Let us count our spoons; Donald’s bragging again

Tom Camfield
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Posted 10/25/19

“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons” is from the writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson (“Conduct of Life: a Philosophical Reading”), who apparently …

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Let us count our spoons; Donald’s bragging again

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“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons” is from the writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson (“Conduct of Life: a Philosophical Reading”), who apparently adapted it from the words of Jame’s Boswell’s ‘Life of Samuel Johnson” (1791) and still earlier (1768) in Boswell’s “An Account of Corsica.” And Boswell’s words to me immediately conjure up the person of Donald Trump these many years later.

From the 1791 usage: “I added that the same person maintained that there was no distinction between virtue and vice. Johnson: ‘Why, Sir, if the fellow does not think as he speaks, he is lying; and I see not what honour he can propose to himself from having the character of a liar. But if he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons’.”

I love old writing styles. So the more the guy bragged on himself, the more he began to sound dishonest and likely thieving, and it would be a good idea to check the silverware as he was heading out the door. Or, as one modern Internet commenter put it, “it means the louder one speaks of such as patriotism, the more doubtful we are about the speaker's sincerity as a patriot in the true sense.”

Congratulations, Donald. You are the ultimate exemplification of the type of sneaky hypocrite being written about as far back as at least 251 years ago.

And speaking of where vice and virtue are concerned—and the “spoons” are the well-being of the American people—also brings us to the Republican members of the U.S. Senate who might be called upon to vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump in the not-too-distant future. Some 20 of them would have to vote with Democrats to effect impeachment if and when the matter is presented to them by the House. But there appears to be little chance of more than a meager few of them putting integrity above their personal hold on office, fearing the wrath of their red-state voters.

Interestingly, the word on the street the other day was that if the
Senate vote were by secret ballot, enabling them to hide their virtuous side from their supporters, an estimated 30 Republicans in that chamber would vote to convict Trump. “That’s not true. There would be at least 35,” said former Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

However, the reality seems to be that expressed by Paul Waldman in The Washington Post Oct. 4 on Trump’s wanting to make impeachment a truly partisan issue. His strategy is “as always, pure Trump: frenzied, dishonest, impulsive, erratic, angry and convinced that if what’s worst in America can be properly stimulated he will emerge the victor.

“When Republicans vote to acquit him (as they almost inevitably will) he’ll declare himself vindicated and say the whole thing was a waste of time. But before we get there, he’ll remind us on a daily basis of what led us here in the first place.”

And in my opinion, the impression on the public mind of what brought us to a move toward impeachment will be invaluable to voters in the 2020 election. And it also will be interesting to see how GOP senators now tip-toeing carefully near the edge of the abyss will fare at the polls. Unfortunately, a relatively small number of Republican senators will be up for re-election this time around.

However, one will be elderly Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has prostituted our democratic government. My money (and I mean that literally) will be on his opponent Amy McGrath, a retired U.S. Marine fighter pilot and mother of three young children. I see in her true patriotism and great inspiration for concerning herself with the nation’s future on all fronts.

MEANWHILE, what has our society come to? After years of effort by Stephen Miller, the president’s top immigration adviser, the administration issued a regulation in August that would allow officials to deny permanent legal status to immigrants who are poor. The regulation, which imposes an aggressive wealth test on legal immigrants, has faced several legal challenges but will go into effect on Oct. 15 unless it is blocked by a court.

Donald’s actually found a way to rape the Statue of Liberty.

I’m a bit short of space here, but this is all over the Internet. You might like, for a change of pace, to read about it at https://www.theroot.com/trump-will-deny-visas-to-immigrants-who-don-t-have-heal-1838795312

That’s “The Root—Black News, Opinions, Politics and Culture.”

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Justin Hale

Tom, glad to see you're back, hope you get better soon.

Talking about counting the spoons I seem to recall it was actually the Clintons who took property from the White House that they shouldn't have taken. And as far as taking goes, the biased media and Trump-Haters love to cry about Trump's businesses, forgetting that he turned over his businesses to his Son to manage while he is in office, but they never mention that he has not taken a salary for his service in office. I will also point out that the current First Lady's staff is the smallest since Mame Eisenhower, saving the tax-payers more money. As far as lying goes, who was the last President to be impeached for lying to the American people?

"Trump’s wanting to make impeachment a truly partisan issue" It's obvious to all except the Trump-Haters that the impeachment is a total Democrat witch-hunt, and you are right he will not be impeached, and the entire process was/is a waste of tax-payer dollars. I'm beginning to believe that it's true that the Democrats fear that they will lose again to Trump in 2020, and their only hope to get him out of office is impeachment.

Imposing a "wealth test" on immigrants is the law in many countries, I believe Canada does, Australia and many others as well. I believe it's a good idea to make sure that we don't end up being more of a welfare country than we already are, something like 30 or 40% of immigrants are on some form of government assistance. Of course the Democrats want to allow anyone to enter our country, open borders and sanctuary cities, another reason I will not vote for them. I have no problem with immigrants, just as I have no problem with newcomers moving into my neighborhood, but I sure as hell will not be forced to support them.

Friday, October 25
Fred Camfield

Tom is 90, and may have been slowed down a bit by his stroke, but he is still active in the trenches.

As to Donald, he has a habit of not paying his bills, so you do well to collect payment in advance, and count the silverware when he leaves. It has recently been revealed that he was keeping two sets of books, otherwise known as cooking the books to conceal fraud.

In regard to immigrants, there was certainly no wealth test when my impoverished ancestors arrived. They did have some basic skills. William Bradford could read and write, which qualified him to take over as acting governor of the Plymouth colony when the original governor died during that first winter. Most had some basic knowledge of growing crops. Skills are a better test than wealth, which may be inherited or stolen.

Friday, October 25
Marge Samuelson

Glad your back Tom. Good health to you. And if my neighbor needs some help now and again I will do what needs to be done to keep him my neighbor. Friends are just people you haven't met yet. Why not give each individual a chance to tell you their story Jason, you might be inclined to not be so harsh.

Friday, October 25
Justin Hale

Fred, I was hoping that Tom was on vacation but feared that his absence was due to some health issues. We can all agree that we wish Tom good health.

Friday, October 25
Justin Hale

Marge, Jason is the least Harsh dude I've ever met.

Friday, October 25
Marge Samuelson

Trump booed at the World Series, "Lock him Up" Says it all.

Monday, October 28
Justin Hale

"Trump booed at the World Series, "Lock him Up" Says it all"..... Disgracefull and say's it all for the mindless Trump-Haters. Lock him up for what?

Monday, October 28
Tom Camfield

Glad to see you all but I have one very weak eye at present and am spending about an hour on this. Blogs are standbys and I'm running out. More later.

| Monday, October 28
Justin Hale

Sorry to hear of your medical condition Tom, I trust you are in good hands that will help you.

Monday, October 28
Marge Samuelson

Well, ask the House why they are bringing impeachment charges against him. The list is a long one. And the fans took Trumps words right out of his big mouth . . .

The five accusations were "obstruction of justice," "violation of the foreign emoluments clause," "violation of the domestic emoluments clause," "undermining the independence of the federal judiciary" and "undermining the freedom of the press".

Trump makes Nixon look like a little lamb.

Monday, October 28
Justin Hale

Marge an accusation is just that and nothing more, innocent until proven guilty, that's why there are lawyers. If Trump is convicted of an impeachable offense he will be removed from office, as he should be. Until then I will continue to support the POTUS, unlike the Trump haters.

Monday, October 28
Marge Samuelson

Trump Haters. You have beat that one to death. When you have knowledge that Trump has been the absolutely worst person for president it has nothing to do with hate. Logic, understanding of whats right and whats wrong it's time to say enough.

Tuesday, October 29
Justin Hale

As long as the Trump haters spew their hate I will call them out for what they are. I see very little logic and understanding of right and wrong in the Trump haters.

Actually IMO Trump has done a lot that I agree with, enforcing our border laws, getting US out of the Paris accords, pro-second amendment, opening a dialog with N.Korea, also the first President I've known who has given his Presidential salary back to the government. So far I don't see any reason to vote for any of front runners on the Democrat side, certainly not going to vote for anyone who does not support the second amendment, want's to give free medicare for all, even illegals, wants to support the GND and supports open borders.

Tuesday, October 29
Marge Samuelson

Giving people a hand up is different than a hand out. Trump claimed he was the only president to not accept a salary, which is a lie. Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy (who also did not accept his congressional Salary) also gave their salaries to charities. $400,000 sounds like a lot but if your a billionaire it's not much to give up, and these three were. George Washington only used his salary of $25,000 for expenses related to his job.

Other presidents, including Obama have donated part of their salary to charities.

The president has a home, the best healthcare, cooks, valets, many other servants, the use of Air Force one, and many other perks.

The point is Trump lied to make himself look good, of course without asking anyone, he just had a gut feeling.

We need a president with some knowledge of what is best for the country. Elizabeth Warren gets my vote.

Tuesday, October 29
Justin Hale

Marge, Elizabeth Warren lied to make herself look good.

Wednesday, October 30
Tom Camfield

Migawd! Trump can't open his mouth without lying—about 8,000 times or whatever it is the Washington Post has toted up.

| Wednesday, October 30
Justin Hale

"Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy (who also did not accept his congressional Salary) also gave their salaries to charities"...... Well then, Trump is in good company.

Wednesday, October 30
Justin Hale

Migawd! Lying politicians, tell me it isn't true. Of course, I've never lied (lie) and I bet neither have you. I can't wait to see how the MSM nit-picks apart everything the next President after Trump says.

Wednesday, October 30