“Like that Old Testament prophet, he stood against the corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.”
This was part of the sermon from Hillary Clinton during the recent eulogy for Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. In my mind, that metaphor speaks more about the orator that delivered it than the man being eulogized.
Mr. Cummings was a lawyer and politician for thirty-six years. During his tenure, he was highly revered for his civil rights advocacy. It’s not my intent in this commentary to speak ill of the deceased. I did mention some of his short-comings in a previous commentary.
Hillary Clinton, known nationally as Crooked Hillary, was comparing Elijah Cummings to the biblical prophet, King Ahab of Israel. Found in the Book of Kings from the Hebrew Bible, Elijah allegedly challenged the King. Ahab’s defiance concerned the King’s supposed worship to the deity Baal in the 9th century BC. In the fable, King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, was a priestess of Baal and governed ruthlessly toward Christians.
There are many inconsistencies and unknowns to this part of Israel’s ancient history, but Crooked Hillary used the story anyway because, well it fit her narrative. In Hillary-speak, biblical Elijah standing up to Ahab was the equivalent to the late-Elijah’s relentless grumbling towards President Trump. It was Mr. Cummings who was charged with the responsibility by the Democratic Party to obtain Trump’s tax records.
Crooked Hillary also took the opportunity to take a shot at our first lady, Melania, comparing her to Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. Predictably, the creatures of the Swamp assembled to honor one of their own, cheered and applauded her words. A couple morons even stood during what is supposed to be a solemn event, evidently to please the Queen of the Swamp. Standing ovations for speakers at a memorial service seem somewhat uncouth even to a kid from Chebanse.
Sadly, it’s now considered common for one politician to brutally attack another politician, including family members, regardless of the solemnity of the event. I do understand Donald Trump is probably not above doing something similar, much to my chagrin, so no letters please. But to assail Melania Trump by comparing her to a fabled monster believing in false Gods and killing Christians might be a new low, even for Crooked Hillary.
Melania Trump is the wife of a president, a former model, a naturalized citizen from Slovenia, a mother, and above all, a class act. I think so highly of her that I too wonder why she married someone like the irascible Donald Trump, rather than up-and-comer’s closer to her age, as Trump is 23 years older. Many will say, crassly, it was the money, but someone with her beauty and intellect (she speaks five languages) could have selected just about anyone she wanted, including me…but I’m already taken.
Ms. Trump, born Melanija Knavs, is the second first-lady born outside the US; Louis Adams being the other. She met Donald Trump in 1998, they married in 2005, and she became a US citizen in 2006. For the record, Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the wedding and reception held at the posh Mara-Logo in Palm Beach FL. Hillary probably has some dinnerware to prove it.
Unlike former first ladies, such as the meddlesome Michele Obama or the reprehensible Hillary herself, Ms. Trump doesn’t insert herself into matters she has no business or knowledge. She understands she wasn’t elected co-president. No national healthcare schemes or disastrous school lunch programs have been rolled out from Ms. Trump. Distinct from former first-ladies, she keeps a small staff, does not involve herself in political matters, shuns the spotlight and prefers to raise her teen-age son, Baron. She’s involved in causes for women and children, as well as against cyber-bullying. She doesn’t use tax payer money to fly to exotic vacation destinations, packing aboard family and friends, nor does she use a separate plane to fly family pets. She represents her adopted country with class and poise.
And yet, like a troll in a pantsuit, there was Crooked Hillary, belching forth nastiness, vilely contaminating everything of which she comes in contact. What possible reason is there for her to attend a memorial service for a deceased individual, just to spew political barbs? Did the Cummings family, grieving the death of Mr. Cummings, really need to hear more partisan political rhetoric at his services?
With her lust for money and power, combined with barbaric ruthlessness to those who would dare to deny it, a strong case could be made that Hillary is the real-life Jezebel.
Deep within the subterranean bowels of the capitol building, behind tightly closed doors, there is a coup taking place. Right there at ground zero of our so-called political process, there are actually people plotting to overthrow our duly elected president. We all know it’s happening and unbelievably, seem powerless, or in the case of some, unwilling, to do anything about it…until at least November of 2020.
In case you’re not aware, this is where one old California dinosaur, Nancy Pelosi, is delegating political shenanigans to various minions, most notably another Californian, Representative Adam Schiff. If ever there was an example of an oxymoron, Adam Schiff has been bestowed the title of House Intelligence Committee chairman, another title for supreme leader of the coup. And both Pelosi and Schiff represent California, where just about the entire state has been bawling about Trumps election ever since it happened. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
A few things should be pointed out about the supreme leader of the coup that people might not know or have forgotten which might shed light on the man’s objectives.
Following the 2012 Benghazi attack, a committee was formed to investigate the violence by an Islamic militant group on our Libyan embassy, where four Americans were slaughtered. As you may recall, there was some question as to who carried out the attack and what the reaction was by top government officials at the time. Recall the Susan Rice-lying-tour on the Sunday morning news programs? At the time, Schiff, who would be appointed a member of the committee, called it a “colossal waste of time;” “a red herring;” and a “waste of taxpayer resources.” To date, there is still speculation as to how this could have happened under President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton’s nose, as well as the subsequent “covering of posteriors.” In Chebanse, we call those posteriors the south bound end of a north bound donkey.
In 2017, Schiff told Chuck Todd on MSNBC there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. He also claimed “the evidence…was very much worthy of investigation.” It has since been proven that he was spectacularly wrong in both his opinion and statements.
Regarding any credit to Trump for North Korean talks in 2018, Schiff sniveled, “I think it’s more the combination of the president’s unpredictability and indeed, his bellicosity had something to do with the North Koreans deciding to come to the negotiating table.” This response seems like sour grapes and further adds to his long track-record of misstatements.
How fair and balanced do you suppose the supreme leader of the coup is going to be in trying to establish whether Trump did anything wrong during a phone conversation with the Ukrainian president, a phone call that included twelve other Americans listening in on? A good case could be made that not only does Schiff not belong overseeing this investigation, but that he ought to be tossed out of Congress on his ear.
In an act of nothing more than political gamesmanship, Pelosi determined the impeachment inquiry to be held in a secluded basement corner, rather than the open public, and that the entire House would not vote on its initiation at this time. This is all in stark contrast to past impeachment hearings on Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton.
There are actually three different committees (Oversight and Reform, House Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs) interviewing various witnesses. Incredibly, the initial whistle-blower is not among the witnesses. Furthermore, Schiff has now said that it is possible these witnesses might not be recalled for public testimony. If one were to read between the shifty lines of Schiff, this probably means only those witnesses detrimental to Trump might be called.
Although there are Republicans on the impeachment coup, including Vice President Mike Pence’s brother, Greg, they aren’t talking. It is rumored that the inclusion of Greg Pence, a Representative from Indiana, was an oversight, laughably ironic on so many levels.
Attempts by Republicans who are not on any of the three committees to attend were denied access. This includes members of the House Judiciary Committee, which historically has handled impeachments of federal officials, going back as far as Andrew Johnson.
Folks, we’re witnessing a real-time coup to overthrow our president. It’s imperative for certain Democrats to remove Trump from the Oval Office before he gets re-elected. They have no other way to stop him in his quest to drain the swamp. The question is what are the American people going to do about this?
I happened across the above meme on Face Book the other day that, quite frankly, rocked me.
The picture behind the words was of a painting "The Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull, painted in 1817. It depicted our Founding Fathers congregating in Independence Hall in Philadelphia while five men, including Thomas Jefferson, present the draft of the Declaration of Independence to Congress. (Remember when those men were revered, instead of labeled white supremacists and xenophobes’ today's "alternate-history" would have you believe?)
The meme could probably have used any background, but this painting is poignant if you consider the irony of the entire meme. It was the words that shocked me and I have no idea who penned them.
The top line of the meme stated:
"It is amazing that our society has come to the point where one party can run on a platform of raising your taxes, confiscating your guns, embracing illegal immigration, and murdering your unborn children. "
Then the bottom line completed the thought:
"And nearly half the people (in this country) support this."
The stark reality of the meme is incredible. I might have substituted the word “amazing” with “disturbing.” There's no part of that statement untrue. Democrats, with assistance from a complicit media, have half this country believing in principles detrimental to most Americans. Excessive taxation, gun confiscation, illegal immigration, and abortion at will are all staunch socialistic tenets of the Left.
Speaking of a complicit media, I wonder how the media is going to fare when/if they officially become state-controlled, similar to Pravda is in Russia? Right now, most of our media reports, spins, and cheerleads to the left on their own accord, but once they have helped tip the scales toward government control, surely, they must understand the government will control them too.
Anyway, why would anyone but the gullible want to give more of their hard-earned money to the government through taxation? The amount of money working Americans pay in various different taxes is absurd, regardless of tax bracket. If you're making $50,000 per year now, the government isn't going to take away $50,000 from your wealthy neighbor to hand to you, so how do you benefit if your “rich” neighbor is paying more taxes? Socialism just spreads misery equally.
Americans were bestowed the right to bear arms by our Bill of Rights, and yet there are politicians who would eradicate that right. With implausible hubris, Beto states it emphatically, despite the consequences of the Civil War it might cause. People aren't going to give up their guns willingly. To quote Ben Franklin, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
New York City has now made it a crime to use the term "illegal immigrant," punishable up to a $250,000 fine. So, according to the inmates running the asylum called the Big Apple, not only is it permissible for someone to be there illegally from another country, actual citizens living there and footing the bill through their taxes, are muzzled from stating their objections. This is nothing more than a reprehensible Liberal violation of first amendment rights of free speech. What's next, they can't say Bill de'Blasio is a buffoon? How long until this insanity spreads across the country?
Speaking of insanity, this country has aborted 730,000 babies this year, on schedule with the total killed in our four-year Civil War. There are people, and our tax dollars, supporting this behavior. This statistic is beyond ghastly to many. Surely this conduct must be reconciled some day.
Perhaps the greatest American president, Abraham Lincoln, touched on this subject in 1838 with the Lyceum Speech in Springfield IL. The following is an abridged excerpt:
"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? ...Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the Ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined...could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio...in a trial of a thousand years."
"At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? ...If it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. ...If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
Seems like we might be half-way there. Once the balance shifts to 51%, the ballgame's over, folks.
Readers of this column probably never thought they'd see me utter those words. Alas, it’s time folks. We need to impeach President Trump.
Since the day Trump took the Oval Office in January of 2017, Democrats, Washington bureaucrats, Never-Trumper’s like John McCain, Republicans in Name Only (RINO's) like our own Adam Kinzinger, or the pathetic Mitt Romney, have been calling, hinting or wishing for Trump to be impeached.
Did anyone foresee Rep. Kinzinger, would develop a taste for Swamp water? Thought he might have found it…beyond repugnant.
For 34 months now, all we've heard from the murky Swamp is they must impeach somebody, preferably the president. They're not exactly sure what for but they just know he has to be removed from office.
Thirty-four-months we’ve been listening to this blather. Trump is second-guessed just for breathing.
Today, 225 Democrats and 1 Independent (what’s the difference?) are now on record they will vote to impeach the president. That’s enough votes to start official proceedings upon a thump of Nancy Pelosi’s gavel, although they will need to conduct the hearings out in the open, rather than hide behind the public.
The Swamp keeps throwing impeachment reasons on the wall to see if something sticks. A few examples of the reasons brought by various members of the House and their media cohorts include claims that Trump:
Colluded with Russia…although found not true, it cost 40 million taxpayer dollars;
Undermined Hillary Clinton…while she was colluding with Russia and destroying computers and emails;
Fired Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe…who are now under Federal investigation themselves;
Sided against kneeling, overpaid NFL players disrespecting our country…too bad;
Promotes xenophobia, ethnocentrism, bigotry, Islamophobia and hatred – common accusations of anyone not conforming to the ideals of the Left; These were separate charges, but I lumped them together under the standard "Race Card" claim.
Undermined the federal judiciary… by appointing Conservative judges.
Violated the emoluments clause…a nice word for a bribe but nothing is substantiated. What is substantiated is he has given his salary away to various causes;
Is trying to establish a monarchy…a ludicrous charge, but if it keeps Bernie out of the White House, I’m all for it.
Withheld tax returns – Trump claimed to have emailed them to Hillary. The Democrats have the courts chasing them now;
Created inhumane conditions at the border…but just those Obama left;
Had a phone conversation with a Ukrainian president…as is a president’s right;
Investigated Hunter Biden…as someone should be doing, regardless of his old man's candidacy.
Consider the irony that the irrational Maxine Waters wants Trump impeached because "he’s crazy."
Texas Rep. Al Green, among a host of other excuses, says they must impeach because the polls support it. These would be the same polls that said Trump would never win, all the way through election night.
Impeachment is gonna happen, folks. House Democrats have had an interminable itch for 34 months that has to be scratched. If they don’t get him impeached, he will expose them for what they are.
So, in the immortal words of Todd Beamer, “let’s roll!”
Nancy, put up or shut up. Let’s get impeachment procedures started and behind us so that maybe that Circus we call the House of Representatives can finally get on with something productive for the country -before most of the Impeachers get thrown out of office in the next election. The quicker the better. Is tomorrow good on your calendar?
Once the House gets through this public lynching, and all the Swamp creatures living lavishly off our tax dollars have gotten their chance to cast an impeachment vote, the matter will get handed over to the Senate. In the minds of the House Swamp, the coup will have been accomplished. Drinks are on Pelosi; AOC can serve them.
Then once the matter reaches the Senate, it will die…quietly. The furor will have all been for nothing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he won’t bring it up for vote. McConnell understands this matter has been a fool’s errand from the start, unpopular with mentally-balanced sections of the country. He says he will not subject us to any more impeachment theatrics or temper tantrums.
President Trump will get an embarrassing asterisk by his name in history books for being impeached, along with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. (The embarrassing part will be that he will be among the same trivia answer as Clinton.)
And then, Trump can get on with conducting the affairs of the country, continue his re-election campaign, and resume his presidency…for four more years.
As the 2019 baseball postseason starts, sadly without my beloved Cubs, I’ve got an opinion concerning baseball to get off my chest.
Any baseball fan has heard of Jackie Robinson, who played 9 years for the Dodgers. He had quite a career, winning the Rookie of the Year Award, 6 All-Star appearances, 6 World Series appearances, and the 1949 Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). He’s credited by Major League Baseball (MLB) for being the first black man to play in the majors. He was also the first black player to be inducted, rightly, into the Hall of Fame.
Robinson’s uniform number, 42, has been retired permanently by MLB. On April 15th, Jackie Robinson Day, every player wears a uniform with the number 42 in honor of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.
But, did you know Luis Castro was the first Latin player to appear in the major leagues, having played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902? He played 42 games, but was released, evidently for mediocre statistics.
The first Latin player, and arguably the best, to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, was Roberto Clemente. He played right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 18 years before dying in a plane crash. An All-Star for 12 seasons, MVP in 1966, batting leader 4 times, and Gold Glove winner for 12 years, he’s a member of the exclusive 3,000-hit club. I still have nightmares of his “clothesline” heaves from right field to catch a hapless Cubs player at home plate.
But, perhaps the biggest name in baseball is “Babe” Ruth. Anyone who’s watched baseball knows about the “Babe,” even though he’s been dead for over 70 years. Not only was he larger than the game, he was larger than life.
His athletic prowess in baseball in the early part of the twentieth century was unparalleled, both from the pitcher’s mound and with the bat. Incredibly, he hit more home runs personally in a season than any other TEAM in the American League…and he did it twice!
To his credit, Babe was voted the Athlete of the Century by the Associated Press; Greatest Baseball Player of all Time by Sporting News; the Greatest Player of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated; and placed second in the ESPN Athlete of the 20th Century. Nobody dominated a sport like the “Babe.”
So, here’s the rub - Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first black man to play professional baseball. At best, he was fourth, and possibly fifth if one believes the rumor Babe Ruth was half-black, an issue that dogged him early in his career.
In fact, black men played professional baseball games before Robinson was born in 1919.
The first was William White, a college student, who played first base for just one game for the Providence Grays on June 21, 1879.
OK, perhaps that was just a one-day fluke? Two more black men played before Robinson. The first to play regularly in the major leagues was Moses “Fleet” Walker, who capably played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings during the 1884 season. Later in the season his brother Weldy briefly joined him.
The Walker brothers also suffered and fought extreme prejudices over their season, in which some games were cancelled just by their appearance. Fleet was released in September of 1884 due to hand injuries sustained playing catcher…without a glove!
Given the immense accomplishments of players like Ruth and Clemente, as examples, and the fact that Robinson wasn’t the first professional black player, I’ve an issue with the way the MLB memorializes Robinson. From what I’ve read about Robinson, he’d have a problem with it too.
Why is the number 42 retired throughout baseball, yet Ruth’s number 3 is only retired at Yankee Stadium and Clemente’s 21 only in Pittsburgh?
Why isn’t Walker officially recognized as the first black player? The snub of Walker diminishes the accomplishments of Robinson. Not to insult Robinson but there were many greater players - of all colors - who had much better statistics in their careers. (Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb)
This feels like just another hollow political correctness program altering history to fit a narrative, and, of course to sell jerseys. There’s too much of history altering going on these days, folks.
My opinion, the April 15th commemoration itself should be retired and the number 42 unretired, except for the Dodgers.
We as a society need to start pushing back at those who will saddle others with ridiculous observances, policies and ceremonies that are, in reality, wrong and/or meaningless.