Thank you, Mr. McConnell, for being so upfront

Dear President Trump,

You have a lot of people doing a lot of things for you. Spicer is your mouthpiece, channeling you and saying uninformed, inflammatory stuff to keep things chaotic and off-topic. Bannon is your local shadowy homunculus, master-minding the narratives and keeping you on point with your attacks and misdirections. Kushner is your right arm, doing all the heavy lifting to deal with pretty much everything while making sure the revenue streams keep pouring in for you all. Putin is likely in there somewhere, perhaps as your executive function puppet master, jerking your strings from afar using the sticks and the carrots he holds over you. And then there’s McConnell, who I think is your right hand, the one who has the ability to manipulate things that make life easier for you by blatantly shaping and reshaping the House and the rules of conduct to suit himself, you, and the Republican party. His comment the other day that had the Democrats tried to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination and he’d done away with the filibuster, he would have no compunction changing the rules back in the future to require a super majority if/when the Republicans are not in the majority. I’m so glad he came out and said it. At least there was no pretense of integrity or honor, no sham commitment to the spirit of the rule of law. He’s just totally blatant in his commitment to do absolutely whatever it takes, by whatever means, to get what he wants.

I am so thankful that he is being up front that he could give a damn about decency, fair play, and anything remotely resembling integrity. It is now abundantly clear that while those of us who oppose him and you and your administration cannot stoop to such tactics, we also cannot let ourselves be silenced or intimidated by you and the other cheating, lying bullies around you because you and your kind will not blink with a nano-second of conscience as you take us all down.

In my effort to not allow myself to become hate-filled and embittered or willing to resort to cheating and lying, here is your blessing for today:

May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy and strong.
May your life unfold and intersect peacefully.

Tracy Simpson

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