Thursday’s little bit of this and that

Having been away at the funeral for my friend’s mother, I have been a little out of sorts as well as out-of-pocket. The elections and next two days of affairs have my mind spinning, so please forgive me as I comment on a little bit of this and that.

The election results are encouraging from a number of fronts, but most of all from the number of diverse candidates that led to the Democrats retaking the House of Representatives. I am proud to see more newcomers and many women getting elected. These folks felt the need to get involved to focus on issues and decorum, which has been kicked to the curb. I wish for them to have the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job and the collaborative bipartisan bent of former Speaker Tip O’Neill and President Ronald Reagan.

I was also pleased to see a number of ballot initiatives pass in various states. Several so-called red states voted on the expansion of Medicaid, which is telling. Florida passed an initiative that would overturn the highly restrictive limitations on former felons regaining the right to vote after they get out. And, in North Carolina, every former governor advocated for the successful defeat of a power grabbing measures by the GOP led legislature to limit the powers of appointment of the governor.

While the Senate result was a little displeasing given the election of a couple of folks who should not hold public office (Former Florida Governor Rick Scott and Texas Senator Ted Cruz), the GOP maintaining the majority was not news. My greatest disappointment is two races benefitted racist efforts to likely win, although one is still not certain. The fact Brian Kemp may win the Georgia governor’s race after his blatant unethical and untruthful efforts to channel Jim Crow-like voter restriction is disheartening. Should he win, the state of Georgia deserves much better than him, as if he cheated to win, he will cheat while serving. The other is in Florida, where the new governor Ron DeSantis has a racist past and benefitted from racists robo calls and dog whistle statements, one he made. Florida deserves better, especially following Scott.

What has not changed is the US President continuing to channel his inner child heightening his lack of truthfulness, bullying and denigration of the media. At his tempestuous news conference yesterday, I kept thinking that a leader needed to step up and put him in time-out. I am still amazed at how he can sell his followers that he is the one telling the truth and that everyone who is against him is lying. But, per his five biographers, that has been his schtick over time. His firing of AG Jeff Sessions was expected, but at the heart of this, is the US President thinks the AG represents him, not the country. It is not a puzzle that Trump cannot fathom that the recusal was the ethical thing to do. He asked, “what kind of man would do that?” An ethical one.

Finally, we have one more mass shooting in America. How can we stop them? It is simply quite difficult to stop a motivated lone gunman (and it is almost always a man). Our police and FBI are terrific, but with our freedoms of less-inhibited gun ownership and the focus more on the lesser problem of foreign terrorists taking money from preventing the far worse domestic terrorists and hate groups, we are making it easier not harder to kill many at one time. Our leaders have lacked the courage to do more and too many are paid to avoid doing so. So, I just pray that my family, friends and others are just not in the wrong place at the wrong time. And, I pray that those leaders find that conscience they misplaced.

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Thursday’s little bit of this and that

  1. Note to Readers: I wanted to add a postscript to the above post. The three red states that expanded Medicaid are Idaho, Nebraska and Utah. It should be noted that three governors won in Maine, Kansas and Wisconsin who are desirous of expanding Medicaid. Maine passed a ballot initiative on such two years ago, but the very combative governor who is leaving refused to seek funding that goes above the 90% funded by the federal government.

  2. Excellent take, as always. Overall I’d have to say it was a positive mid-term election. Taking the House is huge. Yes, we lost a few Senate seats. So be it. At least there’s a check on the man-child POTUS now. And watching his unhinged news conference yesterday, you could tell the man is scared. We’re in for a bumpy ride. I think democracy will prevail in the long run. That’s my hope at least!

    • Thanks. I agree that the US President is scared. He has become and will become further unhinged. Like Nixon, he believes people are out to get him. And, like Nixon, Trump is his own worst enemy. The arc toward truth is long, so it will take more time. The mid-terms are a good first step. Keith

      • Our Constitution/democracy is being tested. I’m going to bet on our Constitution. We’ve survived much over the years….We’ll survive Trump as well…..

      • I agree, we will survive, but the question is how much damage with this tumultuous and impetuous man will wreak. The word tumult struck me today. Why must every day with this President be one of tumult? The answer is obvious to me, but his followers think it cannot be him. But he is the lone constant in a sea of tumult.

  3. Note to Readers: Below is a note I forwarded to my two Senators and Senator Mitch McConnell on the need to protect Robert Mueller. Please feel free to adapt and use to suit your style and emphasis.
    *******************
    Senator, with the firing of AG Jeff Sessions, two things are apparent. The President never fully understood the AG works for the people, not the President. Also, the President has difficulty understanding that Sessions’ recusal is the ethical thing to do, a concept foreign to him.

    The time has come for the Senate to act on behalf of the country to preserve the role of Robert Mueller. He needs to finish his work. To be frank, as GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy said, it would help if the President acted more innocent.

    We need to get to the bottom of this. While the President can fool his base of voters, this former Republican understands he lies more than he does not. And, it has gotten worse. As his former Economics Advisor, Gary Cohn said the President is a “professional liar.”

    Thanks for considering my request.

  4. Dear Keith,

    The good news is that the republican from KY. Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell is up for re-election in 2020. He has done even more than President Trump to divide this country.

    He is not only blocking the bill to protect Mr. Mueller’s FBI’s Trump-Russia probe from being voted on in the US Senate but he is blocking any bipartisan legislation to reform the criminal justice system from reaching the floor where the senators could vote.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, McConnell has done his part to divide. The country almost rid itself of the toxic Ted Cruz and Dana Rohrbacher was ousted, so hopefully Mitch will follow the bouncing ball out of the Senate. Old reference. Keith

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