Hail To The King

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So let it be written. So let it be done. Thanks to the Republican Party, our Constitution is now under the control of a king. While his title is still the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump assumed the throne last week, his scepter carried by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham.

The total capitulation, which we knew was in the works based on McConnell’s pledged allegiance to the White House before the impeachment trial began, climaxed when the vote to hear from additional witnesses failed by a mostly partisan 51-49 margin. We could have heard from John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, or others who had first-hand knowledge of the President’s scheme.

Instead, we got words of wisdom from disgraced Baylor University Chancellor Ken Starr. Remember him? He’s the guy who couldn’t wait to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying about a sex act but lectured the country on how bad it was to impeach this President–for something far worse.

We also heard from the golden tongue of one Adam Dershowitz, a good friend of sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, and one-time defender of O.J Simpson. Mr. Dershowitz wanted to let us know that abuse of power, especially one where the President was only acting in what he thought was in the country’s best interest, was not impeachable. In other words, if the President does it, it’s not illegal. Richard Nixon must have been doing a thumbs up from his grave.

Yes, those were just a couple of the President’s defenders. The others did their share of lying and deflecting. But the reality of the whole thing is that it was all just one big waste of time. We all knew it going in. Some of us, myself included, hoped we might at least have a snowball’s chance in hell that Bolton would testify. No such luck.

The fix was in from the beginning, and now we’re left with an emboldened President (King), accountable to nobody, with an Attorney General ready to unleash God knows what on his enemies. That’s right. Reports say that the king already has an enemies list, a la Nixon. And would it surprise anyone if bogus investigations are soon in the works for those who dared to defy the all-mighty one? If I were Adam Schiff, I’d watch my back.

Far be it for me to declare Trump a king, though. None other than presidential historian and author John Meacham said the following the other day during coverage of the impeachment trial: “Trump is functionally a monarch at this point,” he said. “He may well have now become the most powerful President in American history. He has such standing with his political base that senior United States senators have decided that though he is guilty, they are not going to risk the wrath of the people to follow through on what is clearly spelled out in the Constitution.”

I’m an admirer of Mr. Meacham. He’s an excellent author and straight shooter. When he speaks, we should all take notice. The Founders worried about this very same situation. They feared a man like Trump could very well be President someday. And well, here we are.

So, my friends, what are we to do? It’s tempting to throw up our hands in despair. The anger I’m feeling right now is real and palpable. But I’m not going to bury my head in the sand. Instead of being deterred at this moment in time, let’s be determined—determined to remove the President of the United States from office on November 3, 2020.

But that’s not all. There’s more we need to do. If we want the change we seek, removing Trump is only part of the equation. In my view, there are four main objectives this year:

That’s right, not just an electoral victory, but an overwhelming popular vote victory is the only way to send the message that the man in the White House right now is unacceptable. HE is not America. We are so much better than this.

And let’s face it, folks, a real close second as far as importance goes, must be the defeat of Mitch McConnell. Next to Trump, defeating this man has to be a top priority. He’s the one guy standing in the way of so much that needs to be done. Whether it’s election security, gun safety, health care, or climate change, McConnell is blocking everything, except the confirmation of out of the mainstream right-wing judges. His time is up, and it’s time to send him packing.

Keeping the House in Democratic control and flipping control of the Senate is paramount as well. We can do all four. The question is, are we willing to do some work? We know Trump’s base will be motivated and ready to rumble. I think we can not only match their resolve but surpass it many times over.

I know many of you do not use Twitter. I do participate on that platform, and here is a tweet from the other day that I think may be useful for all of us going forward.

These are the people running against some of the more vulnerable Senators from winnable states. I know it’s a stretch that McConnell’s Kentucky is winnable. But, he’s not very popular there. And, an excellent candidate is running against him: Amy McGrath, a retired Marine, and F/A-18 pilot. I’m planning on doing what I can to help her. I realize all of our situations are different, and if you can’t contribute monetarily, it’s understandable. But, if you can throw her a few bucks, please do so. I plan on doing so later today.

The people of the United States and Kentucky deserve better than Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. McConnell has calculated that living with King Trump is better than removing him from the throne. He’s making the bet that the base of his party would never forgive him. As long as they get their judges, tax cuts, and deregulation, the rest of the country be damned.

The final coronation ends tomorrow afternoon. The King’s servants will gladly acquit him of his crimes against the office of the presidency. It’s no fault of Adam Schiff and the House Managers, by the way. They did their job and proved his guilt. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, it takes two to tango.

In this case, one political party decided to dance with the devil, while the other is dancing with the Constitution. The road to rid ourselves of that devil begins right now. Are we ready?

39 comments

  1. Jeff, I agree with all you wrote, but I’d add to it: Reasonable people (non-Trumpers) need to expect unreasonable reactions from the loyal Trumpists when he loses. I know them pretty well; some of my friends and family members are among their ranks. The Trump loyalists absolutely believe they are in the majority and that the notion that they are a minority is fiction promoted by the “lamestream” media. When Trump loses–and he must–he will not accept his defeat and neither will his disciples, many of whom have already declared their intention to react violently if their messiah loses.
    So if he wins we face a monarchy. If he loses we face reactionary insurrections that could escalate to a civil war.

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    1. From the other side of the ocean this is what has been worrying me. Febrile atmosphere and the divisions are far too close to those of 1840s & 1850s. Maybe not exactly as was the 1860s but I have to ask Where and when will be the next Bloody Kansas?

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    2. Thanks Jerry! Not a good outcome no matter how you look at it. He’s dangerous regardless of the outcome in November. What was very disturbing was a clip I saw from his SOTU last night(which I did not watch!) showing the Republicans shouting “4 more years” over and over. I never thought fascism would ever grab hold of our democracy. Now? It seems as if it’s here already.

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      1. Beyond the “four more years,” many Trumpists giddily envision 36 more years of a Trump dynasty that will pass down from Daddy through Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Barron. Trumpsim must be stopped ASAP!

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      2. Yeah, I saw a tweet from him yesterday Jerry pretty much insinuating the same thing. Uhhh, sorry Donnie boy. Ain’t going to happen!

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    3. It seems that the sociopolitical arena in the USA is spiralling into a catch-22 situation that is potentially very dire and intractable.

      I really wonder how much worse things may become in 2020 and the coming years. The resulting post-truth world and win-at-all-costs mentality have been so highly problematic, egregious and insidious that I have identified some of the most salient underlying causes, including their quotational, informational, interpersonal, social, cultural, political, behavioural and cognitive aspects in my post at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/

      We really need to take the time and inspiration to shed some light on, and provide certain solutions to, the many vexing phenomena and chronic situations created or exacerbated in the era of post-truth politics, fake news, disinformation, sensationalism, alternative facts, false reality and historical negationism, as well as demagoguery, ochlocracy and narcissistic leadership.

      If you know of some pertinent information or sources, please kindly let me know so that I may incorporate them into the said post. Thank you.

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  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Our friend Jeff from On the Fence Voters has echoed my own sentiments, and most likely those of every sensible person in this nation tonight. I would suggest that, rather than watch a lying, cheating criminal stand before the House tonight and tell more lies to the people, you read Jeff’s very heartfelt post. He speaks the truth and with genuine passion. Thank you, Jeff!

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    1. Thank you Jill! I stayed true to my word and did NOT watch the debacle. But, I did hear the post speech analysis from various people. And, I also saw the already viral clip of Nancy Pelosi ripping up his speech. Priceless!!!

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      1. I was working along last night on my ‘good people’ post when a ‘breaking news’ brief flashed across my screen saying that Nancy Pelosi had ripped up Trump’s speech. Of course, I had to drop everything to go see, and by that time, the first 20 posts on Twitter were a clip of her ripping it! I loved it! I heard that somebody said it was a childish act, and I had to laugh, for who was the most childish person in that chamber last night? The head honcho himself, of course. I hear it was more campaign rally than State of the Union, so I’m glad I did not watch, else I’d probably be either dead or in jail today!

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  3. Actually, there is still one hope left fot the impeachment trial, though a very slim one. My hope is that there is a cabal of Republican Senators who intend to vote guilty to all charges. Will there be enough? I don’t know. But it will not surprise me if there is. Not all Republicans are insane, or blind. The only way to get rid of him is to blindside him. I hope tommorow you can say, “He never saw it coming!”

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    1. Hey Rawgod…you are echoing my wife! She’s so much more optimistic than me and said the exact same thing. I told her there was a snowball’s chance in hell of that happening. But, ok…maybe a 1/2 of 1% chance. Better than 0!!

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  4. Jeff, well done. Let’s hope some admonishment is forthcoming. Below is a shorter version of a post I sent to a dozen or so senators who are willing to listen in the GOP. Please feel free to adapt and use. It was sent under the title “Pandora’s Box.”

    “Republican Senators may now be fully opening Pandora’s Box, if they acquit the US president with no admonishment. They may not ever get a chance to put the president back in the box and my guess is they won’t be able to. Mind you, I believe the evidence is pretty compelling that the president is every bit as guilty and more. Sadly, he has dragged others into his mess, as is his usual modus operandi.

    What they are missing because of fear and blind allegiance is this is the point of reckoning where they could have saved their party and democracy. This point may be looked back on in history as the watershed moment when the GOP leaders failed to act upon. The argument that the president’s position is above the law is absolute BS. We are not a kingdom and, if our president is corrupt and untruthful as this one is, he needs to be removed from office.

    As an independent and former GOP and Democrat voter, I do not care what party is represented in the White House. But, when the incumbent dishonors the position to the point where 63% of Europeans do not trust him, trusting Putin and Xi more, what does that tell you?

    Taking the US president at his word is fool’s errand. But, this is not new. His attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen said under oath, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” Under oath, Cohen said he sent out over 500 strong arm letters to people and entities to not reveal any negative news about Trump. The most succinct quote about Trump comes from Thomas Wells, another attorney who worked with Trump, when he wrote before the election, “Donald Trump lies everyday, even about things of no consequence.”

    The evidence is overwhelming in my view, based on the testimony of duty bound public servants under oath who testified at great risk. But, the key reason I know Trump is guilty beyond his modus operandi, is because he said he is not. When one lies like the president, the story is fluid, like retreating lines drawn in the sand.”

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    1. Thanks for that Keith, and thanks for the letter. I admire you for taking the time and trying to reason with Republicans. I just do not have the stomach for it. I do realize we must try to find a way to sway them, or at least be so they might be amendable to taking action. But boy, it just seems they’ve pinned their future on this man. I’ll never understand it. And, if the recent Gallup poll is correct, it seems as though he’s not only weathering this gathering storm, but benefitting from it. Keith, what am I not seeing? I’m baffled…..

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      1. Jeff, it is the economy continuing at a pretty good clip, even though it has softened some. The stock market is what Trump pays most attention to. While presidents should get little credit or blame for the economy, they do and this one is keen on downplaying (or ignoring) that he was handed the reins on an economy which had 91 consecutive months of growth, which is now 127. Keith

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      2. Yep, if the economy holds Keith…he’ll be difficult to beat. But certainly not impossible. That’s why we really need the right candidate. I’m just not sure yet who that is.

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    1. Dangerous times Roger. I’m very scared at what might happen in November. Either way…if he wins, that’s catastrophic….if he loses….he’ll claim rigging and probably won’t leave voluntarily. It’s a perilous black hole my friend.

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  5. Excellent read! Have forwarded it on to friends. I cannot believe I have friends who are not even registered to vote yet are vocal about the stupidity of Trump. Can’t wait to volunteer here in Milwaukee at the DNC.

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  6. Not surprisingly, Jeff, I agree emphatically, and I’m glad to see the list of senators. I’ve been planning a similar informational list of the Class of 2018 Dem House members in questionable districts who are being targeted by the Republicans. If that’s on your agenda, I’m happy to leave it you. Just let me know.

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    1. Thanks Annie. I’m well aware of those folks and we cannot lose sight of that fact. It’s got to be an all hands on deck election. Senate..Congress…President. We need all three! It’s doable. I really think that. Question of course is, how motivated will America be? And I don’t mean the Trump cult…because we know they will be. It’s up to the rest of us to change this country and move it forward. Ain’t gonna be easy Annie. No time like the present!

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      1. Democrats and unity is an oxymoron! LOL…All kidding aside, yes, we must do that. The next month or so will give us a little more clarity as to how this thing will play out. The media loves to tell us who’s on top, who’s finished..etc…But let’s wait till the votes are counted and go from there.

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    1. Very interesting Nan. I see Bloomberg is making a splash now. Not surprising. He’s blanketing the airwaves. But, yes, it lifts my spirits…a little. Still lots of undecideds out there. That’s what worries me!!

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