Republicans Can't Quit Trump
An alleged philanderer and tax cheat, former President Donald J. Trump, has announced his candidacy for President in 2024. He is the first candidate to do so. He had a smaller-than-usual crowd at his first rally, and his announcement generated an underwhelming show of enthusiasm from his fellow Republicans.
The Definition of Insanity
Republicans won back the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 election. That means they get to choose the Speaker of the House. That individual then gets to appoint chairs of the committees and set the agenda. This happens at the beginning of the new session on the first Wednesday of January every two years.
January 3rd was the first day of the new session of Congress for 2023. In the fall elections, voters elected a majority of Republicans giving them control of the House of Representatives. As is always the case, the first order of business is to elect a Speaker. The former Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is a Democrat and in the minority Party. Republicans must elect their own Speaker for the next two years. This is something that is almost pro forma—in the pre-Trump era at least.
In the 2022 elections, voters chose a divided government. Voters elected 222 Republicans to the House of Representatives and 213 Democrats giving Republicans control. They gave a one seat majority (51-49) to Democrats in the Senate. The White House remains in the hands of a Democrat, Joe Biden. The presidential election is not until 2024. The members of Congress for the next two years will be sworn in on Tuesday January 3rd.
Trump the Tax Cheat
Donald Trump tried for years to keep his tax returns private. Now we know why. He has been cheating on his taxes for years. The Supreme Court ruled that Trump's tax returns should be made public like every other president in the history of the IRS. Now we know why he fought so hard to hide them. He has been cheating on his taxes, and so far, has gotten away with it.
Trump is changing the Party of Lincoln to Party of Jefferson Davis
In a taxpayer-funded campaign rally at Mt. Rushmore July 3rd, Donald Trump brought the Republican crowd to their feet by attacking social justice protesters as “left-wing fascists”. “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children,” he said. “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”
Trump making monuments a cause
President Donald J. Trump has been silent about the death of George Floyd and other black and brown victims who have died at the hands of police in the United States. Instead, he has doubled down on “law and order” threatening to send the U.S. military to end the protests. His latest cause raises questions about the heart and mind of the current president. His new cause is the preservation of monuments honoring men who committed treason against the United States and who slaughtered Native Americans in order to steal their land.
4th of July 2020
The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day and America’s Birthday, is one of our most popular holidays, in part because it comes in mid-summer. Americans celebrate our “birthday” eating watermelon and shooting off and watching fireworks. This holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia which declared that the 13 colonies were Free states and no longer subject to rule of the British King.
Institutional racism must end before the racism in hearts will end
“It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered those words in December 1963 in an address at Western Michigan University shortly after the assignation of President Kennedy. The Civil Rights icon added “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is pretty important also.”