It is Saturday as I type out these words and with coffee at hand, my intention is to spend the morning writing Monday's blog post – something about growing old.
But. But. First, there is the day's news – if not familiar in precise detail, it has certainly become ad nauseam in its never-ending repetition.
ITEM: The president announced that on the same day public impeachment hearings begin in the U.S. Congress this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodğan will visit the White House. Really? The man who just recently sicced his armed forces on U.S.-allied Kurds in northern Syria?
ITEM: The president dangled a White House visit in front of the president of Ukraine but made clear it would be forthcoming only if said president would dig up dirt on Trump's possible election opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
ITEM: The president was fined $2 million this week for using his charitable foundation over several decades as his and his children's personal piggy bank.
ITEM: On Friday, the president said he doesn't know Gordon Sondland. You know, the man who gave Trump a million-dollar campaign contribution to purchase an ambassadorship? Is anyone counting the number of people Trump has thrown under the bus so far?
ITEM: It was revealed that for two years the Trump re-election campaign has been running fraudulent fundraising contests in which at least 16 winners were promised a meal with the president that never materialized.
Look at that list, a quick compilation of some of one day's main headlines and all of it, every item, is petty, chintzy or corrupt. Trump is such a small, vulgar, little man, a two-bit grifter, a chiseler who never met a person he didn't want to cheat.
He makes me feel grubby, embarrassed and ashamed. Ashamed to be an American.
Angry too. To go with the above headline news, the president began the paperwork last week to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement – just when the scientists are telling us it is more dire than anyone had thought.
And don't get me started on Congressional Republicans. Are they the clowns they show us every day or are they playing every person who voted for them for fools?
Not to mention Republicans appointed to high positions by the president who have refused Congressional subpoenas. Isn't there a penalty for that? But before it even gets that far, it must be asked where their principles are. Their patriotism. Do they even believe in the Constitution, in the rule of law?
Apparently not, which if true, makes the mess President Trump has made of the American government even worse than any of us could have imagined.
Nearly every move the president and his henchmen (there is no other word for them now) make has been and continues to be a disaster for our country and for the world.
It didn't have to be this way and as bad as you may think it is, it's worse. Even if we could replace Trump today with a president of known integrity, it would be decades until the ship of state is on an even keel again.
We all have our personal list of presidents we didn't like, but none shook the foundations of our country as this one has.
I'm angry but I'm more exhausted. I want this to end. Please, I am calling on all the gods who ever lived, make this stop.
(Thank you, dear readers, for indulging this tirade today.)