Now and then | Tom Camfield

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Posted 7/20/22

MOST ALL OF TODAY’S PROBLEMS seem to have hungry roots in the dirt that is Donald Trump. It will behoove our coming generation not to make the same mistakes with his oldest son (now 44) that it …

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Now and then | Tom Camfield

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MOST ALL OF TODAY’S PROBLEMS seem to have hungry roots in the dirt that is Donald Trump. It will behoove our coming generation not to make the same mistakes with his oldest son (now 44) that it has with ex-President Donald.

Meanwhile, I would like to point out that the news columns of our historic Free Press are showing considerable restraint in dealing with testimony being aired by the House of Representatives’ special committee on events related to U.S. capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021. Can you imagine the condition of our society if we still had Trump as President and our Press was just one grand Twitter designed for the senseless sloganeering of semi-literate Donald . . . serving him in keeping the public blind to reality. As it turned out, the Free Press is a major part of our Democratic Republic, which has withstood the latest assault by Donald.

For up-close auditing of the Special Committee’s release of testimony, see the several-hour hearings regularly over television—and perhaps check around on the Internet for such things as Trump’s alleged tampering with one of the committee’s witnesses. The committee testimony will be up to the Justice Department for possible prosecution somewhere along the line, and it will all become more meaningful.

One quote that immediately caught my eye in The Seattle Times the morning after on July 13 (by Sarah Wire of the Los Angeles Times) was by a remorseful Jason Van Tatenhove, former spokesman for the Oath Keepers, one of the seditious extremist groups (reputedly armed) in the area Jan. 6. He said: “It was going to be an armed revolution . . . People died that day. . . There was a gallows that was set up. This could have been the spark that started a new civil war.”

He said he fears for the future if there is no reckoning for what happened Jan. 6, 2021. “If a president tries to instill and encourage, whip up civic war among his followers, using lies, deceit and snake oil, regardless of the human impact, what else is he going to do if he gets elected again?”

Donald will be working on the usual stalling, misdirection, etc, between now and the ultra-important mid-term election this coming Nov. 8 (and the Presidential Election of 2024).

Which reminds me that — other written accounts to the contrary — Trump always will be “ex-President” rather than “former President” to me. There’s a difference. Former denotes a more desired connection to the event or title. A former President or Soldier typically is reserved for honorable mention versus the negative connotation associated as an "ex." Example: I was fired; I am an ex-employee. I retired and am now a former employee. The latter implies a more appropriate choice versus an unintended consequence. We voted against ex-President Donald.

Following is a brief comment by Rachel Olding of the Daily Beast posted a mere hour after the Special Committee’s presentation July 12: “In Tuesday’s hearing, the House Committee investigating the Capitol riot aired previously unseen testimony describing just how wild Trump’s infamous late-night Oval Office meeting on Dec. 18 was. The Daily Beast previously reported that Sidney Powell and Mike Flynn floated jaw-dropping ideas for overturning Trump’s 2020 loss, including appointing Powell a special counsel to probe voter fraud and seizing voting machines. Taped testimony aired Tuesday documented how the six-hour meeting devolved into personal insults and screaming.

“White House lawyers Eric Herschmann and Pat Cipollone ‘showed nothing but contempt and disdain of the president,’ Powell testified. Cipollone countered that Powell, Flynn, and Rudy Giuliani were verbally ‘attacking’ him while avoiding ‘one simple question . . . where is the evidence?’ Giuliani, in turn, said he called the two lawyers ‘pussies’ who weren’t up to the task of keeping the president in power. ‘The screaming was completely, completely out there,’ staff secretary Derek Lyons testified. In a text to a colleague, Cassidy Hutchinson, then an aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, called the meeting ‘UNHINGED.’”



With over-population gradually destroying our planet, why are we still cheering the mindless parents who are sending forth 8 or 10 children into our society? I look back at the beginning of the 20th century and find 18 children in the two sides of my family. However, my father and mother have done far better — and are succeeded by a mere three (3) great, great-grandchildren. But the world in general is chugging right along, with Mother Nature losing the overall battle. (Immigration is merely a matter of placement.)

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  • Thomas Camfield

    Meanwhile, Senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia so-called Democrat whose family owns a coal-mining company, is doing his best to aid the GOP in roasting us all to death soon by ignoring climate change. USA today (July 20) noted:

    “WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced executive actions Wednesday to address climate change after his legislative agenda faced a setback in Congress. Biden said additional steps will follow soon, though lawmakers are unlikely to move on the issue. Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., rejected Democrats’ plan to combat climate change and raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans and corporations through a pending domestic policy package. Biden needs the backing of all 50 Democratic senators to use a legislative maneuver that prevents Republicans from blocking the package.”

    Wednesday, July 20 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    The problems we have today, let's see;

    Fuel prices through the roof, which reflects on all things that require transport. During the Trump administration, the US was a major exporter of oil, the price of gas per gal. somewhere around the mid-$3 range, today under the Biden administration it's just coming down to the $5 range.

    Inflation, and services we are not getting. Governor Inslee made vaccine a condition of employment, and many other counties and cities took his lead. Today they say our hospitals are being overrun not because of Covid, but because of a lack of staff. Same with the ferry system, sometimes you sit for three hours to take a 30-minute ride to Edmonds, and then on the way back, it's another 3-hour wait.....why? lack of staffing. Never had that problem three years ago.

    The "free press" is assaulted by Trump? You can't be serious. You haters and the biased MSM have had it out for Trump even before he took office. Hel, even today they/you are the ones doing the assaulting.

    "Donald will be working on the usual stalling, misdirection, etc, between now and the ultra-important mid-term election this coming Nov. 8 (and the Presidential Election of 2024)." Yeah, like the entire Jan. 6 committee isn't misdirection? Like saying "MOST ALL OF TODAY’S PROBLEMS seem to have hungry roots in the dirt that is Donald Trump" isn't misdirection? Please tell me which direction is Biden leading US to? more of this? .." President Joe Biden announced executive actions Wednesday to address climate change after his legislative agenda faced a setback in Congress.". Oh, so our future is now decided by an authoritarian instead of by our congress? What? I thought Trump was supposed to be the authoritarian/fascist?

    Wednesday, July 20 Report this

  • MargeS

    "I thought Trump was supposed to be the authoritarian/fascist?" You got that one right!

    Thursday, July 21 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I see by this morning's headlines that many of today's closet racists still are feeding their feelings of superiority with the actual belief that a pompous fool such as Donald Trump was elected president last time around. I sometimes wonder if the general public is too stupid to survive.

    Thursday, July 21 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "I sometimes wonder if the general public is too stupid to survive.".....Does it matter, as long as they vote Democrat?

    Thursday, July 21 Report this

  • MargeS

    You should watch the Jan 6 hearings. You might learn something about what Trump has done to democracy. But no, you would rather stay ignorant. Just in hale, Remember these are Republican's testifying. They couldn't swallow his bull any longer.

    Thursday, July 21 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "You should watch the Jan 6 hearings"..... That coming from the person who said we should all be wearing masks and get injected to protect ourselves and others, that turned out to be not true, and said that Trump should be in jail without any evidence of a crime being committed.

    According to Axios, the committee investigating the Jan.6 riot at the Capitol has brought on as an adviser James Goldston, the former president of ABC News, whose resume includes service as executive producer for the renowned Good Morning America and Nightline programmes. (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/january-6-hearing-abc-blockbuster-b2094921.html)

    The committee will pick and choose through all of the material they gather and cobble together a storyline they hope the Judiciary will bite on and the brainwashed Americans will believe during the next election cycle.

    If I wanted to watch a make-believe movie I'd watch Network. That movie was prescient.

    Friday, July 22 Report this

  • MargeS

    Nothing you said makes any sense. But what's new. Trump said he won the election even after 6o judges (some appointed by him) found no evidence of fraud. Even after Jan 6th he didn't want to admit that he lost the election. Trump will be found guilty of inciting a riot and attempting to stop the electoral count. Many other things he has done should be included. Get your head out of the ground and admit, the man is a total failure as a human being and as a politician. He should go back to reality TV after he gets out of prison.

    Friday, July 22 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    To claim that there was no/0 fraud in the 2020 election is just outright ignorance, do an internet search. Election fraud does exist, the amount is unknown because there is no select committee to investigate it, as there is in investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

    "Trump will be found guilty of inciting a riot and attempting to stop the electoral count" So far your prognostications have all been wrong.

    "the man (Trump) is a total failure as a human being and as a politician"..... Really? The man has been a major real estate developer in NYC and elsewhere, had a career in the show-biz, was the POTUS, has raised children that don't have a history of heavy drug abuse, and have never been kicked out of the Military or has been involved in dirty dealings with foreign agencies,..... what have you done?

    Saturday, July 23 Report this

  • MargeS

    Give it up. No one is buying your worship of everything Donald Trump.

    Saturday, July 23 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    The storming of the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob was the culmination of a year of white nationalist and anti-democratic violence that steadily intensified and featured the direct incitement of U.S. President Trump. It’s frustrating to see the forces of white male supremacy ignoring the lasting effects of global warming, medical science, etc. to embrace the short-term advantages touted by offhand generalities from a phony deity such as Trump.

    His father Fred Trump, says history, was officially pronounced as affected by Alzheimer’s about age 87. Donald would be only 82 at the end of a second term to which he might be elected in 2024. But then, I guess that’s just normally “close.” Trump’s normal attention to world affairs and usual presidential language came to the fore recently as he assailed Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a "disloyal sleaze bag" after the Jan. 6 committee, a week or so ago, aired a video of McConnell blaming the ex-president for the Capitol riot. The mob was "provoked by the president and other powerful people," McConnell said in the clip.

    So under the old bus, with so may others, goes McConnell, who played a major role in stacking the Supreme Court for Trump. About the only old loyalist remaining with the ex-president is attorney Rudy Giuliani. What a sad interlude in U.S. history.

    Sunday, July 24 Report this

  • MargeS

    Rudy will jump ship too. No money left in his bank account. Can't work in NY.

    "A New York appellate court Thursday barred Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump, from practicing law in New York because he made false claims about the 2020 election."

    Sunday, July 24 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    So what were the "false claims about the 2020 election." made by Giuliani?

    Sunday, July 24 Report this

  • MargeS

    That Trump had proof that the election was stolen, and then Giuliani couldn't produce any evidence. You really should listen to the Jan 6 commission and pay attention to what's happened to this country because of Trumps refusal to accept he lost the election.

    Monday, July 25 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "That Trump had proof that the election was stolen" I don't believe Giuliani ever said that Trump "had proof" if he did it was a stupid thing to do, going before the court and making allegations or declarative statements without facts to back them up is a mistake.

    Even if Giuliani did how does that affect my life? not at all. Not nearly as much as our current situation with the ongoing effects of the Wuhan virus, not nearly as much as the outrageous price of fuel, and not nearly as serious as the inflation and coming recession. People in this country are hurting, ever since Biden took office, the last thing they care about is something some old has-been lawyer said two years ago.

    If you get off on wasting your time watching the bogus 1/6 good for you, have fun.

    Monday, July 25 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    We were hurting when we finally were able to get rid of 'Trump after four years of idiocy. Give us and the rest of the world a little time to get things headed back in the right direction.

    Tuesday, July 26 Report this

  • MargeS

    Jan. 6th is not "fun" it is a lesson in how democracy works. When Trump is charged by the DOJ, you may accept we were right to get rid of him.

    Tuesday, July 26 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom,..... No, I was not hurting during the Trump years. Then, the average price of gas was below $3 per.gal, now it is above $5, and the prices for my groceries were much lower. Maybe I just didn't hate enough?

    And what exactly is your idea of "the right direction."?? More of this?a

    MS.

    The 1/6 committee has one goal, to cobble together, with the help of a Hollywood producer and scriptwriters a story of how Trump supposedly controlled the riot at the Capitol. So if the republicans take over the House how would you feel about a "select committee" investigating Biden's connections with his Son Hunter and foreign governments?

    Tuesday, July 26 Report this