In this poem, I strung together various quotes from the course of the day yesterday, after Cassidy Hutchinson gave her testimony at the January 6th Hearings. The first two lines were stolen from the very serious lawyer and MSNBC commentator Chuck Rosenberg and were said, almost word for word, in direct reaction to the testimony.
Even though the focus of the day’s testimony seemed to be character– that of President Trump, his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and various other people in the West Wing, such as the assistant Chief of Staff and Trump’s driver, and even the witness herself–the real question for the country is: what is the character of the electorate. That is what will determine our future.
Hope you enjoy this barbed reaction to the day’s shocking revelations. Mags, by the way, means magnetometers, or metal detector machines, used to screen the crowd for weapons. “The Beast” is a nickname for the President’s limousine. Ms. Hutchinson mistakenly called the SUV he was actually riding in on January 6 “The Beast.”.
Remarkably indecent, vile,
And yes, uncivil man,
Who hurls a burger at the wall
And lurches in a van,
To reach the steering wheel,
Attack a man who’d step into
The line of fire, to keep him safe.
To keep him safe, from You.
But You, You are his people.
You would never hurt a fly–
Upon his person–with your weapons–
Armed, as is your right.
Though, rather strange…You’d fight against
The birds? You’d climb a tree?
“Take down the mags,” your idol says.
“They’re not here to hurt ME.”
What knowledge lurks within that brain,
Which plays the winsome fool?
A genius–for manipulating.
Callous, crass and cruel.
Whose like we’ve never seen before,
In many, many a moon.
Who’d say, it’s right to hang his Vice.
Or hurl him ‘cross the room.
What’s that you say? He never lost?
You say, he’ll run again?
This time, You’ll make damn sure that he’s
Not kept from getting in
The White House, his anointed home,
By petty votes. For shame!
You think you can control this Beast?
Create a statesman, tame?
You’d sooner lasso you a windstorm.
Yet, You play his game.
Barometer is off the charts:
A moral hurricane.
Copyright 2022 Andrea LeDew
For more on hurricanes read Enough of Hurricanes. For another instance of lack of character, read On Pharaoh’s Watch.
At a certain point, I had to stop watching the latest hearing. It was too upsetting.
I find it hard to watch and just as hard to ignore. But then, I felt the same way about the impeachment hearings which were quickly relegated to the dustbin of history.
What is most aggravating to me is the ambivalence of the whole process. Half of Congress raises accusations (which the other half of Congress denies)and yet the committee seems to have no power to enforce its own subpoenas without the justice department getting involved. So people just refuse to come.
In its efforts to not appear partisan, the committee shows just how powerless one party is without the cooperation of the other.
And nothing surprises us (the public) anymore. Its like a get out of jail free card for outrageous behavior, because no one defends or even expects normal or civil behavior from politicians anymore.
Worst of all to me is the uncertainty. Assuming everything thats alleged can be proved to the level of convicting the perpetrators, what then? Are we ready to set the precent of throwing a former (God forbid future) president in jail?
Get me off this ride!
You’ve articulated so clearly the reasons I’m having such a hard time with these hearings. In my heart of hearts, I don’t think he who shall not be named and his flying monkeys will be charged and prosecutedfor their crimes, much less convicted and sent to prison. I would love nothing better than to be wrong.