restlessknights

The knights are restless and for good reason.

Supreme Court Justice or Injustice?

If You’re For the Right to Choose, You Lose.

Lots of things contribute to my restless nights, but probably none so great as the upcoming decision by the Supremes (no, not that defunct rock group).

Resulting from a defeated President’s choices in four short Stable Genius years,
we now have a Supreme Court that rivals the Spanish Inquisition.

Too harsh? I don’t think so, nor will the hundreds of thousands of women who will be forced to carry their pregnancies to term, regardless of whether or not they can afford to raise a child when they can barely put food on the table for themselves.

When (and not if) Roe is struck down, after a half century of providing security for women who decide to terminate their pregnancies, once it is learned that maternity garb would soon be required, could actually suffer criminal penalties in some of our more ‘enlightened’ states. That’s not just the pregnant mother; it’s any one assisting her in attempting to contact professionals to achieve that goal. And if you’re the doctor performing the procedure, you could wind up in prison.

The Latin term for that is ‘fetus defeatus.

Some members of Congress, state legislators, Governors, and bands of religious thinkers* claim how upset Jesus will be if a woman is permitted to abort, regardless of whether or not the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.

*This brings to question whether the words ‘religious’ and ‘thinking’ should be used in the same sentence.

Like the decision on how to cross a crocodile-infested pond , I think ‘Roe’ should always win out over ‘Wade.’

European Healthcare vs American We Don’t Care.

Talk about things that make this knight restless.


America has the longest election process of any country on the planet. As a result, the cost of running a campaign in this country is altitudes higher than it is in virtually any other nation.
We can start by significantly shortening the time political campaigns run, to match most other democracies in the world. Canada, for example, limits their election process from a minimum of thirty-six days, and a maximum of fifty. How does that compare with politicians like our former President having started his 2024 run for the Presidency in January of 2021?

Surprise surprise. America, currently the richest country in the world (notice the use of the word “currently”) has one of the worst (if not THE worst healthcare system in the world).
I wouldn’t go around bragging about it, because there is nothing to brag about.

Many say that healthcare is a human right. So, are Americans less human than Europeans?
Healthcare is not the only victim of our political system. So, too, is our seeming addiction to fossil fuels. I say “seeming” because if we really scrutinized it closely, we, as individuals, would opt for other choices, if our corrupt elected officials actually worked for the people, and not the industries that finance their election campaigns.

Why do you suppose that is? Our country certainly could afford a healthcare system that could rival Europe’s, but, because so much of the action (or inaction) by our elected officials, is not motivated by the needs of our people, but by the campaign funds our politicians require to stay in office.

You vant to make America great again? Choose my hosband!

Image courtesy of the Financial Times

And one more point, although, no less important: Most countries limit campaign spending. That’s far from true in the U.S..

Beijing Wants to Taiwan On

Courtesy of the Financial Times

The People’s Republic of China (or PRC) is quickly becoming the most powerful nation on Planet Earth—not that they need to prove it. Their exports in 2021 exceeded 300 billion in U.S. dollars (a 272% increase over the previous year). That number amounts to roughly 10% of the world total.

They are, by far, Asia’s strongest military power with an advanced ability to launch nuclear attacks at speeds previously unknown. The PRC is currently estimated to have 350 warheads; a number that is constantly growing.

So, what more would it take to satisfy Xi Jinping’s lust for power?

First, a few pluses for the PRC:

  1. They managed to bring 850 million people out of poverty. That’s roughly 2 ½ times more than the entire U.S. population. By comparison, 13.4% of Americans live below the poverty line, which amounts to 42.5 million.
  2. According to the Global Times, Over the past forty years, life in most countries has been changed by advances in science and technology. However, none could come close to the pace or the extent of the change in Chinese life. What China has achieved in terms of scientific and technological advances is nothing short of a miracle. 
  3. Putting things into perspective: The PRC’s annual research and development (R&D) spending grew 169 times over from around 14.3 billion yuan ($2.21 billion) at the beginning of the 1990s to 2.44 trillion yuan in 2020. Based on exchange rate conversion, China’s total R&D expenditures overtook Japan’s in 2013, becoming the world’s second after the US. But they currently only trail America by less than 1 billion. According to a new report published by the Aspen Institute, a Washington-based think tank, China will soon surpass America’s research and development (R&D) budget by 2025.

And now for some minuses:

  1. Tienanmen Square was not a square deal for Beijing student protestors. China’s Communist rulers were certainly not in favor of political freedoms. That was demonstrated by the action it took against the activists in early June of 1989, resulting in the deaths of many thousands of those protestors. China’s government claimed that only 200 civilians died—a number challenged by the British Ambassador to China, who stated that 10,000 had become the victims of this government assault.
  2.   One Country, Two Systems: Hong Kong is returned to China. Britain’s then Prime minister Margaret Thatcher entered an agreement with Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang to return what had been a British possession since the ending of the Opium War in 1842. During that time, English became the language of that island.

In an agreement, signed by both Great Britain and the PRC in 1984, Hong Kong would be returned to China in 1997. The chief executive of the new Hong Kong government, Tung Chee Hwa, did enact a policy based upon the concept of one country, two systems, thus preserving Hong Kong’s role as a principal capitalist center in Asia. It wasn’t turning out that way. Most of the freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents during Britain’s reign were disappearing, as the city was looking a lot more like China and its rules of enforcement.  

3. The Uyghurs: The US has accused China of committing genocide against this minority Muslim sect. The Xinjiang detention camp is where the PRC has placed these people, and not necessarily for safe keeping. To keep that population down, Beijing has forced abortions and sterilizations on Uyghur women. What would the Texas legislature say about that?

With all that Xi has succeeded in accomplishing, he wants to put the i Ching on the cake. That would consist of the taking over of Taiwan, formerly the island of Formosa. It probably does not help Taiwan’s cause by calling itself The Republic of China (ROC).

Taiwan went though many changes throughout its history. It was a Dutch colony in the 1600s. It was then controlled by the Japanese The China we know today seized control of the island. There was even a brief time when the ROC proclaimed control the of “real” China, until the early 1990s when Taiwan dropped that claim.

There is little doubt that should Xi Jinping decide to reclaim the former Formosa, there is, militarily, speaking, that the US could do to stop him. Certainly Taiwan’s military assets would be equal to a pea-shooter compared to that of mainland China’s .

And, I suspect that Xi will do just that in the very near future. He’s probably already preparing for his victory party.

Build That Wall… Build That Wall

(No, not you America, but Mexico)

Read all about it! Mexico has just legalized abortions.

That’s right, one of the most Roman Catholic countries on the planet has made it legal for a woman to decide if she wants to continue her pregnancy.

This leaves Texas women another option than to bring her pregnancy to fruition, even though the father of the unborn child is a rapist, or the child is a product of incest.  That law, and others state legislatures have passed, or considered passing will make 2021 go down as the most devastating antiabortion year EVER!

According to the Guttmacher Institute, since January, there have been 561 abortion restrictions, including 165 abortion bans, introduced across 47 states (all counts current as of June 7, 2021). A whopping 83 of those restrictions have been enacted across 16 states, including 10 bans.

But does Mexico want to be flooded with women whose abortion choices in the U.S. are becoming narrower each day?

Aren’t Mexicans worried that these women will bring guns, steal Mexican jobs, and rape their amigos?

So, isn’t now the time to contract Trump Border Walls, Inc. to build a wall as good the one that was never erected in the U.S.?

When the Lord Giveth Instructions…

When He said, “Be fruitful and multiply,” I immediately opened a vegetable stand that sold calculators on the side.

I mean, when the Lord gives instructions, aren’t we duty-bound to follow them word for word?

His command to replenish the earth might have been apropos w-a-a-y back around 120 thousand years ago, but does that still apply?

The last time I checked, the earth’s population was roughly 7.8 billion souls—many of whom are heels— but let’s not talk about a certain American political party right now.

Experts predict that this number could rise to about ten billion by 2050. But that will only happen if Climate Change doesn’t wipe out at least half of the planet by then.

Too many of Earth’s residents think that following the (alleged) Supreme Being’s orders to the letter is the only way to go.  A multitude of these same creatures believe that men are superior to women; only true if measured by testicle size.

Then there is that racial superiority group that are convinced that ‘white makes right,’ an idea that was backed by our nation’s founding fathers. President Lincoln tried to correct this prejudicial imbalance, and we know where that got him.

And the principle that ‘Wong makes wrong’ could account for the way Chinese immigrants were treated by our country in the nineteenth century.

Both of those factions saw to it that only white males can be featured on U.S. currency. It’s okay for Andrew Jackson, responsible for the trail of tears experienced by our indigenous populations, to remain on the twenty-dollar bill, but God will surely punish us if someone like Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, or Susan B Anthony were to take Old Hickory’s place.

Now an alarming number of states are enacting laws in defiance of the U.S. Constitution. Voting rights? We don’t need no stinkin’ voting rights.

Democracy literally means ‘rule by the people.’ That was why we hadn’t labeled ourselves a Corpocracy, which is what we’ve actually become.

Otherwise how does a U.S. Senator, who wears a Democratic party label, get placed in charge of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, while owning enough stock in the very industry from which we should be protected, to earn close to a half million annually in dividends?

So, God, if you’re really out there, show yourself, already.

Texas Taliban

Well, congratulations, Texas, and your Governor, Greg Abbot, not middle-aged, but surely living in the Middle Ages. 

Your attempt at copying the policies of the Taliban have been successful, particularly with regard to women’s rights. 

Texans should be proud of the way Abbot, and the Texas legislature approved the most counter-female rights bill in our nation’s history. 

And thanks to that Trump-packed Supreme Court, the law won’t be challenged, despite how it violates Roe v Wade. 

So we owe a special thanks to Turtle Face, AKA Mitch McConnell, who saw to it that Obama’s pick for the High Court would not be considered for a Senate vote, because Barack was an outgoing office holder. The same reasoning didn’t apply to Trump’s last pick, even though his remaining days were considerably less than Obama’s when the Donald submitted Amy Coney Barrett for that role. 

So my Texas friends, make sure you vote on Election Day, November 8, 2022, to show how much you appreciate the Governor’s and legislature’s actions. 

Democrats are notorious for failing to vote in the Mid-Terms. It’s been more than enough time to break that tradition. Stay home, and you’ll guarantee that nothing will change. 

Bringing Some Welcome Rest to the Restless Knight

This was hard to achieve during the Trump presidency. As a matter of fact, I became more restless each time I saw that orange-complected face or heard that screaming, mocking voice.

One of the more disturbing things about the Trump administration (there were many), were the picks he made to help run (or should I say ruin) the government. Never in the history of this nation have we seen so many eminently unqualified to fill the positions for which they were selected.

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Here are some examples:

Rick Perry, Department of Energy:  Suggested Dept Rename: Dept of Low Energy

He couldn’t remember the roles for which his department was responsible. Resigned amid scrutiny over his role in the Ukraine scandal. He was replaced by Dan Brouillette, who completely lacked the credentials to run the DOE (what else is new?)

Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior: Suggested Dept Rename: Dept of the Inferior

He advocated for oil exploration on Federal lands. Replaced by Oil Lobbyist, David Bernhardt.

Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice: Suggested Dept Rename: Dept of Injustice

He sued the EPA in exchange for a low price on a property owned by an oil lobbyist. (See also see Sonny Perdue, below.)

Sessions was replaced by William Barr, who defended Trump on provable accusations of election fraud. This was obviously a low bar being set.

Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):   Suggested Dept Rename: Environmental Destruction Agency

Was under fourteen investigations by the Government Accountability Office.

Pruitt was replaced by Andrew Wheeler,  a former coal industry lobbyist

Betsy Devos, Department of Education: Suggested Dept Rename: Dept of Low Education Promoted a privately owned (as opposed to publicly owned) school system.

Sonny Perdue, Department of Agriculture (DOA): Suggested Dept Rename: Dept of MAGA Culture

Like Jeff Sessions, he also sued the EPA. He was also implicated in a bond scandal.

Rex Tillerson, Department of State: Suggested Dept Rename: Dept of Ingrates

Former Exxon Mobil CEO. He was fired after a little over a year by Trump for doing a terrible job. Read this.

Furthermore, this collection of loyal members of Trump’s governmental staff was not exactly racially diverse. There were no Hispanics (because they’re all here illegally), and one African American, Ben Carson. He was a retired neurosurgeon when Trump named him Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Who else but a neurosurgeon could be more qualified for that job? Afterall, isn’t brain damage the main problem for HUD.

There was one Asian, Elaine Chao, who was named Secretary of Transportation. Could the fact that she’s the wife of Mitch McConnel have had anything to do with that pick? The Transportation Department’s inspector general found numerous instances where Chao used her office to promote her family’s shipping business. In other words, she followed closely in Trump’s footsteps.

Trump was no champion of combating the Climate Crisis (that’s right – I said “crisis”). Koch Industries raised almost $1 billion to support Trump’s 2016 campaign, proving, finally, that not all things go getter with Koch.

Wanna know why Trump was so vocal about gun rights (or should that be “gun wrongs”)? The NRA contributed $30 million to the Trump 2016 campaign, more than double what they spent in 2012. To paraphrase Wayne LaPierre: The only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a law that prevents the Gun Lobby from making campaign contributions. And if you’re following the news of the past two weeks, you can see how important it would be if Congress grew a pair and restored some sanity to this country.  

Biden’s picks show quite a contrast from that of his predecessor.  This may seem minor, at least to Trump’s ever-loyal base, but all of our President’s choices are actually qualified and experienced for their appointed tasks.

Don’t get me wrong. Mr. Biden is far from perfect. After all, he is a politician. But compared to the emoluments clause violator that voters kicked out in the November election, Joe’s wings may be sprouting.  

I’d better enjoy this rest while I can. I’m already seeing bumper stickers with the words “Trump in 2024.”

The Restless Knight Re-Awakens – Really

It’s been far too long since the Restless Knight has been heard from. The late-night comedians and speakers at the White House Correspondents Dinner have been commenting aplenty.

Those messages have not diminished support for the tweeter-in-chief by his staunch followers. To the contrary, his fan club continues to grow, and this includes his religious base.

And knowing what I do about those righteous souls, and how important it is to teach “Christian values” to their children, no amount of wanton sexual behavior on the part of this human-resembling monster seems to be able to halt that support.

Are they delivering a message to their children that it is perfectly okay to have sex outside of marriage, even when their mothers are delivering one of their siblings? Or it’s fine to grab a woman by her privates, as long as one is rich or famous enough?

Now we can accuse Trump of many things (and many of us already have), but stupid is not one of them. Selfish, vain, self-aggrandizing, narcissistic, tax-avoider, promoter of toxic fossil fuels, remover of water safety (I could go on) – yes, but stupid, hardly.

Hitler could also be accused of having a “few” faults, but like the modern-day version, he saw the plight of citizens who suffered from poverty, and looked for a convenient scapegoat to blame for that condition. Of course there were very different reasons for German poverty after the “war to end all wars” – but the Jews were not one of those (just like the Mexicans are not responsible for our woes). It was the impossible sanctions imposed by the Versailles Treaty, that couldn’t fail to give the likes of the Fuhrer a reason for being.  But in modern-day America (and other nations, too), automation has been the primary cause.  And Hillary was as effective in spreading her message to the disenchanted as Von Hindenburg was in his 1930s attempts to prevent Hitler’s ascension to the chancellorship.

Populism is happening in many countries throughout the world. It is engendered by a fear of “the other.” Leaders who recognize this have capitalized on it. Examples include the last German election, where Merkel lost an important majority in the Bundestag, Brexit, the Philippines and the monster Rodrigo Duterte’ who controls it, Turkey’s Erdogan and others.

Forced migration is the major cause of populism as people are forced to flee their native countries for places that might increase the chances of their survival and that of their children.  People in countries on the receiving end of this migration fear the loss of their customs, religion and traditions. This is happening in many of the world’s places, including a large part of Latin America, where gang violence does not create an atmosphere where the living is easy.

I don’t have too many answers. So why am I writing this? Maybe it’s because I don’t want to suffer alone.

One thing we can do is to stop putting Trump down. It hasn’t worked despite his evil ways, and won’t moving forward. But we can and we must address the very things that drive these disenchanted people into the Trump camp. This, by the way, does not include calling them a “basket of deplorables (ya think?).”

They need to see ways for them to thrive in this new automated world which could include, among other things, a guaranteed income. A Marshall Plan to bring these people out of poverty would help immensely.  I don’t know how many of you know the difference between the John Maynard Keynes approach vs. that of Friedrich August Von Hayek. Both of these economists were born in the later part of the 19th century, but the disagreements they had fit today’s issues to a T. The former believed that you sweeten the economy by spending money to create infrastructure and the jobs that follow. Hayek, took the opposite approach.

You can see examples of this following the Depression of the 1930’s. After the Wall Street collapse, FDR in his new role as leader of the American people, spent money America didn’t have. By late 1935, we had mostly recovered from the Depression, so Roosevelt pulled back and basically adopted the Hayek approach. Guess what? The days of the Depression were beginning to return. It was only the build up to WWII that brought us out.

Is this what we want? A war to help us re-establish our economy and address the legitimate fears of the disenchanted (many of whom are armed, by the way)?

As the wealth gap continues to grow in the U.S., so, too will the disenchantment.  The rich need to pay their fair share in taxes for what they derive from our economy. Allowing unfettered access to politicians to promote their special-interest agenda only adds to the problem.

Rag Mop Does It Again

Rag Mop is a name for the Donald that has not yet caught on. If Trump can use an Elton John song to label the leader of the un-free world, can’t I use one for Donald by the Ames Brothers? Am I dating myself here?

Since Trump got the Electoral College majority last November (assuming the Russians didn’t hack that one, too), I’ve had to place shoe-proofing around my T.V. set. Otherwise I would have been forced to replace the screen, several times a day.

We now live in a world whose most powerful nation is controlled by a narcissistic maniac. If you think those are harsh words, over a half million people responded to a request to submit a single word to describe this unprecedented President. Over 26,000 words came back, many of which you wouldn’t want your child to hear. Overwhelmingly, the words were not favorable.

None of the experts in the field saw the election results coming, including the great Nate Silver, CEO of Five-Thirty-Eight – the polling group that never, ever gets these predictions wrong.

What was not obvious to Silver, nor to Trump’s Democratic challenger, was that Rag Mop knew how to get his people to show up on Election Day. He figured out that his supporters do not use critical thinking for many of life’s most important decisions. Does who will be the leader of the free world qualify for that distinction?

His rival in 2016 has since learned to strike the word “deplorables” from her lexicon. What should have been obvious, Hill, is that you don’t get voters by insulting them. Unfortunately, her bevy of advisers failed to warn her about that. I haven’t read her New York Times Best Seller, What Happened? I assume she addresses that in the book.

And no matter what Rag Mop says, and about whom he says it, seems to have no ragMopnegative consequences on the folks whose support he won (well, at least according to that great bastion of democracy, the Electoral College).

A few members of Trump’s staff tried to warn him not to launch a verbal attack on North Korea. But I guess no one got around to telling him that the United Nations was established to preserve peace in the world? Otherwise why else would he use that platform to deride four member nations? Or, as Rag Mop might say it, “Who knew that you had to be diplomatic when addressing that fake world body?”

The President needs to watch the amazing Ken Burns documentary series about Vietnam, if only he could pull himself away from Fox and Friends. He would see the futility of wars, especially those America fought after WWII (Cuba, Korea, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq). The series (roughly eighteen hours long – giving me several restless nights) begins with the Korean blunder of 1950. It lasted just three years, but managed to kill over 36,000 Americans, not counting the 7,747 the Pentagon forgot to report (since corrected). N. Korea suffered over a million casualties, and S. Korea about the same number. China reportedly lost about 600,000 of its military, but estimates vary widely

The U.S. cannot claim a single victory in any of those conflicts, but Ronald Reagan sure did kick the shit out of those Grenadians.

But these tragic events, some of which still continue today, seem to have no end, and profit no one, with exception of the Military Industrial Complex, Ike warned us about. Yet Rag Mop waves his nuclear finger at Rocket Man without any regard to the possible consequences. If I were living in any adjacent region to N. Korea, all of my nights would be restless.

Trump ran on the slogan “Make America Great, Again.” Are we sure he didn’t mean, “Hate, Again?”

And speaking of making our county great, again: Exactly what was the time period in which this greatness occurred? Was it the ‘great’ way African Americans were treated from our nation’s inception (and in many cases, still – ask Colin Kaepernick)? Or perhaps it was our treatment of the indigenous people (remind me not to open an ice cream store called “Custard’s Last Stand”). We honor President Jackson by putting his face on the Twenty, without regard for the Trail of Tears that occurred during his administration. This was a series of forced removals of Native American nations from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern United States to an area west of the Mississippi, which had been designated as Indian Territory.

Why not remove ‘Old Hickory’ from that bill, and replace him with a female American SBA_onTheTwentyreal hero like Susan B Anthony, or Clara Barton? That would be one way of establishing American greatness (even Syria has a female face on it’s currency –a depiction of Queen Zenobia). That might make up for the fact that it took 140 years from our Declaration of Independence to grant women the right to vote? To be fair, we were not much different from other nations on the subject of women’s suffrage. The delay in granting it was blamed on guess what: World War I, one of the most costly and dumbest conflicts in world history.

I won’t fail to mention that the Nazis were not the only ones to use concentration camps.

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Takei Fencing After being let out of the fence

We interred the entire Japanese American population, including Star Trek star, George Takei. We didn’t grant German Americans the same experience. It couldn’t have had anything to do race, now, could it?

 

 

 

Another brilliant move by the Offender-in-Chief is his ever-changing travel ban. As of this writing, the citizens of the following countries are not permitted to migrate here: Chad, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Venezuela. I was trying to recall the last time I was attacked by a Chadian. But countries that actually had participants attacking the U.S., namely Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, were excluded from the ban.

Apple stockholders and iPhone addicts (like me) should be grateful that the ban didn’t exist in 1952. This was the year Steve Jobs Syrian-born father (Abdul Fattah Jandali) fled the Middle East.. Without Jandali’s arrival in the U.S. there would be fewer Jobs (including Steve). Take a bite (or byte) out of that, Donald.

Our stunning victory over the Axis powers in 1945 was where America defined its greatness.  Our entry into that war, however, was prompted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – and not by Axis attempts to take over the entire world. So, great again? I guess it depends upon how you define the word “Great.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Knights Are Already Restless, – and Trump’s only been on the job 12 days!

If you get depressed easily, maybe you should’t read this. If you’re not, perhaps a trip to your psychotherapist might be in order.

It’s been only thirteen days since the President Elect became the President Erect. I use that term because it describes the biggest schmeckel  to ever be ushered to power by the very un-democratic Electoral College. Obviously, the Humanities is not a subject taught there.

Sorry, GW Bush, but you’ve been out-putzed, and it didn’t take that long. Just when I, and most of my associates, thought that the Bush-Cheney team couldn’t be out-schmucked, along comes a new leader whose public appearances will be greeted by Heil to the Chief (yes, I spelled that correctly).

Only Trump’s most loyal supporters — and those who have not learned that it is highly unlikely that robotics-caused job losses will return to the U.S. (or anywhere else, for that matter) — will become disenchanted. Notice I didn’t say ‘impossible.’ I already made that mistake when I and most every other political ‘expert’ assured us of a Trump loss, or even a shellacking.

Eisenhower alerted us to the Military Industrial Complex. but Obama should have warned us about the Superiority Complex, something his sucessor demonstrates daily (make that hourly).

A few of my less-evolved buddies say, “Give him a chance. Isn’t it too early to judge?” But I think his nominees for the Cabinet and other vital security positions are giving us a few clues. It’s like saying, “Don’t judge that nuclear blast until you see the results. It could be just another one of those harmless mushroom clouds.”

He’s nominated Neil M. Gorsuch to be the next member of the Supreme Court. Trump tried everything he could do raise Scalia from the dead, but when Antonin learned who the new President actually was, he said, “No thanks, I’d rather stay where I am.” The late justice didn’t indicate just where that was, and the sound of raging fires did obscure much of what he said.

The Democrats in the Senate could fail to join 52 Republicans when the vote for approval takes place. But why should they? After all, did the GOP even consider Obama’s nomination of moderate, Merrick Garland, almost a year ago? You bet they didn’t! This is a little fact that John Dickerson, host of Disgrace the Nation, failed to point out to conservative guest, Hugh Hewitt, author of The Fourth Way: A Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority,” when Hewitt appeared on his show on January 29th.

Hewitt (whose mother loved him so much, she nearly named him twice) stated that the Democrats have no reason to attempt to block a SCOTUS nominee. The turtle look-alike, who leads the Republicans in the Senate, also seemed to suffer from amnesia when he insisted that Senate Democrats treat Trump’s nominee with the same respect his troops showed to the former President’s.

Trump’s record low approval ratings for any President’s first thirteen days in office was not statlibcantlooklimited to the millions of illegally-voting Hillary supporters, or any non-members of the American Nazi party. In a rare glimpse of the statue that represents American liberty, the Lady was echoing the sentiments of most people on the Trump-threatened planet.

The President is following the lead of many elected officials from the GOP, in insisting that Climate Change is a hoax. And he’s made the appointments to support that position, untenable as it is.

Now I’m not suggesting that Republican members of congress have been influenced by campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, but OpenSecrets is. If you think Lady Liberty is shielding her eyes now, wait till she learns that Exxon Mobil Mogul, Rex Tillerson is the new Secretary of State. Let’s hope that this Rex is not a dinosaur when it comes to protecting the environment, as hopeless as that hope seems at the moment.

But to make up for that poor choice, Trump is leveling the playing field by appointing Texas former Governor and oopser, Rick Perry, to run the very department whose name he couldn’t remember during the 2012 presidential campaign. The Energy department is responsible for our nuclear arsenal. Comforting to know that a pro is in charge. But just to be clear, when reminded by fellow challengers for the presidency which agency that was, the EPA was mentioned, not the DOE.

But don’t you worry. Trump’s got that department covered as well. His pick to lead he Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruiit, is a staunch defender of the industry that is speeding the destruction of that very same environment. A rumor is going around that the agency will be renamed the EDA (the word ‘Destruction’ replaces ‘Protection,’) but who really cares? Certainly not the parents and grandparents of the children that will inherit this planet.

Trump promised to drain the swamp, clearly having no understanding of the word ‘drain.’ Most of that swamp, by the way, was polluted by his fellow Republicans, who have ruled both houses since 2010, making appointments extremely challenging for Barack Obama.

Now Roe vs Wade is under attack. Planned Parenthood will be defunded. This will ultimately lead to a return of back-alley abortions, or women having no alternative but to bare a child she cannot afford to clothe, feed, or educate. Seems fair. How else will we recruit troops to fight the next oil war?

Trump has surrounded himself with very talented truth avoiders. Reince Preibus (who I often mispronounce as ‘Raunch Pubis’) is the new Chief of Staff. His Press Secretary, Sean Spicer calls his boss’s support among the people as “tremendous,” quickly taking on the vocabulary of the firer-in-chief (as his dismissal of the former acting Attorney General, Sally Yates would attest). All she said was she could not enforce a ruling that was unconstitutional. The nerve! And the most ingenious truth avoider, Kellyanne Conway, will be sure to set us all straight.

In a nation that is 38th in pre-college education, having Betsy Devos assume the position (a favorite Trump line) as Education Secretary, is sure to put us even lower in that ranking. But it doesn’t matter, because we are making America great again, and that’s what really counts.

He has also ostracized the press, almost in its entirely, as the most dishonest people in the world. Breitbart and Fox News were excluded from that ranking.

But I want to wish the new Commander and Chief well, almost hoping that he won’t follow in the footsteps of William Henry Harrison. The ninth President, differed in his speech making from #45, having stood on an icy inaugural platform for several hours, only to be rewarded with incurable pneumonia that killed him several months later. Trump took no such chances, by delivering one of the shortest inaugural speeches in American history. He had thought about Tweeting it, but then he would have been around fifty characters too short.

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