Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dear Senator Toomey: Please Do The Right Thing

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

My Dear America:

This Posting today will be my First Post following my very serious Heart Attack that occurred on January 13th.  Its great being back from the brink of death but the ongoing Impeachment Show Trial on the floor of the United States Senate is a pretty discouraging way to recover from a heart attack.  My Wife, My Kids, My other Family and Friends, My Doctors and all medical staff that I dealt with at Lehigh Valley Hospital all came through for me and I am now starting to feel as good as Bernie Sanders probably felt after his heart attack.  I, unlike Senator Sanders, am taking it easy for now.  

I did play a gig this last Saturday with my cohorts in the Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society at the Hotel Bethlehem.  We played at a birthday party for Marcia Hurst that was planned and pulled off by Marcia's husband and my long time friend, Jim Hurst.  It was a great time for everybody.  It was a particularly great time for me since my partying days had almost ended forever less than two weeks before the party.

What I am saying is that I am thrilled to be back blogging even though what I have to blog about is rather depressing. 

The following is a copy of the letter that I E Mailed to Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey yesterday, January 29th, 2020.

Dear Senator Toomey:

I am writing to you today because you are about to vote this week on what will surely be the most important votes of your career.  I know that you and your Senate colleagues have all been very clear that you are strong supporters of President Donald Trump.  Why you and your party members continue to try to shield Donald Trump from justice is a mystery to me.  To me the Republican Party has always been the party of Strong Patriotic Values.  That is before Donald Trump took over the reins of the United States Government.

I am not a Republican.  I am a Proud Democrat who has never voted for you  and probably never will.  Regardless, I am a Pennsylvania resident and one of your constituents and I beg you to do the right thing with regard to Impeachment.  As a long time Republican Politician you certainly have to recognize how much Donald Trump has damaged the United States and your Republican Party.  Trump has turned all of you Republican legislators into his Co-Conspirators in his rush to kiss the ass of Vladimir Putin and numerous other World Dictators in his sick and disturbing attempt to dismantle American Democracy.

I know that you and your Republican Senatorial colleagues are proud and decent Americans who want to do the right thing. Unfortunately for you and your friends the right thing is to vote to include John Bolton and possibly other witnesses.  I don't envy you right now.  You have a difficult job to do but you and other Senators need to recognize the fact that if you support Trump and legitimize the horrible things he has done over the last three years you are kissing Freedom and Democracy goodbye.  You know what a Dangerous Megalomaniac Fool Trump is.

Clearly The Emperor has no clothes and beside that no decency.  How can you and other Republicans in good conscience sanction the terrible things Donald Trump has done and will continue to do.  

What about Syria, where he midnight tweeted an invitation to Turkey and Russia to come on in and slaughter the Kurds, who had fought valiantly as our allies in the war against ISIS.  Are you OK with that.  I doubt it.

And what about his cruel and insane border policy separating children from their families with no thought of how families might reunite.

I could go on and on but I know that you are well aware of what Donald Trump is and what he has done. 

Although it is well known that Donald Trump is not a reader his first wife has often remarked that he kept a book of Adolph Hitler's speeches on his night table and read it often.  Clearly Trump read enough about Hitler to know that if he corrupts our Congress completely he can do what he wants with no thought of consequences.

Please vote to have John Bolton and Lev Parnas testify to the Senate and vote to impeach and remove Donald Trump from office.  

If you fail to come to America's rescue don't be surprised when Democracy in America fails to survive the cruel reign of Donald Trump.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher     

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New Years Madness in the MIddle East

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

My Dear America:

Well, it is barely one week into the new year and it already feels as though it has been over a year since we celebrated New Years Eve 2020.

Anyone expecting a calm and responsible start to 2020 is already out of luck.  

Republicans are continuing to Praise Donald Trump for his brilliant move in taking out Iranian General Qusem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport in Iraq.  The killing of Soliemani has opened up a Pandoras Box in the Middle East which may very well end with an all out war between the United States and Iran. 

In addition, the very shaky alliance between Iraq and the U.S. seems to have also ruptured as a result of the killing of Soleimani on Iraqi territory. The Iraqi Parliament has invited the United States to remove all our troops from Iraq where an already lukewarm war against ISIS will no longer be fought by American troops.

Something new in what seems to be a continuation of all out war between Republican and Democrat legislators and other Americans seems to be one more step over the line for Republicans.  Although not much love has been lost during the past several years between Republicans and Democrats, The Parties seemed to recognize at least some level of civility and recognition that they were all Americans who loved their country and in the end they were all on the same side.

That level of civility now seems to have been lost in the accusations by Republicans that Democrats who do not toe the Republican line are by definition


This new uncalled for, untrue and horribly unfair epithet is further evidence that Donald Trump's chokehold on the Republican Party has gone way too far and whether it is by Impeachment or by a Democratic Candidate beating him in the November Election this madness has got to stop.  

Already Trump Campaign literature has been sent out accusing Democrats of voting for Impeachment simply because they don't like Trump and tagging the Democrats who voted for Impeachment as Traitors.  

The truth is that by now there are very few Democrats who do like Trump. But the Impeachment inquiry was a fair and necessary investigation that Trump did his best to impede.  Only because brave Americans defied the President's order to defy House Impeachment efforts and were willing to undergo brutal and unfair abuse by Congressional Republicans during their testimony was the truth revealed that Donald Trump held up much needed military aid to Ukraine that had been approved by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress for his own selfish reasons.  One of those reasons could have been to help Vladimir Putin defeat the fledgling Democracy of Ukraine.  If that was the case who, indeed, was the Traitor.

It is time for Americans to wake up and smell the Treasonous fumes emanating from the White House and before it is too late put the brakes on Donald Trump before he turns us into the kind of police state in which no one can question anything he does and get away with it.  

Let us hope that Trump's latest thoughtless blunder will not unleash the Fire And Fury that he seems to like to Threaten the world with.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Election Year 2020

January 1st, 2020

My Dear America:

I am so sorry for what you have been through in the past 3 or 4 years.  Something Tragic happened on Election Day in November of 2016.  A Bad Mistake was made and we have been living with the consequences of that mistake since January of 2017.  

It is time that we recognize our mistake and in November of 2020 try to rectify it.  We will never get the time back that we have spent worrying about the horrid state of Democracy in our country.  But regardless of what happens with Impeachment we Americans do have a chance to get the worst President who ever lived there out of the White House.  Of Course, Donald J. Trump will probably call any legitimate election that he loses "Rigged" and will probably have to be forcibly removed by the military from the White House Grounds. That is alright with me.

Today is a New day, though.  And it is also the beginning of a New Year in which all things are possible.  Certainly Donald Trump's foolish and reprehensible decisions on the Home Front and on the World Stage will be hard but not impossible to rectify in the coming years but it is a New Year in the United States and with this new year even the impossible seems possible right now.  We still have a slew of Great Democrats vying for the title of President of the United States.  Any one of them would make a much better President than the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C..

As we look forward in 2020 to Election Day, however, we must look back at what has happened to our Country, especially in the past year, and learn some serious lessons from our experiences in Donald Trump's America.

We need to not only pick a Presidential Candidate who can beat Donald Trump.  We also need to pick a leader who we can be proud of.  Personally, I feel that I can be proud of most of the Democratic Presidential Contenders.  I do worry that having so many Democratic Candidates for President might actually have some negative consequences and in the end water down the support for the eventual Democratic Presidential Nominee.  But if the Nominee plays their cards right and takes some good ideas from those who ran against him or her they might be able to keep the Democratic Party from fracturing and be able to win back The White House for the Dems.

In addition to the White House, however, we Democrats need to continue to run Good Candidates for both the House and Senate.  We need to keep the Control over the House that we have gained and we need to do everything we can to take back Control of the United States Senate and maintain that Control.

Its a Tall Order for a Political New Year but the thought of 4 more years of Donald Trump in the White House should keep us all motivated to work hard for Democrats in 2020.  

If we don't get Donald Trump out of the White House we can look forward to January 1st of 2021 being a Dark and Threatening Day filled with regrets about what we failed to do in 2020.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher