A Guessing Game

Many of us hope (and maybe even do a bit of “praying” 😈) that the U.S. will be  led by someone sane, coherent, and mentally capable after the November election.

While not everyone is all that excited about the presumptive Democratic candidate, most are aware this nation simply will not survive another four years under the current regime.

Now, having said this, I’d like to put forth a bit of a guessing game.

Let’s say something happens to Trump before the November elections and he is unable to continue as president either now OR in the future. Based on the constitution, we know that Vice-President Pence will automatically step into the role of POTUS.

It’s more than apparent the Republican party has been counting on Trump continuing to lead the country for at least (!!) another four years. But now that dream has been thwarted. Trump is out. So what’s next?

It’s pretty much a ‘given’ that Pence would immediately throw his hat into the ring in hopes of switching his fill-in role into something more permanent. However, it’s also a given that he wouldn’t be the only one.

So who else do you think would jump into the fray? And among those individuals, who do you think might have the best chance of becoming the Republican nominee?

Now remember, at this writing, there are only five months until the November elections, which means opportunities to campaign would be limited. And based on the logistics involved, it would seem doubtful any debate(s) would be held. There could possibly be some campaign rallies, but again, time is a factor.

So, considering the chances for the potential Republican candidate to promote him/herself are limited, what is your best guess of who might end up competing against Pence?

And to take it a step further, in the final election, how well do you think this individual would fare against the Democratic contender?

P.S. Please! Don’t get too serious about all this! Just play along because, after all, it’s just a guessing game. 😋

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Man of God

In a moving speech on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney split with his party and voted to convict President Donald Trump on abuse of power in the recent Senate impeachment trial. He was the only Republican to take this stand. The balance of the Senate voted to acquit the President on both articles of impeachment.

At the very beginning of his speech, Sen. Romney made the following statement:

I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.

There are many in the Christian community who would scoff and shake their heads at this statement. Why? Because Romney follows the Mormon version of Christianity and to the True Christians,™ Mormonism is not an acceptable faith before God.

Instead, adhering to their more authentic faith, the True Christians™ in Congress demonstrated their brand of piety by ignoring the blatant and glaring evidence that the President of the United States had lied. Both to them and to the people he was elected to represent.

What makes this even more astounding is how many of these True Christians™ knew Trump had done what he had been accused of — some even admitted they knew. And yet, unlike Sen. Romney, they put their personal political and monetary desires ahead of their faith.

Pointing out that he recognized his decision would very likely be “vehemently denounced,” Sen. Romney further declared that his vote to convict was based on “the inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it.”

Ahhh yes. That “oath.”

It’s more than apparent the individuals who voted against impeachment forgot the moment when they were inaugurated into their current positions. Yes, it must have slipped their mind that they placed their hand on a Bible and swore to their God to uphold the Constitution.

Further, one can’t help but wonder if they “forgot” … or (heaven forbid!) were not aware of the following scripture:

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:24 (ESV)

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I’m aware that most of my blog readers harbor no convictions that a supernatural being exists or has anything to do with the activities of human beings. However, one can’t help but admire Sen. Mitt Romney for putting his faith ahead of politics and demonstrating to the world that he truly is a “Man of God.”

This Is Scary!

Scottie at ScottiesToyBox just posted the following excepts from this article at Salon.com. Rather than a regular repost, I wanted to give the article as much exposure as possible because the information is so downright scary!

One way or another, this guy MUST be removed from office!

The article is entitled:

Trump must remain in power to stay out of prison:
watch what he does after Senate acquits him

Excerpts:

He’s going to put the full weight of his Department of Justice behind efforts to suppress the votes of poor people, young people, blacks, Latinos, women, the LGBTQ community — in fact anyone likely to vote Democratic. He’ll call for “investigations” of every Democratic presidential candidate who’s going up in the polls and announce he’s got “dirt” on every one of them. He’s going to unleash an army of surrogate liars to spread falsehoods about his opponent. He’s going to go from one rally a week to two to three; maybe he’ll hold a rally every other night. He’s going to turn Air Force One into an airborne criminal command post.

He’s going to wave unindicted co-conspirator Rudy Giuliani like a red flag and tweet out every red-meat lie he blabs on Fox. Then he’s going to pardon his indicted co-conspirators like Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos and Roger Stone and line them up at rallies alongside the murdering war criminals he’s already set free.

Donald Trump is the O.J. of American politics. He murdered American democracy, and his search for the “real killer” produced a villain: Joe Biden.

(…)

Republicans have taken an openly sick delight in electing Trump. They are proud of him. He’s the perfect avatar of their party. All he cares about — and all his entire party cares about — is power. Impeaching Trump won’t remove him from office, and we’d better get serious about removing him at the ballot box. Republicans — Mitch McConnell, especially — have already shown us what they’ll do with the power they will seize with four more years of Trump. They’ll cram that nightmare down our throats.

They’ve already cut taxes for the wealthy and driven the budget into a hole. They’ve packed the federal courts with the simpering incompetent children of the Republican conservative “revolution” and jammed two yes-men punks onto the Supreme Court in a pure exercise of rank political power. If Trump is re-elected, they’ll strip-mine Social Security, murder Medicare and shred the social safety net, and they won’t stop there. Even as the dead bodies from one mass killing after another pile up in the schools, churches, streets and shopping malls, they’ll remove the few controls states have been able to put on gun ownership. They will turn voting into more of an exercise in futility than it already is. They’ll commit every crime they can to nullify the demographic changes that are on the horizon before new voters will have a chance to save us.

Remember … these are simply excerpts. Please read the entire article to get the FULL picture of the crisis that’s facing those of us who truly care about this country … and its people.

The Impeachment Circus

Did anyone else happen to watch yesterday’s Judiciary Committee impeachment proceedings? I watched them for awhile in the evening (my usual TV-watching time) and one thing stood out to me above everything else.

The Democrats again and again gave clear and concise REASONS — and cited evidence — for why President Trump should be impeached.

The Republicans, on the other hand, could do nothing more than lambaste the impeachment hearing, continually complaining about how the process was being handled. Even calling it a “kangaroo court.” Yet, from my perspective, the speakers on “their” side offered little to no defense to the claims presented by the Democrats against the president.

Essentially, it was just a bunch of whining.

While I admit I lean towards impeachment, it will be interesting to see what information the Republicans present when the impeachment action moves to their home territory.

Hopefully, after all has been said and done, the Moderates and Independents watching this circus will be able to ferret out the truth and make an informed decision next year at the polling stations.

One thing is for certain. Even if the Senate lets Trump off the hook, it does not mean his hands are lily white.

Nor does it mean he won’t continue to push the limits of his authority. Or make up his own …

It’s Never Going to Work

I’m going to begin this post by reiterating my stance on faith … I am not a believer. I left Christianity nearly 20 years ago and have not regretted my decision for one single moment.

Now, having said that, I want to share something that Gronda Morin wrote in one of her latest posts. In it, she talks about how Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic candidate for POTUS, has hit a nerve with the GOP by (gasp!) talking about religion.

To hear the right talk, one would think that there’s not a religious left. But there is and this has always been the case. The difference is that democrats are believers in the concept of the separation of religion and government. Then the religious left do not require that every person of faith think alike. In general they’re respectful of others practicing the dictates of their faith as long as they don’t impose their beliefs on those who aren’t of like minds. Many have left religion institutions behind because they aren’t impressed with those who claim the Christian mantel and who can blame them. Just watching White Evangelicals supporting a morally bankrupt, racist leaning president would send most sane would be Christians running in the opposite direction. But most Democrats do self -identify as being Christians.

Democrats become politically active around issues to lift peoples up, to protect their rights, to correct an injustice which is how they display their moral values.

IMO, it’s unfortunate that religion plays any part in politics. Yet there’s no argument that it does. A very MAJOR part, in fact. Particularly when Republicans are the ruling party. For them, religious issues become front and center in determining how people in this nation should live. And there can be no argument. It must be their way or no way.

Democrats, on the other hand (as Gronda points out), take a different stance. They believe religion should stand on its own. In other words, if you want to practice your religious faith, you are totally and absolutely free to do so. In fact, this is even written into the Constitution. However, attempts to impose your religious beliefs on others is a line that is not be crossed.

If we’re honest, none of us likes being told how to live our lives. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you’re on. This is the primary reason problems arise in relationships … and society. One side insists the other side live by their rules.

It’s never going to work.

Yet we know there are those on the Republican (religious) side who are going to do their damndest to tear down anyone who doesn’t meet their criteria.

For everyone’s sake, I hope they fail.