Traitors in Our Midst

22f7c8bf-dbca-4228-bb02-b0ca1136eed4On a bill that would have formally rebuked the Trump administration before it moves ahead with plans to lift sanctions on companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Republicans in the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Majority Leader and Trump flunky, Mitch McConnell, banded together to block the effort.

The bill that would have blocked the Treasury Department from easing sanctions on a trio of Russian companies needed 60 votes to advance to passage but fell three votes short in the Senate. As a result, the bipartisan attempt to condemn the Trump administration for relaxing Russia sanctions stalled.

There no longer remains any question that Trump is a traitor to his country, and the sycophant Republicans in Congress are equally complicit in this treason to the United States. Period. Full Stop.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

A54DF262-617A-425E-ACA6-42ED1757558CI used to believe that to be thought of as “uncompromising” was a good thing, a positive attribute. To be uncompromising means to be resolute, determined, purposeful, steadfast, and strong.

But I no longer believe that being uncompromising is such a good thing. Well, at least not in the context of American politics. Because in that context it means stubborn, intransigent, pigheaded, inflexible, rigid, obdurate, and obstinate.

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones famously wrote (and sang)

“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need”

What this country needs is a functioning federal government where our elected representatives at least attempt to get for us, their constituents, what we need.

In order to be functional, our representatives — Republican, Democratic, and independent — are supposed to meet, present the views and desires of the people who elected them, and try to come to some kind of compromise through negotiation.

But compromise requires that all sides sacrifice a little in order to move the ball forward. It requires a bipartisan effort where legislators are willing to find a middle ground in order to achieve a greater good over self-interests.

Instead, “compromise” has become a dirty word in Congress. To be willing to negotiate is a sign of weakness and of party disloyalty. As a result, our government is in gridlock, with little getting done on behalf of the people.

Because of our uncompromising lawmakers, we, the people, are not only not getting what we want, we are not getting what we need.

And now, just for fun —

Screw the People

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans today for a vote at 1 a.m. this Monday on a bill to fund the government through Feb. 8th. The move is designed to force Democrats to either agree to reopen the government without concessions on immigration and other issues, or to vote again for a government shutdown, which Republicans believe will hurt Democrats.

This partisan strategy was concocted by Donald Trump and McConnell, who have been talking by phone throughout the day today. Trump and McConnell, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan, have struck a defiant tone, refusing to consider any of the Democratic demands on immigration or other issues until there is a “bipartisan agreement” to reopen the federal government.

So basically, for Trump and the GOP leadership, it’s all about politics. Screw the nine million CHIP kids who need healthcare. Screw the 800,000 DACA DREAMers whose lives are in a constant state of flux.

Screw the American people.