Joe Gladden

Joe Gladden

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  • Joe Gladden
    Published about a year ago
    Labor of Lewandowski

    Labor of Lewandowski

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Vol. 1, 1.2. Today's little televised, 'political scene" was rather appalling to watch, as Congressional hearings go. It tells us just how far we have fallen as a Democracy, when one branch of the Federal Government openly believes it can run roughshod over a co-Equal branch of The Federal Government, to protect a lawless President. The whole affair was a bit surreal, and somewhat embarrassing for House Democrats, and emboldening to Republicans... right up until the last 30 minutes or so of the hearing, when the tables were turned. Today we had a former, high ranking Trump staffer, who, more than likely, has some very damning information about this President that America needs to hear about, yet is known for thumbing his nose at the rule of law and The Constitution, get up before cameras and "clam up" to protect his Trump. Lewandowski was breaking the law by refusing to answer questions posed to him, under oath, as required by subpoena. Here, Lewandowski is seen rudely asserting some bastardized form of Executive Privilege, which he clearly doesn't have to assert. He admits Trump has requested that he not speak on any matters which fall outside of the four corners of The Mueller Report. But he wouldn't answer questions about information and situations described in Muller's Report, much less anything else.
  • Joe Gladden
    Published about a year ago
    Political Week In Review

    Political Week In Review

    Friday: September 13, 2019 Vol. 1, Issue 1.1 I woke up this morning, and sure enough, it was just another in a long string of dismal days since Trump became President. No, I'm not always sad. But some days, Trumpitus can really get to you. Then I stumped my toe, and cursed. Then I limped toward my coffee cup and settled in for a few minutes of the morning "outrage"—an unsettling, daily barrage of news and political commentary coming out of Washington DC, and more importantly, out of the President's mouth. I feel my eyebrows start to ruffle. A few deep breaths, a last sip, and I've had enough. Driving to work, I can't help but feel that if his supporters have been thus far unmoved in their determination to support him no matter what—what with the staggering number of policy blunders, hiring only the "best" people, (who all seem to step down or get fired), becoming the butt of various jokes throughout the day, and in general being an international embarrassment. Giving away State secrets, incessant, bald-faced lying, outing our most important spy inside Russia, insulting others without provocation, and just in general making an ass of himself—nevermind the off-the-wall antics like imposing tariffs on China, blatant stock market manipulations, etc., etc., then what exactly would it take for at least a few more percentage points to become seriously concerned by Trump's mental decline, and despite their policy differences with Democrats, become a good bit more concerned for the safety of the whole country, than for blind loyalty to a political party? Many of these folks surely feel a mass of American patriotism, coupled with a more urgent need to put an end to this erratic, psychotic, degenerative, farce of a Presidency than ever before. I always want to believe the next great outrage over Trump's behavior will be that crucial turning point where significant numbers begin to turn away from voting for him in 2020. But not so fast...