Fandango’s Provocative Question #28

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is one that nags at me. And yes, it’s political and I’m really hoping someone — anyone — can enlighten me. So here we go.

Members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, including his son and son-in-law, met numerous times with influential Russians. The Trump campaign encouraged and welcomed Russian involvement (and interference) in the election. 34 people and three entities associated with the Trump campaign have been indicted on nearly 200 separate criminal charges. Five associates of Trump have been convicted, and another, Roger Stone, is awaiting trial. Trump’s former campaign manager and Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer are in jail for lying to Congress and for various financial crimes.

Further, the Mueller Report documented at least ten instances where Trump committed obstruction of justice, including the firing of former FBI Director Jim Comey. And now Trump has instructed his current and former White House staff to defy congressional subpoenas.

And as icing on the cake, Trump has lied to the American people almost 11,000 times since taking office 2½ years ago.

So here’s my question:

“Do you believe that Donald Trump is an effective American president who should remain in office despite having accepted aid from a foreign adversary (Russia) and having committed obstruction of justice into the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential elections? Do you believe that Trump should or should not be impeached for his actions? Why?”

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And most important, have fun.

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Lowering The Barr

U.S. Attorney General Barr, flanked by Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General O'Callaghan and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, speaks at a news conference on his release of the Mueller report in WashingtonI was in the process of drafting a post about the lying sack of shit who is our Attorney General, who apparently thinks he’s the defense attorney for the lying sack of shit of a president, instead of the chief attorney for the American people.

But then I took a break, went to my Reader, and saw a post from Suze over at Suziland Too or Obsolete Childhood. Suze expresses what I am feeling and does it even better than I can. I would have reblogged it if I saw the reblog button on her site, but I couldn’t find it.

So instead, I implore you to click HERE and read what Suze has to say. It will be well worth your time.

It’s Mueller Time

E613AB6F-E8DE-4F3C-97AB-F2FECCD3B177I am tired of hearing Trump, all of the Fox News sycophants, and Trump’s Republican lapdogs pontificate about how the Mueller Report “fully and totally exonerated” him. They’re making that claim without having read the actual report. They are basing their braying and crowing exclusively on a brief, four page summary prepared by Trump’s cherrypicked Attorney General, William Barr.

And Barr is doing exactly what Trump hired him to do: spew his politically-motivated, whitewashed pablum designed solely to insulate and protect Trump.

Okay, I admit it. I hate Donald Trump. I’ll even go so far as to say I hate him with a vengeance that I’ve never felt before towards anyone. When I see that man perform on TV to the cheers of his ignorant groupies, it literally turns my stomach.

So it’s Mueller time. It’s time for Robert Mueller — the Special Counsel who just completed a two year investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential cooperation and coordination with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, and to then obstruct the investigation into that coordination — to step up and to end his silence. It’s time for Mueller to offer his perspicacious insights, unfiltered by Trump lackeys, into what his investigations actually uncovered.

It’s time for Robert Mueller to let the sunshine in, to let the truth grow and flower. I need to hear Robert Mueller, himself, say that he found no evidence that Donald Trump in any way colluded with Russians, that Donald Trump did not obstruct justice in any way, and that Donald Trump did nothing criminal. Only then I will accept Mueller’s conclusions.

But no matter what Mueller says, I will still hate Donald Trump with an unbridled passion.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pontificate), Word of the Day Challenge (vengeance), Ragtag Daily Prompt (perspicacious), and Your Daily Word Prompt (flower).

2019 is 1984

3864C99C-26BB-4EC5-A9D0-2EEF7B540A9AThe assemblage of Trump lemmings down in Mar-a-Lago are fist-bumping and high-fiving this weekend. The talking heads at Fox News are delirious in their joy today. That’s because the long-awaited and much-anticipated Mueller Report has been delivered, and even though few people know what’s actually in it, the Trump faithful are pounding their chests and claiming vindication. “No collusion, no obstruction,” they are gleefully yelling.

Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner have all escaped indictments (so far). As has Donald Trump himself. The Mueller probe is over, and from all outward appearances, it looks like Donald Trump and his kin will get off scot-free.

I don’t know what’s in the Mueller report, but it’s hard for me to imagine, given what we have all seen with our own eyes and heard with our own ears, that there is no hard evidence of collusion and obstruction on the part of Donald Trump. But then again, Trump did tell his supporters, “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening. Just stick with us, don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news.”

I wonder if all of America, including Robert Mueller, has been somehow brainwashed to the point of denying what we all know to be true. Donald Trump and his see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil Republican sycophants in Congress have redefined the American identity, and it’s not for the better.

War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, lies are truth, and 2019 is 1984.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (assemblage), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (delirious), and Word of the Day Challenge (identity).