“Books are like seeds. They can lie dormant for centuries and then flower in the most unpromising soil.” (Carl Sagan); “Nothing ever dies on the Internet.” (anon.); “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” (Madison Ave. [m]adman). My posts amalgamate these three philosophical elements into one novel experience; they champion critical thinking, human dignity / equality, levelheaded / even-handed / liberty-based governance and solid environmental stewardship. C’mon in!
This Fly’s Eye View of Donald J. Trump’s political dung heap / swamp, is all courtesy of the amazing / amusing musical ensemble, Founder’s Sing. Their YouTube channel blurb sets up their presentation, thusly:
“In a remarkable show of talent, the fly on Pence’s head broke out in song and told it like it is! This fly can smell bullshit from a mile away! Afterwards he composed this Founders Sing original song about his experience.”
Founders Sing YouTube Channel • Oct 8, 2020 • 257,549 views • 12K thumbs up! • 275 thumbs down
My Op-Ed: How can those 275 thumbs downers not love this on the fly, Spot-On commentary?
To properly “unpack” the content from last night’s 90 minute long debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice Prez Mike Pence, it could easily exceed 90 minutes. Were that to happen, it’d also turn off you, the reader, who’s likely ISO thumbnail political analysis, STAT! Ergo, I’ll try to mitigate the word count.
Suffice to say, this debate left much to be desired.
For starters, I found it particularly irritating / infuriating how Harris got repeatedly interrupted by Pence, who had deemed it his undeserved, gender birthright to dominate both his opponent and moderator Susan Page.
Also, Harris had missed some key opportunities to more forcefully refute the always running off at the mouth, running overtime, evasive Pence, who was doing little more than regurgitating the paint-by-numbers, hackneyed and (damned near always) disingenuous Trumpian talking points.
To be fair to Harris, this liberated man fully understands how women are harshly and unduly criticized for the same level of assertiveness, which men are complimented for. No doubt, her awareness of this odious bias toned down her debating rhetoric and style.
Seeing how I’d be remiss not to cite at least one specific debating moment, let’s discuss how Pence had, point blank, challenged Harris to state whether or not, if empowered, the Biden Admin would stack the Supreme Court; i.e., via the addition of liberal judges.
Of course, Harris and Joe Biden have deemed it wise to avoid answering yes or no in such forums. Their rationale is sound due to the complexity of this issue. More to the point, it’s damned near impossible to shoehorn any meaningful dialogue into a debate format that’s hindered by time constraints and regimented questions ISO soundbite, catch phrase replies.
Ergo, Harris opted to pivot, instead; point out how the Trump Admin, itself, is all about stacking / loading up the Supreme and Circuit Courts with lifetime appointee ideologues.
Aside: We are talking about judicial hacks who are best described as arch-conservative, under-qualified and oft incompetent.
The Senator’s response was satisfactory, yet, a much better zinger could’ve gone along these lines:
Mr. Pence, tell me, tell all Americans, just how the 67 percent conservative Supreme Court bench, which both you and Donald J. Trump lust for, fairly represents / evenhandedly serves an America that’s ONLY 35 percent conservative?
Reminder: These are my words.
And if time permitted, Ms. Harris could’ve even pointed out that judges are not supposed to be wearing MAGA hats; or for that matter, brown shirts and white Klansman robes / hoods.
Even the fly, which had landed on Mike Pence’s snow white tresses could smell the stench; the white nationalist / Fascist state shit, which, just like a nasty COVID-19 plume, wafts all around the Trump / Pence camp.
Preface: Due to January ’20 circumstances, NOT beyond Donald J. Trump’s control, he allowed coronavirus to, eventually, cancel Graduation Day ceremonies spanning the high school and college campuses, nationwide. To fill that void, let’s view a clip featuring some bygone pomp and circumstance… even though it did briefly go oft-script.
We now time travel back to Notre Dame’s Graduation Day ’17, where we witness college prez and Trump suck-up… Father John I. Jenkins… in the undignified position of kissing the collective Trumpian butt… doing so, so fervently and frequently one wonders…
• How could he still enunciate his lines / present his flat out lies through puckered up lips?
• Why didn’t the smooching noises drown out his words?
To say the least…
The guest speaker who Jenkins was introducing… one Michael Richard Pence… does not live up to the “man of principle” claim he had made. Same could be said about the naïve priest/prez. Hell, anyone trotting out their always inappropriate mancrush, for one Donald John Trump, is suspect.
To say the most…
That Notre Dame’s entire graduating class of ‘17 had not walked out on that guest-of-dishonor paints an unflattering portrait of all who did remain to scarf down the VP’s “vittles”. Granted, I did not “stay” to listen to his entire speech, but, would it be out of character for Pence to serve up his all-you-can-eat, heaping helpings of tainted with pro-Trumpian rhetoric, steaming verbal diarrhea? Regardless of what went down, it’s pretty safe to say he was not addressing critical thinkers.
I’m confident that I speak on behalf of everyone, who still knows what the real America stands for, when I say…
• We’re proud of the approximately 100 young people who did walkout on Pence.
Seeing how three years later, Trump’s chokehold on / asphyxiation of America is now even inclusive of the ventilator dependent COVID-19 patients and how the fake prez’s abject neglect had allowed the coronavirus to go on a rampage… one which, nearly half a year later, has rendered Live-and-In-Person Graduation Day ceremonies throughout America medically inadvisable / impossible, one wonders how Pence would be received today… i.e., were it even safe for him to address Notre Dame’s Class of ’20?
But, to return to 2017, while the graduates, who did sit through Pense’s chat, do possess diplomas that’ll attest to their being book smart, when it comes down to their being street smart?
• Let’s classify them as ill-prepared to make our world a better place to live in.
• It’s highly unlikely anyone who, no questions asked, falls in line to follow-the-leader will ever be able to discover meaningful answers that’ll secure an egalitarian, peaceful, prosperous, joyous, healthy, clean green society for us… for posterity.
That this blog’s headline would even be necessary, serves as testimonial to just how nonsensical and/or non compos mentis Donald J. Trump is. Against the backdrop of his pandemic-related (usually) daily press briefings, the fake prez’s all too real, frequently life endangering, rambling discourse gets routinely disseminated… worldwide… at the speed of the Coronavirus, itself.
To expand on my headlined point, I must now issue the following life saving warning to all the gullible folks, who, no questions asked, eat up whatever crap their beloved Donny is force-feeding them…
DISINFECTANTS ARE FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY, AND WILL NOT CURE ANYONE OF COVID-19!
While Trump has since claimed his bizarre advocacy of disinfectants was nothing but sarcasm, nonetheless, Lysol™ spokesperson, UK’s Reckitt Benckiser, was also duly alarmed… deemed it PRIORITY #1 to issue this disclaimer to NBC news…
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”
Due to man-child Donny’s wholesale disdain for reading, in all likelihood, he’s never even noticed such labelled info, which is, typically, directed at toddlers’ parents.
Lest his reckless rhetoric, someday add to the COVID-19 death toll, one of these three methods could contain the Trumpian verbal diarrhea and, in a sense, disinfect the White House.
• This starts with the behind the dais crowd… a.k.a. the White House Coronavirus Task Force. In real time, they must debunk Donny. After all, to promote and maintain public health is not only a fundamental aspect of their very job description, it is their moral duty. As for the MDs amongst them, there’s also their Hippocratic Oath, which obligates them to do no harm.
• Let’s move on to the before the dais crowd… a.k.a. the White House Press Corps. While journalists are duty-bound to speak truth to power, at such press briefings and elsewhere, they must PULL THE PLUG on LIVE coverage… or… at the very least… put Trump’s audio / video feed on a 30 second delay to allow their respective network directors to deny the Drug Pusher-In-Chief the platform, from which to launch his snake-oil sales pitches.
• Finally there’s that ol’ Constitiutional route, too… a.k.a. the 25th Amendment Section 4, which so eloquently reminds…
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
While a Pence presidency would not be much of an improvement, the housecleaning / White House spring cleaning must start somewhere. Of course, if he, too, proves as dangerous / dysfunctional as Donny… why not go the President Nancy Pelosi route? After all, as U.S. House Speaker, she’d be next in the line of succession.
One week from today, Americans heading for the polls will be facing down the twin, regrettable realities that Barack Obama’s presidency will soon be in the history books AND his potential successors, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both flawed.
Nonetheless… somebody will still need to show up at the Oval Office next January 20th.
Let’s assess just a few of Donald Trump’s flaws… From atop the stump he has proven himself to be a hardcore Klansman, who might as well don a white-sheeted hoodie and robe. Also, while aboard the Billy Bush bus, he once fessed up to being a sexual predator, who serially violates women.
Let’s assess just a few of Mike Pence’s flaws… Most notably, Trump’s running mate idolizes the sociopathic, sadistic torturer and war criminal, XVP Dick Cheney, who has avoided getting his ass hauled before the Hague to be tried, convicted and imprisoned for his blatant, unrepentant, multiple crimes against humanity inflicted upon Iraq and Afghanistan… many of which he’s publicly and brazenly fessed up to.
That both Trump and Pence are assessing all their flaws as assets is bad enough. Far worse is how their supporters are still swarming all around them… not unlike how flies are drawn to a pile of festering, fetid feces.
SIDEBAR… It’d certainly be an indictment of America… proof of our nation’s vanishing values… were these two political profligates to still amass the 270 electoral votes required for them to take out the White House.
To credit Donald Trump a bit… he’s a fashionably dressed empty suit.
Worst Case Scenario… President Trump would be a temperamental, tweeting tyrant, who’d inflict such massive economic, ecologic, societal and Constitutional damage, he could easily blow the USA right off the map… perhaps even take out the entire world with it.
Let’s assess just a few of Hillary Clinton’s flaws… She used a national security compromising, private email server during her stint as Secretary of State AND then allowed her blind political ambition and CYA attitude to cloud her better judgment… thereby complicating, maybe even obstructing an FBI investigation. She’s since publicly admitted her errors and that’s a good sign… i.e., she’s taken the first step towards self-correcting. Unlike Trump, whose died-in-the-wool racism and misogyny make him beyond redemption, there’s still good reason to believe Clinton is salvageable.
To credit Clinton a bit… she’d bring to the job her staunch belief in America’s core values, which champion inclusiveness regardless of one’s national origin, ethnicity, spirituality, gender identity / sexual orientation… her hopes to end the heartless class warfare where the haves ruthlessly shakedown the have-nots … her vision and commitment to protect and save Earth’s fragile environment … her considerable expertise and experience revolving around the complexities of international affairs.
Worst Case Scenario… it’s a virtual certainty that President Clinton would be relentlessly investigated by both the FBI and Congress… to the point where the latter faction would ensure she’d never get anything of significance accomplished towards the betterment of our American and global society. There’d also be a distinct possibility she’d be impeached and kicked out of office… at which point the presidential line of succession would kick in… thereby making VP Tim Kaine the next POTUS.
Conclusion… By now it should be abundantly clear to all thinkers that electing America’s first female president is, by far, the lesser of two evils… that in our limited, two party system, the ONE AND ONLY way to ensure that evil incarnate, Donald Trump, does not emerge victorious next Tuesday is to elect Hillary Clinton.
For anyone who still has a problem with that… don’t vote for her… instead… think of it as voting for Tim Kaine.
During the VP Debate, Mike Pence understated Donald Trump’s intolerant and ignorant stump speeches, interviews and tweetstorms, thusly…
“You know, the words don’t always come out exactly the way he means them.”
Oh really? Are we to believe Pence actually regards Trump’s incessant, ill-conceived rants about foreign and domestic policy… tirades against Muslims and ethnic minorities… blatant birtherism… insensitive body shaming of women… scorn towards LGBTs… dissing the disabled as “mere” slips of the tongue?
Hmm…. if Trump doesn’t always mean what he says, let’s assume he doesn’t really mean it when he says he wants to be POTUS.
During the VP debate, Mike Pence quoted Mother Teresa…
“Society will be judged by how it defends its most vulnerable – the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn.”
Let’s see if Trump and Pence’s GOP defends society’s most vulnerable.
Republicans plot to end Social Security, Obamacare and Welfare. They don’t even support affordable higher education and collective bargaining, which would ensure a living wage to help extricate folks from poverty. Trump even ridiculed a disabled reporter.
Pence did say we must “welcome children into the world.”
But once they’re born, his GOP no longer cares if they survive.
The lack of debating decorum during this presidential election year has been appalling. We the voters are entitled to something more than each accusation being “refuted” by simplistic, kneejerk NUH-UHs.
Regurgitated talking points are not enough. Without sounding wonky or whacky each candidate should be able to coherently articulate his/her political platform.
Candidates should respond to questions, uninterrupted, within the allotted time, while opponents take notes. At that point, opponents then have equal time to refute… again uninterrupted.
Oh, btw… groaning, sighing, rolling one’s eyes is infantile… as is the notion that whoever can shout the loudest is correct.
During the VP Debate, the evasive Mike Pence and hyper Tim Kaine were far too intent on robotically delivering talking points… and obnoxiously interrupting each other… to pay full attention to moderator Elaine Quijano’s questions. My kudos to her for tactfully telling these combative little boys to grow up… more than once.
Shockingly, Kaine’s Trump-like interruptions didn’t exclude Quijano… and certainly did not win any points with feminists.
While Kaine is not beyond redemption, the same cannot be said for either Trump or Pence. If elected, their GOP, hardcore misogyny could bomb Women’s Liberation back to the Stone Age.