We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It smells pretty bad. Does it matter politically? I don't know. People are inured to Dems finding ways to get rich through politics. Seems more typical for Repubs to make money first, then to get into politics as a hobby or as a give-back.
As Goodwin states, this is only China. No doubt the graft and corruption includes Ukraine, Romania, Kazakhstan and probably every other country where Air Force Two touched down between 2009 and 2016, or where a US government aircraft unloaded that gibbering, corrupt pervert and his son in the former's capacity as a Senator and official American envoy since 1973.
It matters. This could not have happened without Obama's complicity and Democrats in DC knowing about it. Worse, It appears that every cabinet level department is involved in the coverup. Our government is corrupt and because of that our republic will not survive.
I don't think Trump will win. I think that the Democrats will steal the election and put the criminals back in charge. BUT, there is a possibility that a massive grass roots turnout could in fact negate the Democrat scheme. That is they pump out half a million fake votes in a battleground state but the voters turn out and exceed that vote in Trump's favor. IF that happens everything will get worse. More Antifa and BLM brown shirts, krystal nicht every night in left wing cities. Overflow of violence into the suburbs and small towns. AND I think if the Democrats take both houses or even 50% of the senate and keep the House they will remove trump (one way or another). They want power, they want to continue to sell off our country and to import workers to replace Americans. The grifters are making too much money to allow this all to end. One way or another they will take back power.
Well, it matters to me! I have always held politicians in such high regard, thinking of them as selfless, hard-working public servants anguishing over the public weal, unconcerned with such mortal trivialities as money and power and self-aggrandizement. And now I see one who is possibly something less than Mother Theresa in this regard? It's like a dagger in my heart to see my illusions crushed in this manner. All my starry-eyed hero worship has been for naught, it turns out that politicians might just possibly be susceptible to human foibles just the same as us mere mortals. Oh woe is me! How can it be that a whole class of people whose entire worldview is that they know better than you how to run your own life could be fallible creatures?
Biden and his family's corruption won't matter to the Dems. They have proven over and over they have no moral code. If crooked Joe Biden and Harris get in they just think they will give them what they want no matter what it took to get what they desired. Nothing happened to those in the Clinton Foundation and the deals they made. As far as Obama, You don't buy at least two very expensive properties on a presidents salary.
I think we're starting to see why Trump has been treated, from the beginning, as if he's some kind of poisonous toxic creature that must be destroyed at all costs. I have really struggled trying to understand the vehemence, the single-minded fury that has been directed non-stop since Day 1. Why? If the man is so inept, then he'll fail and it will be back to normal. But he has done anything but fail. He's bulled his way into successful outcomes one after the other and fulfilled more of his promises than any politician that I can remember.
So: Why? It's puzzling. I think it's because he's already rich -and Washington DC Politicians get their life sinecures by selling influence - it's that simple. Whether it's a seat on the board in the Private Sector after your term is up, or Pay-to-Play using the Clinton Foundation like a criminal PayPal, or deploying the Biden family army overseas to set up skimmable deals. All of it depends on political position. Everybody who plays the game agrees to keep quiet about it, because they're hoping one day it will be their turn to start cashing in.
Now we're seeing why they hate Trump so much. He really is an existential threat. He doesn't need wealth or influence, he already has them, and fame too. They're terrified he's going to show every American what their leaders have been doing, that he's going to show the corruption that feeds the system that has created two classes of citizens in the US - one subject to the law, one above it. Even worse: He's going to show every American how to stop it.
"... from your mouth to God's ear (or ... to the Gates of Heaven). May God hear what I/you say and act upon it. Or, as defined in The Taste of Yiddish by Lillian Merwin Feinsilver (1970): 'Fun zayn moyl, in Gots oyer. Lit, From his mouth into God's ear. May God hear what he has said (and fulfil it)!' The 'Gates of Heaven' may be an Arab version. ... The first expression may stem from Psalm 130:2: 'Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications'. The phrase also appears in the orthodox Jewish prayer book.
The explanation above taken from
Nigel Rees, Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins (2002), p. 90"
Well said! I think that another reason that so many people hate President Trump is that he's cheerful, and optimistic. That's a political crime. We supposedly live in a day and age where nobody is supposed to be happy. Everyone is supposed to walk around in a narcissistic rage. Injustice! Inequality! Racism! Homophobia! How dare anyone be happy when the world is such a terrible place. And when the President enjoys time with his family, or plays golf, that's even more proof that he's a callous and uncaring person. Who would play golf when babies are starving in Africa? Professional victims like blacks and mexicans love to moan and groan. That want to put their pain on full display, so that white people will see how deserving they are. But their pain is fake. Blacks and mexicans are wise to the con; they know that there's big money in being oppressed. And that's a lot easier than working.