America, February 2020

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Crooks

I wanted to title this rant 'Crooks' to describe my opinion of the behavior of the president and Congressional members of his political party.  For over two hundred years this nation and its leaders have striven to overcome opportunistic evils such as slavery, discrimination, and all other forms of self serving corruption and official criminality by persistently progressing to 'do the right thing.'  The current administration and members of the president's political party have done the opposite by striving to throw our Constitution and values down the toilet for their own personal gain.  Richard Nixon, the last Republican to go down the tubes, looked into the national TV camera and said, "I am not a crook."  He was.  Then, he had the integrity to resign because the Republican Congressmen of his era, along with their Democratic colleagues, were ready and willing to throw the bum out.  The current bum and his Congressional colleagues, of course, have no idea what integrity even is.  And so the concluding gavel of the impeachment trial will sound the death of American democracy.

I'm writing this prior to the conclusion of the Senate Impeachment trail.  But the outcome is predictable: acquittal.  It does not matter to Republicans that this president is the most vulgar, corrupt, destructive, evil, lying, menace to all that makes America that ever existed.  He suits their greed, their overt hatred of equality, their lust for power, and their genuinely treasonous desire to destroy this nation.  How else could they look this nation in the eyes of its citizens and disregard the evidence that came right out of the president's mouth, and say, "it doesn't matter, we don't give a flying fuck, we want to stay in power, exploit every opportunity and get richer, so drop dead America."  This is what it is.  This is the reality of Sinclair Lewis' 'It Can't Happen Here' written prophetically at the dawn of the Nazi era.  The governing of America has been taken over by sleazy cheap crooks.

Meanwhile, at the end of January, at the height of his impeachment trial for abuse of power and contempt of Congress, alongside his partner in crime -the Prime Minister of Israel under criminal indictment for corruption, the president insulted the intelligence of the inhabitants of this planet with the presumptuous preposterous pomposity of presenting his so called Middle East Peace Plan which was simply a one sided proposal for Palestinian surrender.  The other side, the Palestinian leaders, were apparently not even invited to that dog and pony show.  Least anyone misunderstand my loyalties, I am a 100% supporter of 'my other country' Israel.  But that does not mean I am fooled by the president's and Prime Minister's fake leadership dance.  Other world leaders watching these two clowns must be shaking their heads in disbelief at how idiotically stupid the citizens of our two countries must be.  Yes, for Israelis nothing is more important than Security, Security, Security as they sit surrounded on all sides by enraged zealots who want to kill them, so Bibi is their boy.  American Evangelicals and others of their ilk, are willing to forgive a multiply divorced proud sexual predator for his fake embrace of Israel because their dream is to evoke The Rapture in which a Middle East war will bring about the End of Days in which only they will be saved and screw everyone else.  This, sadly, is what passes for American intellectual prowess these days.

So, what has any of this got to do with the rights and benefits of LGBT veterans and service members which is what this website is supposed to be about?  Well, first of all, there are some Gay Republicans who seem to be smoking the same stuff the Evangelicals are.  As in: 'This is your brain, this is your brain on drugs.'  The president's prejudice knows no bounds.  He hates all minorities and banned them  (us) from renting in his real estate buildings long before he became the clown in chief.  He has empowered discrimination against immigrants serving in our armed forces, having them identified, discharged, and deported!  And he has worked at banning transgender patriots from serving, along with wanting to reverse the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.  Meanwhile, Israel remains the only democracy in the Middle East and was the first country to allow LGBT citizens to serve openly in its armed forces.  While America was enacting DADT into law in the mid 1990s, Israel lifted its glass ceiling on open LGBT service.  Yes, including transgender patriotic service!  So, it would be a catastrophic tragedy to see all that go down the tubes for political collegial convenience.

Every twenty to forty years, a man made catastrophic event becomes a generational marker because of its history changing consequences.  In our modern era, that would include the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the September 11th 2001 attack on America, and now the early 2020 Republican Party stabbing America in the back.  On January 31st 2020 nearly every Republican Senator voted, on live television, against hearing witnesses in their mock impeachment trial of the president, setting the stage to quickly acquit him a few days later.  I'm writing this a few days before the latter happens.  I'd love to be wrong and have this be a 'Dewey Defeats Truman' debacle.  But, acquittal is such a sure thing that newspapers across the country could print a million headline editions in advance without worry.  As I watched that live vote, I could imagine hearing the loud earthquake like shattering cracking the foundation of our Constitutional Democracy.  It is this that will mark the end of the over 200 year American experiment.  Its over.  Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye.

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