Friends and Enemies | Tom Camfield

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Posted 6/29/22

NUMEROUS REPUBLICAN OFFICE-HOLDERS have made it clear of late that they pledge their allegiance to the Constitution of the United States rather than to Donald Trump. A notable “for …

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Friends and Enemies | Tom Camfield

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NUMEROUS REPUBLICAN OFFICE-HOLDERS have made it clear of late that they pledge their allegiance to the Constitution of the United States rather than to Donald Trump. A notable “for instance” was House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R -Az) who testified during the June 21 televised proceedings of the U.S. House Committee’s investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the nation’s Capitol. Bowers said that he told the president: ”You’re asking me to do something against my oath, and I’m not going to break my oath.”

Numerous other Republicans, including former Vice-President Mike Pence, have spoken or acted out in similar fashion. And they have done much to restore my faith in the two-party system that has dominated a Free America’s two-party political system for some time — although I remain basically a Democrat, especially in these difficult post-Trump times.

I have randomly used above a photo of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and ex-President Donald Trump. While they’ve been using one another of late by association when advantageous, it’s just a matter of time until one throws the other “under the bus.” Perhaps about the time of this fall’s midterm election. McCarthy is House minority leader, and Trump still is hoping to somehow win the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.

Meanwhile, I continue to chew on the phrase “all enemies, foreign and domestic” from the above oath. I consider Trump
our greatest “domestic enemy” at present and perhaps of all time. Hopefully, he will soon fade from the scene without doing further damage.

I imagine that it only was the privilege of holding public office until Jan. 20, 2021, that protected Trump from legal prosecution for some of his actions before, during and after Jan. 6 of that year.. He’s just an ordinary citizen now,

Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, were featured in a video that Trump ally and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called a “smoking gun” for voting fraud at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Moss told the special House committee in its hearings June 21 how the pair’s lives were turned upside down by bogus claims that they were carrying “suitcases” full of ballots for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. State and federal investigators reviewed the video and conducted an investigation that found the two election workers had done nothing improper. Moss and Freeman have filed several lawsuits against right-wing news organizations and individuals due to the harassment. They have already settled one with One American News Network.

If I recall the televised hearing correctly, Moss was specifically mentioned 18 times in the accusatory video and a hate crowd gathered at the home of her grandmother, where she had taken shelter. As she and her mother are Black, the actions of Trump and Giuliani looked to me much like a ”hate crime” by today’s standards. But as I said, the timing of it all seems to apply in various ways.

However, I remain disgusted at this manner in which an everyday Black woman and her mother were conveniently but inappropriately used by Trump and Giuliani — their lives ruined as if they didn’t matter in the overall scheme of humankind.

Whom would you trust to stand by your side? With whom would you “ride the river” in stressful times?

MEANWHILE, June 24: “After the Supreme Court released its bombshell decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) seemed to realize he’d been played by Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, two justices he voted to confirm.‘I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans,’ Manchin wrote in a statement.”

It’s pretty impossible to stay abreast in a weekly blog with daily happenings in the Supreme Court, Congress, etc. It was “clear back” about June 23, for example, when the House special committee pretty much made the case that Donald Trump went beyond the bounds of legitimacy and decency in attempting to corrupt the Justice Department for his personal benefit,

AND HERE’S A QUICK BIT (June 25) from a tweet by the Seattle Storm women’s basketball team on current politics: “Now we have come to this: People have won the freedom to buy guns with impunity while women have lost the freedom to decide their own future.”

Read, listen, communicate with friends in red states — vote Nov. 8.

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  • Thomas Camfield

    The foregoing was submitted as a Leader blog on June 27, and on June 28 the House’s special committee aired previously unscheduled testimony on the Jan. 6, 2020, riot at the nation’s Capitol. After hearing the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, including an account of how then-President Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent in a desperate bid to travel to the Capitol after his speech that day., it is obvious that even I had given unhinged ex-President Trump the benefit of far too much doubt in his insane pursuit of political power.

    Wednesday, June 29 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "I consider Trump our greatest “domestic enemy” at present and perhaps of all time.".

    Really? not those who bombed the Murrow building, not those who flew airplanes into the Twin Towers NYC, not those mass shooters in our schools, not the thousands of illegal criminals who cross our southern border, but it's Trump who, in your opinion, presents an existential threat to US.....

    "Whom would you trust to stand by your side? With whom would you “ride the river” in stressful times?". When I compare the job that Trump did compared to that of Biden, securing our borders, our status as a major oil exporter, the economy, it's obvious who did a better job.

    The Seattle Storm is hardly where I would go for opinions on Constitutional law.

    "women have lost the freedom to decide their own future.” Nonsense, almost every State allows *********, some have different time limits. In Seattle the Roe decision has zero affect.

    "Read, listen, communicate with friends in red states — vote Nov. 8.". Be an informed citizen, don't be a mindless drone who just votes a straight party line, don't listen to the fear mongers. Do the research, learn what the candidate has done, not just what they promise to do. Look at where the candidates get their money.

    Wednesday, June 29 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "President Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent"..... Yeah that's the current hot news that the biased MSM is pushing.

    But then there's this from the Guardian: "Senior Secret Service agents are reportedly prepared to testify that Donald Trump did not lunge for the wheel of his vehicle or physically attack the chief of his security detail after his speech near the White House on January 6 – as a former aide said he did in sworn testimony on Tuesday".

    (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/29/secret-service-agent-testify-trump-wheel-jan-6)

    I will withold judgement until the facts come out. But waiting for facts gets in the way of partisan Trump haters.

    Wednesday, June 29 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Just to quote some news and usual lies: Despite polls showing that a majority of Americans now believe Trump should be prosecuted by the Justice Department for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, the former president continues to assert that he did nothing wrong in regard to the riot at the Capitol.

    “This is merely an attempt to stop a man that is leading in every poll, against both Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from running again for the Presidency,” Trump said in a falsehood-laden, 12-page statement issued after the second day of testimony early in June.

    A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll finds that most Americans (52%) already believe that the Department of Justice should prosecute former President Donald Trump for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election — a number that could grow if Tuesday’s bombshell Jan. 6 testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson breaks through in the days and weeks ahead.

    The survey of 1,630 U.S. adults was conducted from June 24 to 27 — immediately after last Thursday’s hearing but before Tuesday’s session, which has proved to be the most dramatic to date.

    Wednesday, June 29 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll finds that most Americans (52%) already believe that the Department of Justice should prosecute former President Donald Trump for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election — a number that could grow if Tuesday’s bombshell Jan. 6 testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson breaks through in the days and weeks ahead. "

    Even if the "bombshell" is a false story? can't un-ring a bell can you?

    Wednesday, June 29 Report this

  • MargeS

    Trump allegedly told Engel: “I’m the f***ing president. Take me up to the Capitol now.”

    When he was turned down, Hutchinson said, she was told that Trump tried to seize the steering wheel. Engel grabbed his arm and said: “Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol.”

    Hutchinson said “Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel and when Mr Ornato recounted the story to me he motioned towards his clavicles”.

    Questioned by Liz Cheney, the committee vice-chair, Hutchinson said Engel did not dispute the account when Ornato relayed it.

    Ms Hutchinson never said she saw anything, she was relating what was told to her after the incident. Let's see if Pat Cipollone agrees to appear or like other cowards in the Republican administration declines or takes the 5th. The Republicans who have testified so far deserve our appreciation for not continuing his lies about the election.

    Wednesday, June 29 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Yeah, we have all heard the story, what we haven't heard yet is whether it's a true story or fabricated, but that doesn't stop some from repeating it as if it were reality.

    Two questions, does the Commander-in-Chief have the power to order the Secret Service? Does the SS have the right to disobey the C-in-C?

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I haven't gotten around yet to checking out the dementia that I seem to recall doing in Donald's father. Donald's temper tantrums are a bit ****ky.

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I thought I typed in the word ****ky there. Is that some censorable word that I don't know about?

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Well, I typed in a couple of 0's in place of o's, and that didn't work. What's with spo followed by oky?

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    This is a test..... ****

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    C'mon Leader..... "*******" is a verboten word now? Please someone tell me what makes that a censored word? I'm starting to wonder about the people in charge down there.

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • MargeS

    The next Jan. 6 committee hearing will be an interesting one. I tend to believe people that have nothing to gain by telling the truth. It's been such a long time since the Republicans have heard the truth, from Trump, they seem to have drank the kool-aid but can't remember why.

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Here is a link to a google search for the word/term S*P*O*O, https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=what+does+****+mean%3F

    I find nothing in there objectionable.

    Thursday, June 30 Report this

  • MargeS

    Your link doesn't make any sense.

    Friday, July 1 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    I see the problem the link I posted had the verboten word in it. Go to that link and just replace the xxxx with those four letters that the stupid censor program x's out.

    Friday, July 1 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I wanted to write about the Supreme Court and ******** but it's a bit tiring, hunting for synonyms for various words. Is *** still forbidden? Or GAY?

    How about LESBIAN? As you can see, I'm using this comment entry as a test. Is GENITALS all right? Then how about *****? Or do we just pretend they don't exist?

    Tuesday, July 5 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom, I find it kind of ironic that your vaunted icon of a free press, the Leader, censors our free speech. 1984 Thought Police much?.....

    Wednesday, July 6 Report this