To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Tuesday, September 26, 2023


‘ … And Here We Are’


Now that the first public exposures of Trump’s self-serving crimes with Ukraine are out of the way, it may be time to reflect on what is really happening.

Nothing better illuminated the actual quality of our professional bureaucracy than the 11 dedicated, lifetime purveyors of our national status to the world, and one corrupt amateur. They were clearly the best we have – except for the amateur.

Of course, that was an easy thing to say in light of the absolute lunacy of the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee and the absurd statements of Republican senators who flip-flopped like windsocks on a breezy day. Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan, to name just two, represented job security for the janitors as they continued to throw up all over themselves during their times to speak. The Republican counsel kept sounding and looking like he never had underwear that fit properly. All his questions did was bring out more embarrassing truths from the witnesses.

Well done, Republicans! You keep renewing the nation’s understanding about what partisanship, stupidity and an utter lack of character and grasping of truth means.

But it’s more than just the Republican dumb show in Washington. It’s everywhere. An MSNBC reporter went to Florida [OK, it’s Florida] to ask people in the street what they thought of the hearings. The very small sample basically shrugged and condoned Trump’s crimes as “just our president doing business with other countries.”

What?! So, the disapproval needle doesn’t move for the so-called president committing crimes of bribery and extortion … Does this mean that Trump supporters are OK with being shaken down by one neighbor for dirt on the other neighbor? I guess so.

Here again, we see the evil and absurdity of the Trump cult mentality. Maybe these folks used to be honorable citizens who knew and understood the differences between right and wrong, crimes and honesty. No longer. They eagerly accept Trump’s 13,000-plus lies as how he does business.

Do you remember how upset Republicans were when Obama stumbled … just a little. They were ready to storm the White House with pitchforks, torches and … nooses. Yes, that defines what Republicans are these days … and I’m not just talking about the sorrowful people who got themselves elected. The core of the Republican Party is out of its racist, misogynist, lying mind.

It was truly astounding to see the fundamentally corrupt Gordon Sondland throw everyone in the Trump White House under the bus for the sake of his own sorry self. Juxtapose Fiona Hill’s testimony, and you see the opposite poles of the continuum of character, grace and professionalism.

When 12-17 witnesses [depending on how you count] corroborate the obvious high crimes of bribery, extortion, obstruction of justice, obstruction of Congress and witness intimidation, one is inclined to see smoking guns everywhere … unless you are a Republican.

If you are a Republican, you resemble one or all of the three monkeys with their hands over their ears, eyes and mouths. They refuse to even smell the truth and the facts.

Why do Republicans accept and condone high crimes by the current president? I know Republicans are Constitutionally challenged, but the Constitution actually calls out bribery as a crime for which a president can be impeached and removed from office.

Oh, that’s just our president doing business with other countries … just like he did business around the world for all those years.

Why does Lindsey Graham say he’ll be concerned if more corroboration of bribery is shown, then refuses to accept those facts and testimonies that define for him those associated crimes in big, bold letters?

First, he is a Republican senator who wants to get re-elected next year. Second, he sees which way the wind is blowing from the mouth of Moscow Mitch. Third, he absolutely lacks any character, any idea of his responsibility as a senator and soon-to-be jurist. Finally, his constituency doesn’t care that Trump broke the law and his minions back him up.

They simply cling to Fox News and the other factories of lies, deceit and disinformation that slakes their own lack of character.

Normal people would admit that they were wrong. But that’s not going to happen. The Republicans of today are simply exposing themselves for what they are and what they stand for: They stand for getting elected. They stand for being racists. They stand for subjugating women. They stand for a lying president who tells them what their inner demons want to hear.

These Republicans don’t care that our nation is being torn apart by this partisanship, the hate-mongering of our president, the dissolution of our international honor and the criminal behavior that undermines our national security. They just don’t care.

“ … And here we are.”

Perhaps our only salvation as a democratic republic will happen in November 2020. Perhaps. But it will take the 92 million sloths that didn’t vote in 2016 to show up and vote the criminal and his abettors out of office.

We The People must regain our nation from the clutches of corruption by turning South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham out, defeating Senate Majority Leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell so legislation can actually happen, and defeating the corrupt Republicans in the House like Jim “I didn’t see any molestation” Jordan, Mark Meadows, Devin Nunes and any number of other Republicans at the state and local levels.

Why would any responsible, honorable and dedicated American citizen want to be represented by a criminal enterprise and his cadre of fools who enable him?

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Vern Turner
Vern Turner
Denver resident Vern Turner is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. His latest book, Why Angels Weep: America and Donald Trump, is available through Amazon.
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