Can Mike Pence and Liz Cheney be Redeemed?

In politics, reputation is everything. That reputation, whatever it may be, can make or break your career.

The reputations of two specific politicians, Mike Pence and Liz Cheney are going to be made or broken by the time the January 6th commission hearings are over. Will they be redeemed or go down in history for their misdeeds?

In any job, the ability to work with anyone within the organization is important. But there is a difference between knowing when to respectfully disagree and kissing ass. The former Vice President is the latter. For the entirety of the Presidency of you know who, Pence was a lapdog who did his boss’s bidding without (at least in public view) questioning his actions and motives. The only time he developed a backbone was when he did not go along with the lie that the election results were fraudulent. Now that he is back on the election circuit, Pence now claims that President Biden is one who is lying constantly.

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I have a feeling that Pence’s place in American history will not be a good one.

Liz Cheney is the American political royalty. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, she has been a stalwart Republican for decades. Between 2016 and 2020, she consistently voted along party lines. Then January 6th happened. Cheney is one of two members of the GOP on the committee (the other being Adam Kinziger). Though I disagree with her on many things, the fact that she has put country and the saving of our democracy over party speaks volumes.

What will future historians say about Cheney? I think the jury is still out.

We cannot predict what posterity will say about this era. But I hope that we will remember those who stood up for our nation and those who didnt.

P.S. Who else wanted to reach out through the screen and hug Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and  Ruby Freeman? The treatment they recieved is digusting, immoral, and in my opinion, unAmerican.

My Takeaway From Last Night’s January 6th Commission Hearing

History does not happen in a vacuum. There are events that inform the present and guide us to hopefully learn from the mistakes made in the past.

Last night, more than twenty million Americans watched the first public hearings of the January 6th commission. For two hours, viewers were presented with evidence and interviews in regards to the riot that nearly broke our democracy more than a year and a half ago.

As I see it, the information is damming. There are also four important elements that both the mainstream media and the voting public must face head-on:

  1. The former President is an egotistical, two-faced, lying, con artist who cannot understand the concept of the word no. He is not above throwing his own daughter under the bus or potentially sacrificing former VP Mike Pence to the wolves.
  2. Any politician or government bureaucrat who has supported you know who in the service of their own career must either be voted out and/or revealed for the traitors that they are. A two-party system only works if both sides can work together, even when they don’t always agree.
  3. The right-wing media’s lies must also be revealed for the hypocritical bullshit that it is. In a move that surprised no one, the hearing was not broadcast on Fox News and other media companies of their ilk.
  4. Anyone who was involved that day must be brought to justice. If they are not, that sends a message that what happened is acceptable and normal.

Fifty years ago, Watergate changed the politics of this nation. Looking back after half a century, we can now see the damage that the scandal caused. My fear is that if we do not face this problem head-on, we will look back in another fifty years and ask why we did not do something when we had the opportunity.

We have one shot to correct this wrong. The question is, do we have the nerve to do so or will the American experiment that is our democracy die in a haze of violence, hatred, and choosing power over the needs of the people?

Throwback Thursday: The President Show (2017-2018)

When times are tough, we turn to comedy and satire to let some air outside of the tires and let us breathe a little.

The President Show aired on Comedy Central from 2017-2018. Stepping into the shoes of you know who is actor/comic Anthony Atamanuik. Set in the format of a late-night talk show, the former guy and his sidekick/Vice President, Mike Pence (Peter Grosz) talk about the day’s events as only they can.

Among the performers who have played he who shall not be named, Atamanuik is the best of the best. He hits all of the marks in a way that creates nothing short of gut-busting laughter. It’s too bad that this show only lasted one season, it was the medicine we needed and still need.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

Did the White House Just Hand Joe Biden the Election?

When facing a challenge, knowing when to push forward and knowing when you cannot go any further is a decision that sometimes has to be made.

With Covid-19 ravaging the nation, it has become the most important issue within this Presidential election cycle. The assumption would be that both candidates and parties would take the virus and the damages it has caused seriously.

The Democrats and Joe Biden have taken it seriously. The Republicans and you know who seem to think that it is a mere cold. We all remember earlier this year he stepped back from taking responsibility.

When the White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows appeared on CNN, he told Jake Tapper the following:

“We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics, and other mitigation areas,”

Since March, 225,000 Americans have succumbed to the disease. As of late, Vice President Pence, his wife, and several aids have been exposed to Covid-19. Anyone with a mere shred of intelligence would be listening to the doctors and quarantine themselves. But instead, he goes out on the campaign trail, potentially spreading the virus further.

The question is, has the White House handed Joe Biden the election? Only time will tell, but it is clear to me that this may be the tipping point that brings us back to a state of semi-normalcy.

#BidenHarris2020

At Least Last Night’s Vice Presidential Debate was Civil

In the world of Presidential elections, some might argue that the debate between the Vice Presidential nominees is not as consequential as the Presidential debates. But I disagree with that. For some voters, the choice of Vice President can be a make or break decision as to who they will support and/or vote for. It is also important because if the President cannot do his or her job, the Vice President steps into the role.

Last night, Vice Presidential nominees Mike Pence and Kamala Harris had their turn to debate the issues. If there is only one thing to say about the debate, it is that it was at least civil. There was nary a hint of the possibility of a knock down, drag out fight.

That being said, I was reminded once more why Trump and Pence have to go. Though moderator Susan Page did a better job of keeping the nominees under control, she was still interrupted multiple times by the Vice President. Who, by the way, is a hypocrite and a liar. The fly landing on his head and remaining there for several minutes was the best part of the evening.

If there was one thing I was impressed by, it was how Senator Harris kept her cool. She wore what can only be described as a patient smile, firmly stating the facts and reminding the Vice President when he cut in on her time. Her years as a prosecutor showed, she had the restraint of a parent who was waiting for their toddler to stop their tantrum.

The fact is that after nearly four years of chaos and divisiveness, we need a President and an administration who can actually lead this country. You know who and his team have failed multiple times over, that failure has a ripple effect that will go well beyond their time in office. We need Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to bring us back to a state of normalcy, a state of decency, and do what the voters actually hired them to do.

#BidenHarris2020

P.S. I can’t wait to see what Saturday Night Live will do this weekend. If the cold open was anything like last weekend, it will be the perfect antidote to political the shit show that we are going through.

The Irony of Covid-19 Entering the White House

The boundaries created by human beings are just that. They mean nothing to droplets that are invisible to the human eye. That includes Covid-19.

According to news reports, Covid-19 has entered the White House. One of those who have tested positive is Katie Miller, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence.

I wouldn’t wish this disease on anyone.

That being said, it feels like karma that White House staffers have tested positive for the virus. Had the administration acted when the Covid-19 was small, none of us would be in this situation. But because their actions were careless and foolish, the economy is a mess, millions are out of work and the projected numbers of Americans who will die may reach 100,000.

Good luck on getting their boss re-elected in the fall. His incompetency has forever changed this country and not in a good way.

While People Are Dying, You Know Who Makes it About Himself

Is it me or is you know who’s reaction to the coronvirus changing from the every day incredulous to downright scary?

As I write this post, the number of cases in the United States, there are over 100,000 Americans who are suffering from the virus. We now lead the world in the number of cases. Given what we are going through, a wise and prudent President would not be fudging the numbers or demanding that state Governors (especially Democratic Governors) kiss his a** to receive the badly needed aid.

But you know who is neither wise or prudent. According to an article in the Daily Beast, he advised Vice President Mike Pence that if the Governors who are coming to the Federal government for aid are not nice to him, Vice President Pence can ignore their calls.

In the article, you know who is quoted as stating the following:

“He calls all the governors,” Trump said. “I tell him, I mean, I’m a different type of person. I say Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington, you’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the woman in Michigan.” 

“If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call,” Trump said. 

What this moron ignores is that the virus does not care what political party one is affiliated with or who one voted for. It is indiscriminate in who it infects. He also ignores the fact that it is not HIS money that he is refusing to distribute. It is the money of every hardworking American taxpayer. We pay taxes so that if a catastrophic event (such as a pandemic) should occur, our government has the ability to take care of this country.

I don’t know if he saw the cover story of the New York Post, but if he hasn’t, he should.

What is happening in this video was preventable. I say was because had he acted appropriately back in January or early February, this video would not need to exist. But it does and it screams out what needs to be done.

That is, if he is willing and able to listen. But I doubt he will.

The Coronavirus: Will it Make or Break the Current Administration?

Every President and Presidential administration has a moment that defines their time in office. The question is, will they rise to the occasion or will they forever be defined by their lack of action?

The coronavirus is more than just the daily headline. It is a serious risk that if not treated properly, could take the lives of millions.

It would behoove our political leaders to take this disease seriously and do all they can to ensure that they and their administrations are ready for the outbreak. It should surprise no one that the current Presidential administration is not reacting as they should.

What you know who does not realize (or care to know) is that it’s not about him or the upcoming Presidential election. It is about ensuring that this country is prepared for the outbreak and doing everything possible to save lives.

What is even scarier that is Vice President Mike Pence has been tasked with managing the coronavirus crisis. Given his reaction in 2015 to an HIV crisis in his state while he was Governor, I’m not exactly hopeful that he will be able to do the job.

We as a country, need to take the coronavirus seriously. That includes our political leadership. But they are unwilling or unable to do what needs to be done to save lives, then we have no choice but to vote them out of office.

Our Long National Nightmare is (Hopefully) Almost Over

To say that the Presidential administration of you know who has been controversial is an understatement.

In the history of the United States, there has never been a President like this man. Granted, there will always be a debate as to whether or not a President has done their job. However, there is a difference between the debate between citizens and a President who has put his needs above the needs of the country.

You know who was impeached tonight by the House.

Granted, tonight was half the battle. The decision to remove you know who goes to the Senate. The problem lies with Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who has stated that he will “take my cues from the president’s lawyers.”

Party loyalty is one thing. I respect a politician who is loyal to his or her political party. But I don’t respect a politician who puts his or her job and party loyalty over the good of the country. As I see it, the good of the country is to impeach and remove from office a President who is only looking out for number one. He has neither the capacity or the ability to lead. He does not listen to advisors who are knowledgable in certain areas. Nor does he know when to stop.

That being said, if you know who is removed from office, then Mike Pence is President. Though in a certain sense, he is the lesser of two evils, he still sends a chill down my spine.

We will know soon enough about the fate of this current administration. I just hope that our long national nightmare will be over soon.

In the Wake of the Release of the Mueller Report, Should The President Be Impeached?

The Mueller Report was released last week. As was expected, the response to the report depended on where one lands on the political aisle. Though the report did not state that you know who is implicitly guilty, there is clearly a case of crossing the moral and ethical line to win the 2016 election.

The question that I think needs to be asked, is if you know who should be impeached or if we should let the American people vote him out of the office next fall?

If I am to be completely honest, I have to admit that I am not sure what the best response from Congress should be?

If he is impeached, this means that Mike Pence is President. If you know who is wrong for President, Mike Pence is worse from my perspective. Impeachment would also prove that the conspiracy theories are correct and that the Democrats are out to get him.

However, if he is not impeached, that means that you know who could be re-elected next year.

I wish that there was an easy answer, but there is not. The only thing we can do is wait and let the chips fall where they may.

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