John Adams’ Advice

In the musical 1776, one of the first offerings is John Adams bemoaning the lack of progress toward independency:

I do believe you’ve laid a curse on North America
A curse that we now here rehearse in Philadelphia
A second flood, a simple famine
Plagues of locusts everywhere
Or a cataclysmic earthquake
I’d accept with some despair
But, no, you sent us Congress.
Good God, sir, was that fair?

Sometimes it’s hard to improve on the classics.

Trump and Putin

Donald trump has withdrawn the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, as well as many other treaties that included Russia as well as other nations. NATO is now much weaker, presenting . Our relations with traditional western European allies are in disarray.

It seems like trump an Putin speak regularly. However, trump said earlier this week that he has never discussed the bounty that Russia is paying the Taliban to kill Americans.

So tell me, EXACTLY WHAT THE HELL DO THOSE TWO TALK ABOUT?

Necessary Evil My Ass

In my time, we were just past the stage of banging rocks together. Your society may soon advance to that level.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas has defended slavery as a necessary evil for America.

You people say the most amazing, incredible, and stupid things.

Buying and selling human beings was necessary for the development of your country? After the Renaissance? After the Great Enlightenment?

You should be deeply ashamed.

Your country has a lot of “developing” to do to before it can be considered civilized, much less developed..

Of course, the (choke, choke) distinguished (gag) gentleman from Arkansas might also point out the benefits of other fine American practices, such as ducking people to determine if they were witches (if they drowned, they were innocent). Then he could explain how tarring and feathering is as American apple pie along with vigilante justice and lynching.

I would like to see Mr. Cotton experience life in the reality he aspires to, but experience it as an enslaved African

Illegal Order

Two United States Naval Academy alumni confronted the combat armored and combat armed Border Patrol thugs. (They aren’t actually troops and I cannot bring myself to refer to them as officers.)

The Naval Academy graduates did not know one another, having graduated years apart. Each had decided to go to Portland Oregon merely to observe. However, the early action of the trump’s militia were so brutal that they approached the thugs and asked if they understood the oath they had taken to the US Constitution.

The alumni also pointed out that they, as US Naval officers–one US Navy and one US Marine Corps–had been taught that they were REQUIRED to refuse to carry out illegal orders. The thugs were operating under an illegal order. The thugs response?

They tear gassed the US Navy and US Marine Corps veterans.

Click her for the entire story.

I predict that it will take the legitimate federal authorities decades to undo this travesty in order to regain the trust of US citizens.

Confederate Coincidence

As the debate continues about Confederate monuments, I’d like for you to consider a few issues:

  1. After the Civil War, Reconstruction, which was despised by the South, ended about 1877. This ushered in the Jim Crow era, which included various laws and practices to effectively disenfranchise and disadvantage the freed slaves.
  2. Many, if not most monuments to the Confederate soldiers were erected after 1890 and peaked about 1909, when segregation was the norm, especially in the South.
  3. It is not coincidence that more than a few of the monuments to confederate soldiers were located on sites that were former slave markets or whipping posts where slaves were flogged in public. You don’t have to be Sigmund Freud to figure out the not-so-hidden message.

I keep hearing apologia that the Confederate soldiers honored by these monuments were not traitors. Merriam Webster provides the definitions below. Many of those depicted in statues and other monuments attended or graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, where they had taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. These include Robert E. Lee, Braxton Bragg, A.P. Hill, George Pickett, and John Bell Hood. For a more inclusive list, click here. They all took up arms and waged war against the country to which they had sworn an oath.

Definition of traitor

1 : one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty 2 : one who commits treason

Definition of treason

1 : the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family 2 : the betrayal of a trust

Let’s Teargas the Mayor!

I must admit that after more that 2,400 years of observing humanity people, it’s hard to be amazed or to see stupidity than I’ve never seen before. Two-thousand four hundred years is a long time.

I’m amazed at the stupidity that is occurring in your world these days.

What kind of idiocy would compel your border patrol people, untrained in municipal law enforcement, armed with military weapons, and wearing combat uniforms to begin arresting people?

While they were at it, one of them decided to start teargassing elected officials.

I think I’ll return to my sewer–it’s a better place than this.

Presidential Militias

The use of federal troops independent of state and local authorities in Portland, Oregon is disturbing. Word is that Chicago, Illinois will be next. After that, they may be coming to a neighborhood near you.

It’s bad enough that your president has manged to get para-military forces at his command. It’s worse that Americans in the employ of the federal government who have sworn an oath to the US Constitution have changed their allegiance to Trump and are complicit, if not worse.

I say that you should go all the way or not at all. If you don’t have the common sense to stop, then make Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich your role models.

If you don’t know about Himmler and Heydrich, perhaps you should read up on them. You could learn a lot–even though, in the long run, things did not work out well for them.

History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes.

You Goya Ivanka!

Ivanka Trump backs Goya on Twitter after liberals call for ...

Ivanka Trump recently told unemployed Americans to “find something new.” This simplistic response to a complex problem was met with astonishment and compared to Marie Antoinette’s alleged advice to “Let them eat cake.” The biggest difference is that Antoinette probably did NOT make the cake comment. Ivanka, on the other hand, actually did tell Americans to “find something new.”

Anxious to top her previous comment, Ivanka–the Special Assistant to the President for Boneheaded Advice–raised the ante. Goya’s president had angered many of its customers by calling Donald Trump “a blessing,” so Ivanka started promoting Goya. Does anyone believe that Ivanka has ever–as in not even once in her life–opened a can of Goya beans?

Since all Trumps are shielded from laws, regulations, and anything else they find inconvenient, Ivanka’s Goya promotion is a clear federal ethics violation is immaterial. After all, White House plastic surgery poster girl Kellyann Conway, violated the same ethics rules when she shilled Ivanka’s clothing brand. When the administration was confronted with Kellyann’s behavior, the only response was silence, interrupted only by the sound of crickets chirping.

The president is rumored to have told his staff that it’s no big deal and both issues could easily be corrected with the stroke of a SHARPIE.

P.S. Given Donald Trumps bromance with Russian leader-for-life Vladimir Putin, does anyone else find it unsettling that “Ivanka” is the feminine version of “Ivan,” one of, if not the most, popular first name in Russia?

Roger Stone

Oh! What a tangled web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive.

If it’s true that people are known by the company they keep, what does that say about your president?

Commuting Roger Stone’s sentence was a most interesting move. Please notice that Trump did not pardon him, but merely commuted his sentence. Why?

If Stone had been pardoned, then he would no longer be at risk of being retried for his crimes. However, by having his sentence commuted, he will have to invoke the fifth amendment to protect himself–and coincidentally others–from incrimination.

In other words, Stone’s silence has been bought and paid for.

Putin would be proud of his protege.

Doing Nothing

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke 1729 – 1797

I observed Edmund Burke, but don’t claim to have known him. He was far too busy to commune with a long-dead philosopher. On the other hand, Mr. Burke is now also a long-dead philosopher, so he may better appreciate my position. Nevertheless, I appreciate and applaud his wisdom.

Edmund Burke is viewed as the father of modern conservatism. Given the current situation, it’s sad that most modern conservatives have no appreciation for his philosophy or his hard-learned lessons. If they were willing, they could learn a great deal from him.

I suspect their minds are closed.

Conservatives refuse to wear masks. Why? Because somebody told them to? Does this mean that when their mother told them not to run with scissors, they took offense? Would it have been better if Mom and Dr. Fauci had said, “Please? Pretty please? Pretty please with sugar on it?”