Sunday, March 19, 2023

Tumultuous Times

 I listened to CNN while driving home from Florida's Gulf Coast yesterday. The three-hour late-afternoon drive passed by quickly as I was confronted with the news that just does not seem to end in its ability to be unbelievable. 

Some of what I heard during the drive follows.

There is the continuing saga of the disgraced former president who does not know when to quit and accept that he committed crimes and like any other American is going to be held accountable. 

Truth is truly stranger than fiction

In the United States, MAGA Republicans have been faced with evidence released in the Dominion Voting Systems defamation case against the Fox News Corporation that shows Fox News Channel personalities lied to them. Now those who have cleaved to Trump have to face that he is asking them to risk their freedom to oppose his arrest for paying $130,000 to an adult film actress to keep quiet about their sexual encounter, hardly a noble cause. And the last time he asked people to defend him, more than 1,000 of them—so far—faced arrest and conviction, while he went back to playing golf and asking people for money.  (Letters from an American)

And then, while Russia continues its illegal invasion of Ukraine and China is planning to likely provide additional aid to Russia, the most important thing on the plate of House Republicans is:

House Oversight Republicans said in a new memo issued Thursday that members of President Joe Biden’s family received just over $1 million indirectly from a Chinese company – the committee’s latest disclosure in its investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings.

The memo, which representatives for the White House and Hunter Biden’s legal team quickly dismissed, does not provide any evidence tying the payments directly to President Joe Biden, which Republicans have said is the purpose of their investigation. (CNN)

I firmly believe there are a lot more important issues facing the Congress right now that looking into the finances of private Americans who, apparently, did nothing wrong.

Congress continues to amaze and confound, while the news entertains and frightens. 

My drive seemed to pass quickly.

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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