Rep. Katko, Facebook, Impeachment and Me

On my Facebook page, Thursday 1.23.2020, appears an entry with a picture of John Katko, the elected representative in the House in Washington, DC from NY 24, my district. Above the image it says, “Rep. Katko worries that the ‘sloppy’ impeachment process will mean more impeachments in the future.” Below the picture it says, “Rep. John Katko calls impeachment process ‘sloppy’ as trial begins.” Well, of course I just had to say something, and then something more. I had to take the temperature of the nation and see if Republicans still had ‘the fever’. (They do.)

Every time I get into one of these comment wars on Facebook I swear that I will never do that again, then I do. I remind myself of Sally Fields in Soap going to malls to take in the remnants of her fame (except I am putting myself out there to be linguistically annihilated). Or perhaps it’s like Trump going to a rally of his cult whenever the reality of his unpopularity gets too obvious. His rallies restore him; my forays on Facebook remind me that my reality is not everyone’s reality. Did I give good answers? Probably not. But the interchanges are certainly informative and I always lose; there may be no way to win.

And so it begins…

Me: You are saying the Dems were sloppy and I am saying the Senate trial is fake. Your reasoning is twisted by your ambition, Mr. Katko.

Josh to Me: your opinions are not facts….  (1 like emoji)

Me to Josh: Didn’t you know? There are no facts anymore. (1 angry emoji)

Josh to me: hence the impeachment (skull emoji) (1 like)

Dawn to me: It was the houses job to get the guilt in their inquiries/investigation they failed and cannot prove their case with what they have (1 angry)

Me to Dawn: I thought the evidence was very convincing. He did it. The evidence would have been better if Trump did not think that he is a king and block them from talking to many of the witnesses they wanted to call or documents they should have been able to see. Trump sent his minions in to traipse around a sovereign nation, Ukraine, and he used bribery on a brand new president who was just taking office. But Trump knows how to use the courts to delay and delay, by appealing and appealing. He laughs at our courts and then he uses them. He is a criminal with tons of practice covering his tracks. And he cheats. (1 like)

Dawn to me: What are they covering up??  The house did not get the job done. It’s not the Senate’s job. (1 like) (2 angry)

Me to Dawn: If you won’t allow any witnesses in a trial you are covering up something. This is not how our republic does things. It’s not our government. I don’t know what this is. (1 like) (2 angry)

Debbie to me: Do you want socialism? Is that what you’re saying because that’s what you’re going to get if a democrat becomes President. Nothing is free, nothing and they’re peddling this bullcrap on a daily basis. What’s yours is theirs and what’s theirs is theirs. I work too hard to share my paycheck with anyone who is not working just as hard.

Me to Debbie: I am getting very tired of saying this but I will say it again. Democrats are not socialists. Spending our tax dollars on ourselves through the regular budget process is not socialism. It is the way our Republic works. Stop watching Fox. (2 hahas)

Paul to Debbie: she’s a teacher. Teachers are unionized and all for socialism, little do they know the recourse (1like)

Me to Paul: You found out our secret, all teachers must sign the ‘socialist pledge’ (not)

Dallie to Me: video of Nancy Pelosi – she has been working on impeaching trump since she came into office. LOL what about those gift pens (pen emoji) for such a serious time.

Me to Dallie: He’s a terrible President and turn about is fair play if she is doing that. Mitch McConnell swore to make Obama a one term President and he tried every trick in the book to make it so.

Debbie to me: yes, he’s horrible, unemployment lowest in 50 years, lowest ever for Hispanics and minorities, over 266,000 job created in November and December, booming economy. You can hate the man but you can’t possibly hate what he’s doing for America in spite of democrats blocking him at every corner. As far as you saying ‘stop watching Fox’ I don’t watch any news and haven’t for a very long time, the media loves to cause division I’d rather watch the Senate hearings Now on to socialism, every democrat running is screaming FREE, FREE, FREE. Again, NOTHING IS FREE and Bernie is more of a communist than he is a socialist. Every democrat talks about how great socialism is, are you living under a rock? Stop watching CNN, MSNBC, CBS,ABC, NBC? Smh (1 like)

Me to Debbie: Almost all of that job momentum comes directly out of the Obama administration. Check your facts. Money isn’t everything. Deregulation, guzzling oil and gas, not believing in climate change, overturning climate protections. I know you believe these are good things but I don’t. If we elect Trump for four more years there will be repercussions as we watch the world melt and burn. There is no way you can convince me that having a terrible businessman like Trump as our President will turn our well.

Debbie to Me: Just because Pelosi went on every station she possibly could and said “he will be impeached forever” doesn’t mean diddly to the SANE people who know what a farce this was and what they’ve done to future Presidents. They’ve been wanting to impeach him since the day he was elected, what does that tell you. He won’t be removed, believe me; this hurts the democratic party big time (1 like) (8 loves)

Me to Debbie Well I’m just as angry as you because so many people can see that this person wants absolute power and that is not democracy. I can see that this trial is a sham, Trump will not be removed and he will claim to be exonerated. But it won’t be true. (1 haha)

Dawn to Me: They are also deciding on acquittal (2 likes)

Me to Dawn: It’s a done deal (1 haha)

Me: Boycott the Senate trial. It’s bogus. Trump is already impeached forever. Watch the food channel, go to a movie. Let them talk to no one.

Jann to Me: Go back to Civics class, that’s not the way it works. Flag, Flag, Trump 2020 Flag Flag (1 like) (4 loves)

Me to Jann: It is exactly how it works. The Senate is deciding whether Trump should be removed.

(When taking notes after the fact it is sometimes difficult because Facebook does not post comments in strict order. There were more exchanges but the order got difficult to follow.)

Me to Facebook people: Am I all alone in the universe? Aren’t there any other people out there in Central NY who find this president lawless and are worried that he is swelling the powers of the executive branch to proportions that make the President either a king or a dictator. Aren’t there any other people who think this guy is very wrong for our republic and that he abuses his powers all the time?

Peg to Me: You definitely are not alone. Millions of us feel the same. (5 likes)

Michael: Nancy you certainly don’t speak for me?

Me to Michael: Surprise, surprise, apparently the millions who agree with me don’t use Facebook.

Later this same day, Katko was on local news declaring that he will back Trump in 2020.

 

 

What Does This Off-Year Election Mean?

What did yesterday’s election tell us? Our sample of
outcomes was so small that there is little that we can say that would predict
2014 or even the more distant 2016 election. Yes a Democrat won in New York and
that might show an urban exhaustion with the extremism of the Tea Party, but
that is not all that unusual for a northern urban area, and Lhota is no
Bloomberg. New York City mayoral elections are not, I think, a bellwether for
future national elections. Bloomberg served a long time in NYC and the city was
probably ready to change parties.

Many of us believed that Terry McAuliffe would win
handily in Virginia over Ken Cuccinelli, but the election was actually very
close, too close to draw the conclusion that Virginia will be a reliably purple
state in the future. Ken Cuccinelli’s prissiness about 21st century
sexuality may have been the sword that impaled him. He wasn’t the most lovable
guy even if his puritanical statements and policies are set aside. But as
feelings about the Affordable Care Act are running high, those feelings may
have given him back some of the vote. As for Chris Christie in New Jersey, he
is still riding the waves of his pretty much stellar behavior after Sandy tore
apart the Jersey shore. He is not all that lovable when you get right down to
it and if we are so enamored of sarcastic and outspoken men it is mostly a sad
commentary on how few politicians speak their minds or show individualized
personalities. To me, except for that Sandy support, he is just another extreme
Right Winger, not really moderate enough to help bridge the partisan divide. If
America ends up with what he’s peddling we will soon be an unhappy nation.
What I am seeing is that the fever has not broken.
The groundwork laid by those ever-so-popular radio hosts, Glenn Beck, Rush
Limbaugh, and now Mark Levin runs deep in America and these guys continue to
contribute extreme and hateful nonsense to this steamy pile, this celebration
of white male supremacy day by day on, of all media, in this century, radio.
 The very
first time I happened to tune into Glenn Beck on FOX TV, before he lost his
show, I was shocked to hear someone express these messages that were so wrong,
but so carefully crafted to appeal to white people who were learning that they
would become the new minority in America. This is not even true. Unless all the
minority groups in America merge into one special interest group that votes as
a bloc, and how likely is that, no one minority group will overtake
non black/brown, non-Hispanic/Latino Americans. However, these groups really do
live in America, they are citizens, they have been discriminated against, and
they are gaining in education and influence, a very scary prospect for those
who turn on the radio daily to listen to reminders of how white Christian
Americans could and will lose control of America unless they rise up.
These talking guys have done a great job of riling
up blue collar Americans, and white collar American men are quick to capitalize
on the break they are catching due to these vituperations. These pundits are
guys who have put their “warnings” in writing, whose message is that the
America we all know and love is dying, being subverted, and that the vigilant
must stop the corrosion and “take America back”. There is no doubt that their
tireless energy and their message, however reactionary, has resulted in the Tea
Party phenomenon we are trying to understand today. It is a movement of
nostalgia, a movement that longs to recapture supposedly simpler times, like
the 50’s (and for big business the 1890’s). It is a movement that even wants to
put American women back in their “proper” place.  This actually may be the last hurrah of white
paternalism or the beginning of a Fundamentalist state, depending on which way
America jumps. The 2014 election may give us a better picture of whether we
will be undoing everything we have done over the last 5 decades (undoing
everything that we will eventually have to do over again) or moving forward,
however reluctantly. Every planet goes retrograde sometimes. This election did
not show us what will happen next. The partisan divide holds.

This is the view from the cheap seats.

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