The US governmental system: HUH ?

A friend and I often share enraged thoughts about Trump; but we almost equally often come back to the fact that there are some unbelieveable (to us, anyway) facts about the .. ahh .. format ? – maybe design of sections of how the US government works, and these act as enablers for him.

For instance: gerrymandering. Someone explain to me how it is that political party members get to redistribute the voting boundaries in their own party’s favour ?

For instance: in the Senate its leader decides which bills – that Congress has already passed – are even looked at by the Senate, This little beauty enables Trump to go on and on about the “do nothing Democrats”, when in fact they’ve passed hundreds of bills – which are sitting in a pile (possibly under a ‘coffee’ mug) on McConnell’s desk.

Also, this appalling situation is what allows McConnell to ensure that only the White House’s choices get voted on to sit as judges on various – and many ! – courts.

He gets my vote, btw, as the worst villain in the entire setup; because he has so much power and chooses to use it in so partisan and unethical a manner.

For instance: he’s currently outraging the Democrats any American with a brain by boasting that he intends the Senate to work hand in glove with Trump’s legal team during the Senate part of Trump’s impeachment; but to my amazement, a Republican senator has come forward in her own outrage on that ! A brave person in the Republican ranks: who could’ve known ?!

For instance: judges – VERY non-partisan judges ! – being able to simply wipe hundreds of thousands of The Other Party’s supporters off the voting rolls.

I suspect I could go on; but I’m so gobsmacked by that quartet that I haven’t the energy to do it.


(Oh, and P.S.: if your’e wondering why I’m even interested in all this shit that’s going down in America, it’s because I’m a devotee of Obama’s, then and now. Perfect he wasn’t; but in his first term he was effective, and in his second completely stymied by the GOP-led Congress. I’ve come to think of Republicans as .. not nice.)

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21 thoughts on “The US governmental system: HUH ?”

  1. Let’s not get started – I have a good American friend with whom I correspond pretty much weekly, via snail mail, and the T-word is a regular topic on conversation. She and her daughters are besides themselves, and sometimes turn the TV off because it distresses them so.

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    1. For me it’s impossible not to get started, Sue: the distress is how the man is destroying America to revenge himself on Obama. But more, how his handlers are going along with that.


        1. I certainly do ! – and Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers and when I can, Trevor Noah.
          No, that’s something my mind cannot grasp, living there. Any sane person must think of suicide quite often. :(


          1. Oh yes — I like Seth Myers (ands “Closer look” segments) and Trevor Noah too. I haven’t watched much of Kimmel, but there’s also Samantha Bee. Rachel Madow is good too, though hers is more straight reporting. We watched her when we were travelling in the US in 2017.

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            1. Can’t cope with Samantha; I think it’s the way she leans foward all the time. But if you’re talking Rachel, on MSNBC, you should also be watching Ari Melber, on the same channel – a one-time lawyer and a brilliant commentator. And also Chris Hayes. As well, on CNN there are Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper – not to mention dozens of others.


  2. We watch, we wince and we hope that the founding fathers created a system strong enough to withstand the current assault of truth and justice. Mind you, sitting in England at the moment and finding fault with the US is a case of pot, kettle, black!

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  3. Has Trump been giving advice to your prime minister on how to fight wild fires? He was ever so helpful to us in California when he vociferously recommended we were negligent because we didn’t vacuum the forest floors. Of course, the forests weren’t even on fire, but you know…facts! I thought he might be weighing in on your horrible fires.

    I’m glad to know that you get MSNBC as a source of good grounding in the American political system, M-R. We always say that with Rachel M. we get a civics lesson every night. I completely understand how you’re confused about our American political system, gerrymandering et al. It’s at times hard for me as an American to understand. I don’t think the framers of the Constitution took into consideration that we would one day be so politicized that we’d have leaders who cheat and stack the deck, however, they did warn about power abusers like Trump and McConnell (Moscow Mitch). Sadly, we’re discovering under great stress that our system is far from perfect.

    I am absolutely apoplectic at the thought we could have five more years to endure this idiot. Sorry to get going on YOUR blog, but every time someone opens the door I feel myself charging in! :-(

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    1. You are to FEEL FREE, my beautiful friend ! If I can rave on about others’ countries, I don’t see why they can’t in the same place !
      As for our detested ScoMo (now contemptuously memed as ‘Smoko’) .. words fail. He doesn”t even have the excuse of being a revoltingly spoiled child in a wealthy family. He has zero excuse.

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  4. MR, you have no idea how angry and emotionally spent I have been with Trump, McConnell and the rest of the Republican hooligans who have seemingly brainwashed (along with Fox News) a share of the country and brought out the worst in those who still support them. Trump’s behavior is so narcissistic, only concerned with himself, and people don’t understand how reprehensible, immoral and unethical his actions. Gerrymandering by political parties should be outlawed, along with lobbyists and special interest groups, but I fear I will not see a day when that will happen. I just can’t believe how naive and ill informed people are about what’s going on and that they still rally around Trump.

    God help us all.

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    1. Dear M.J.; I think the best brief description of your incredible political chaos is that Trump has successfully turned himself into a cult.
      “cult – noun
      1. a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure {…}.
      2. a person {…} who is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society”


        1. Trump set out to destroy government; and in doing so has made a mockery of everything important to most of you. If he realised that he’d also infuriated good people like yourself he would consider himself totally successful. I think he could be the devil, were it not for McConnell’s having taken that title.


          1. They are both devils. Narcissism and greed are the culprits and a cure for that is impossible while millions of Americans continue to follow along. This is so embarrassing and heartbreaking.

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            1. Heartbreaking indeed, M.J., but not embarrassing. Consider both the UK and Australia: “the people” have done exactly the same thing in electing appalling men who should not be seen in public ! Politics have become so partisan that fights will erupt on any topic simply because the contestants are rusted on to different parties. :\
              But yes, I totally agree with you: greed is at the heart of it all.
              Where did we all go wrong ?
              (A VERY rhetorical question ..)


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