That Law and Order Thing

The president has said several times that we must have law and order, but unfortunately uses terms that indict people of color with “dog whistle racist” terms. Allow me to focus on that law and order mantra and its advocate.

Does law and order mean violating a court order to preserve an artistic facade to a building (for movement to another location) he bought by hiring people in the middle of the night to strip off the facade?

Does law and order mean not treating African-Americans fairly in his properties, being ordered by a court settlement to remedy such, then having to be re-sued to get him to comply with the first order?

Does law and order mean taking a full page ad indicting five black teens for a Central Park rape and murder who were later found to be innocent?

Does law and order mean accusing a sitting president without proof for not being born in the US and doing so for several years?

Does law and order mean extorting a country for personal gain running a shadow diplomacy with unvetted people?

Does law and order mean having license to accuse anyone of anything without proof or accountability?

Does law and order mean using funds appropriated by Congress for a specific purposes to be used for other purposes?

Does law and order mean firing or belittling hard-working Inspectors General whose job is police government practices?

All of the above have been done by the president before and after his inauguration. The accusation that bothers me the most is he is being libelous without being held accountable. But, firing Inspectors General is a blatant abuse of power that needs to be reckoned with and GOP Senators are forsaking their duty.

17 thoughts on “That Law and Order Thing

  1. All perfect examples of how Trump defines ‘law and order’ in whatever way suits him on any given day. We should have seen it coming … first he replaces the entire cabinet with unqualified people whose only qualification was that they swore fealty to Trump. Then the republican-led Senate gives him a pass in February on his abuse of power, and votes not to convict on impeachment charges. Then he immediately begins firing people who he perceived as disloyal to “him”, though their oaths were to the people of this country. And then, he began firing the watchdogs, the Inspectors General. And now … he is a madman who has been handed the keys to the kingdom. Will We the People be powerful enough to stop him? I wish I knew. Sigh.

      • Too funny, too true. I mentioned to Jill about James Mattis’ comments yesterday. They are worth every American seeing. Now, when Trump’s sycophants go after him, we need to remind them they were very concerned when he left in December, 2018.

      • I can’t bear the POTUS
        Much more than the VIRUS
        For he has been lying
        Even to the dying
        About his true FOCUS

        Here’s a witty video entitled “Opening a Country With a Closed Mind”. It sums up the viral mess quite well.

        In a nutshell:
        The POTUS’ FOCUS is a hocus-pocus.

      • Thanks for sharing the video. It is well done and dead-on accurate. The last person to get medical advice, or any advice for that matter, is someone who tells you often what a great job they are doing and says everyone else is lying or at fault. A executive leadership consultant I used to introduce to clients would say a great leader is someone who accepts the blame, even when it is undue, and shares the credit with others. That sentence in a nutshell defines why the US president should not be confused as a leader.

      • You are very welcome, Keith.

        Considering the state of the current presidency in the USA, we should also be aware of the following two quotes from Lao Tzu:

        A leader is best
        When people barely know he exists
        Of a good leader, who talks little,
        When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
        They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

        ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

        All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.

        ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

        As we maintain spatial distancing and stay home to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus, please kindly allow SoundEagle🦅 the pleasure to entertain both of you with a poem as well as a couple of original musical compositions recently published in the multimedia post entitled 🎼🎹—THE—🎹—LAST—🎹—RAG—🎹🎵🎶 at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

        Since music can be an essential part of the process of sustainability, wellbeing, healing and even social change and spiritual awakening, may SoundEagle🦅’s music and poem in the said post bring you some creative “distractions” or “diversions” amidst the disruptions and woes engendered by the pandemic. Happy reading and listening!

        Happy June!

      • Thank you, Jill. Speaking of “Funny … and true”, someone recently and unexpectedly considered my cartoon published at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/best-quotation-to-win-an-exclusive-loyal-contract-to-make-pig-boss-company-great-again/ to be so confronting, controversial and provocative as to be unfit or inappropriate for victims of abuse who constitute a large portion of the readership of a particular blog.

        I in turn explained that in a heuristic cartoon, all is not as straightforward as it seems. One should be careful about misunderstanding the intent of certain materials, and also refrain from underestimating the intelligence of the abused to comprehend and be informed by such materials. After all, a decent cartoon or a good piece of writing can help a victim to contextualize and understand pertinent issues from new, fresh or additional perspectives. After all, my inclusion of the cartoon is indeed not so much a political statement or posturing by any means as it is a graphical and succinct way of highlighting bullying behaviours, one of which is demanding loyalty, attention and/or contribution from victims and allies, which my cartoon has captured and depicted very well.

        I have since added three explanatory paragraphs to my heuristic cartoon so that nobody in their right or reasonable (frame of) mind will summarily, flippantly, unceremoniously or mistakenly treat it as just an instance of political statement or posturing.

      • Thanks for the link Soundeagle. There are so many quotes used to get people to buy into things they really should consider more. I was watching Endeavour, a British police show set in the late 1960s. The station chief made a reference to some people burning down homes and businesses of immigrants as “the make Britain great crowd.” My wife and I looked at each other and said that sound familiar.

        There is a long history of so-called leaders getting people to do things for the benefit of the leaders. A good example is the reason why southern leaders referred to the Civil War as a battle over states rights, when almost every secession document used the word slavery. To get poor white southerners to fight for them, they had to be convinced it was a nobler cause than so the landowners could own slaves. Otherwise, they would not have fought.

        When I hear people waving a rebel flag referring to that war as one over states rights, it shows the lie can live a long time. Keith

    • Thanks Jill. And, just yesterday after Sec. of Defense Esper said he disagreed with using the military on our soil, he had a backtrack a little and now may lose his job. Have you seen James Mattis’ remarks, yet?

      • Yes, I saw them, and did a post of his OpEd. I have a great deal of respect for him, and his remarks were spot-on. I also saw just a bit ago that John Kelly supported Mattis’ words and stated that no, Trump did not fire Mattis, but Mattis resigned. Lisa Murkowski also spoke in support of Mattis.

      • Thanks Jill. I have linked your post in two comments and new post regarding Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins comments. I am glad Kelly stepped in as Mattis did resign and this yet one more lie from the untruthful president. This may be, at long last, the tipping point on this divisive and indecent president.

  2. Note to Readers: Yesterday, General James Mattis and former Secretary of Defense under Trump said the following about his former boss:

    “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

    This is the same man Republicans begged not to resign in December, 2018 as he was seen as the last of the Mohicans to prevent Trump from doing more rash and inane things. Now, any Trump sycophant who denigrates Mattis to protect their king, should be reminded of the pleas for him not to go.

    https://jilldennison.com/2020/06/04/a-wiser-man-speaks/#comment-116020

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