(Just posted on Facebook): There are glimmers of light in our political scene.
Paul Manafort is going to jail. Michael Cohen is going to jail. Roger Stone is indicted, and will be tried for lying to Congress. The Senate has, in a bipartisan way, rebuked the President on his foreign policy initiatives, e.g. removing troops from Syria. You can argue with their position, but at least they had one of their own. The intelligence community has testified before Congress that the President’s foreign policy perspectives, his view of climate science are all very much at odds with the facts. The House has produced its first major legislation, announcing its top priority, and it is a good choice, no matter what your politics are. It’s called HR1. Look it up. Its about assuring voting rights to more people, making voting more easy, undoing gerrymandering, requiring full financial disclosures of anybody running for President or Vice President.
Yes, there’s still too much that’s troubling going on. There is still Narcissus, the finger puppet for Vladimir Putin, in the White House, who wants a wall when a better choice for a top priority would be better roads and schools; more vigilance against Russia, more respect for climate science. And there are still the weasels in Congress, who wont stand up to him, because they fear for their jobs more than they care about their country.
My wishes for the future? Weasels learn, narcissists do not. The weasels can see their own future imperiled if they continue to follow the President in his chaotic, self serving agenda. A start at least would be:
· They should pass all or parts of HR1
· The Senate should create a veto-proof majority to
deny the President his wall
increase sanctions on Russia
Notice I haven’t said anything yet about impeachment. I’m for it, but don’t think the Senate is ready to try and convict him. And then, what would we have, Mike Pence?
What are your thoughts on a starter set of ideas for a hopefully invigorated Congress?