Too Little, Too Late

After what can only be described as an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building yesterday — one that was instigated by none other than the sitting President of the United States — in the wee hours of the morning, a joint session of Congress reconvened and confirmed that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected President and Vice President by the American people and the Electoral College.

As a result, Donald Trump issued this message:

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”

First, his issuing of this statement is too little, too late. The damage to America at home and around the world has been done.

Second, this delusional man still got it wrong. Who cares whether or not he agrees or disagrees with the outcome of the election? And “the facts” will not bear him out. The outcome is the outcome, whether he agrees of not.

Third, his was not “the greatest first term in presidential history.” The facts will bear out that his was the worst term in presidential history.

And fourth, what does he mean by “…it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again”? Is he going to continue to lie about having won the election in a landslide? Is he going to continue to sow discontent and divisiveness? Will he continue to instigate and encourage mob violence?

It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment the United States Constitution, which says that if the President becomes unable to do his job, the Vice President becomes the President. This can happen…if the President is just sick or disabled.

Donald Trump is sick and is disabled (delusional). He needs to be removed from office TODAY!

Reblog: Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Jill Dennison has written an open letter to the GOP members of Congress pleading with them to do the right thing and to press Donald Trump to concede the election.

I live in a blue state, where my senators are Democrats, as is the member of the House who represents my district. But Jill has invited those of you whose senators or congressional representatives are Republicans to feel free to adapt and use her letter to send to your members of Congress.

I’m also reblogging Jill’s post so that perhaps other conservative voices who read her letter will accept the reality that Donald Trump has lost the presidential election and that his divisive, destructive post-election words and actions are subverting America’s democratic processes and sabotaging the future of our nation.

Dear Senator/Representative, I write today out of extreme frustration as a citizen of the United States, a person who has paid taxes since 1964 when …

Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Here We Go

To those who still think Donald Trump isn’t going to do everything he can to stay in the Oval Office even if he loses the November election, think again. Here is his tweet today about delaying the election.36EFD7AF-46A7-4A05-B9CA-41D023655A1EHe’s claiming that mail-in voting will result in an “inaccurate and fraudulent” election, despite there being virtually no evidence to support that contention.

He has already said that he won’t commit to accepting the outcome of the election. Now, with most of the polls saying that he’s likely to lose “bigly” in November, he’s talking about delaying the election.

I’ve been saying for quite a while on this blog that Trump is not going to go quietly into the night if he loses in November. So now he’s setting the stage to not have an election in November.

Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution gives the power to regulate the “time, place, and manner” of elections to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, with Congress also empowered to alter the rules. Nowhere is the president granted such power.

But who knows what the Republicans in Congress, who seem to be in lockstep with whatever Trump wants, will do in November, especially if they feel there is good chance that the GOP will lose the majority in the Senate.

And who knows what actions Attorney General — and major Trump butt-licker — Bill Barr will take to give Trump whatever he wants.

Buckle up, America. We’re in for a bumpy ride.

Fake Views

6C6612CD-9627-4020-9606-38178B2499D4Despite the overwhelming evidence against Donald Trump, he still manages to garner the staunch support of most Republican voters. The number of Americans who continue to approve of Trump remains largely static, at about 40% overall. But in a CNN poll last week, only 10% of Republicans said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 89% of Republicans approved of the job he’s doing. What?

Republicans in Congress have been briefed by U.S. intelligence officials who informed the senators and their aides that Russia has engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election. This is not fake news. And yet these Republicans continue to cling to that false narrative in order to protect Trump and to deflect the charges that will likely lead to his impeachment. They are unabashedly promoting fake views to the American people.

Do these Republicans in Congress actually believe what they are saying in public? I can’t understand how, for the good of the nation, they continue to wage war on the truth and the facts. Are they hoping that, with the passage of time between now and the elections next November, the American public will either ignore or forget Trump’s abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and his attempts, for his own personal and political benefit, to extort the newly elected president of Ukraine?

Or maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m the fool who is trying to chase after some oasis of truth in the middle of this barren political desert only to find that it’s merely a mirage.

I guess time will tell.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (staunch), Daily Addictions (number, chase), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wage), Ragtag Daily Prompt (passage), and Word of the Day Challenge (oasis).

Who Won The Week? 11/10/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is The Equal Rights Amendment.

What is the Equal Rights Amendment, you ask? That’s an excellent question. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. No brainer, right?

The ERA was originally introduced in Congress in December 1923 — nearly a century ago. In order for the ERA to be added to the U.S. Constitution, it must be ratified by 38 of the 50 states. Right now, 37 states have ratified the ERA, although five state legislatures (Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Dakota) voted to revoke their ERA ratifications. But it remains an unresolved legal question as to whether a state can revoke its ratification of a federal constitutional amendment.

So why do I think the Equal Rights Amendment won the week? This past Tuesday, the elections in Virginia turned that state blue. Democrats won control of Virginia’s legislature and it has a Democratic governor. The incoming state legislators have expressed their intent to hold a vote on ratification, and, if passed, it would make Virginia the 38th state to ratify the amendment, if the five revoked ratifications are included.

Further action from Congress may be required before the ERA can be admitted as a constitutional amendment, but after 97 years since the ERA was first introduced in Congress, America may finally end the legal distinctions between men and women. It’s about fucking time.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?