Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Please Do The Right Thing, Senator Manchin

 June 2nd, 2021



Dear Senator Manchin:


I know you don't know me and I don't know you but I think its important to me and maybe to my Nation that you and I communicate.

I have been writing a Political Blog since 2008.  I have enjoyed the experience, for the most part. For the first time when President Trump was elected we were stuck with a criminal figure type person as our President.  I started writing a long time ago back when Richard Nixon was our President.  I think you are old enough to remember him.

Nixon was a very bad guy, we thought.  Ultimately, he paid the price but don't forget how long he lied about Watergate and in the end he never took responsibility for screwing around with elections by having his "Plumbers" place bugging equipment in Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. back in the Seventies.

I know that Bill Clinton was impeached because he had sex with an intern.  I'm not saying that it was right for him to have sex with an intern but it shouldn't  have been an issue that led to impeachment.  In my mind when the legislature convicted him that was not an acceptable result of Impeachment.  What Bill Clinton did should only have been an issue with Hillary and Chelsea and no other individuals outside of their family and probably Monica Lewinsky's Family, not with the Whitewater Special Prosecutor.

Let me get down to the nitty gritty of why I am attempting to communicate with you.  I/We need a favor.  Senator Manchin we the people of the United States endured Donald Trump for four years.  

That's enough for my 78 year lifetime.  

Back in July of last year when I started my Podcast which is called "Podcast For A Lost Nation", by the way, the reason that I started the Podcast was that I was extremely fearful of the prospect of Trump's Re- Election in November of 2020.  After the Election When I watched the careful voting coverage on MSNBC and CNN I worried that in the end Trump might win another four years.

Thank God that did not happen. 

Yes, We Democrats went to the polls like we have done for a long time and we voted for Joe Biden, among other Democrats.  After the January 6th Coup Attempt and Joe Biden's Inauguration I expected that there would be some serious weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Republican Party.  Certainly There has been considerable Republican Blowback.  But Republicans refuse to accept the reality that Joe Biden won fair and square.

But Joe Biden has taken the reins of Government from his Loser and Lunatic predecessor and has made a lot of positive moves.  You know as well as I do, Senator Manchin just what a great job President Biden is doing under very difficult circumstances.  You see every day, Senator Manchin that in the Republican Party which we are living with it is not only the fringe that is messed up.  It is 70 percent of the party still hanging on to the "Big Lie" lie that Biden did not legitimately win the 2020 election.

Those of us living down here in the real world know better.  We know, for instance that in the United States unlike other countries like Russia and others, we counted every vote.  And Thank God, Biden won.  

Mitch McConnell admitted Biden won on television in January and was chastised by his Party leaders for telling the truth.    Liz Cheney was tossed out of her Republican Leadership Position because she insisted on telling the truth. about the 2020 Election.

In fact, Donald Trump has never told the truth about the election or admitted his loss.  

In Fact, Donald Trump continues to pursue the lie that he won the 2020 Election, when he did not.  

We Democrats need to understand and react as though the shit is hitting the fan because it is.  The fact is that if Donald Trump is reinstated as his Republican Minions are claiming is going to happen this summer then we all better learn to goose step because, as usual, Donald Trump is working through the Hitler and Putin Playbook.

You made a remark, Senator Manchin just recently that you "didn't want to destroy our Democracy" by voting to kill the Filibuster.  The truth is, Senator Manchin, that if you don't cooperate with eliminating the Filibuster you may very well be killing the progress that Joe Biden has been making, in spite of Republican efforts to destroy the Biden agenda.  

We need your help, Senator Manchin,  to gently put the Filibuster where it belongs, in the binge heap of Bad Right Wing Republican Ideas that Survived Slavery but still exist.  

I know that you and Democrats in your state are in a tough spot.  You, Senator Manchin, are in a very tough spot.  But do you believe, Sir, that it is right that a simple majority cannot move important legislation in the Senate.  I know you have tried to be bipartisan with your colleagues and I certainly commend you for that.  You are a good man in a difficult situation.  But you need to understand, Senator Manchin just how important you are not only for your party but also for your country.

Look at the liars throwing out the Truth Tellers in the Republican Party.  Look at Q Anon taking over the Republican Party.  It goes way beyond Donald Trump.  Trump Lost.   Trump lies.  It should not surprise anyone that Trump is a liar continuing to lie about not losing the Election.  Only the insane or the terminally dumb should by now still be believing that Trump won in 2020.

Biden Won.  Get over it everyone not accepting that.

In all of the 78 years that I have been alive I never sincerely worried about whether Democracy would survive in the United States of America.  I am worried about that now, though.  Donald Trump is a 21st Century Hitler.  He is twins with Vladimir Putin.  He is the leader of a Dark and Dangerous Movement that is capable of everything his Ruthless Mentors are. 

We are up Shits creek without a paddle, Sir and only you and your Democratic Colleagues can open up the flood gates to badly needed Democratic Legislation.  

We need protection for real voting integrity, not the bullshit Voting integrity bills that are going to take our votes away from us if we allow Republicans to get away with the murder of liberty and voting rights for us all.  

You, Senator Manchin, can save us in our hour of need.  By cooperating with eliminating the Filibuster you might lose voters in West Virginia but I would be willing to bet large sums of money, if I had it, that you will not lose your seat in the Senate by doing the right thing and will be rewarded for your efforts to keep Democracy Alive in America.

A much needed bill which needs passing is the voting rights bill which will negate the extremely partisan and horribly Anti Democratic Legislation that Republicans are passing in states all over this country in order to keep their hopes alive in future elections.  Clearly they realize that the hour of their party passing into oblivion is near.  Why are they so aligned with Donald Trump.  They need him.  They see clearly that without him they are nothing.  Unfortunately, They are also nothing with Trump, as well.

So Please Senator Manchin as you ponder in the coming days what to do, please think about what is right about voting to freeze or completely eliminate the Filibuster and then get on with voting for truly needed progressive and positive legislation. Please observe the negativity of the Republican Party and save us from the death of Democracy at a time when we need Democracy more than we have ever needed it in our lifetimes.

Thank You Senator Manchin for allowing me to present my views to you and to all Americans.  I know you  truly love our country and in the end when you realize the consequences of your actions you will do not only the Democratic Thing but the Right Things, as well, and after the elimination of the Filibuster will pass the Right kind of Legislation that will help to keep Democracy and Hope Alive in the United States Of America for many centuries to come.

We genuinely need you, Senator Manchin, to help us to Save our Democracy.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Mystery Of Trump Cult Worship

 Friday, May 28th, 2021


My Dear America:

There must be something about him that is invisible to me.  Or at least there is something that is difficult for me to see and understand about his hold on So Many Americans, Both Republicans and even some Democrats.  I can see very clearly why and how Racists, The Klan and the Nazis can find something to love, or at least like in Donald Trump.  I have literally spent the entire four years he was in office trying to understand his hold on those Americans who love and admire Donald Trump.  I will never understand it.  It makes no sense to me. It never will.

He is very clearly a Racist himself and he doesn't hide it by any stretch of the imagination.  Maybe that's what some people like about him.  He doesn't try to hide his Racism.  He's ballsy.  He doesn't often tell the truth but he makes his Racism look like something good, Like something to be admired.

But what about those people who aren't Racists themselves who still seem obsessed and fascinated by a man who to some of us is just about the worst individual who ever occupied the White House.  

Now wait a minute, we have had some other very unsavory characters who were Presidents of the United States.  But until Donald Trump we never had Republicans lying about who won a Presidential Election.  And although we have had some terrible United States Legislatures before, until He came along we never had Republicans willing to stand back and accept Russian Propaganda as facts in the halls of Congress.

The evidence of Donald Trump's treachery and fawning allegiance not to America but to World Dictators has been clear for the entire time of his Failed Presidency.

But People who are Ever Trumpers seem to be blind to the fact that Donald Trump not only doesn't care about them but despises them just as he seems to despise much of what is good in America.

Maybe I just know too much about him.  I've read a lot of the more popular but respected books about him.  None of them were very flattering portraits of a man who should be President.  Just the opposite.

Maybe its the fact that Donald Trump, unlike many American leaders before him does not try to hide his faults.  Instead he performs his evil deeds right out front for everyone to see.  Clearly some people like that.

But at some point it is time for the Trump Cult to recognize just how much they are giving up by siding with someone who is truly rotten to the core.  

Just ask his Niece, Mary Trump, who he shafted out of a fortune.

Also Ask his Former Personal Lawyer and Fixer, Michael Cohen, who famously said he would "take a bullet" for Donald Trump.  Cohen never took a bullet for Trump but he did take two Years in Prison for Donald Trump with Trump showing his appreciation for Cohen's sacrifice by disparaging and demeaning Cohen to anyone and everyone.  

But Michael Cohen woke up to reality in Prison just like some of those people who will go to jail for Trump for their crimes committed in and around the United States Capitol Building on January 6th, 2021.  Many of them will wake up to reality in jail although it will be too late for some whose lives will be ruined by a President who preferred to propagate "The Big Lie" rather than admit to the truth which was that he was fully and legitimately defeated in the November 2020 Presidential Election. 

Michael Cohen found out the hard way just how much his loyalty to Donald Trump was misplaced and these days Cohen is out of jail and spilling his secrets and broadcasting some very interesting programs on his "Mea Culpa" Podcast.

Something tells me that Trump's Strongest Florida Congressional Ally. Matt Gaetz is also bound to find out what other Trump Acolytes have found out in due course.  Trump will be your friend when he can get something from you, but when you can no longer help him he will jettison you from his orbit as quick as you can say "Mike Pence". 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher



Thursday, May 20, 2021

The Ghosts Of January 6th

May 20th, 2021


 My Dear America:

Well, I did it.  I'm ashamed of myself for doing it but its too late.  I did it anyway.  I wanted to avoid it like the plague and I did for awhile but I just had to see for myself what it would look like for one of the most inarticulate individuals of all times when he started a Blog.

Yes, People.  I couldn't take it any longer.

In the end I had to find out what it would look like when Donald Trump started  a Blog.

Well, I found out.  I checked out Donald Trump's Blog and suddenly I am feeling like someone who stumbled on what is probably the worst Blog that has ever been produced.

Is this guy so incredibly digitally illiterate that he couldn't find someone in Mara Lago or somewhere in Florida who could have helped him to put together a Blog that he could be proud of.  Well, to be honest I'm glad he once again showed himself to be one of the dumbest, most illiterate, most creatively stunted individuals who ever created a Blog.

Actually That's Okay with me that he screwed something up one more time.  

One of my Favorite Stand Up Comedians is Sebastian Maniscalco and one of his favorite Catch phrases is "Aren't You Embarassed."

I think that Catch Phrase could not only apply to Donald Trump and his Drab Bullshit Blog.  

It could and should apply to nearly everyone in the Republican Party who is still on board with Donald Trump and his "Big Lie." Namely that he won the 2020 Election By A Landslide.

Certainly Donald Trump has a a lot to be embarrassed about besides his Blog. So do his Republican Allies.  Yet none of them seem to be the least bit embarrassed as they falsely claim a 2020 election victory and race to put the fix in on the 2022 Election in almost every state in which Republicans wield power

Yesterday was certainly not a great day for Donald Trump.  It was the day after it was announced by The Attorney General of New York State That Donald Trump who we had known was already under investigation in a Civil Case was now under a Criminal Investigation.  He is also under investigation by the District Attorney of New York City and also under investigation in Georgia for trying to influence the Georgia Secretary of State to swing the 2020 Georgia Election his way.

On the Joy Reid Show on MSNBC last night Trump's Long Time Corporate Attorney, Michael Cohen, who once foolishly stated that he "would take a bullet" for Trump had some very interesting insights into what might lie ahead for Donald Trump and his Family.  Cohen, whose loyalty to Trump has been tempered in recent years by going to prison for the crime of making payments to Trump's girlfriends while Trump showed his appreciation by denigrating Cohen every chance he could get, expressed that he felt that when Trump is charged with any crime he will probably respond by accusing Trump officials, including his own children, of acting without his knowledge.  In other words, Trump will throw anyone he needs to, including his own children who ran his business while Trump was in the White House, under the bus.

Also happening yesterday the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, with over 30 Republican Representatives on board, approving the formation of a Commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol Siege by Trump Supporters which resulted in several deaths.  While many Capitol Rioters have been arrested and charged following the Capitol Crimes most of those arrested have pointed to Trump's speech prior to the Riot as being the reason for their Invading and Trashing the Capitol where rumor has it and the gallows they built indicates that the Capitol Crashing Rioters were looking to "Hang Mike Pence."

Pence to his credit ended up still doing the right thing on January 6th and presided over The Certification of the Electors in the evening of January 6th after the Riot was over.  Unfortunately, when he was last heard from Mike Pence was once again in lock step with those Republicans like Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell who were outraged and very vocally pissed off about what happened on January 6th but had the nerve on May 19th to speak out against and in McCarthy's case vote against the establishment of the Bipartisan Negotiated Capitol Riot Investigation Committee.  Mike Pence's Brother, Greg Pence, was one of those Republicans who voted against the establishment of the Commission.

What has happened to Republican Legislators since Joe Biden's Election Certification on the evening of January 6th, 2021?  It seems as though One by One, with few exceptions, they have chosen to forget about having their lives placed in danger on January 6th and instead have pledged their devotion to Donald Trump and by so doing have changed their minds about the Capitol Invasion by Trump's Goon Squad.  After All, They only almost died.  They are, after all, still alive.

Certainly it is clear why Kevin McCarthy couldn't wait any longer to kick Liz Cheney off of her Leadership Position.  After all, How would it look to have Liz Cheney continuing to rail against Donald Trump while other Republican Legislators and Legislative leaders were pledging their love and loyalty to Donald J. Trump.

Certainly Liz Cheney is not going to goose step back into the good graces of Donald Trump and the Republican Leaders who are continuing to back Trump and The Big Lie.  

What is going to happen to Republicans when and if Trump is indicted in the near future in more than one state?

Will Republicans who seem to have enduring devotion to Trump continue to support him when that happens?

Who knows.

What we do know is that on January 6th Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy were both vocally expressing their anger at the fact that Donald Trump stoked the fires of Insurrection that resulted in lives lost at the Capitol.  And Yet, now they don't seem to give a damn about those lives lost.  

Turner Classic Movies showed the movie "Judgement At Nuremburg" Last Night.  It was an interesting and disturbing film that showed how The Nazi buildup in Germany occurred very gradually and that early signs of Adolf Hitler's hatred of Jews was not taken very seriously until it was too late for over Six Million Human Beings.   Men Women and Children perished because of no crime committed other than being born Jewish or Disabled, or a Gypsy or a Communist.

It is well known that Donald Trump is not a scholar but he did read a lot about Adolf Hitler.  He found out from Hitler's speeches how to influence crowds and find scapegoats.  At the end of the Semi Historical Trial portrayed in "Judgement At Nuremberg" Spencer Tracy as the Main Judge says something very profound at the end of the trial when former Nazi Judges are given Life Sentences.

Spencer Tracy states at the end of the Trial that what was learned over the course of the Nazi Judges Trial in Nuremberg was the importance of the following:

                   Justice, Truth and The Value Of One Human Being

These are concepts whose values seem to be rapidly disappearing in a world in which legal votes don't seem to count any more and Democracy which has lasted for over 300 years may soon be a disappearing Concept in what was once Truly The United States Of America.

In this Country if we don't wake up to reality soon The Ghosts of World War II and The Ghosts of January 6th May End Up Haunting Us All For The Rest of Our Lives.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher     

Sunday, May 9, 2021

God Save The Republican Truth Squad

 Sunday, May 9th 2021


My Dear America:

It is certainly a sad state of affairs that out of the Hundreds of Republicans in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate that only Three individual Republicans are willing to stand up and tell the truth about the November 2020 Presidential Election.


Those Individuals are:

Utah Senator Mitt Romney

Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney

and 

Illinois Representative Adam Kinsinger


This Three Member Republican Truth Squad is made up of people whose credentials are those of Genuine Conservative Republican Lawmakers who can obviously recognize Truth from Fiction and are having a difficult time recognizing what happened to the Republican Party that they grew up in.  That Party has changed in ways that Cheney, Romney and Kinsinger would never have dreamed possible

When there is so much progress going on in the White House and the Democratic Party these days I find it difficult to continue to talk and write about Donald Trump.  I thought by now that after four years of Trump Insanity capped off by the dangerous attempt to genuinely steal the 2020 Election by the January 6th Mob that Donald Trump would by now be a bad memory growing more distant every day. 

After all, he is still off Facebook and Twitter, Thank God.  But inexplicably he seems to continue to remain like a Reckless Ghost on the minds and in control of the emotions of Republicans in Congress and in the State Houses all over the Country.

It is not hard to figure out how and why Trump lives in the hearts of his Cult Members.  I try to tune in to Fox News at least a couple of times a week just to find out what Republicans are hearing on that Desperate and Deficient Television Network.  On Fox, as well as on Newsmax and on (OAN) One America News Networks it would be easy for anyone tuning in who didn't know the score to believe that Donald Trump was still the legitimate President who has been Royally screwed by the Democratic Party under the influence of Reckless Bands of Blacks and Jews.  On the Trump Cult News Networks Reality doesn't seem to exist.  Only Dangerous Democratic Enemies who have stolen their Golden President from his Legitimate Presidency seem to be worthy of discussion.  

The Trump Cult News Networks are becoming somewhat more reality based however as they are presently facing the prospect of some very significant financial losses from being sued by the Voting Machine companies that they unfairly disparaged during the 2020 Election.  Those Networks don't seem to be as inclined as they had been to put Madmen like Mike Lindell, the My Pillow Guy or The Russian Collaborator Guy, General Mike Flynn on their networks to spew their 2020 Conspiracy Theories.

As Republicans in Congress have become more Looney in the past few months Joe Biden has hit the ground running and has been doing what he can to get the country back on track.  He has tried to reach out to Mitch McConnell and other seemingly less radical Republicans but despite the fact that Biden and McConnell have been friends for a long time, McConnell seems to have gone fully over to the the Dark Side.  Just as McConnell had vowed at the beginning of the Obama Administration to make Obama a one term President, McConnell, who pissed Trump off by announcing in January 2021 that Biden had won the Presidential Election, now seems to realize that nearly everyone in the Republican Party is singing the old Eighties Hard Rock Anthem, "Mama, We're All Crazy Now."

I feel somewhat sorry for The Republican Truth Squad.  They are, after all, the most sane individuals in a legislature and a Party that has gone completely off the rails.  I do salute their bravery and spirit in standing up for the truth in a Party that is presently all in on telling "The Big Lie" That Donald Trump really won the 2020 Election, not Joe Biden.  

The sad truth for Republicans is that there is no basis for telling "The Big Lie."  Donald Trump will never admit that he lost the 2020 Election but the actual honest to God truth is that Donald Trump did lose the Presidency in 2020, whether he admits it or not.  

I feel bad for the thousands of Americans who did their Patriotic duty in 2020 and whether it was by mail in voting or marching to the polls they cast their ballot.  Yes, Trump voters are undoubtedly disappointed that their candidate lost but that does not give them the right to do away with the long voting history and tradition of America whereby when the voting is over the person with the most votes wins. That is called Democracy and a Democratic Tradition of voting has been with us since the days of George Washington and will be with us for as long as Democracy lives in the American Democratic system.

For the four years that Donald Trump was in office we were not living in a very Democratic system.  When Donald Trump was in office he did what he wanted, whether it was proper or legal didn't much matter to him.  He was a Power Mad Authoritarian and he is still a Dictator in Waiting and the Republican Party seems to be in Waiting with him.  

Nobody in the Republican Party other than the Republican Truth Squad seems to be willing to point out that The Emperor has no clothes, or that The Republican Party has no clues or class anymore about what is or is not Democracy.

The Republican Party also seem to have no principles anymore.  

Republicans voted for a man in 2020 who was OK with doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin, who was OK with Saudi Arabia killing and dismembering Jamal Khoshoghi, who was OK with separating Immigrant children from their parents and not maintaining information that could help them connect later on, who was OK with downplaying the worst Pandemic in my lifetime just so he could get himself re elected, who was OK with Rioters attacking the Capitol to look for and hang a Vice President who had been nothing but Loyal to Trump.

When it comes to Legislation and Principles I have very little in Common with Romney, Cheney and Kinsinger.  During the Trump Administration all Three of Them were almost in Lock Step with Donald Trump every step of the way just like all of their Republican Congressional Colleagues.  They, like the rest of their Party created Trumpzilla, the Monster Who Ate The Republican Party.

Unlike Their Goose Stepping Comrades in Congress, however, they are unwilling to Lie about the 2020 Election simply in order to appease Trumpzilla.

Good for them for not joining in on the Chorus of "Mama, we're all Crazy Now"


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Revenge Of The Cyber Ninjas

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021


My Dear America:

As usual, on last night's Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel blew my mind once again, as she seems to be able to do every night.  The truth is, though, that it is not difficult for Rachel to keep coming up with incredible stories concerning Donald Trump and the Republican Party.  

Quite frankly I would prefer not to write anything at all anymore about Donald Trump.  I would be happy never to write his name or hear his name spoken ever again in my life.  I know that Trump would hate it if the American Media would actually forget about him and never write about him or talk about him on Television or Radio. 

But Donald Trump is a clever devil.  He knows how to constantly manipulate his image.  He is, after all is said and done, just a Simple New York Real Estate Businessman who has figured out how to not just be successful in Real Estate but also be a successful enough Politician to become President of the United States. 

How the hell did that happen?  

He has three News Networks that make everything he does seem like works of  Political Genius.  You have to give the guy credit for balls.  He doesn't have much else going for him but he does have balls.

Getting back to Rachel Maddow.  Rachel has had the best Political Show on Television for a long time now.  She seems to have a knack for finding out and exposing stories that other journalists have either missed or just didn't think were important enough.  I remember hearing Rachel Maddow on Air America Radio.  Rachel was on a Morning show, at first with two other Co Hosts.  Chuck D. of the Hip Hop Group, Public Enemy was one of the hosts. The other Co Host was  Lizz Winstead, who was the Co Creator of The Daily Show that Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah hosted for many years. It seemed to me that Rachel's Co Hosts were hardly ever on the Air America Program but Rachel was always on and always interesting and always had Relevant Political Stories to tell.  Following the Cancellation of the Air America Morning Show it wasn't long after when The Rachel Maddow Show ended up as a Three Hour Radio Program in a better time slot on Air America Radio  

Keith Olbermann was the host of the "Countdown" Program on MSNBC when he began featuring Rachel on his program more and more.  Unfortunately for Keith, he ended up losing his show but Rachel Maddow and also Laurence O'Donnell, who were both often Olbermann's guests on "Countdown" ended up with their own MSNBC Political Shows.

It seems as though I've gone off on a tangent here about the history of Rachel Maddow in broadcasting.  That's OK Though.  I love Rachel Maddow and I have for a long time admired her broadcasting skills.

Anyway, I will try to get back on track here.  

Rachel had one of her unusual stories on last night's Television Broadcast that blew my mind.  She revealed that some Republican Party Leaders in Arizona have taken steps to try to try to recount the votes from the November 2020 Election in Maricopa County in that state.  

Why are these Qanon Conspiracy Theorists  only wanting to count the votes in Maricopa County? Because that county was largely responsible for Donald Trump losing Arizona to Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election. 

The Unhappy Arizona Republicans want to pay for their effort to Recount the 2020 Election with Arizona Taxpayer Funds, along with generous donations from Unnamed Sources.

But here's the Kicker.

The Company that the Arizona Republicans have hired to do their Dirty Deed is called Cyber Ninjas.  Yes, people, you heard that right.

CYBER NINJAS

Rachel also revealed that one of the prime movers in getting Cyber Ninjas on the job in Arizona and other states which Trump legitimately lost is OAN (One America Network) .

The worst of it is yet to come.  Cyber Ninjas has been required by the Arizona courts to produce documentation of how they plan to conduct the Recount.  Cyber Ninjas has advised the courts that they cannot reveal their business secrets so they just want to have Arizona trust that their methods of counting votes will be above board.

What in the hell has happened to this country?  Are we living in a Third World Country now?  Is Democracy and choosing a President by legitimate counting of votes a thing of the past. I hope not.  

It is time for Americans to wake up to the insanity that seems to have taken hold of our Democracy and won't let go.  

I would suggest that all of us start tuning  in to Rachel Maddow and follow the true story of our shameful Republican Party Meltdown.  

I thought for many years that It can't happen here that we could lose our Democracy.

I was wrong.  We are in an all out press by the Republican Party to return a Dangerous Dictator to Power in any and every way possible.  

Since we have a President who is doing the right things every day it is possible to be complacent and not worry about the Death of Liberty and Democracy in America but I am very worried that if we don't start taking these maniacs seriously that we are in for an incredibly Rude Awakening.

Start Watching Rachel if you haven't watched her before and call your Congress Person and your Senator and tell them you have not given up on Democracy and that you never will. 

  

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher


 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Life And Legacy Of Walter Mondale

 Saturday April 24th, 2021


My Dear America:

Minnesota is a state that has produced some really Outstanding Politicians.  Some of those Minnesota Politicians were considered Eccentric and Unusual.  Governor Jesse Ventura and Senator Paul Wellstone were certainly out of the ordinary Politicians.  Although he was not ultimately successful in his pursuit of the Presidency, Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy set the 1968 Presidential Race into a tailspin.  His successful entry into the Democratic Party Primary Race for the Presidency resulted in Lyndon Johnson abandoning the race, Bobby Kennedy getting into the race and eventually being assassinated in California on the verge of the 1968 Democratic Convention and another Minnesota Politician, Hubert H. Humphrey eventually becoming the  1968 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate eventually being beaten by Republican Party Candidate, Richard Nixon. 

Hubert Humphrey was, in my estimation, one of the most outstanding Liberal-Progressive American Politicians of all time.  He had an important role in implementing much of the important legislation responsible for Social Welfare Benefits, Civil Rights and Fair Employment Protection which continue to protect Americans today. 

While Walter Mondale became an accomplished Democratic Politician on his own in Minnesota Politics, the fact that Hubert Humphrey was a personal friend, as well as Mentor to Mondale was certainly beneficial to Mondale's Political Career.

When Hubert Humphrey was elected Vice President to Lyndon Johnson and his Senate seat opened up, Humphrey advocated that Mondale be appointed to fill his seat.  Since Mondale had some significant experience in Minnesota Politics and Humphrey was in his corner Mondale got the nod.  

During Mondale's Senate Career, unlike Humphrey who was an unabashed and unashamed Liberal Politician all his life, Mondale recognized that he might be a more successful politician if he maintained a more Centrist position in the Senate and he did so, although he was a strong advocate for Civil Rights.  Although Mondale initially supported the War in Vietnam, Like many Democrats his support for that war faded over time.

When Senator George McGovern ran for President against Richard Nixon in 1972 he asked Walter Mondale to be his Vice President but Mondale turned him down.  Mondale had been advised by his mentor, Hubert Humphrey what the realities were with regard to being Vice President to President Johnson.  Humphrey had advised Mondale that it was largely a ceremonial job with little or no power and little or no appreciation from anyone, especially the President.

In 1976 when Jimmy Carter came out of Georgia to win the Democratic Party Nomination he talked with Walter Mondale about being his Vice President.  Mondale advised Carter that if he accepted the Vice Presidency that he would expect to actually be Carter's Political Partner and be involved in all aspects of the Presidency.  Jimmy Carter agreed to Mondale's request and the two were elected and for the most part had a positive and productive Presidential and Vice Presidential Partnership.  

Unfortunately in 1980 when Carter and Mondale Ran for Re Election the Iran Hostage Crisis had soured the country on Carter and the Carter-Mondale ticket failed to win a second term.  

While few knew it at the time Ronald Reagan's Campaign Manager and eventual CIA Director, William Casey, had reportedly made a deal with the Iran Government behind Carter's back to provide guns to the Iranians in exchange for their releasing the American Hostages that Carter had been unsuccessful in getting released.  Oddly enough the Iranian's released the American Hostages on the day of Ronald Reagan's Inauguration.

In 1984 Walter Mondale was once again on the Democratic Ticket, This time running for the Presidency.  His Vice Presidential choice was Geraldine Ferraro, a spunky and talented New York Congresswoman, whose choice had been suggested by Speaker of the House "Tip" O'Neill.  Mondale and Ferraro lost the Presidential Contest but Mondale's choice of Ferraro for the National Ticket had shown that Women had totally arrived in National Politics.

Walter Mondale went back to Minnesota after his 1984 defeat and although he kept a low profile he still kept his hands in politics.  Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose first job was as an intern with Mondale when he was Vice President, would credit him with being a Mentor and a Friend and someone who she would miss terribly following his passing.

Many people in Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States will Miss Walter Mondale.  He was an institution in his state and unlike many politicians these days, he was loved by almost everyone.  Walter Mondale was the kind of Centrist Politician that used to be the norm.  He was a throwback to another era when Politicians respected and admired each other even when the other person was of a different party and had different views.  We were all lucky to have him for a little while and we will all miss him and politicians like him terribly in the coming years. 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Monday, April 5, 2021

Matt Gaetz: Portrait Of An Entitled Fool

 April 5th, 2021


My Dear America:

If you find a Copy of "The Book Of Rich, Obnoxious, Entitled, Egotistical, Right Wing, Trump Loving Assholes" you will find a picture of Florida Congressman, Matt Gaetz on both the Cover and the First Page.

Gaetz has dedicated his public life so far to just two things.


Getting Himself Noticed 

And 

Kissing Donald Trump's Ass.


I have to admit that Matt Gaetz has been enormously successful in both Pursuits.

The first time I remember hearing the name Matt Gaetz was the day that Michael Cohen testified to the House Oversight Committee, for which Elijah Cummings was the Chairman.  Although not all Congressional Committees were televised there was a  lot of interest in what Cohen, Donald Trump's Long Time Personal Lawyer and Fixer, would be saying in the Committee Hearing which was going to be televised. 

At this point in time it was obvious that Cohen who had used his own money to pay off Porn Star ,Stormy Daniels had been hung out to dry by Donald Trump.  Cohen had attempted to cut a deal with the Southern District of New York's U.S. Attorney to avoid Jail time but by the time of his Oversight Committee Testimony it was understood that Cohen would be going to Jail for aiding Trump while Trump was facing no charges at all for the same Porn Star Payoff Incident that had occurred shortly before Trump's 2016 Election. Trump was also dissing Michael Cohen every chance he got.  Trump was conveniently out of the country in Vietnam meeting with Kim Jong Un on the day of Cohen's testimony.  It was correctly assumed that Cohen would have some very damning things to say about his former Employer who was now the President of The United States.  

At some point in the proceedings on the day of Cohen's Testimony one of the Television Commentators talked about an E Mail that Florida Congressman, Matt Gaetz had sent to Cohen that was making threats about exposing something about Cohen's Father in Law.  It was also noticed that although Gaetz was not a member of the Oversight Committee he had been striding around the Committee Room making obvious angry looking faces at Michael Cohen.  It was something that got him noticed and not in a good way.  It would not be the last time that Matt Gaetz would go out of his way to get himself noticed.

During the Closed Hearings conducted by the House Intelligence Committee chaired by California Congressman, Adam Schiff that were investigating Donald Trump's extremely questionable and possibly impeachable conduct with regard to Ukraine once again Matt Gaetz got himself noticed by leading a rather large group of Republican House Members to conduct what amounted to an extremely inappropriate Republican raid on the closed hearings.  Once again Matt Gaetz went out of his way to get himself noticed.

On another occasion during the Pandemic Gaetz apparently in an effort to protest the fact that House members were being required to wear masks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Gaetz had himself photographed sitting on the floor of the the House in a full and overly bulky Gas Mask Once again getting himself noticed.

In an HBO Documentary that I watched recently Gaetz seemed to be the star as the documentary showed the lengths that Gaetz had gone to to be admired by and close to President Donald Trump.  In that documentary Gaetz proudly admitted to being Donald Trump's biggest fan in the House even though the documentary showed that Gaetz was derided and despised on the streets of Washington and New York by those individuals who were not fans of Donald Trump.  Noticed Again.

Certainly Matt Gaetz has also been noticed in his many Trump Fawning Appearances on several Fox News Programs extolling not only his own Republican Virtues but also those of Donald Trump.

Within the past week, though, Matt Gaetz has become noticed once again and not in a good way.  Gaetz and his Florida Buddy, Joel Greenberg (A dethroned Florida Tax Collector who seems to be trying to get himself named "The Most Corrupt Public Official Of All Time") are apparently being investigated.  Although Greenberg's activities seem to be far more wide ranging, it seems as though the United States Department of Justice is looking into the possibility of charging Matt Gaetz with transporting an underaged Minor across state lines for the purpose of sex.  Supposedly the incredibly brilliant Congressman has left Apple Pay and other online receipts that he used to pay sex partners to be picked off the internet by the FBI. He has also been known to show pictures of his sexual conquests to other Congressional Colleagues on the floor of the House.  This is not too strange since when he was in the Florida legislature he was known to have set up a game where he gave himself different points for the kind of women he slept with including Lobbyists and married women.

All I can say is that this scandal couldn't happen to a more deserving Congressman.  

After all, Gaetz is only following in the footsteps of his All Time Political Hero and Favorite President.

Donald J. Trump. 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher