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Adam Schiff: “His rant this morning reinforces the urgency of our work. America is a Republic, if we can keep it.” (paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin.)

2019-10-03

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From NBC News, this quote:

“The President cannot use the power of his office to pressure foreign leaders to investigate his political opponents.  His rant this morning reinforces the urgency of our work.  America is a Republic, if we can keep it.”  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a tweet.

“if we can keep it” is a paraphrase of a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, which supposedly went, when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had just created, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

From google:

It requires the constant attention and devotion of all citizens. There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

(attributed to a “Featured Snippet” from constitutioncenter.org)

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Nicholas Burns(former professional diplomat): “This President has overturned much of what has made us great. And that, I think, is appalling to career people.”

2019-10-02

(a buzzard, photographed by me on September 25, 2019)

Frank Bruni, NYT: “the current waters are in fact uncharted, because the ship of state has a sort of madman at its helm.”

2019-10-02

(photo of dog Billy by me)

John Dean: “Even Nixon would be offended by this effort to use foreign assistance for a very personal, political reason… He doesn’t care. He will destroy anybody. I find him a deeply troubling character.”

2019-10-01

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This from the New Yorker(“The Floodgates Open on [redacted]” by David Remnick):

John Dean: “Even Nixon would be offended by this effort to use foreign assistance for a very personal, political reason, which is a very corrupting undertaking,” Dean said. “I don’t think Trump has any morals or shame. He will do anything to get reëlected before. . . . It’s just the way Trump thinks. He doesn’t care. He will destroy anybody. I find him a deeply troubling character. When he first went in, I worried that his ignorance would get us in trouble. Now it’s his disposition that I find most troubling of all.”

[redacted]: “The conversation I had was… largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating to [sic] the corruption already in the Ukraine.” (a brief explainer.)

2019-09-23

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As we know thanks to the Wall Street Journal, [redacted] brought up the subject of investigating Joe Biden and Hunter Biden eight times during his July 25 call with new President Volodymyr Zeletsky… after the Ukrainian government apparently failed to take any action, relying on the May advice of their new Prosecutor General that the subject was not worth investigating, the White House repeatedly delayed releasing $250 million in military aid that the Ukrainians were due, in part for their standing on the front line against Russian aggression.  In fact, the administration stalling over the aid threatened to cause it to automatically expire in October.

Finally, supposedly as a result of bipartisan Congressional complaints, the aid was authorized and is presumably on its way, this being merely September, the twelfth month of the fiscal year… so Ukraine can feel confident that next year’s aid will be equally late.

As in this case, we can see that Trump often caves to bipartisan condemnation– although that almost never happens in the first place.

Unknown: “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

2019-09-22

(photo reproduced from blog entry– here is link— in “confessions of a conscious consumer” at blogspot.com)

South China Morning Post: “[redacted] Asia policy that vacillates between somnolence and incoherence.”

2019-09-15

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