Oaths seem to be an old fashioned idea, corny even. I can remember bringing up the Hippocratic Oath to a doctor once, and it fell to the pragmatic. I can remember my Boy Scout Oath and the Pledge of Allegiance as a child. There was even an oath for an official passport. But hey, who keeps those, right? Yet for some reason everybody has to take a pledge to support and defend the Constitution of US when they become an elected or appointed official of the federal government.
Brett Kavanaugh will have to take an oath if he becomes a Supreme Court Justice. He talks about looking for precedent in supporting the Articles and Amendments to uphold the intent of that document. That may well be, but this is the preamble of that document, this states the goal of all these Articles and Amendments:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution . . . “
His nomination for the post and his pursuit of the post have demonstrated that he lacks clarity as to what will “insure domestic Tranquility . . . promote the general Welfare . . . to ourselves and our Posterity”. Almost half the Congress and about half the population do not want him there. That would seem to me to be falling flat on the “general Welfare” part as well as the “domestic Tranquility” issue. I am seeing no striving for that at all. And if these are the issues of which he and we are striving for to give to our “Posterity”, our children, then why would he drag his children into this turmoil of being nominated and sitting in the front row of his hearing? This shows, at the very least, lack of concern for his children’s “Tranquility”.
We need to look for a more tranquilizing nomination.
Donald J. Trump took the same oath. He too seems to have not made it past the preamble. He has ignored half the population of the US and avoided “domestic Tranquility”. He has not promoted the “general Welfare” but just his voting block and supporters and he has certainly demonstrated his lack of concern for his “Posterity”, his children, by putting them front and center in this turmoil with no regard to their legal jeopardy. After all, he trained them in this casual disregard for truth and honorable, fair business practice. It would have been better to have left them out of the public eye.
I think it might be time for all of us to give up this corny idea of oaths. They seem to mean nothing to anybody, anymore. When there seems to be no regard to integrity, truth, or underlying moral imperatives to oaths, or even laws anymore, people are just taking and breaking them not for our “general welfare” but just for their own “Posterity” and profit. Why bother? People are being encouraged to accept role models who will do anything to claw their way to the top, and those who wind up on the base of that pyramid wind up in the service industry.
If the Articles and Amendments of the Constitution are being supported by precedent, but are not achieving the intent outlined in that preamble, then no amount of precedent or word play is going to achieve the “general Welfare”.
I heard Lindsey Graham being interviewed the other day about the New York Times anonymous resistance opinion editorial pointing out the chaos in the White House. He seemed to go with the stance that it did not effect “his world and the world of South Carolina”. He said something along the line that everybody in his world thought things were going great.
I wish to God he would stay in his world and stay out of mine. I certainly do not want him in my world and I have placed him on my world’s no-fly-list. I have told my Department of State to not issue him a visa. I do not travel to his world, and I would like him to return the favor with mine. I will wait and see if my world will even recognize his world’s passports any more. When does he come up for re-election?
I was wondering also as Florence starts heading into the Carolinas. Is a hurricane considered an act of God in his world, or do they just cover that with flood insurance? See, in my world, they might not cover acts of God so the people in his world would not be expecting a lot of help to cover damages and our government is not looking to expand the deficit by helping with hurricane damage through FEMA, especially in foreign worlds like his.
Screw the 25th Amendment! I just realized that slow and steady does win the race, which is really very hard when you are frustrated and male.
Article II, Section 4:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
25th, sure you could, after a huge fight, make Trump go away and leave the people who conspired in a conspiracy against the U.S., or you could go for Article II, Section 4 and, after a huge fight, make them all go away.
I vote for them all going away after Nov. 6th .
It appears that Trump has liked to hang around with “low-lifes” most of his life. Why is that?
Today is the second day of Paul Manafort’s first trial on charges of bank fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering.
Judge Ellis was quoted as saying, “We’re not going to have a case tried that he associated with despicable people, and therefore, he’s despicable. That’s not the American Way.”
Of course, Donald Trump tweeted today that “Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders.”
Does this mean that Manafort’s association with Reagan, Dole, etc. cannot be used to shame them? Or that their association Manafort make him above reproach?
According to Judge Ellis, that is not the American Way.
The judge was referring to the term “oligarchs” being used by the prosecution. It has been used in very derogatory contexts in the press over the last few years. It is almost ironic that the Reagan years brought the rise of the oligarchs and the decline of the American middle-class. Reagan was just a minor actor in his greatest role, and he could read his lines correctly, unlike Trump. Dole was probably just an oligarch already. We will not go into the Clinton years banking deregulation so the nouveau riche could thrive. Somebody in the legal investigative field should already be looking into Manafort’s etc. employers.
In another one of Trump’s recent tweets, he asks, “What kind of lawyer tapes his clients?” The answer is simple. The kind of lawyer that Trump hires. Does that tarnish Cohen by associating with Trump, or Trump with association to Cohen? I will try to remember Judge Ellis’ statement; that is not the American Way.
Did Donald Trump ever register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)?
LLCs do seem to be used to hide a multitude of sins, don’t they?
Do you suppose that Donald J. Trump even realizes how insulted he was in this picture? He was just handed a “Yes you are! Yes you are a big-boy!” envelope for all the world to see. What a colossal jack-ass!
Another hero of the revolution, Kathy Griffin was raked over the coals for holding up a fake Trump head dripping with fake blood (he now has lots of real blood on his hands). Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” for not pushing against her father’s terrible immigration policies. Both of these women are high on my good-graces-list (what ever that is) for fighting back against centuries of male aggression and subversion. The scary part about it is the Barbie-dolls on the network news talking about “beyond the pale”. This is the WASP version of a woman so programmed that they will put on a suicide vest under the burka and self-detonate.
Cunt is a good old Anglo-Saxon word, but the term “feckless cunt” clashes. Feckless is sort of brain-dead and waffling. Cunt is much more aggressive. It, I mean the word cunt, is probably correct in Ivanka Trump’s case given her passive aggressive manipulation behavior, but feckless just does not work. I think a better slam on her nature would be Loki’s diss on the Black Widow in The Avengers movie. He called her a “mewling quim” while she was playing him for information. Shocking for a Marvel movie, it means the same thing as feckless cunt though more on the whiny side, but at least the majority of those “beyond the pale” folks would have had to look up the word quim.
I am starting to gather a few more heroes who are real these days. This is good since I once wrote a poem with the line “my heroes all came from comic books.” I need more real people who are doing things against male ignorance and bad behavior through-out human cultural history. I have Traci Lords because she took a bad hand and made the porn industry tremble. Now I have Stormy Daniels who actually had the courage to fess up to letting a stinking rich pig like Trump touch her and having the good sense to hire an adequate attorney. Kathy Griffin is on the list for hanging in against brutal kick back after offering artistic-hope to the resistance of the same stinking rich pig criminal and his evil cabal, and now Samantha Bee for trying to call a spade a spade in a degenerate death dynasty feeding on hate and exploitation of greed as a cure for despair.
My grand-daughter is a fifth generation “Westerner” which might mean something in a weird sort of way. I am old and worn out now, but I thank God (whom so ever She, He, It, or They are) there are people fighting back against those that will attempt to exploit and use her. I hope I get around to teaching her how to shoot before I die.
As the John Wayne character put it in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, “Never apologize, it is a sign of weakness”. We are fighting a cultural-war against economic oppression and ignorance on many levels, but in the beginning of the seventeenth month of being stalled out in the trenches, I am starting to see some walking wounded who will need to step back for some R & R before they head back to the front to continue the battle. Heal up, lick the wounds, and get back on that horse again: please!
“Not a puppet! Not a puppet! Not a puppet!” D.J.T.
The strings are invisible, and mostly of the mind, but once one learns to see them, one can find a way to cut them.
Proviso: If you wish.
Restriction: Be careful of the muscles and ligaments, they help one move.