This is NOT normal…….

“So here’s the thing—it’s so terrible what’s happening,” Trump said. “You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. OK? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump—I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

We live in a world where clichés simply avalanche and bury logic and common sense. Reality is constantly hidden in a fog or like looking at something through a kaleidoscope and trying to identify what you are actually seeing. The relevant cliché today is “words matter”. We all watched Michal Cohen testify in Congress recently. The same Michael Cohen who was Donald Trump’s “personal attorney” for more than a decade. One of the points that Cohen made was the fact that Donald Trump doesn’t necessarily give clear, direct orders. He speaks in a code that those that work for him understand. They know exactly what he wants without him saying, “listen to me, this is what I want.” Words matter.

Can anyone imagine any US President in history making the statement in the quote above other than Trump? In the history of the world, what kind of politicians have ever uttered those types of statements? Tyrants, autocrats, fascist leaders, communist leaders, mob bosses…….not people who believe in the US Constitution, the concept of democracy and the rule of law. So, I don’t find it astounding that Trump made the statement, he’s been very transparent in showing exactly who he is for decades. What is astounding is that so many American citizens continue to ignore the obvious. We have a lunatic in the Oval Office. A man devoid of empathy, ethics or principles who is incapable of acting on the behalf of anyone but himself. And, it is also astounding and disconcerting that we have in Congress Republican office holders who refuse to execute their duties. Senator Tillis writes and has published an op ed that explains why he will vote against Trump’s end run around Congress. Then the vote comes and what does he do? Flip flop and vote for it. Senator Sasse writes book after book and appears on TV with calls for bipartisanship, calls for courage and ethics to protect our democracy. Then with barely a peep, he bows down and votes yes for Trump. Why? Because they are afraid they will get primaried in their next election. Personally, I think every member of Congress should be bussed to Arlington for a day and stroll around and think about what it is to be a patriot. How little they are being asked to sacrifice in relation to the men and women in Arlington.

49 people massacred in New Zealand. 49 Muslim human beings. The man who did the shooting included a statement about Donald Trump in his manifesto. He stated that he supported Trump because ” he is a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Words matter and clearly, as with Michael Cohen, white supremacists understand the words of Donald Trump. Clearly Donald Trump has the support of many white supremacist publications and organizations. Words matter. Hate crimes in the US are rising and have been rising since the bizarre “American carnage” inauguration speech. Words matter. FBI and DHS assessment of white supremacist groups in the US.  

Nothing today in our politics is normal and we need to stop acting as though normalcy currently exists. The current state of affairs is exacerbated by network news shows that choose profit over truth so you have a constant stream of “guests” on shows who basically are given five minutes to spout political ads full of outright lies that far too often go unchallenged. Who in their right mind cares what Kelly Ann Conway has to say about anything at this point? She has proven herself over and over and over, for years, to be incapable of telling the truth. CNN hires an ex Trump campaign manager as an “analyst” and then takes months to get rid of him. They hired Marc Short who was disguising himself as an ex-Trumper but sounded every time he appeared as though he was still working at the White House. Guess where he works today? Yup, back at the WH as a Trump spokesman. The list of shill “guests” is as long as my arm and, in my opinion, we need to establish truth as the standard for booking guests. Words matter.

I believe we are in an extremely dangerous time for our country. I find myself wondering, what is Putin’s end game? 4 more years of Trump or pulling the rug out from under him and fomenting domestic terrorism, ala Oklahoma City, and further destroying faith in our electoral system? Solidifying White Supremacists around the world? Further weakening alliances of democratic states? Make no mistake about it. The day Trump is no longer valuable to Putin, he will grind him under his boot in a heartbeat, One thing I know for sure. I am paying close attention to all the Democratic candidates and I want to choose early the one that I will get out and work for. That being said, whoever should wind up with the nomination, we need first and foremost to stand together and get Trump out of office.

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