The marks of time | Tom Camfield

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Posted 6/4/21

(That’s a cross-cut saw held by the man on the ladder in the above photo—but people forgot his name long ago.)

Meanwhile, a brief interlude of time for future generations to look back …

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The marks of time | Tom Camfield

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(That’s a cross-cut saw held by the man on the ladder in the above photo — but people forgot his name long ago.)
Meanwhile, a brief interlude of time for future generations to look back upon . . .

A reader once asked me challengingly if I thought one man alone (meaning Donald Trump) could destroy the earth. I still feel that given Donald enough time in office as an incompetent, ignorant and self-serving president there was little doubt about it.

And the question remains meaningful as long as he can continue waving money around and convincing the inattentive that he will get them something free of cost.

The real cost, of course, is just kicked down the road for our children and grandchildren to deal with. It includes the very earth that sustains — for the moment — today’s young and all of those who will follow the lot of us.

I’ll pause hera to quote one of my favorite writers of late, night editor of HuffPost, Ed Mazza. He reports that Trump is reportedly telling those close to him that he expects to be reinstated as president over the summer despite losing the 2020 Election. The headline to thus story reads: “‘Delusional’ Trump mocked on Twitter over unhinged new conspiracy theory,” and you may call it up there on your computer.

According to New York Times reporter Marge Haberman, Trump has been parroting a recent conspiracy theory that’s been popular among his QAnon followers.” Trump says he expects to be reinstated by August.

“In any case there is no legal mechanism to ‘reinstate’ a former present other than winning an election, which Trump did not do.”

Is he sane? Who’s to say? And who’s to say what drives the occasional Trump supporter who agrees with Donald’s accusation of some sort of “coup” led by ”media manipulation.” And when one fastens on this last as a defense of Trump from this ever-ready “Mainstream Media,” let’s stop and consider The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Denver Post  . . .  and on and on and on . . ..

They were all in on it?

I’ll pause here to include a couple of comments by troll Justin Hale that I have left unanswered. On May 20 after Biden had been in office exactly four months, Hale wrote: “Take away this damn pandemic and compare our situation after four years of Trump with six months of Biden. Is the border more secure? Are gas prices going up? Are the prices of lumbar/groceries going up?” That extra two months thrown into the soup is half the actual brief time Biden/Harris had been in office a few weeks ago, on May 20.

Four days before I write this, Hale wrote that Trump will go down in history as the worst president ever “Only in the minds of the haters and those who let the MSM do their thinking for them.”

There it is again, that undefined reference to a handy scapegoat! Someone should make a point of telling Justin along in LATE JULY, the 20th to be exact, that Biden and Harris have finally spent six months in office.

On June 2, the top of-page-one headline in The Seattle Times read “Biden administration freezes ANWR oil and gas leases.” Biden/Harris had been in office four months, 11 days. The Trump administration auctioned off the right to drilling the refuge’s coasts plain — home to thousands of migrating caribou and water fowl as well as the southern Beaufort ‘Sea’s remaining polar bears — just two weeks before President Biden was inaugurated, just five months ago. as I write this.

Treasury secretary Janet Yelling will be meeting Friday (also as I write this) with G-7 finance ministers in London. A June 1 headline in the Seattle Times read: “G-7 expected to back Biden on global minimum corporate tax.” Google that headline for this Washington Post story that begins: “‘Finance ministers from ‘Group of Seven’ nations on Friday are expected to back President Joe Biden’s call for a global minimum tax on corporate profits, giving him an early win in a grueling diplomatic campaign that is just beginning . . .”

I think the Biden-Harris team has worked wonders in getting the country back on its feet since the disaster of Donald Trump. But let’s remember that in less than a year we will be voting for party control of both houses of Congress. We’ve only just begun.

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Justin Hale

Hey Tom, instead of obsessively btiching about the man who is no longer in office why not tell U.S. what a great job your boy Biden is doing. Typical tactic of the loony left, distraction, look over there not here.

How's Joe doing on our Southern border? Oh right, Kamala's in charge.

Biden also has put Kamala in charge of "protecting our voting rights"..... Wait a minute, ever since the 2020 election we've been hearing that there was no fraud in our elections, they were as pure as the driven snow, so what is Kamala going to fix?

"waving money around and convincing the inattentive that he will get them something free of cost." How much "free money" has the Biden administration doled out since he came into office? Who will end up paying for that?

Today we have the government paying people not to work, our gas prices are going up, food prices going up, lumber prices through the roof. In other words, our standard of living has gone down since Biden took office, but oh yeah we need to worry about Trump.

"Four days before I write this, Hale wrote that Trump will go down in history as the worst president ever “Only in the minds of the haters and those who let the MSM do their thinking for them.” ..... Tom, you just quoted two left-leaning news sources, of course, you think Biden/Harris have "worked wonders".

Come on man, get real.

Friday, June 4
Tom Camfield

Do I think Biden/Harris have “worked wonders” since being in office? Quite likely. They’ve been in office barely 4 1/2 months, and it’s a relief to see national attention veering sharply and suddenly away from the personal interests of Donald Trump. The future of humankind does not hinge on white supremacy.

Also . . . On May 12, still a week less than a mere 4 months short of inauguration day, a page-one headline read: “Biden administration approves $3 billion offshore wind farm”—a first step in adjusting to the eventual scarcity of fossil fuel.

I’m sure more will be heard in this “comments” section. About the Trumps, the 2022 congressional and 2024 presidential elections.

Friday, June 4
Justin Hale

"it’s a relief to see national attention veering sharply and suddenly away from the personal interests of Donald Trump.".....Yes,since the left-wing media campaign to slur Trump out of office succeeded they have moved on and no longer subject the national attention to their lies and distortions. Except for the partisan zealots like Tom, who will keep invoking Trump fear/division as they move towards the 2022 and 2024 elections. "let’s remember that in less than a year we will be voting for party control of both houses of Congress. We’ve only just begun"

Saturday, June 5
Tom Camfield

Trump followers seem determined to destroy our environment as necessary to serve the brevity of their personal existence. The rest of us can see beyond our own noses.

And it’s not as if Donald Trump had retired. Next up for him will be the 2022 Congressional elections. While he cannot then yet personally run for a second term as president, he can work in various ways to set the stage for 2024.

In 2022, Donald will have slogged through a remaining year-plus of criminal charges emanating from his presidential term. But as he yet will be able to contend for another turn at running the country, neither will anyone else be able to for a couple of years. We can watch him undercut a number of likely future possibilities just to keep the camera focused on the Trump name.

By 2024, son Donald Jr. will be 47 at year’s end—and Donald himself, eligible perhaps despite his court experiences, could be a 78-year-old candidate . . . if he’s still alive and not .legally adjudged insane.

Who knows?

Between now and the critical control of Congress in 2022 will be the continued ravings of the man who claims he lost the popular vote by 3,000,000 but won the presidency via the electoral college in 2016—then had the same election somehow “stolen” from him while losing the same popular vote by 7,000,000 in 2020.

Near as can be determined, the thing actually being viewed as “thievery” in wizened minds was the opening of polls to more Blacks, Chicanos and other fringe units that have been held in check over years past by the political Right. Red-State legislatures throughout the country even now are unabashedly hastening to close polling and ballot-pickup sites, shorten polling hours, limit acceptable IDs, etc.

The ends, to the conservatives, justify these means.

Saturday, June 5
Justin Hale

"In 2022, Donald will have slogged through a remaining year-plus of criminal charges emanating from his presidential term."..... what criminal charges?

Personally, I would like Trump to remove himself from future political office, especially on the national level, he's too polarizing a personality. I was hoping that by now you Trump-haters would have moved on, but I guess that was wishful thinking.

In 2024 I will ask myself if I am better off under a Democrat administration or not, so far not, but as you said Tom it's early.

Regarding our elections, I think there are a lot of problems there, Trump established a commission in 2017 to look into it but that commission had to end because too many states objected, our own state asshat A.G. Ferguson among them. My thinking is if you can't prove you are a living U.S. citizen then you shouldn't be voting. There are things like extending the vote from one day to maybe a weekend that could be adopted, but absentee and mail-in voting are rife with fraud.

Saturday, June 5
Marge Samuelson

Give them time, in Georgia criminal charges on election fraud and conspiracy, in New York, tax fraud, and of course his part in the January 6 insurrection, which he should be tried for. Time will tell.

It takes nerve to be a Democrat, but it takes money to be a Republican. Will Rogers

Saturday, June 5
Justin Hale

"criminal charges on election fraud and conspiracy".....Wait a minute Marge, aren't you the one who said that there was no such thing as election fraud?

Trump will never be tried for what happened at the Capitol on January 6, nor should he be.

You haters just can't get beyond Trump can you?

As for that Will Rogers quote, nonsense! There are plenty of Millionaires on both sides.

Sunday, June 6
Marge Samuelson

what a surprise. no sense of humor, what a surprise. Same dumb answer from Justin In Hale, what a surprise.

Sunday, June 6
Tom Camfield

Trump “deserves a lot of pity, and we’ve got to call this bum out to be what he is. To stand up, be a man, and say it’s all a lie, and show some respect and love for the country," concluded Martin Sheen recently. A bit more is found June 4 on the Internet at “Martin Sheen Rips Trump With A Critique That Could Be Right Out Of ‘The West Wing’.”

Monday, June 7
Justin Hale

Just can't get beyond your Trump-hate can you Tom.

Maybe it's you who deserves our pity.

Tuesday, June 8
Marge Samuelson

Just can't get beyond your love of Trump can you Justin In Hale? I find that ridiculous, and I have no pity for you.

Tuesday, June 8