Hello, Torture

Every day, we receive emails from Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat running for re-election this year. He asks for money, support, and every email is more urgent than the last because trump is backing our awful governor, Republican Rick Scott, for that senate seat.

I can’t stand Scott, who should be in prison for Medicare fraud. But I have grown to dislike Nelson for a number of reasons. He apparently fears trump and his repug base and sides with them even when it‘s obvious that the decision is terrible for, you know, the people he supposedly represents.

His most recent vote was for Gina Haspel. Remember the Bush years? Remember the black ops torture sites that were established at Gitmo and remote areas around the world where alleged terrorists wee taken and tortured? The Bushies gave it a sanitized name – enhanced interrogation – but its real name was torture. Sleep deprivation while standing naked, arms tied above your head, water boarding, and who the hell knows what other atrocities were committed. Well, Haspel oversaw these sites.

And during her confirmation hearing, she refused to comment on whether she believed the torture program was immoral. Instead, she lauded her CIA comrades for a job well done. Only later, in a letter to the committee, did she say she felt the program was immoral. Read her letter to Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where she clarified her position on the CIA’s torture program.

It’s a total snow job. Her confirmation announces to the rest of the world that the U.S. is now in the business of torture again.

So I wrote to Senator Nelson that I wouldn’t be voting for him because he had backed a woman who oversaw torture for the CIA. You would think that when a constituent emails you something like this, you would be removed from the send me money list. Not with Nelson. I’m still getting those emails and waiting for a response.

What I won’t do is vote for Rick Scott because I dislike Nelson – which is part of the reason why trump is prez. Too many people voted for the trumpster because they hated Clinton. The spot on my ballot for senate will remain blank.

Then again, if that spot is blank and the election is rigged, will that blank spot magically register a Scott vote? I don’t say this glibly. In 2004, when we had Diebold voting machines in Palm Beach County, I voted three times for John Kerry – and Bush’s name came up. Finally, on the 4th try, my vote registered for Kerry.

With trump as prez, Scott Pruit as corrupt EPA dude, Gina as head of the CIA, Handmaid’s Tale Pense as VP, Paul Ryan as speaker of the house, I think it’s safe to say that the dissolution of democracy is underway. The only obstacle to that dissolution is Robert Mueller and his investigation – 21 indictments so far. But the trumpioes are working hard to discredit Mueller and the FBI and now we have Guilliani out there telling everyone that a sitting president can’t be indicted.

Really? Even Nixon discovered he wasn’t above the law.

We may be approaching a constitution crisis because a batshit president has violated every ethical, moral, and legal boundary.

 

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10 Responses to Hello, Torture

  1. lauren raine says:

    It is beyond belief, how corrupt in two years this government has become, how whatever democracy or sense of values we had is now being ignored and disregarded. I do not believe we have a democracy any more, and these arrogant, paid for politicians and their corporate owners are no longer even bothering to hide it. The U.S. the only country that is not part of the Paris Accord? The only one. So that a rich elite, with a billionaire president , can make more money at the expense of the entire world’s future. The worst human beings imaginable, as is usual with corrupt governments, are put in place, and the worst of America is being rabble roused continually by a narcissistic, uneducated, mean spirited, richboy “president” who, with his family and his former porn model wife, never did one decent thing for anyone. A president who ran casinos and hotels and was a tv reality star. Who pays off porn stars he was not married to with hush money. Who insults other ethnicities, women, and religions, attempting to oppress them. Who thinks there are some “very fine Nazis”…………how fast this country has fallen, and the longer this goes on, the more it becomes clear that going back to some kind of “government for the people” is going to be very hard. And a tragedy for all, except perhaps the very rich and very uncaring elite.

    Thank you for writing to your congressman.

    • Trish and Rob says:

      It’s disheartening and totally depressing. And now the idea is being put forth that a sitting president can’t be indicted. How is that constitutional?

      • lauren raine says:

        Nothing is constitutional, and we are, in my opinion, watching the foundation of the government of the United States being deconstructed. Every time he/they break a fundamental law, such as the separation of church and state or others, and get away with it, the foundation crumbles, the rule of law is no longer true. This president NEEDS to be impeached in order to preserve our country. Instead, he is surrounded by synchophants who just go along with it for money or power, or the people he himself just keeps putting into power. This is very, very serious for us as a nation, and many Europeans feel, frankly, that the U.S. is lost.

        • Trish and Rob says:

          I agree completely. Every day is a new shit show to distract from the fact the he’s establishing an authoritarian gov’t

  2. Carl says:

    It feels like we’re moving backward as a nation.

  3. blah says:

    one major name coincidence out there these days…..