The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight David Eisenhower

In today’s column, I look at these people/issues:

  • Orange Man is Bad
  • The Western Word Poll

ORANGE MAN IS BAD:

One of the local officials likes to put down those in the middle and on the left when they disagree with his admiration of former President Donald J. Trump. He uses the line, “Orange Man Bad” when someone says something negative about his guy.

After watching the U.S. House bipartisan special committee on the January 6 insurrection Tuesday, I think we can all come to the conclusion that the “Orange Man” is very bad, not to mention batshit crazy (as are many of his followers).

Republican Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a top aide to President Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified on Tuesday. She worked in the Trump White House just a few feet from the Oval Office. She had also held positions with other prominent Republicans in her young career.

Here are some key findings from her testimony:

  • Trump wanted the Secret Service to take down metal-detecting magnetometers so more people could get in to see his speech, even after being told that many had weapons.
  • Trump declined to intervene when told people wanted to hang Vice President Pence
  • Trump grabbed at the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle to try and get the secret service to take him to the capitol.
  • Trump then assaulted one of his Secret Service people because of this, according to Hutchinson.
  • When told his Attorney General had not found evidence of voter fraud that could have changed the election’s outcome, Trump threw a plate of food against the wall.

The Associated Press reported that in the days before the attack, Hutchinson said she was “scared, and nervous for what could happen” on Jan. 6 after having conversations with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Meadows and others.
Meadows told Hutchinson that “things might get real, real bad,” she said. Giuliani told her it was going to be “a great day” and “we’re going to the Capitol.”

Supposedly, Meadows and Giuliani asked for pardons.

There are also reports that MAGA folks are tampering with witnesses. That could get nasty really quickly.

Trump told over 30,500 lies during his four years in office. He took our great country down into the sewer like no President before him. He is not anyone that someone should emulate.

He needs to be prosecuted for his treasonous acts. This is worse than Richard Nixon.

The orange man is bad.

Read the reports from the AP HERE and HERE.

THE WESTERN WORD POLL:

This week’s poll question asks, “Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion?” (Background)

The results will be posted later this week.

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14 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. I have this recurring image pop up of trumpsky, in a bright orange jumpsuit, being checked into Guantanamo. In the background, Congressional voices can be heard loudly proclaiming, “See? We told you we needed to keep it open!”

    • Fred – Guantanamo would be a safe and secure place for him! Thanks, JmB

  2. So Florida has a state constitution right to privacy as does Montana. Now in Florida a case for allowing abortion is saying the right to privacy including abortion must be what the citizens ment because it was enacted after Roe was decided in 1973. This would seem to be an argument for maintaining MT privacy/abortion right. Yesterday a MT legislature committee tied 5-5 on codifying right to abortion in MT. Guessing some members were absent as there must be more republicans on that committee than Ds.
    And CA just put right to abortion on the November ballot. Haven’t read it but if it allows abortion up to birth they might have a problem passing it.

    • Mary – I guess we could end up with 50 states that have different laws on abortion. As for California, here is what I found from the Guttmacher Institute: In California, the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of June 28, 2022:

      An abortion may be performed at or after viability only if the patient’s life or health is endangered.

      As for the interim committee, there are 10 members of the Children, Families, Health and Human services. Five R and five D.
      Source- https://leg.mt.gov/committees/interim/cfhhs/

      Thanks, JmB

      • Thanks. I thought committees were in balance with number of Ds &Rs in legislature. Stand corrected.

    • Montana’s 1972 Constitution has several specific provisions in Article II, Declaration of Rights that should support the legality of a right to an abortion in Montana. These include Sec. 3 Inalienable Rights, Section 4 Individual Dignity (equal protection), Sec. 10 Right to Privacy and Sec. 34 Unenummerated Rights. There are probably some more that could be applied.
      The essence of the Dobbs decision is that the individual states make the determination under their laws. The Montana Supreme Court has already addressed the abortion issue under Montana law, not fully relying on the precedent of Roe v. Wade. AG Knudson is trying to get a rehearing on that decision, presumably to set the stage for another appeal to the US Supreme Court.
      The Legislature will probably try to pass some similar restrictive legislation that will force someone to challenge it.
      They are probably being advised that such legislation would not past constitutional muster now and that is why they are trying to pack the Montana Supreme Court with conservative idealogues who could change the balance on the MT Supreme Court just as it was done on the US Supreme Court.
      This is only the begining of the assault on our rights and our Constitution which provides them and should protect them.
      As Jackie has said, your vote has consequences and failing to be an informed voter is just as much support of that position as voting for it.

    • I’m going to correct myself.
      Roe v Wade was ruled in 1973. The new MT constitution was ratified 1972.

  3. My sense is that even after these hearings, trump is as popular as ever with his cult. I read lots of comments after articles, and the cult is still there. The hearings only enhance his stature as a man of action who sticks it to the libs. If he can’t win legally, we’ll then, he’ll do it himself. They want christofascism and a strong authoritarian leader. Hate is their only motivator, and really the only platform the MAGAs have. But it’s enough. It’s pretty easy to draw comparisons to another time in the twentieth century when a country fell for the rantings of a madman. Hard to say if democracy can save us. Democracy is dependent on both sides agreeing on reality. We don’t currently have that.

    https://crooksandliars.com/2022/06/bobert-church-supposed-direct-government

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