Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A momentous day

This is another scene from the recent wedding. You'll notice the fellow without his jacket on at the left table. He is Lili's on-again/off-again boyfriend. Well, it is a momentous day because he is finally moving out.  I won't go into the reasons why this is happening, but it is important to note that some differences between people can not be overcome by love alone. And it is important because there is a breaking point between what is tolerable and what is not tolerable at both micro levels (the personal) and macro levels (society's body politic.)

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Lili's situation is one of micro level problems.  Although her boyfriend is a nice and affectionate person, there are things which he refused to deal with that brought Lili to her breaking point. It's sad, as he is a very nice fellow, and is someone who can tolerate Lili's mercurial behaviors. 

I've written much about Lili and her craving to have someone special in her life.  Without this man being around the house, will she go back into constant craving mode?  Who knows? I'll be there for her as a friend, but I won't let that craving get in the way of a good friendship. Instead, I'll try to steer her into healthy behaviors. And maybe, she will find someone nice who can fill that vacancy in her heart.

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At the macro level is today's summit conference between Trump and Putin.  He has just shown that he is Russia's puppet.  All Trump had to do was to say that he wanted those Russian spies to be held to American justice, then leave upon Putin's refusal to hand the spies over to our justice system.  He could have cancelled the summit.  He didn't. And even the GOP establishment is screaming FOUL! at him.

The Atlantic has an editorial piece noting that this is a moment of decision for the GOP (and America).  To quote James Fallows:

But never before have I seen an American president consistently, repeatedly, publicly, and shockingly advance the interests of another country over those of his own government and people.

Trump manifestly cannot help himself. This is who he is.

Those who could do something are the 51 Republican senators and 236 Republican representatives who have the power to hold hearings, issue subpoenas, pass resolutions of censure, guarantee the integrity of Robert Mueller’s investigation, condemn the past Russian election interference, shore up protections against the next assault, and in general defend their country rather than the damaged and defective man who is now its president.

For 18 months, members of this party have averted their eyes from Trump, rather than disturb the Trump elements among their constituency or disrupt the party’s agenda on tax cuts and the Supreme Court. They already bear responsibility for what Trump has done to his office.

But with every hour that elapses after this shocking performance in Helsinki without Republicans doing anything, the more deeply they are stained by this dark moment in American leadership.

I have posed that a President Pence will be worse than a President Trump.  Until the GOP is forced to act to contain Trump, the American public must demand that Trump's ongoing treasonous activity be stopped - and only the GOP can make it happen....

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