On November 23, 2019, I gave a speech at the Democrats of the Desert’s monthly meeting to a crowd of more than 100 persons. The pre-arranged topic was “An Impeachment Update.” This for a week when Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, Gordon Sondland and Fiona Hill had all testified before the House of Representatives. A week of history, infamy, or both. Below is an after-the-fact close but not perfect recreation of the speech from my notes, for posterity, and doing double duty as this week’s Rant.

As I was walking up a few people asked me what I had written. I was, as is my custom, holding a clipboard. I reached the lectern, adjusted my glasses, checked my water supply, and…

“At the top, it says “I WANT NOTHING” “I WANT NOTHING” and “NO QUID PRO QUO” in big letters. Just so I don’t forget my talking points, you know. (NOTE: It didn’t say that but I thought it was funny.) Now, as I was saying, Good Afternoon. I’m so glad to be back at the Democrats of the Desert. One of my favorite groups for sure. Makes me proud to be a democrat, you all do.

Good afternoon. As some of you may already know, I am not a morning person but on the morning of Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, I decided to get up at the ungodly hour of 6:00am AM to watch the testimony of Gordon Sondland. Now let me make myself clear, I did not expect our ambassador to the EU to be a beacon or perhaps even bacon of truth, but seeing as he donated a million dollars to the Trump campaign in exchange for a position he is in no way qualified for, I figured he would know a thing or two about quid pro quo, and that he likely was not the type who would take the spear for Trump.

I was not disappointed. In fact, his testimony was far beyond my bleary-eyed expectations when Sondland, did in fact, throw everyone, and I mean everyone, including Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Mulvaney and so many more guilty as sin members of the Trump Crime Syndicate under the bus, leaving no doubt in any sane person’s mind, other than apparently Will Hurd, the good soldier congressman from Texas, that our 45th president would surely be and rightfully so, impeached for his role in the now historical, or at least infamous, coming to a text book near you soon “Ukraine” for imaginary dirt on the Biden scandal.

Since we are talking about politics, the word “surely” as used above means I’m 99.999% positive Trump will be impeached by the House, the articles of impeachment drafted and delivered to the Senate for the quasi-judicial removal trial Moscow Mitch McConnell will be constitutionally bound to conduct. At the end of his trial, our 45th President will either be acquitted or convicted of all or some of the articles charged, and if convicted, most likely removed from office. The very first president to suffer such a fate. Like I said, historical.

But know this, whether Trump is removed from office or not, he will forever bear the asterisk of impeachment by his name as both a shame to himself, if he has any, and a warning to future generations of what happens when you elect as your leader, a man with such low moral standards as to require an inquiry into whether his physical removal from the highest office of the land before the end of his term was warranted, lest he do yet more harm to our democratic way of life.

Having been pleased with my decision to try to catch the early EU Ambassador who got dragged into the wonderful world of Rudy G. worm, the next early morning brought yet more damning, and I might add chilling, testimony from Fiona Hill. If there was anything left to say, she said it, involving both members of the House and Senate to stop spreading soviet propaganda as if it were truthful, legitimate and factually accurate “news” for discussion on any station other than Faux or perhaps RT. Will they? That I do not know, for within 24-hours Comrade Trumpski was again at it tweeting the Putin line, accusing Ukraine and the Bidens of corruption. And of course, that he wanted nothing, nothing, no quid pro quo, and just for Zelenski to do the right thing.

My advice Mr. President? Is stop worrying about supposed corruption in Ukraine, and to start rooting out the corruption right here, at home, right under your nose. In fact, it is your nose. So why don’t you and your coked-up nose (NOTE: Got booed for this one. I guess some people just can’t handle the truth.) just resign already and for once in your life save us tax-payers the cost of paying for your incompetence. Haven’t you had enough free golf on our dime? I mean really…

Fortunately, one way or the other, you will be gone soon. Yet once you’re gone we will still have a big problem to fix. Our two-party system is broken. We currently have but one functioning party. One party wanting to govern, and one party made up of greedy, self-interested politicians whose only agenda is to gain and maintain power for nothing worthier than power’s own sake, and perhaps engage in a doomed attempt to keep white male privilege as part of our glorious “culture.” Sadly, our “representatives” are willing to go so far as to enlist the help of and invite our adversaries, the Russians, to meddle in our elections rather than work with their American counterparts across the aisle.

And then, as always, there is “we.” We the people, the people in this room and across America. What are we to do with half of a country of our fellow citizens who prefer belonging to a cult of personality? Being told what to do and say and not think for themselves. To not only drink the Kool-Aid, but like it.

Who should we fear most? Is it the monster with the savior complex? Or those who want, or need to be saved by that monster we should fear? I for one, do not fear the Pied Piper or the rats that follow him. I do fear the same cannot be said of your average Trump supporter.

Ask yourself, what do they want or think they need to be saved from? Not only what, but from who? Who?

Saved from those of a different race or color? From a different country? Of a different gender or sexual orientation? A different faith or religion?

Might we ask them, what are you afraid of? Of shoeless men, women and children asking for a better life through asylum at our border? So afraid you would put children in cages?

Are you, afraid of us? Of the democrats in this room? Of me?

Do you really believe the Russians need to save you from your fellow countrymen in this room? Better red than in this room, here with us? Talking about a better future of racial harmony, equality, kindness and caring for all in our great nation?

Really?

Or, can we come together? Perhaps we could begin at the point of the original Republican, now Ddemocratic icon, Abraham Lincoln. Strangely, this week is also the 155th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. If you don’t mind, I’d like to read this somewhat short but memorable moment in our nation’s history.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”

“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under g-d, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government…

”And I will end here.”

“…of the people,
by the people,
for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.” –Abraham Lincoln

Thank you.

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