We the People

Trump and the ConstitutionHow is it that the Republicans in Congress and those who support Donald Trump can still believe that his presidency is copacetic? Things in and around the White House are not in excellent order. Far from it. In fact, the ubiquity of corruption, dishonesty, and ineptness is astounding.

Trump and his cronies are treating the presidency like a three-ring circus, with a constant drip, drip, drip of questionable, and probably, illegal actions.

First there was the withholding of congressionally approved funds for Ukraine by Trump and his delegates. The money was to be withheld unless the newly elected president of Ukraine agreed to investigate one of Trump’s political rivals. And while Trump claims there was nothing wrong with his dealings with the Ukrainian President, his own “acting” chief-of-staff publicly admitted to a quid pro quo for political purposes and told those reporters assembled to “get over it.”

And then there was the infamous telephone call with Turkey’s dictator, Erdogan, in which Trump gave the green light for Turkey to send his army into the Kurdish homeland, a narrow swath of land in northern Syria. This act will be devastating to Kurds, who fought ISIS on behalf of the United States, and it gave Erdogan America’s blessing to essentially engage in ethnic cleansing (i.e., genocide) of the Kurdish people. It’s an almost incomprehensible betrayal of our allies in the battle against ISIS.

And what about Trump’s desperate move to defy subpoenas, to try to prevent anyone associated with the Trump administration from testifying before Congress, and refusing to comply with demands to provide documents to congressional committees? These are outrageous acts of obstruction of justice.

And finally there is the selection of Trump’s golf resort, the Trump National Doral Miami, as the site for the festivities at next June’s G7 Summit. This is in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prohibits federal officeholders (including the president) from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives. Having foreign leaders, their entourages, and security teams paying enormous sums of money to stay at a property owned by Trump is the very definition of using his office to line his own pockets.

So back to my original question: how is it that the Republicans in Congress and those who support Donald Trump can still believe that his presidency is copacetic? When will they begin to put country ahead of party? And when will we the people, the American voting public, say that enough is enough?

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (copacetic), Your Daily Word Prompt (ubiquity), The Daily Spur (ring), Daily Addictions (drip), Word of the Day (desperate), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (festivities).

SoCS — Indigestion

F3E973D1-2C66-4CDD-8F6E-91D8DB68A5B9Linda G. Hill has given us the word “digest” for her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, which I think is quite appropriate for those of us in the U.S. who celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday by ingesting more turkey, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie à la mode than our bodies can possibly digest.

And speaking about turkey and digestion, I’m really having a problem trying to digest how Donald Trump is putting Saudi Arabia — not America — first. He’s claiming that the CIA did not conclude that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka, MBS) ordered the murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This despite the fact that American intelligence agencies have, in fact, concluded that the Crown Prince ordered the killing in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

I mean anyone with half a brain would know that MBS was behind the brutal murder. So clearly Trump doesn’t have half a brain.

This is just another Trump self-serving lie. Depending upon who’s doing the counting, Trump has told between 4,000 and 7,000 lies or misleading statements since he’s been President of the United States. And the rate of his lying is accelerating. How is it that even his most diehard supporters, much less members of Congress, can believe anything he ever says? Anything. Ever.

And yet he is still the President.

How can that be?

I just can’t digest that.

Share Your World — Irony, Turkey, and Odd Smells

SYWMonday is Share Your World time and Melanie, from Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has, once again, posed her SYW questions.

What’s the most ironic thing you’ve ever witnessed?

Aside from just about everything Donald Trump says that is obviously laughable, like  “I’ve kept more promises than I made,” it would be seeing Trump’s loyal fans talking about how Trump supports the “little” people and how honest he is.43A7A463-FDE3-4D80-A722-F6AF25075D06

Let’s talk turkey. Pro or con? If pro, which part do you enjoy most? Is it for Thanksgiving (American Style any way) only?

Turkey is okay, so I’m neutral about it. I typically prefer white meat (the breast) to dark meat (the thigh or leg). No, it’s not necessarily just for Thanksgiving, but other than enjoying an occasional club sandwich, Thanksgiving is about the only time we roast a turkey.AF229211-5673-4B0A-948A-03EFD1E1AC3E

If you’d like, share one thing you wish you’d said to someone else, but now you’ll never have the chance.

“Don’t worry, be happy,” to my mother, who was a world class worrier. Of course, back in the day I may have given her plenty of things to worry about.

What odd smell do you really enjoy?

Have you ever walked by a commercial laundry and dry cleaning establishment and caught the smell of wet laundry drying in the drying machine? I love that smell. Well, you said “odd,” right?

Thankful November…share a story or time when someone did something really great for you. Alternatively, share your gratitude moments during this past week.

I am grateful that enough voters showed up at last Tuesday’s midterm elections to enable Democrats to take back the House of Representatives, which I hope will derail the Trump train…or at least slow it down.7671FF6E-15BE-475B-8317-AF584418FA3E

#TMAT120 — My Perfect Thanksgiving

55290BDF-FD89-497B-8F11-4E69A2DCA33CThanksgiving at our house is never like that Norman Rockwell painting. Not even close.

It’s always a struggle trying to meet everyone’s dietary needs. My daughter is a vegetarian. My son’s girlfriend is vegan. My son doesn’t care for turkey. He prefers Cornish hens. My wife prefers duck. I hate duck. My daughter’s boyfriend likes to have lamb chops for Thanksgiving. Seriously?

Everyone loves sweet potato soufflé except me. I loathe sweet potatoes. Everyone loves pecan pie except me. I can’t stand pecan pie. Nor pumpkin pie. And who the hell came up with jellied cranberry sauce?0CF2D1EE-D070-4F56-B226-E02AAA47A333.jpegMy perfect Thanksgiving would be munching on Buffalo chicken wings dipped in blue cheese dressing, drinking a bottle of beer, and watching football.

(120 words exactly)

296A0255-83C0-428E-8792-FAF2C26EF152Written for this month’s Tell Me a Tale in EXACTLY 120 Words prompt. The challenge is to write about what you will be doing on Thanksgiving day.

#TMAT120 — Bah Humbug

img_0030Dave hated the holiday season. It’s mostly because he’s an old fart whose kids are all gown up and out of the house living their own lives.

He rarely eats candy, but he stocked up for a bunch of little rug rats wearing inane costumes who rang his doorbell continuously for hours on Halloween night.

He also hates turkey, which he is apparently required to eat on Thanksgiving. And then there’s the never ceasing Christmas music assaulting his ears wherever he goes for the last two months of the year.

He has to rack his brain trying to figure out what presents to buy for people he barely knows and doesn’t particularly like.

The holidays are just one big hassle.

(120 words)

This post was written for the Tell Me A Tale in 120 Words prompt, which is “Why you love, or dislike, the holiday season.”

This challenge, which I’m participating in for the first time, is posted on the first Thursday of the month by Joelle (I think). Responders are limited to posts of 120 words.

And truth be told, while I am not a big fan of the holiday season, I’m not as grumpy as the protagonist in my 120 word response.