Seeing Nobody

Thus far the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee investigating alleged “weaponization” of the federal government appears not to have discovered much, clearly no “smoking gun.”

From my biased, Democrat perspective, the antics of Chairman Jim Jordan’s Committee call to mind an event from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-glass: And What Alice Found There (ed. 1882):

“I see nobody on the road,” said Alice.  “I only wish I had such eyes,” the King remarked in a fretful tone.  “To be able to see Nobody!  And at that distance too!  Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light.”

King James and his Court might do well to shine their light inward.  Could it be there’s “nobody on the road”?

The Circus

“Send In the clowns
Don’t bother they’re here.”
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

The cabal of Reactionaries who—finally!—elected Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House of Representatives are roundly viewed as a Circus.  With Kevin putative Ringmaster, in the center ring Marjory Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Matt Gatez, Jim Jordan, and Josh Hawley tumble from a clown car.  Bereft of platform, policy, or any notion of “governing,” the second and third rings, feature slapstick recriminations and tit-for-tat reprisals. 

This Circus’s P.T. Barnum is Donald J. Trump.  His acts showcase hatred, bigotry, and lies.  Asked to disavow paramilitary thugs, Proud Boys  and Oath Keepers, candidate Trump famously responded, “stand down and stand by.”  Donald called torch-carrying white man chanting “Jews will not replace us” “very fine people.”  Haiti and Africa are “shithole” countries. Four female, non-Caucasian, members of Congress—three native-born Americans—should go back to their countries.  Trump’s lies are tabulated in tens-of-thousands.

Adopting Donald’s mad, mindless model, a handful of mawkish zealots drag civil discourse and Honest Abe’s Grand Old Party to heretofore unthinkable lows.  Their megaphones blare xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, and racism.  A poster shows Marjory Taylor Greene holding an assault rifle and non-Caucasian, female Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rishida Tilaib.  A photoshopped anime video depicts Paul Gosar killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and lunging with two swords at President Biden

Erstwhile National Committee Chair Michael Steele, Representatives Liz Chaney and Adam Kitzinger, founders of The Lincoln Project, commentator Joe Scarborough, and who-know-how-may more?, former and disillusioned Republicans recognize the hazards and insanity in Donald’s faux-populist rhetoric but feel stymied by his headlock on the Party.

After the final buzzer or last out, professional, collegiate, amateur, or little league, coaches and players share pats-on-the-back, fist bumps, and high fives with erstwhile opponents.  It’s sportsmanship, being a good sport!

If team Trump were to lose, coach Donald would decry “bought-off officials and cheating scorekeepers.”  His team would stick out their tongues and show the middle finger to opponents. 

Sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote:

For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against our name,
He writes – not that you won or lost – But HOW you played the Game.”

How might He write of team Trump?


It seems important that folks who get their “News” only from Fox, know Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion lawsuit discovers behind-the-camera texts, emails, and testimony revealing that, while acknowledging Donald Trump’s “stolen” 2020 election claim is bogus, Rupert Murdock and Fox Luminaries chose market share and financial profits over candor and shamelessly lied to viewers.

About Character

While Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the United Sates Congress, Representatives Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz sometimes stood and sometimes sat, toying with their cell phones.  Reputedly, the Colorado and Florida Republicans’ sit-down expressed opposition to spending additional dollars defending Ukraine from Vladimir Putin.

But, it’s not about money!  It’s about “character  .  .  . moral excellence and firmness”!  “Moral,” in turn, “conforming to a standard of right behavior sanctioned by or operative on one’s conscience or ethical judgement.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)  (My emphasis.)

Boebert’s and Gaetz’s antics demonstrate a shocking lack of character!  By contrast, two leaders, President Zelenskyy and Representative Jamie Raskin, exemplify the finest in Character, in “moral excellence and firmness.”

When Russia’s takeover of Kyiv seemed imminent, Zelenskyy’s life hung in the balance.  Offered safe passage out of Ukraine, the President famously responded, “I need ammunition, not a ride.”  With that statement, Volodymy Zelenskyy’s words and acts were widely viewed as reminiscent of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s during the “London Blitz.”  The Ukraine President’s continued courage, wisdom, and leadership bolster this analogy.   

Jamie Raskin, on January 5, 2021, buried his beloved son Tommy.  The following day, the Maryland Representative was caught up in Donald Trump’s seditious attempt to overthrow America’s Democracy and, despite losing the election, remain President.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on January 12, named Raskin Lead Manager in Trump’s second impeachment trial before the United States Senate.  In July, 2021, the Speaker asked Jamie to serve on the United States House Select Committee On January 6.  Over the subsequent year-and-a-half, Constitutional scholar and lawyer Raskin devoted invaluable expertise and prodigious effort to this assignment.

Representatives Lauren Boebert’s  and Matt Gaetz’s sad, sophomoric, stunt demonstrated an alarming lack of Character and failure to appreciate the awesome responsibility afforded them by their constituents, indeed by all Americans.  We can only hope that their act was an outlier, an aberration not reflecting the Character of the Grand Old Party or the United States Congress.  


Amid its joy and suffering, I understand nothing of the mystery animating “Life.”  This said, a few truths seem self-evident.

  1. Now, this instant, is the only “time” there is.
  2. I seem only to control my thoughts, muscles, and impulses.
  3. Worrying is wasted energy.
  4. Do what needs to be done.
  5. Don’t manufacture problems!


Karen asked why I obsess on Donald J. Trump.  For the same reason she closes her eyes and plugs her ears when he appears on TV. 

I obsess over Donald J. Trump because our forty-fifth President represents a clear and present danger to the safety and lives of Americans and American democracy.  More egregious examples supporting this truism are the then-President’s abject, paralytic failure to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Americans, and his seditious attempt to overthrow our government.

Despite fiscal meltdowns such as the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Castle Hotel and Casino, Trump Plaza Hotel, Trump Plaza Casino, Trump Hotels and Casinos Resort, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Trump University, and the Trump Organization being convicted of financial fraud and tax evasion, Donald J. Trump remains the World’s All-Time Champion Grifter!

Early on, melding Daddy’s fortune with his Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), young Donald had the ingenious notion of marketing his name “Trump”!  NBC’s “The Apprentice” took his brand public.  Reputedly, Trump viewed his fist presidential campaign as the World’s Greatest Infomercial.    

The TRUMP brand’s commercialization archived fruition with the flagship Trump Store in Trump Tower.  Those of us not favored to visit may view the   “, the official retail website of the Trump Organization” where a “COLLETIONS GOLF HOME & SPA MEN WOMEN SALE” includes MAGA and TRUMP caps, mugs, money clip, female and male apparel, necklaces, bracelets, bags, pouches, Christmas ornaments and more, much more!  Most of course, bear the trademarked and coveted “TRUMP” logo.

Donald continues scamming millions from MAGA minions.  His latest, for $99 suckers may purchase a card with Donald’s mug photoshopped onto characters ranging from a cowboy or Nasar driver to astronaut or Superhero.  According to the COLLECT TRUMP CARDS website, “There are hundreds of different cards featuring President Trump, each with its own rarity.”  Rarity‽

In the Greek myth, seeing his reflection in a pool, young Narcissist fell in love with his reflected image and stared at it for the remainder of his life.  I’ve pointed out, but it bears repeating, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) defines Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) as, “a persistent manner of grandiosity, a continuous desire for admiration, along with a lack of empathy. It starts in early adulthood and occurs in a range of situations, as signified by the existence of any 5 of the next 9 standards,”

  • A grandiose logic of self-importance
  • A fixation with fantasies of infinite success, control, brilliance, beauty or idyllic love
  • A credence that he or she is extraordinary and exceptional and can only be understood by, or should connect with, other extraordinary or important people or institutions
  • A desire for unwarranted admiration
  • A sense of entitlement
  • Interpersonal oppressive behavior
  • No form of empathy
  • Resentment of others or a conviction that others are resentful of him or her
  • A display of egotistical and conceited behavior or attitudes

For Donald that’s 9 for 9 folks!  Narcissistic Personality Disorder on steroids!  To make this call, you don’t need to be a board-certified Psychiatrist.  Just look and listen.

Psychiatrists labels Donald J. Trump as exhibiting a Malignant Personality Disorder.  DSM5 does not use “Malignant.” Campbell’s Psychiatric Dictionary describes Malignant Narcissism as combining characteristics of Narcissistic and Antisocial Personality Disorders with aggression and paranoia , making the patient not only delusional but potentially dangerous

Amid the hype, hiding in plain sight but curiously overlooked, is the transitive verb “Trumped  .  .  .  to get the better of: OVERIDE”!  (Merriam-Webster)  To date, Donald continues Trumping rationale and law  If he is not stopped, Donald J. Trump remains a serious threat to the wellbeing of the United States of America, to you and me, indeed to the World! 

The Question

Learning that a dozen-or-so official documents were recently discovered in Joe Biden’s former office and home, House Republicans ask for logs of visitors to the two locations.  Hearing this, Karen wondered if anyone, Republican or Democrat, requested logs of visitors to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home/hotel where a trove of official documents had been stashed?

I think not.


On leaving the Oval Office, President Donald Trump took thousands of government documents, some classified, to his Mar-a-Lago home/resort/hotel.  After a year-and-a-half of lies, stonewalling and finally a search warrant, from the basement to his office, Justice Department investigators recovered Trump’s trove.

Joe Biden’s attorneys, on November 2, 2022, reported finding “about” 10 classified documents in a locked closet at the Penn Biden Center where the then-vice president occasionally worked.  Biden aids, on January 22, 2023, reported finding additional documents at Biden’s Delaware home.  These discoveries were duly reported, and the documents forwarded to the National Archives.

Contrasting Joe Biden’s mishandling with Donald Trump’s theft of government documents is analogous to contrasting Alec Baldwin’s tragically accidental shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with Payton S. Gendron’s methodically executing a Tops market surety guard and nine patrons, and wounding three.

It’s about intent!  Did vice president, now president, Joe Biden intend to steal government documents?  Did former President Donald J. Trump intend to steal government documents? 

What Now?

With a Democrat in the Oval Office and majorities in the Senate and House, 7 of 23 statutes enacted by the 117th United States Congress include the:

  • “American Rescue Plan” facilitating recovery from the COVID pandemic.
  • “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” to repair highways and manage hazardous materials.
  • “CHIPS and Science Act” bringing microchip production back to America.
  • “Respect for Marriage Act” protecting same-sex and interracial marriage.
  • “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” addressing mental health, school safety, gun safety, and hazardous materials.
  • “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” addressing inflation, prescription drug prices, energy, climate change
  • “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023” addressing electoral reform, funding for defense of Ukraine, defense, natural disasters, healthcare, and electoral reform.

After quarreling like six-year-olds through15 ballots, House Republicans elected Kevin McCarty speaker.  Now, beside harassing Hunter Biden, persecuting a physician who dedicated his life to fighting infectious diseases, and ginning up, tit-for-tat, attempts to impeach Joe Biden, what mean, mindless “policies” and “programs” do Congressional Republicans have planned for Americans?