SoCS — Constraining Trump

9E567351-B700-48EA-ACC0-3DFC9AF4689AI have been under a lot of strain lately due primarily to all of the craziness, chaos, and corruption going on in Washington these days.

I worry that we as a nation are failing to constrain Donald Trump as he continues, without constraint from the Republicans in Congress, to turn our country from a representative democracy into a monarchy being run by Emperor Donald and his offspring in much the same way that Saddam Hussein, with his sons Howdy and Doody Uday and Qusay, ran Iraq before the Iraq War.

With all of the irrefutable evidence that Trump welcomed and encouraged Russian interference in the 2016 election in order to help get him elected, as well as his blatant (and continuing) efforts to obstruct justice, I can’t comprehend how 40 to 45% of the American people still support him. How 80 to 90% of Republicans still support him. How virtually 100% of congressional Republicans not only still support him, but actively enable him.

What is wrong with these people? Don’t they care at all about the harm he’s doing?

I’m an old man — I’m Donald Trump’s age — and this constant strain of living in the era of the Donald Trump presidency might send me to an early grave. I truly think that there are only three things that can relieve this strain I’m feeling.

  1. Trump is removed from office as a result of being impeached, or
  2. Trump loses the 2020 election and willingly accepts the loss and goes along with the transition of power (which is doubtful), or
  3. Trump dies.

To be honest, and at the risk of sounding a bit morbid, I prefer number 3, because I think that’s the only sure way to constrain the man once and for all.

Written for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. We are asked to use “strain” in our posts.

It’s No Longer a Laughing Matter

2FC387DA-D5B3-42D0-B3EA-EEF7D24688AFTrevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, et. al. These are the late night comedians who, since the ascendency of Donald Trump to the throne, have kept me sane over the past two-and-a-half years.

Their biting wit and spot-on comedic commentaries have provided a kind of therapeutic comic relief for me. They’ve given me an opportunity to laugh at what might otherwise cause me to cry. And I can’t express how much I appreciate what they have done for me.

But it’s gotten to the point that it’s just not funny anymore. We have a moron in the Oval Office who is a puppet of the former head of the Russian KBG, who wants to destroy our country from within.

He has surrounded himself with hand-picked, incompetent sycophants who are afraid to tell him the truth. He has stacked the courts, with the assistance of his enabler-in-chief, Mitch McConnell, with conservative judges who do not reflect the wishes or needs of the majority of the American people.

We have a pathological liar, a con man, a grifter, and a crook in the White House. We have someone who claims transparency but who tries to hide his every dirty deed. We have a Republican Congress and a Justice Department who look at Trump and see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil and give him carte blanche to continue to act as if he’s above the law.

And so, when I watch Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, et. al. these days, I can’t even crack a smile anymore. It’s no longer a laughing matter. It’s very, very serious and very, very dangerous. We need to stop joking about him and start doing something about him.

Because what Trump and his cronies are doing is beyond the pale and it’s just not funny anymore.

One-Liner Thursday — Mazie Barr the Door

90A0CA11-BB85-44ED-AAF4-6D04FE62BE84I know that I usually post one-line quotes on Wednesday in response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. But yesterday, at the televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving Attorney General (and Trump ass-kisser William Barr), Democratic Senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, said this to Barr:

“Mr. Barr, now the American people know you’re no different than Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once-decent reputations for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.”

Oh Mazie, you go, girl!

But she didn’t stop there. She went on to say:

“But now we know more about your deep involvement and trying to cover up for Donald Trump. Being attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust. You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign.”

Oh snap!

Unfortunately, the President believes that he is a dictator who is above the law and who can do whatever he wants to do — legal, ethical, moral, or otherwise. And the Attorney General of the United States, along with the Republicans in Congress, are his enablers. Barr isn’t going to resign, Republicans are not going to suddenly develop spines and scruples, and Trump isn’t going away anytime soon.


S is for Sycophant

F837D866-F5E1-4652-B069-C8AFACC30DACI’ve known the meaning of the word sycophant for a long time, but to be honest, up until about three years ago, I don’t think I used it very often, if at all. Now, in the Trump era, it’s a part of my everyday vocabulary.

As I’m sure you know, a sycophant is a person who tries to win favor from wealthy or influential people by flattering them; who praises people in authority in a way that is not sincere, usually in order to get some advantage. Like, you know, the “personalities” on Fox News.

The political arena has always been populated by people who lust after access to power. But Donald Trump, hardly the first politician to attract self-serving followers, seems to attract more of these ass-kissing, butt-licking, self-promoters than most.9934DCA1-D3AD-48F6-8C18-E2EA9263DFC9But what amazes me more than those who flock to Trump like flies to shit, are the Republican members of Congress who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil when it comes to Donald Trump.

Trump is their man, and they’re all harmoniously singing Tammy Wynette’s 1968 classic “Stand By Your Man.” It’s the GOP theme song, and nothing, it seems, can dissuade either Trump’s base or the Republicans in Congress from standing by their lying, corrupt con artist of a man, no matter what crazy shit he says or does.

It’s inexplicable to me how these GOP sycophants continue to stand by Trump at the expense of standing by — and for — their country.

Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:

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).