2018

17 May 2017: Bits, snippets, and ramblings from a world gone mad

Actually Jim, if you were a “decent person,” you would shut your fat trap about partisan politics and go care for your kid, who just nearly died, you elitist creep. – Charles Hurt, Washington Times

To clarify: an elitist is a successful liberal, oftentimes an academician, entertainer, commentator, or columnist, who speaks his/her mind on social-political issues. A conservative who does likewise is an all-American, Horatio Alger hero.

Hurt was referring to talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel who had described in his monologue his family’s ordeal when they learned of their newborn son’s heart defect. Kimmel used their story to highlight problems with the latest Republican scheme to deprive millions of health care access. Hurt, the classy guy he is, didn’t seem to care for that.

After Hurt tried to put the hurt on him, Kimmel talked about how as a child his family depended on powdered milk to survive. In the Fabyanic family after our father died, we younger ones often got by on powdered milk and cornmeal mush. I hate that mushy, gritty corn flavor to this day.

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It’s time to move on. Frankly, it’s time to focus on the things the American people care about. – Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Donald Trump’s sacking of former FBI Director James Comey.

The great news is “the things” the American people ultimately care about are transparency, their republic, and their open, liberal democracy. Yes, we dicker about health care, fracking, and the rest, but Americans don’t take kindly to their country being attacked from without or undermined from within. And cover-ups? Think Richard Nixon.

I wonder at times if I’ve fallen into the it’s-all-about-Trump syndrome. But then I remind myself about my message: It’s not about Trump, but about us, the American people, telling us more about us than him.

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“Every single Republican must make a decision: Insist on full-throated, independent investigation of the firing, or be party to a possible cover-up. Every candidate for office in 2018 must be asked a question: If it is determined that Trump fired Comey to interfere with the Russia probe, would that representative vote for impeachment/senator vote to convict?” – Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post columnist

That includes Clear Creek and Colorado Republicans. Do they stand with their party’s leader or rule of law? In the end, my hope it’s the latter. But it takes Republican types time to move in a new direction. It’s an indelible aspect of their natures. Whatever the innovative issue—wind energy, marijuana, health care access, same-sex marriage—Republicans tend to bring up the rear guard. Brave new worlds are not realms they’re keen on exploring, preferring the safe, tried-and-true one they’re familiar with.

Not only are Republicans reluctant progressives, psychologically they’re duty-bound individuals that subscribe to the authoritarian leadership complex. But why? is not to be asked once a decision is made, the reason they make great soldiers and strong leaders.

An old joke goes like this. A guy asks a woman if she’d sleep with him for a million bucks. She thinks a second and says, “Sure.” Then, he asks if she’d sleep with him for ten. “No! What do you think I am?” she indignantly shouts. “We’ve already agreed on that,” he replied. “We’re only negotiating the price.”

That’s the question for the Republican Party regarding its continuing relationship with Trump.

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Leave it to the French to demonstrate adult behavior when it comes to national plebiscites. No French temper tantrums, hissy fits, breath-holding, or foot-stomping; just a good ol’ two-to-one electoral thrashing of Marine Le Pen, France’s Trump. Emmanuel Macron came out of nowhere to defy the odds and the gods of the French political system bringing sobriety to a restive population. Score one for democracy over authoritarianism.

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I was going to fire Comey, Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation. In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won – Trump

Obstruction of justice. Impeachment. Let the process begin.

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