Saturday, September 1, 2018


I watched part of the McCain funeral service at the National Cathedral this morning. I could have done without Joe Lieberman and Henry Kissinger, but I didn't get to choose the speakers, nor should I. Obama was wonderful, but he always speaks beautifully. He made me shed a tear or two.

What does it say about the rotten state of the country when I feel the slight trace of a twinge of nostalgia for George W Bush?

Further ruminations about speaking of the dead led me to think that if public words must be spoken soon after the death that we look for moments of grace in the lives of the deceased. Find those moments, many or few though they may be, and speak of them. History will judge the rest.

Then I thought about Trump, and I couldn't come up with a single moment of grace in his public life. As I pondered further, I became angry, more so at Trump enablers than at Trump.  El Naranja Grande is such an impaired human being that I'm certain he is incapable of change. He must be restrained.

Thus the duty falls to people in government and citizens outside government who have a measure of power to exercise that power to restrain Trump and protect what's left of our democratic institutions. The people of the country and, indeed, the entire world deserve no less than protection from further damage inflicted by a president with such grave impairments.

Don't misunderstand me. I'm in no way letting Trump off the hook, but no thinking person looks to him as having a part in rooting out the rot in the country. I'm furious at the enablers, the American Vichyites, who failed and still fail so miserably to do their duty.

Thus endeth my ruminations.


Russ Manley said...

We thought Bush was bad, but it's clear now he was just a piss-poor president. Trump is a waking nightmare.

But the problem that I don't think most people see, or at least aren't talking about is this: if Trump somehow left the presidency tomorrow, there would still be those 60 MILLION people who voted for him, most of whom think he's doing a great job.

And then there's the 100 million who didn't vote.

Trump is just one stupid, infantile man. But how do you restrain or remove half the country from wrecking, by commission or omission, the nation and the world?

THAT's the real problem we face, seems to me.

June Butler said...

Russ, I don't forget about the 60 million who voted for Trump, but, unless we are ready to throw up our hands and declare hopelessness, we must continue to resist. I seriously doubt over 60 million voters still support Trump at this time because his successes, such as they are, benefit them little or not at all.

Here in Louisiana, a large number of farmers, aka Trump's base, are angry about Trump's tariffs on goods from other countries, which were followed by imposition of tariffs on the products of American farmers. Did Trump not foresee that other countries would retaliate?

Some days I do feel hopeless, but then I have periods of recovery. The best I can do now in my elderly, physically challenged condition is speak out and give small political contributions to Democrats running for office all around the country.

Gail Williams said...

"Yes to all you said, June. Really. Just "yes." <3

Gail Williams

June Butler said...

Thanks, Gail.

Marthe said...

A primary tactic of bullies and autocrats is to wear down, wear out, exhaust everyone who opposes them - this is the tactic of the Tweeter-in-Chief. As awful as he is, I hold the leader of the Senate responsible for the utter deterioration of congressional responsibility, oversight, grown-up-ness. The congress could rein in and mitigate the disaster that is the White House, but they have exactly one goal in mind: put conservative judges on the Supreme Court by any and all means. The means justify the ends for them. Abdicating common decency, character and democracy itself seems not too high a price to pay for these men, and they are mostly white men of privilege who desperately fear a world in which they are not automatically preferred above all others, deferred to, celebrated for their innate superiority. Never mind that it's a lie, indecent, inhumane to all those dangerous "others" who annoy them with their insistence on being treated equally in business, in education, in life. As soon as the control of congress changes, those who have so cynically followed that great orange wrecking ball will abandon him and pretend the mess isn't their own making, that once again they are fiscal conservatives and defenders of democracy, but, maybe this time, no one will believe them.

June Butler said...

Marthe, it's good to hear from you. We're in a bad place. A friend in New Zealand asked me if Obama could run again since he's been out of office for four years. I told him Obama has not been out of office for four years. It only seems that way. Also, Obama cannot run again.