There used to be a day when if I saw anything interesting in a newspaper I’d cut it out or circle it for my wife. As the printed venue has given way to the online world, I (like everyone else) now forward the links, sometimes with my comments. One particular piece from The New York Times, Charles Blow’s A Ticket to Hell, merited such treatment.
Ann in turn forwarded it to friends who coincidentally we saw for dinner a couple of nights ago. Our friend, Joyce, forwarded it to her daughter, Terri, who within a couple of hours wrote an email response to her mother. As I drove home, Ann read me her email and I said that it was remarkable she took the time to write, off the cuff, such a cogent piece. It’s the kind of letter you used to see in “Letters to the Editor” column (when they permitted one of such length; nowadays, they just like brief, attention-getting ones). One of the nice things about writing this blog, is there are neither length nor subject restraints.
But, first, a few comments regarding Trump & Co.: we have seen the enemy and they are us. We have invited this creature into our lives, laying the groundwork with social media conspiracy theories and a culture that prizes 24 x 7 streaming of mindless reality “shows” and movies dominated by computerized special effects and violence. In our topsy-turvy world, unreality has become reality. Talking about impeachment is pretty serious stuff. I think it will come down to that over a black swan event which is still to rear its head. After all, Trump has abandoned all moral authority which comes with the office, but that in itself is not impeachable. However, not having that authority is going to leave us vulnerable to the very things the Presidency is supposed to protect the American people from, not to mention, historically, the world.
When will an impeachable offense take place? Perhaps the Russian connection will be substantially proven or, worse, North Korea launches a nuclear weapon while Washington is still embroiled in Trump/Bannon crazy making. But, then what? We still have a Twilight Zone world of our own making and a democracy that is a shell of its former self. No answers here; we are dependent on our Congress so we better elect the right people, and I’m not talking about Democrat vs. Republican, but about people of principle, no matter what their political party. Please, no reality TV people need apply.
This brings me back to Terri’s impassioned email. The foregoing does not mean to distract from its heartfelt arguments. So as a “guest piece” I reprint it below:
Here's my take if you care to read it... (just venting!):
The big question is, will these cowards in Congress wake up and realize that they are being had, just like the people who voted this unstable, increasingly paranoid megalomaniac into the highest office in the world? Will they do what they should to stop him?
Day by day, the big picture emerges: the pathological lying to the American people, the dark, dangerous and unsettling Russia connections, the mass firings of career State Dept. diplomats (who we need now more than ever..), the "Friday Night Massacre" yesterday of 46 US attorneys, many of whom are in the middle of investigations of high level government corruption and misconduct, the dismantling of any trust in anything the FBI and CIA uncover (unless it benefits Trump), appointing a bevy of unqualified, inexperienced loyalists to head major governmental departments (don't get me started on that one...), decrying that everything is fake news (unless it benefits Trump) and the just plain making shit up! The list goes on and on....
Then there is the "Trump Whisperer" and Puppet-master, Steve Bannon - who is behind the all of the conspiracy theories that Trump has been espousing since the birther movement...who is a sick, anti-Semitic, white supremacist who is in the most dangerous and influential position he could ever wish to be in: in the brain of the President of the United States of America! (Can you say "Manchurian Candidate"?)
Trump and Co. are systematically destroying and decimating this country from the inside out, as well as the outside in. As C. Blow laid out, many helpless and sick people who depend on the subsidies of the ACA won't be able to get help with this new bill and many will literally die. No, ObamaCare isn't perfect, but it gave millions coverage who wouldn't have any, which is a big deal. Our country's stability and our diplomatic efforts (for the most part) is what have kept the world safe and in check since WWI - and in 50 days, yes, 50 days (!) it is coming apart at the seams. Our allies are freaking out just as we are! Our security and alliances are theirs, too. Secretary of State Tillerson didn't even know that the President of Mexico was in town meeting with Trump last week! - he is keeping everyone but his inner circle involved and no one is able to watch or report on him as he goes about his complete takeover of our government. How are we allowing this to happen?
Forget about Isis! The real and imminent threat is not Isis - It is Trump, and I am not being hyperbolic. Statistically speaking, the chances are much greater that Trump will do excessively more profound damage to our country and even the world order than Isis. Both inside and outside. We need him removed and impeached.
I can't believe I am saying this, but - the answer is that more republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who have broken with the party to speak out, pretty surprisingly need to have some courage and actually stand up to this bully - for the sake of our republic. Where are all the others? Are they really thinking he will give them what they want if they go along with him? Cowards!
Only the republicans can do this - they have to eat their own! They have the total majority for the moment and dems don't have much of a say, so the country will have to depend on these guys to do the right thing for ALL of us!
Let's just hope they do it, and do it soon. We will see who the real heroes are!