TIME TO GO?

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On April 20, 1653, Oliver Cromwell dissolved Parliament in London. We may be approaching the time for the American public to repeat these words to the current Administration.

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches and would, like Esau, sell your country for a mess of pottage; and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

“Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?

“Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You, who were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

“Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.

“I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

“In the name of God, go!”

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HURRAH FOR JEFF SESSIONS

As a Democrat, I never had any particularly high regard for Jeff Sessions UNTIL NOW. In response to President Trump’s accusation that his Attorney General had failed to do his job by stepping aside from the Russia investigation, Mr Sessions replied: “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda.” He added: ” While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”

WELL DONE, Mr Sessions for being one of a handful of upright people in the majority government. It is quite understandable that he is under attack by a president who doesn’t know the meaning of moral behavior, and by a substantial bunch of sycophantic Republican senators who haven’t achieved anything while in office and are unlikely to ever do so.

Don’t let them get to you Attorney General Sessions.

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Hurrah for Jeff Sessions

As a Democrat, I never had any particularly high regard for Jeff Sessions UNTIL NOW. In response to President Trump’s accusation that his Attorney General had failed to do his job by stepping aside from the Russia investigation, Mr Sessions replied: “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda.” He added: ” While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”

WELL DONE, Mr Sessions for being one of a handful of upright people in the majority government. It is quite understandable that he is under attack by a president who doesn’t know the meaning of moral behavior, and by a substantial bunch of sycophantic Republican senators who haven’t achieved anything while in office and are unlikely to ever do so.

Don’t let them get to you Attorney General Sessions.

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DISILLUSIONED

 

Composed September 2012

 

She haunts the upper hallway,

discouraged and dismay displayed,

watching our well-heeled hotel room.

She waits to clean it,

portraying a parody of demeanor

corporate directives demand:

servility with a smile.

 

Past retirement age,

battling gray hair and facial faults

with cheap cosmetics.

Exhausted eyes, shoulders bowed,

her chin betrays the patrician within.

 

Crushed by circumstance,

but masking melancholy over

her once adored, downright fine husband,

and two upright fine children.

Once regular reliable revenue,

safe substantial securities,

fancy furnishings in a roomy residence,

affluent acquaintances—

A secure secluded society.

 

When markets worldwide weakened,

innocent investors, bullying bankers

dishonest directors, baffled borrowers,

colluded and collided,

bankrupting billions,

including

two unfortunate upright children,

one downright redundant husband,

a downcast disillusioned wife,

now chambermaid in a chic hotel.

 

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SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

Anthony KennedyWhomever President Trump chooses to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will almost assuredly swing the balance of court decisions further to the right. This action will affect the way under which the nation is going to live for a generation, unless several Republican oriented justices are struck down by lightning or The Plague.

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that no branch of government should be populated by officers holding lifetime appointments, no matter how distinguished their careers may have been. This issue is among several fundamental principles of our constitutional government that need overhaul for this country to endure happily and justly into the future. If one accepts the conclusion of my June 30 blog “INCOMPETENCE AND/OR GRAFT”, however, it seems this is most unlikely to happen.

 

Photo courtesy of Variety.com

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INCOMPETENCE OR GRAFT?

I believe my wife and I had been lucky in not having more than a few unwanted calls on our mobile phones in the past. Most of those were simply mistakes. Our landline, however, was a very different story. We received numerous daily robocalls and nuisance calls from charities, political organizations, and medical insurance companies. Like many people,  we used a filtering system to eliminate most of them.

Two weeks ago we decided to have our landline disconnected, partly to eliminate the monthly charge that increased steadily on the basis of suspect federal, state, county and city excise and access fees; also because whenever dealing with the phone company about a service problem, the contact with their untrained customer service personnel always proved excessively time-consuming and a major headache. On the day we terminated our landline contract, I told the customer service manager I found it incredible that an organization in the telecommunication business should be by far the worst organization for communication.

My wife and I are now reliant on our two mobile phones. Of course, it was necessary to advise our various utilities of our change of phone number. Amazingly, within hours of making this change, robocalls and other unwanted calls came flooding in. It was obvious that one or more of the utilities had sold our mobile numbers to nuisance organizations. I strongly suspect the landline utility, the largest in the region, was the culprit. They may have sold our mobile phone numbers out of sheer spite. Whichever utility was responsible, we are now stuck with a daily flood of nuisance calls like other mobile phone users across the nation.

Once again, this raises the question: why is Congress incapable of stopping this disgraceful and wasteful invasion pf privacy? Is it simply part of Congress’s general disorder, its inability to pass any kind of useful legislation, or is it the reluctance of a worthless body to cut off yet another source of finance for election campaigns and Washington apartments?

I am angry that we in the United States have to suffer the inconvenience,  incompetence, and graft of a government body that would be a disgrace to a corrupt third-world country.

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