It is an old aphorism that, “While your enemy is trying to cut his own throat, don’t interfere”. After a generation of Nixon, Reagan, two Bushes and finally four years of putting up with Trump, this writer is amazed, disgusted, repulsed, revolted and a few dozen other synonyms that only scratch the surface of Reason, at the 10 Republican apostates who want to make a deal with an administration that was elected by a vast majority of Americans.
This Republican version of a baker’s dozen probably think that because they are being led by a woman their alternative to the Biden plan will appeal to soft-headed Democrats who will just roll over and lick their hands as an act of forgiveness for all their past attacks on the hardest working and least provided for people in this country. This strategy is an insult to everyone who worked hard to put Biden in the White House.
They have nothing to bargain with, but they suppose that Democrats think that bipartisan means the same as unity. My take on Joe Biden’s appeal for unity is for the American people to unify, to learn to live together as neighbors who need each other’s help and support. To be bipartisan with today’s Republican party, once a standard bearer for American ideals, is like increasing the soup by adding raw sewage to it. Today’s Republican party has deteriorated into a mass of discord among themselves because most of them have spent too long in the pockets of their corporate enablers and another growing part of them have just become thugs and crazies.
Let’s be clear, Joe Biden can pass his emergency relief bill with a simple majority of Senators, so what do the ten Republican apostates; Collins, Cassidy, Portman, Young, Rounds, Murkowski, Romney, Capito, Moran and Tillis want him to do? First it is important to them, for their half-of-a-loaf strategy to work, for President Biden to break quite a few campaign promises which would estrange many of us who voted for him because of those promises. If he accepted anything like their plan it would be a standard Republican half measure typical of their cheap-skate ideology. No, their goal has nothing to do with relief for Americans. It has everything to do with showing that even 10 Republican Senators can push the Biden administration around by making him go back on his word.
The Republican party is in the process of tearing itself apart. Let it. This writer’s advice to the Apostate 10 is simple. Change your party registration to Democratic or even Independent. Or if you can’t do that, tell our new president that you will vote with him to help speed things along as he tries to get America out of the mess you got us into. How’s that for Unity? Prove you really do want to compromise. Of course, if you worry about the future of your jobs, here is your chance to show America that you put the lives and welfare of “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” ahead of your own ambitions. If you work for true justice and don’t get re-elected that’s the price of having taken the corporate coin to just be spokespersons for the wealthy.
One of this writer's fears has been that President Biden (it feels so good to write that) would be taking a similar path to president Obama's; that is, that after winning a very close election in our very divided nation, he would be too conciliatory to the Republican Party in his desire for bi-partisanship. But watching the operation of his very new administration those fears are abating somewhat.
It looks like, while he may be holding out the olive branch to a bunch of very hostile thugs, he is holding the sword of power in his other hand. He is wisely staying in his lane while he does what he can with Executive orders to wipe away the stain of Trump and his large group of unindicted co-conspirators.
Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer have the job of cleaning out the Congressional stables of the muck of the extreme right-wing members of both houses. Watching this drama playing out reminds this writer of a very cheap apartment where turning on the kitchen light in the dark of night exposes large numbers of cockroaches, who would scramble for the protection of the cracks in the base-board. It would be nice but unrealistic to think that America's Congressional problems could be solved with a large can of 'Raid' but perhaps when the corporate backers of these two legged annoyances contemplate their survival in a country that has treated them so generously in the past, and when they are also aware of the fact that America, especially Liberty loving America, has awakened in 2020 to the power of the vote, they may back off from supporting the Cruzes, Hawleys and Greenes of the country.
Only time will tell if sanity, science and facts will eventually win out over the Qanon followers, the Nazi's, the Klanners and the other remnants of the worst parts of us or if "Truth, Justice and the American way" will become just a line from an old comic-book.
(See the letter below
for one that's gotta'go)
Dear Columbia County Democrats,
I don't know if you heard the news that broke yesterday. But Rep. Scott Perry of PA-10 was involved in a secret attempt to have trump fire the Acting U.S. Attorney General, and replace him with a trumpster who would then pressure the Georgia legislature to overturn the results of the election. The Acting Attorney General would have no part of this scheme, so Perry secretly worked with trump to replace the Acting A.G. with a trumpster in the department. The only thing that stopped this devious plan is that multiple high level officials in the Justice Department emailed trump and told him that they would all resign if the Acting A.G. was fired.
Scott Perry represents Dauphin and York Counties in PA. He is the same guy that narrowly defeated Eugene DePasquale in the November Election, and he needs to go. MoveOn.org has started a national campaign to get him to resign. I just signed the petition. Will you please sign it too? Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see.
Will you join me by taking action on this campaign? Just click on the link to sign your name.
After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It's super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.
Columbia County Democratic Committee
246 W. Main St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
The countdown to Joseph Biden's and Kamala Harris' inauguration is over. It has been quite a stressful last four years ending in the disputed election of 2020, a Radical takeover of the Capitol and the ascension of the Biden/Harris team to the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
There won't be much time for celebration however, America has a pandemic to put down and vaccinations to administer. Rather than seeing a daily entry readers will see the newest information on Covid 19 vaccinations and other related information. Some of the websites from the state and other sources seen a bit too complicated to those of us without a degree in computer engineering. We will do our best to get you the information you need to keep yourselves and your families safe. Our Covid 19 page will have the most up to date news on the pandemic as possible.
On a personal note; keeping up on American politics is an exhausting job and this writer has endeavored to earn the return readership he has enjoyed. Being a one person job, however, it is a frustrating experience to know that while concentrating on one hot political issue other important stories are not being covered. If you are a registered Democrat in the Columbia County area and want to help out send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you. A side benefit will be that you will be learning the skills necessary to put a web-site together.
While working on the Covid19 page, so that readers of this site will be as up to date as possible about State and Federal Covid notices ; especially access to vaccinations and other related medical issues, information of what is going on in Washington D.C. will be provided by Heather Cox Richardson.
Because of her fair and truthful examination of political life in America Doctor Heather Cox Richardson will be a daily feature on the Democratic Committee of Columbia County's website. A professor at Boston College; she uses her skill and knowledge of history to uncomplicate many of the issues that even intelligent followers of daily politics can't easily fathom. This writer highly recommends subscribing to her daily blog.
Bill Moyers, long a voice of reason through troubled times, is a big fan and has even made her blog a feature of his own website: https://billmoyers.com/.../today-with-heather-cox-richardson Dr. Richardson’s “readers are people who have been orphaned by the changes in media and the sensationalism and the meanness of so much of Twitter and Facebook, and they were surprised to find her there and pleased and spread the word,” said Bill Moyers.
You will not find the explosive rhetoric you have read from time to time on this web-site, but in her rye New England style she has that rare ability to COMMUNICATE complex ideas and scenarios in easy to understand but not simplistic statements.
Enjoy her writing as she clears a road through the "Pathless Wood of Modern America".
The history of the Trump presidency will not be written by Journalists like the author of the LBJ biographies, Robert Caro or professional Historians such as Barbara Tuchman or Joseph Ellis. No; the story of the last four years and perhaps quite a few years before that will be immortalized by Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Given enough time perhaps religious scholars will write up the Trump period as yet one more Cult, born in America, like Jim Jones, David Koresh and a few others; where most will accumulate in the trash can of History. It is hard to see where this movement will go, at this time, by those alive today, because by its very nature History is the story of the past, not of the future.
Many of us, hopeful, optimistic and even idealistic look forward to a new age of Joseph Biden. With visions of a Covid free future we will finally defeat the curses of the past such as Racism, Sexism, Xenophobia and extremely unequal living conditions caused by the greed of the few over the needs of the many.
This writer has been blessed, or some say cursed, with longevity. Born in the short warless post World War II period, he has seen America reach for that brass ring promised by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and also see it slip through our fingers over and over, as the powers of Reaction and Power in the hands of the few, as well as the naivete practiced by the legions of the many, have held up those American goals, both explicit and implicit, so that we have arrived at our present state of being.
This writer is neither a professional Psychologist, Journalist or Historian but after many decades of studying life it is probably no surprise that he feels some familiarity with these fields.
History has taught that often when a people migrate to escape to a new location to survive physically, spiritually or both, it isn’t long before they forget the well-founded feelings of fear of conditions and/or persecutors that turned them into exiles in the first place. They are soon practicing the same conditions they suffered on someone else. One fact learned in 74 years on this planet is that when one is absolutely sure one is right and justified, it is time to pull back and re-evaluate. This is a lesson learned by too few. For real progress to occur in the short effective time of a Presidential term (some say about 18 months) The Democratic Party will need to resist the role of the persecutors while demonstrating to the disaffected its willingness to create a better country for all Americans—White, Christians included.
On January 21, 2021 a new Era begins in America; or does it? Fox News is already changing its program to include less News (truth) and more Opinion (?????) demonstrating that the new Era begins in fear by some. Another fact (as in Fact versus Fiction) is that once the Biden/Harris Administration takes over, the press’s microscope, that has spent the last four years basking in the showers of Trump sewage, will turn to every jot and tiddle of Biden and Harris tittle-tattle. Why? So they can sell it to you along with new and improved dog biscuits and shampoo for your parakeet.
As far as the psychology of Trump is concerned. In more than four years many people have cast psychological terms at him - -Malignant Narcissist, Derangement Syndrome, Resentful or a whole host of Pop-Psychology labels. It has been noticed that considering the values that America has adopted since its very beginning, people like Trump, unencumbered by mercy, ethics, morals, compassion and any other form of what is considered human decency have always been successful at the expense of others; Such as Native Americans, Kidnapped Africans, Indentured Europeans, Immigrants, Factory workers and any group or individual with those previously mentioned handicaps such as decency, etc. In other words we hold the Trumps of the world in high regard all the time they are robbing from us, starving us and laughing at us. For this writer people like Trump are not poor unfortunate neurotics who just can’t help themselves but just human representatives of evil who should be excluded from society. That won’t happen until we stop being envious of their possessions and power because we are willing to see the evil they have done to acquire them and do not want to allow it to continue.
Best regards to the new President and Vice-president of the United States of America. The work that will be required of them is not the task of a few but the calling of millions. Let us all bend to the task as the more of us there are, the lighter the task will be.