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Is This It?

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Back in 2002 and for several years thereafter Desert and I inhabited offices that sat next to one another at the end of a small hall. Every morning, whoever arrived at work last asked the other: “Is this it?”

While the ostensibly required answer was “yes” or “no,” the question actually meant: has the Bush administration finally told a lie that is transparently false enough to awaken Americans to the fact that they always lie? About 9/11, about their attempts to find bin Laden, about WMD, about Iraq, about their purge of state attorneys-general, about torture–on and on and on.

It’s time to revive the question, this time about yet another dishonestly elected Republican president:  Is this it?  Is it clear enough yet to the Hairball’s supporters and enablers that the Russians helped him to steal the election? That the Russians may still have some hold over him and his administration? That they may, goddess forbid, be dictating policy to him?

Hillary tried to warn us during the third debate:

“But you are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks. And what’s really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans.

They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet.

This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly from Putin himself, in an effort – as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election.

So I actually think the most important question of this evening, Chris, is finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans, which he actually encouraged in the past?

Those are the questions we need answered. We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.” (ww.politicususa.com/2016/12/10/october-hillary-clinton-told-71-6-million-viewers-russias-interference-election.html).

You may recall that Hillary “won” that debate. Indeed, she won all of the debates even though the Hairball stalked her and called her names during each one. She also won the popular vote by almost three million.

I guess that’s what you get for telling the truth in America today.

Loss. Silence.

And yeah I’m bitter, and yes I’m holding a grudge, etc etc and every other trite claim that can be thrown up. Can you blame me?  My country is being stolen while the damned Thugs sit on their smug asses and tell us “Move along.  Nothing to see here” as they prepare to take away health care and deregulate the banks that brought us the 2008 crash and lower taxes on the rich, and, and ….

AGH!

 

 

 

 

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Students dive to the ground as the Guard fires on faculty and stTwo am. Yes, I’m awake. Can’t sleep for fretting about the future of our country. This last two weeks feel like–smell like–the Nixon era. Having lived through that, I remember when armed troops opened fire on unarmed students. Twice. Several deaths resulted. At a President’s command.

Is that where we are headed once again? People often say that the genius of the Constitution is that there are three branches of government:  executive, judicial, and legislative. What is left out of this sunny equation is the fact that the executive–that is, the president–controls the military.

Given that the military, and even scarier, the cops, are trained to carry out orders without questioning them, I’m scared.

I’m also dismayed, to say the least, by a result from a recent PPP poll which indicates that while most Americans disagree with the President’s immigration ban, a whopping 51% of Trump supporters agree with his barely disguised attempt to deny entry to members of a single religion. Which support belies a shocking ignorance of the American Constitution, as well as a failure to realize that the Constitution is the only thing that protects them, as well, from a President who thinks he is a king.

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I could have sworn the notice said “Office Hours With Jeff Flake.” For those of you who live elsewhere, Flake (yeah I know) is one of my Senators. The so-called “office hours” were to be held today in my home town at the library.

What’s not to like? I figured I would go early, take a book to read until people began to show up, and meet some of my neighbors.

When I arrived about 45 minutes early a small room was already full. So the librarian moved us to a bigger room, telling us we were the largest group who had ever congregated for one of these events (a sign of interesting times? the impending apocalypse?) Soon the larger room was full as well, and seats were being brought for those gathered in the children’s library next door. Most members of the audience were white-haired (no surprise given where I live). It was not too difficult to discern political stances by reading T-shirts: “RESIST!” and “Human Rights” sat a few rows away from “Trump/Pence.”

As we waited for someone to address us, an enterprising woman who works for the blood bank got up to tell us that local banks are dangerously short of blood. She gave us dates when the mobile blood banks would be in our neighborhoods, and urged us to donate. She gave out cards with the dates to remind us.

Maybe we should run her for the Senate?

About fifteen minutes late, three people in suits showed up, and one of them distributed forms on which we were to write our names and contact information, along with questions we wanted to ask Senator Flake. Clearly the woman addressing us was not the Senator. When asked, she told us that she is his Office Manager. His office manager!

Undeterred, audience members raised hands and posed questions. I heard one about immigration and another about water;  neither were friendly, IMO, to Thug positions on these matters. Finally someone asked:  are you going to answer our questions?

“No,” she said, looking surprised by the quite reasonable question. “I’m just here to gather your responses.” At that point, the crowd groaned their disappointment and began to disassemble.

The afternoon wasn’t a total loss.  I met some nice people and was pleasantly surprised by the generally center-liberal bent of the questions that did get asked as well as the occasionally quasi-belligerent tone in which they were asked.

If Flake ever does show up in Arizona to answer questions, he had better be prepared.

 

 

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