to no more than two to four hours and is willing to address a limited number of questions focusing on just five or six specific topics.

That’s like a defendant in a murder trial agreeing to testify only if his appearance is limited to a few hours max and the prosecution cannot ask him any questions about the murder. Besides, Junior takes after his father and will just lie and lie. And why not? No consequences.

It’s time for Congress to impeach the bastard.

Lies, Deceit, and Duplicity

454A1CFE-9F85-43E5-809D-259A570EA69DA few weeks ago I wrote a post, “Nothing to Hide,” in which I quoted Donald when he said that he was “the most transparent president and administration in the history of our country by far.”

Can that blustery baboon be any more disingenuous? If he’s as transparent as he claims he is, why does he always envelop himself in a fog of lies, deceit, and duplicity? The latest news in Trump’s efforts to keep the truth from coming out occurred today when the Department of Justice (DOJ), under Trump’s direction, moved to block former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying to Congress.

McGahn has been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions tomorrow about Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election. But with this latest decision by the DOJ, the White House continues to obstruct Congress’ oversight investigations into the administration.

Current White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote today in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, that the Justice Department “has advised me that Mr. McGahn is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters occurring during his service as a senior adviser to the President.” Cipollone added that, “the President has directed Mr. McGahn not to appear at the Committee’s scheduled hearing” tomorrow.

I just cannot comprehend how anyone, event the most fervent Donald Trump supporters, can’t see through these blatant acts obstruction. An innocent man does not stand in the way of getting to the truth.

It’s obvious to me that the self proclaimed “Mr. Transparency” is feeling the heat. And, as the old saying goes, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Mr. Trump, get out of the fucking kitchen (aka the Oval Office)!


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (blustery), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (disingenuous), Word of the Day Challenge (fog), Your Daily Word Prompt (fervent), and The Daily Spur (kitchen).

Weekly Prompts — People

For this week’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge, we are asked to look through our photo collection and post pictures of people.

Ever since the abomination, Donald Trump, became president, my wife and I have been attending rallies protesting all of the unconscionable things he and his sycophants in Congress have been doing to this country and the environment.

I’ve been impressed by the variety of people who have joined in these protests. All genders, races, nationalities, and ages have shown up.

So, for today’s photo prompt, below are some pictures of the people who we came across at those rallies.C0195C85-25AE-4D06-B41C-9A9BEF9BBB4694BB20F7-5789-440A-BC46-92684BEA1A8097FD9DCB-D727-4B70-978F-236C61C651C8290B594E-9746-4C9E-B74C-17C42D3FF648F01CEB7F-AFF9-4436-B42E-ABD5637B99E5B793967B-F295-433F-B2B9-EC0737FAF0A5

It’s Gotten Even Worse

On May 17, 2017, I published my second post after I started this blog. I titled it, “Can American Democracy Survive Donald Trump?” That post received a grand total of three views, one like, and zero comments.

As I was reflecting back on my two years as Fandango, and I read this post, I was amazed that not only has little has changed over the past two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, it has actually gotten even worse.

And so I present below my two-year old post, unchanged and unedited from the original. Some of it is a little dated, but the overall message is the same: America is fucked as long as Trump is president.

Can American Democracy Survive Donald Trump?

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I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, you know. No siree, Bob! I’ve been around long enough to have experienced Vietnam and Watergate and how terribly divided this country was at those times. But I’ve never seen anything quite like what is happening now to the sanctity of the American democracy under President Donald J. Trump. It’s taken its toll on me. I’m tired, very tired.

It’s not because I’m old, though, or because I’ve been having trouble falling and staying asleep at night. No, the reason I am tired is because something devastating has been happening in and to the country I love. And it’s draining me.

Fake News and Alternative Facts

For months before the election in November, we had been inundated with fake news, alternative facts, lies, racism, and misogyny. Since the election things have only gotten worse, given all of Trump’s conflicts of interest, blatant nepotism, and unprecedented incompetence at the highest levels of the government.

Our new president is purging (or buying off?) his perceived enemies and anyone he believes might do him harm, with FBI Director James Comey’s firing as the latest example. Donald Trump is successfully … so far, anyway … turning our country into an authoritarian dictatorship.

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And what I find truly remarkable and upsetting is that the spineless, gutless, “party over country” Republicans in Congress are just sitting back and letting it happen. They know that Trump is an unhinged, delusional narcissist who is also a pathological liar. But he’s their unhinged, delusional, narcissistic, liar who will sign whatever bills and appoint whatever judges they put in front of him.

Trump is engaging in a war against the legitimate media. He is spreading outright lies, misinformation, and conspiracy theories in an effort to divert and distract attention from the many self-inflicted wounds he’s created as a result of his more outrageous tweets and his asinine behaviors.

Treason or Stupidity?

He has yet to admit that Russia interfered with the election and seems to be giving Putin and the Russians cover. And while he’s saying “America First,” his actions appear to be putting Russia first. He even shared highly classified information with Russian operatives in the Oval Office. Is he intentionally committing treason or is he just incredibly stupid? Or Both?

Respected scholars of history have expressed concerns about how Trump seems to be leading our country down a path followed by despotic 20th century and contemporary leaders.

He has sung the praises of Vladimir Putin (“a strong leader”) and Kim Jong-un (“a smart cookie”). He congratulated Turkish leader Erdogan on winning a referendum that expanded and consolidated his authoritarian powers. He praised the autocratic Egyptian leader el-Sisi as well as Filipino strongman Duterte, a man who likens himself to Hitler.

At the same time, Trump has denigrated and challenged the judicial branch of our own government and seems to have co-opted congressional Republicans, who hold the majority in both houses.

So back to my original question. Can American democracy survive Donald Trump? The short answer is yes, but it will take four types of people to make sure it does.

First, courageous employees within the executive and legislative branches of government who recognize the damage to our national security and our way of life that Trump is causing must be willing to risk their careers and leak documents to the legitimate press so that the unhinged actions of Donald Trump will see the light of day.

Second, brave journalists and reporters must do their jobs and continue to research, publish, and report on what is going on at the White House and in Congress.

Third, concerned citizens need to continue to reach out to their senators and representatives and hold them accountable for their actions. And if these elected officials in Congress don’t have the backbone to put country over party and to do what’s right and best for their constituents by standing up to Trump, they need to know that they will be voted out of office.

Finally, GOP members of Congress and Trump loyalists must stop turning deaf ears and blind eyes to Trump’s faults and follies. They need to honestly and objectively see him and the danger he posed to our country. They also need to stop getting all their news from Fox News.

If these groups of people do the right thing, democracy in America has a chance. If not, well, it was good while it lasted.


Top political cartoon © 5/11/17, Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader. Second political cartoon © 5/16/17 Bill Sanders, Sanders Cartoon Commentary.