He’s an Effin’ Traitor

EFEDCC32-2886-401B-8472-C9B523FB46E9If this report yesterday from CNN is true, I don’t see how anyone — even Republicans — can continue to stick their heads in the sand and deny that our president is a traitor to his country.

According to the legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, in hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the Trump posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

Trump regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was “stupid.”

Trump incessantly boasted to his fellow heads of state, including Saudi Arabia’s autocratic royal heir Mohammed bin Salman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, about his own wealth, genius, “great” accomplishments as President, and the “idiocy” of his Oval Office predecessors, according to the sources.

The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that Trump was often “delusional,” as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone, or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest.

Bear in mind that yesterday’s CNN report followed hot on the heels of Friday’s New York Times blockbuster report that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops. The Times article went on to report that Trump and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March.

What has Trump done in response to learning in March that Russia was paying to have American soldiers killed? Absolutely nothing. Why not? Because the President of the United States is a traitor to his country.

Time for an “I’m Spartacus” Moment

Donald Trump has allegedly gone “volcanic” since the New York Times published the anonymous op-ed piece last week. The essay was apparently written by a “senior official in the Trump administration,” and Trump has allegedly been pulling out all the stops trying to identify who the “treasonous” insider is. He’s even directed his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, in the name of “national security,” to have the Department of Justice investigate who the culprit was.

Of course, Trump’s senior staff members are falling all over themselves to deny having anything to do with the op-ed piece.

As I wrote in this post, I have mixed feelings about the publishing of the op-ed piece anonymously. If someone knows that our president is amoral and an idiot, shouldn’t they have the balls to stand up and be counted, even if it costs him or her their job?

Just imagine there being an I’m Spartacus moment in the White House, where each member of Trump’s inner circle would, one after the other, stand and declare, “I’m the author.”

Of course, that’s not going to happen. Those who are close to Trump, including nearly all Congressional Republicans, have demonstrated that they lack spine.

Still, one can fantasize, can’t one?

Hero or Coward?

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I’ll be honest. I’m conflicted. The anonymous op-ed section piece in yesterday’s New York Times has caused quite a brouhaha. It was allegedly written by a “senior official in the Trump administration.” And the Times took the unusual step of publishing it anonymously because the author’s “job would be jeopardized by the disclosure” of his or her name.

The first thing that I found a little strange was the timing of its publication — right in the middle of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Trump’s highly controversial nominee for the judicial vacancy on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Was the timing intended to distract attention from the extremely important hearings that could have significant ramifications on America’s fabric for decades?

The second thing that struck me was that there was nothing in the essay that we didn’t already know. Between Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, published earlier this year, Omarosa Manigault’s insider tell-it-all, Unhinged, and Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, Fear, there seemed little “new news” revealed.

What was the end game of the article’s authors? Was it to reassure Americans that, despite the fact that there is an amoral, childish idiot in the Oval Office, that he (or she), along with other White House insiders, are the “adults in the room” who “are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t”?

Or was it to try to persuade Americans that, despite working in a senior role with an amoral, childish idiot of a president, he/she is really a good person who is trying to do right for the people by admitting to working against the President from the inside. And if this senior official feels so strongly about the damage Trump is doing, why doesn’t he/she resign and go public?

So was the op-ed piece in the Times a crucial public service announcement? Was it a distraction designed to turn eyes away from the Kavanaugh hearing and other Trump doings? Or was it a self-serving attempt by someone working for Trump to ask for forgiveness for working for an unhinged, unfit, unqualified moron filling the highest office in the land?

As I said at the beginning of this post, I am conflicted. I can’t decide if the person who wrote the essay is a hero or a coward.

What about you? what do you think?

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49 Questions, Bye-Byes, and Years

The New York Times obtained and published a list of 49 questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller allegedly would want to ask Donald Trump in an in-person interview. When I heard that, I couldn’t help but think of the Crosby, Stills & Nash song from 1969, “49 Bye-Byes.”

I played the song and read the lyrics to the song from 49 years ago. And what I found is that some of the lyrics from this 49 year old song about 49 bye-byes seems uncannily relevant to Mueller’s 49 questions.

For example, “Forty nine reasons all in a line / All of them good ones all of them lies.”

And the verse, Hey, but you can run baby / If the feeling’s wrong before too long it’s crazy / And you’re trapped, babe, and you know that’s not where it’s at, babe / You’re just seein’ things through a cat’s eye, baby.”

So come on, Mr. Mueller. Use those 49 questions of yours to make POTUS 45 sing his 49 bye-byes. It just might bring this political nightmare to an abrupt end. And it can’t happen soon enough.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with this Crosby, Stills, & Nash classic, here it is, with the lyrics below.

Forty nine reasons all in a line
All of them good ones all of them lies
Driftin’ with my lady we’re oldest of friends
Need a little work and there’s fences to mend

Steady girl be my world (Steady girl)
‘Till the drifter come now she’s gone (Be my world)
I let that man play his hand (Drifter come)
I let them go how was I to know? (Now you’re gone)
I’m down on my knees
Nobody left to please

Now it’s over they left in the spring
Her and the drifter looking for beautiful things

[Instrumental (Electric Guitar and Organ)]

Steady girl be my world (Steady girl)
‘Till the drifter come now she’s gone (Be my world)
I let that man play his hand (Drifter come)
I let them go how was I to know? (Now you’re gone)
I’m down on my knees
Nobody left to please

On my knees
Feeling wrong
Mama’s gone, oh …

Bye, bye baby (Bye, bye baby)
Write if you think of it maybe
Know I love you (Know I love you)
Go if it means that much to you

Hey, but you can run baby
If the feeling’s wrong before too long it’s crazy
And you’re trapped, babe, and you know that’s not where it’s at, babe
You’re just seein’ things through a cat’s eye, baby

That’s not my old lady
Come on and tell me baby
You better tell me baby
Who do you
Who do you love?

Time will tell us
Who is trying to sell us
Bye, bye baby (Bye, bye, bye, bye baby)
Write if you think of it maybe

Hey, but you can run baby
If the feeling’s wrong before too long it’s crazy
And you’re trapped, babe, and you know that’s not where it’s at, baby
You’re just seein’ things through a cat’s eye, baby

That’s not my old lady
Come on and tell me baby
You better tell me baby
Who do you
Who do you love?


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “abrupt.”