Monday, July 30, 2018

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

 “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”  That quote was by Sir Walter Scott, said to be the inventor of the historic novel.  Since the quote was coined in the early 1800’s, it’s impossible that he was writing about Trump.  Also, he had no way of knowing that his quote would describe the rise and (fall) of an American President in historical novels for centuries to come. 

EACH WEEK as the Jaws’ shark gets closer, the lies Trump and his surrogates tell are getting more and more tangled.   Take the meeting in Trump towers in 2016, you know, the meeting about adoptions (wink, wink).  Trump denied knowing about it until it was made public. Yet the night it was set up, he promised the world a tell-all of the Clinton's in a few days.  It never happened.  Trump denied drafting the events of the meeting for Don Jr. on Air Force One.  Multiple witnesses said he did.  Don Jr. told Congressional Committee Trump knew nothing about the meeting before-hand.  Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, said Trump was informed of the meeting.  Also, Don Jr. called a blocked number just before and just after the Trump tower meeting.  Guess who had a blocked number?  Sunday, Rudy Giuliani was on all the talk shows telling lies to cover up lies.  He contends if this was done, or that was done, Trump’s campaign did nothing wrong in meeting with the Russians.  Are you dizzy yet?  If so, that’s Trump and Giuliani’s plan.

IF TRUMP, Don Jr., and others did nothing wrong with meeting with these Russians, why have they tied themselves up in a tangled web of lies? 

THE STORMY Daniels web of lies is beyond tangled.  First, he said he didn’t know her.  Then he said he had no knowledge of a pay-off and to ask his attorney. Cohen denied at first that a payment was made, then admitted a payment was made to Stormy Daniels. Trump admitted by tweet that the payment was made to protect his family.  The payment was made a few weeks before election day.  Protect his family or his election hopes? 

TALKING ABOUT practicing to deceive, there’s the affair between Trump and Playboy model Karen McDougal.  This involves an 8-month affair while Trump was married and just after the birth of his son Barron.  The web of lies told about this will make your head spin worse than any carnival ride.  First Trump denied knowing her, then denied knowing anything about pay-offs.  Trump’s best friend and owner of the National Enquirer got involved to buy her story and then never print it (catch and kill).  Last week a taped telephone conversation between Trump and Cohen discussed paying McDougal off and how the payment would be made.  I must note here that Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis insists that Cohen never released the tape.  The only other ones with possession of the tape was Trump and his legal team, a la Rudy Giuliani.  On Sunday talk shows, Giuliani spent an inordinate amount of time discrediting their once darling and “good man” Cohen.  He proffered the theory that the tape was altered.  I suspect the story behind who actually released the tape will be a major story soon.   This pay-off also occurred just prior to the November 2016 election.  Now more women are claiming they were paid off.  Cohen must have felt like Santa Claus.

AS THE lady that Republicans love to hate, Maxine Waters, said, “It’ll all come out in the wash!” 

LAST WEEK’S primary run-off election brought us one step closer to finding out the future of Georgia.  Make no mistake about it, Monroe County’s support for Casey Cagle did not go un-noticed by winner and Republican nominee for Governor, Brian Kemp.  After all, he ran the table except for Monroe and one other county.  I’ve witnessed political fall-out many times.  If Cagle is elected, Monroe County elected officials will be personae non gratae at the Capitol for at least four years.  We need to join the chorus to demand Kemp resign as Secretary of State NOW so he can’t make the boundary decision before November.  He needs Bibb votes now more than ever!

TO THE elected officials of Monroe, I suspect you have been wringing your hands trying to figure out a way to get to Kemp.  If you do manage to get an audience with him, he will make you eat dirt.  That’s politics! You’re better than that.  Worry no longer!  I will put in a good word for you with Governor Abrams.

IF THE people of Monroe County had one wish for making our county a better place to live, work, and raise a family, that wish would be for good internet service.  Stacey Abrams vows that providing broadband to all of rural Georgia is her priority.  You want it, you need it, and you will get it if Stacey is elected.  Even if Kemp made a similar promise, he would by-pass Monroe County.  That’s politics!

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