I am so tired of following politics…

img_1558but then  I remember Thomas Paine’s writings about the war for American independence.  And we are again in a war for America’s independence from a would be king.

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

Therefore, I will continue to follow these impeachment proceedings and blog to remind the citizenry of what it says and what it meant in context of the time of its writing and what it means for the present and possibly the futute.

Make America Great?

Binge watching my favorite TV series of all time “The Newsroom”.  I have to ask, “what are we as a people, our politicians, our government(s) doing to solve the problems outlined in the opening scene of this series?

In my mind the removal Donald J. Trump and the obstructionist Senators, whether by impeachment or election, is the necessary first step to really making America great.

The second step is by being selective in what we “like” in Facebook and what so called News Channels we watch and listen to.

Finally, we must accept that there are “facts” that are verifiable through consensus.  I hope this first scene from the HBO series “The Newsroom” also stimulates some thought, discussion (within your own mind at least) and then action.

From the television series “The Newsroom”:

You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose.

If liberals are so fuckin’ smart, how come they lose so goddamn always? – Hey– – And with a straight face you’re gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom.

Japan has freedom.

The U.K.,

France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia.

Belgium has freedom! like 180 of them have freedom.

– All right– – And, yeah, you, sorority girl.

Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world.

We’re seventh in literacy, 22nd in science, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports.

We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending where we spend more than the next Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period.

So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.

Yosemite? We sure used to be.

We stood up for what was right.

We fought for moral reasons.

We passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons.

We waged wars on poverty, not poor people.

We sacrificed.

We cared about our neighbors.

We put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest.

We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy.

We reached for the stars, acted like men.

We aspired to intelligence.

We didn’t belittle it.

It didn’t make us feel inferior.

We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t– we didn’t scare so easy.

Huh.

Ahem, we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed.

By great men, men who were revered.

The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.

America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=the-newsroom&episode=s01e01

 

Quid Pro Quo issue made simple

Quid pro quo is not the problem.  Diplomats do quid pro quo (one thing given in exchange for another) for the benefit of the country and its citizenry.

What is problematic and impeachable about Trump’s or his minions quid pro quo is that the quid pro quo is for the benefit of the President Donald Trump’s reelection.  The quo is not even his to give.  As a matter of fact, the military aid he was holding hostage to help his political campaign was voted for by the Congress to be given to Ukraine to benefit the furthering of democracy in that country and it’s fight against the Russian invaders.  Therefore, the aid was not his to give or withold.

Any Parent and Teacher Knows…

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the child’s first defense always is “well the others did it too”.  That was the excuse of the administration for muscling Ukrain to investigate a political opponent.

Be aware that their is a difference between using threats to achieve a goal for the good of the country and what this administration did to further the Presidents capaign for reelection.

The first is Constitutional.  The second is illegal, unpatriotic, self-serving and ultimately impeachable.