Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Well of course you've all heard by now what the GOP's "president" did yesterday.
He commuted the sentence of convicted felon and dirty trickster, Roger Stone, who lied to cover up Trump's corruption.
Think about this miserable presidency headed by a treacherous liar, cheat, and con man:
Every president has early pardoned people because of personal connections and such. And some pardons/commutations are given to correct injustice. Can anyone recall any president who pardoned someone before they served their sentence at all?
Trump's usurped the judicial branch of government. That's unconstitutional, and he's doing it because he has the emotional stability of a elementary schoolyard bully. He's pissed at SCOTUS and pissed because his rally in New Hampshire for this weekend was cancelled.
Now think about the corrupt and malignant man who's currently profaning the Oval Office:
He fired Lt.Col. Vindman for complying with a lawful subpoena and for telling the truth under oath. Not only did he fire Lt.Col. Vindman, he sent Vindman's bother packing as well. Army infantry officer, Lt.Col. Vindman, who is a Purple Heart recipient, was up for a promotion and Trump was not happy about it and interferred with it and made it clear that "...his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” Vindman's attorney, David Pressman, wrote in a release.
“Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career,” Vindman's attorney wrote. “Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers. These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it.”
During Lt.Col. Vindman's testimony at the impeachment inquiry hearings, Vindman said that he told his father that he didn't need to worry about testifying because "this is America" and "right matters" here.
This Purple Heart recipient was wrong. During the Trump regime, "right" doesn't matter, only corruption does.
We are not the country we once were, but maybe we never were that country. Maybe all that nostalgia for love of country and flag waving was nothing but an delusion to cover the rot festering beneath the naive idea of "liberty and equal justice for all."
George Floyd's cruel murder as well as the others like his dispelled that delusion.
A raging pandemic that has been stupidly and recklessly politicized by Trump to the detriment of American lives -- 130,000 dead and more infections rising, dispelled that delusion.
Trump's commutation of a convicted felon and dirty trickster dispelled that delusion. Trump rewards lies, corruption, and even murder. He agitates to have statues of men who committed treason against the United States preserved and put in a "heroes park." He punishes and mocks men and women who've bled for and served their country with distinction and honor.
These are facts. The GOP's president is a dishonorable failure of a man and president, and he is the GOP's shame.
But worse, Trump is America's shame.