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Obama: "One brief shining moment."

"One brief shining moment" is a song line from the show "Camelot."

Today, I've been hit by a wave of depression. We had eight years of an outstanding man of character, conscience and decency occupying the White House. And there was never a moment of any day that we worried about our freedoms, our protections, our country, or the guarantees of our Constitution.

The Republicans tried hard to crap on him and discredit him, but they've been doing that since FDR. So what else is new? And their icing on the cake was that they were attacking a black man and they knew that would bring joy to their base.

Nonetheless, think of the years 2009 to 2016. Even against GOP resistance, he got Obamacare past those malevolent pricks and it's made life a little better for many millions of Americans. Including those who hate him but will never "get it."

Jeeez, I miss that man. (Not to mention Michelle. If you haven't read her book, "Becoming," get a copy from the library and make your day/week.)

Every moment of the past three plus years, during which the White House has been infested by malignant ogres, makes Obama seem like some distant dream of what America was supposed to be and should be.

I'd love to see a history book from a future, sane, restored America. I have no doubt that Obama will be very close to the top of the list of Great American Presidents.

Insanity unleashed

I've been busy and missed Trump's insane pardoning spree until an hour or two ago. I guess we're lucky that Ted Bundy and Charles Manson are dead, or Trump may have pardoned them too. What's it going to take to rid us of the depravity of this beastly creature? Not to mention the criminal Republican Party that unleashed him to do anything and everything to anyone and everyone.

Yesterday, a "casual acquaintance" of mine, a Trump zombie, was praising "Dear Leader" and I exploded. I let go with a red-faced rant that lasted for a few rage-filled minutes. I don't think this guy I unloaded on is a "casual acquaintance" any longer. No great loss. Life is too short to tolerate people who love cruel, malicious people.

If some power/intelligence/sentience may exist in the universe, it was wise to come up with limited life spans. Otherwise, I'd be stuck spending eternity stewing about Trump and his cult of "good Nazis." Who ever thought that so many millions of Americans could be deaf to the echoes of history?

What a magnificent moment

The instant that Nancy Pelosi tore apart the "speech" that contained the shit that spewed from Trump's mouth, will be viewed as a moment of greatness.

No one will ever remember what the Orange Creature said. But Americans of the future will hail Nancy Pelosi's act of defiance against a cruel, malignant despot as a moment of American greatness.

Nancy, that act of brilliance will go down in the history books. Long after we all are gone, your inspirational act of spitting on Trumpism will always be recognized and will inspire people everywhere.

You have become a symbol of what decent people must do when confronted by evil.

Are Republicans a different species than the rest of us?

Will science, someday, uncover a "Republican gene?"

I'm only half serious here, but who can deny that there is a vast difference between the emotional/psychological makeups of Democrats and Republicans.

Do they have consciences? Do they give a shit about the declining health of planet Earth? Do they care about the poisonous political system and the unlivable planet they're leaving their children and grandchildren? I think not.

I've done mind experiments in which I've tried to see the world the way they do. And each time I've done it, I've considered that suicide is a preferable alternative to that mindset.

These are a couple of broad generalities, but, most Republicans seem to thrive on hatred and greed, while most Democrats seem to thrive on tolerance and sharing the world's resources.

So are we talking about two different species of beings here? Who knows?

You can take what I'm saying here with a huge grain of salt. But can anyone really explain why Republicans see the world and other humans as things to be exploited, while Democrats long for a world of good and plenty for all?

For anyone who doesn't get it, the GOP are our deadly enemies

Let me put this clearly as possible.

Today's Republican Party is the deadly enemy of human decency and American Democracy.

They don't give a flying shit about your well-being, your job security, your standard of living, your children, your health, your minimum wage, your retirement, -- or even your very existence.

Understand this: THEY DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU. You and I are nothing to them except cheap labor, unless they can find it cheaper, elsewhere.

Oh, and as for you people who constantly vote for Republicans, I'm including you as those who are getting fucked every day of your lives. You just don't "get it." Do you understand what Republicans are? Do you understand what they're doing to you? Some of those you vote for are among the most ignorant, uncaring, greedy, cruel people in existence. But they are fucking you, as well as almost everyone you know, and as well as most Americans.

If you are unable to do anything else to affect your life, remember this. Don't ever, ever vote for a Republican for anything. Some of them don't know it, but most of them do. Their mission in life is to, at a minimum, fuck you, and at a maximum, to destroy you.

Voting for Democrats and putting them in power to the maximum extent, everywhere, won't make the world into a Utopia. But, at a bare minimum, you will be voting for people who care about you and will do their best to make this a better world for all of us.

Note: This OP is derived from a reply I posted on another thread. It's just more succinct and to the point.

McConnell: "Fuck the Constitution." Pelosi: "We'll see about that."

McConnell and most Republicans don't care about the principals/concepts/laws embedded in the Constitution. They are interested in gaining absolute power and holding it. Forever.

Many of us know this, and most of us are against it. But aside from marching/protesting, and most importantly, voting, we are virtually powerless.

And that's why we should be thankful for Nancy Pelosi. At this moment in history, Speaker Pelosi, and the Democrats who follow her, are, at this moment in time, saving us from an absolute dictatorship.

She has used her power brilliantly. And she has also gotten into the head of an orange madman and is driving him more crazy than he already is. The misogynistic piece of crap suffers daily about the fact that A WOMAN has power. And that she's in a position to stop him from being The King.

So McConnell, Trump, and all the rest of you motherf$#%*^s, wake up. You don't get to own the world. One gutsy, smart, dedicated WOMAN is standing in your way.

We'll have to wait until the next election to see where this is going. But right now, if it weren't for Nancy Pelosi, we, and the rest of the world, would be screwed beyond repair.

And what I have to say at this moment is thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, Nancy.

This was one of my best Sunday mornings in years.

Having reached a saturation point of disgust, I decided to not watch the Sunday morning "news" shows. Instead, I switched to a PBS station that was showing a John Denver documentary.

John Denver's songs, "I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Rocky Mountain High," "Country Roads," "Annie's Song," "Calypso," and so many more, were songs he wrote during a horrible era in American history -- Vietnam, Watergate and extreme political divisiveness.

Yet, John Denver's songs, and his genuine persona, brought moments of enjoyment to millions and they brought them to me this morning. Critics of the era crapped on him because he was neither country music, rock, nor any other identifiable category. Yet millions loved his songs. He sold over a billion records for RCA.

"Annie's Song," (you may not know the title, but google it and you will instantly recognize it), is perhaps one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. He wrote it in just ten minutes, after a spat with his wife, Annie, at the time. (To me, it's a work of musical art that will endure for centuries.)

He became acquainted with Jacques Cousteau and wrote "Calypso," for Cousteau, his crew, his mission of deep sea exploration, and his ship, the "Calypso". (Google that one too. You'll love it.)

John Denver lived in Aspen when it wasn't today's Aspen, but within spitting distance of nowhere. He adopted a black son, (which was an amazing, courageous and magnificent thing to do about 45 years ago), and a daughter.

Living in Colorado, and respecting and loving the land around him, John Denver was an environmentalist before that word existed. He treasured nature and the world that sustains us.

And virtually everyone who knew him attested to the fact that he was exactly the public person he seemed to be.

Today, we are living through another horrible American nightmare. Many of us live with days filled with despair about the future. At this moment, we could sure use many artists like John Denver who, with their music, can help us to carry on and endure.

It should terrify us that about 40% of Americans stand with the creature

Even if we win the White House and the Senate, that 40% will still be there, scheming how best to screw the rest of us.

There's nothing we can do to enlighten these people. There's no way we can make them grasp the fact that they are embracing pure evil.

But there is something we can do about those yet to come. Education. If Democrats attain full control of the government, that trillion dollar tax cut should be repealed and every penny of it thrown into educating the next generation. Some of them, no matter how well educated will retain the disease of Republicanism. But I believe we can turn the majority into enlightened, decent human beings.

Kirsten Gillibrand, two words as to why you went nowhere

Al Franken.

Corruption, cruelty, sadism and pure evil define Donald Trump

And, by association, it also defines the Republican Party that is letting this madman do whatever he wants to do, anytime he wants to do it, and to whomever he wants to do it to.

This is a first for America. Yes, we had a civil war in which more Americans died than in all our other wars combined. But neither Abraham Lincoln, nor Jefferson Davis claimed to be, or aspired to be kings.

But the madman occupying the White House is America's first would-be king, emperor, "great leader," "Big Brother," "living god," or whatever else he wants to call himself. He really does want to rule America, according to his own whims, for as long as he lives.

Of course, there are uneducated, misguided, ignorant Americans who love him because they don't know any better. Not to mention the neo Nazis, the white nationalists, the insanely greedy, and the countless elected Republicans who know exactly what he is and will follow him to the gates of hell.

There's nothing new about any of this except that this is the first time the maniacs have gained all the levers of power in America.

This may change in 2020 if we can survive until then. But even so, these past two plus years have demonstrated that their is nothing special about America. "American exceptionalism" was a myth that has been exploded in the past two and a half years.

If/when we regain the White House, and both houses of congress, changes must be made to ensure that demented people can never again take control of America. Amending the Constitution will be hard because they still control enough states to stop an amendment. Nonetheless, we must find a way to prevent another era of total madness. Passing laws won't be good enough because they can nullify them if they once again come to power.

Let me try putting this another way. Those mentioned above are a dangerous disease that will erase democracy from the face of the earth. We are playing by rules. They aren't.

So here's are the questions. How do we stop them once and for all? How do we ensure the safety of humanity? How do we forever block them from destroying us?
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