Every generation has its own political/historical moment that defines that time.
This afternoon, the former guy was formally indicted for a number of crimes. The one is that most prominent was the hush money given to Stormy Daniels via his former fixer and lawyer, Michael Cohen.
It goes without saying that this was the inspiration for Randy Rainbow‘s latest video, Grumpy Trumpy Felon from Jamaica in Queens! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody. Inspired by the 1940s classic Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (sung by The Andrews Sisters), Rainbow goes down another musical lane while making us laugh and release the stress that the guy is causing us. This song is also one of my favorites from the era, adding to the joy that this is this latest creation.
I hate to say it, but there will be (hopefully) a day in which Rainbow can expand his career beyond internet parody songs. But until then, I will enjoy his delicious work and continue to laugh with him about the frightening path this nation is walking on.
P.S. This is the original song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
One of the earliest lessons we are taught when we are young is right vs. wrong. That does mean, that later on in life, we adhere to those lessons.
Tim Miller is a former Republican operative and strategist. For years, he proudly towed the party line and spread what he believed to be the truth. Then he came out and he was forced to reckon with his past decisions.
His story is told in the new political memoirWhy We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell. Published in June, Miller is upfront and honest about the half-truths, outright lies, and the games they were played by himself and his colleagues at the time. He also confronts the fact that he is a gay man and was working in a world that was and still is openly homophobic.
It reminds me of Michael Cohen‘s memoir. At the time, both Cohen and Miller believed that they were doing the right thing. It is only with time did they realize that the decisions they were making were at least morally, speaking, not on the up and up.
What I like about this book is that he does not end it with suggestions on how to bring the nation back to some sort of pre-2016 “normality”. In doing so, he is challenging the readers to take a look at themselves and figure out what they can do to restore our democracy and its former reputation.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell is available wherever books are sold.
There are two kinds of loyalty: loyalty to one self and loyalty to others. The question is, where does one draw the line between listening to your inner voice and putting someone else first?
Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer of you know who, published his memoir last year. It is entitled Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump. In the book, he writes in great detail about the years that he worked for the former President. The man he describes is one that cares only for himself. He will say anything and do anything to get his way, not caring about the consequences that other people will face. You know who is crass, crude, racist, cheap, and was known to fly off the handle when he did not get his way. As Cohen spent more time with his ex-employer, he began to lose himself in the job and the person he reported to.
Though Cohen calls it a memoir, I would call it a confessional. He puts everything on the page, leaving nothing behind. The book is well written. As I was walking in his shoes, I understood why he continued his employment in spite of the number of times that the legal and moral boundaries were crossed. Though he comes off as contrite, a part of me will never be able to forget or forgive his actions.
If nothing else, it is a reminder if why this you know who should never be allowed to get anywhere near any political office in this country again.
When we were children, we were taught that lying is bad. There are consequences for not telling the truth.
Today, Michael Cohen appeared before Congress for the second time. He appeared to be contrite and from a certain perspective, he appeared to finally speak the truth. The question is, was he really telling the truth or was he again lying to save his own skin?
He stated that you know who is a cheat, a liar and a con man. The 2016 election was not about the genuine belief that you know who could govern this country, it was a marketing ploy to increase business. The payments to Stormy Daniels were directed by you know who to ensure that the affair would stay a secret until after the election. You know who also knew about the Clinton emails before they were released to the public.
Both Republicans and Democrats wanted the truth, at the end of the day. While the Republicans focused on the fact that Mr. Cohen lied during his previous hearing, the Democrats seemed more interested in the facts.
Though I am a Democrat and proudly so, I have to agree with the Republicans in this instance. If Mr. Cohen lied previously, can Congress and the American people trust that he is telling the truth this time? Even if he is finally telling the truth backed up by cold, hard facts, he is still going to prison for three years while his former client is free as a bird.
As a fellow Jew, I am sure that Mr. Cohen is aware of the Al Chet prayer we chant during Yom Kippur. Al Chet is basically a confession, where we admit to our creator that we have sinned during the past year. Where he is going, from my perspective, it will take more than chanting Al Chet to be absolved of his sins.
P.S. Mr. Cohen also lost his law license yesterday. It’s not karma, but it’s a step in the right direction.
His former security adviser, Michael Flynn, is accused of lying about his interactions with Russia during the 2016 election. His former lawyer, Michael Cohen was this week found guilty of lying to Congress about the payments that were made to two women who his boss has affairs with. As of next March, he will be calling prison home for the next three years.
After his conviction, he sat down with ABC News and sounded contrite. The question is, does he truly feel remorseful or is he pretending for the cameras?
Honestly, I don’t know if I believe him. While I understand how easy it is to get involved with work and those whom you work with, there has to be a clear moral and legal boundary somewhere. Either he didn’t see that moral and legal boundary or he chose to ignore it. The first one might be excusable, based on certain factors. The second one, there is no excuse, especially for someone who by trade knows the law inside and out.
Back in April, the podcast Trump, Inc. dedicated an entire episode to Michael Cohen. To make a long story short, his business dealings before working for you know who were not exactly on the up and up.
It has been said that karma is b*tch. One way or another, one is punished for one’s misdeeds. Going to prison is the least that Michael Cohen can do for the crimes he committed against the American people.
Depending on one’s perspective, Omarosa Manigault-Newman is either a bitter ex-employee who is determined to bring her former employer down or a woman who is revealing truths that up to this point, had been kept from the American public.
This of course, is fertile inspiration for Randy Rainbow. His new video is entitled OMAROSA! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody.
Using the title song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical Oklahoma! as a base, Randy Rainbow is proving once more why you know who is wholly and completely unfit not just for public office, but for the office of the President.
P.S. Did you the news that both Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort were found guilty today? You know who is not above the law, despite what he thinks. The justice system is far from perfect, but at the end of the day, justice will be served and you know who will get his day in court.