I’ve been watching the Schiff tribunal without swearing at the television. I will admit to laughing out loud at times. I also have used my little finger to pull down the corner of my lower eyelid. That’s an Italian gesture that my mom adopted when she and my dad lived in Italy. It’s much more polite than exclaiming “[redacted].” A subtle tug when someone is lying to you. My mom used it when she knew that her three boys were not telling her the full story. She told us the story of signs posted inside passenger trains in Italy admonishing passengers not to spit on the floor of the car. She said Italians that were offended by the signs, who had no intention of spitting on the floor of the car would instead spit on the sign. There’s a lesson in there for those who wish to become nannies in a Nanny State.
My mom and dad have passed away. My brothers and I call October the cruel month. They passed away in the month of October, one year apart from each other. We lived in India for two years when my dad was assigned to the US Embassy in New Delhi as an Assistant Naval Attache. Mom expressed what she thought of diplomatic duty in a photograph, and a comment she made on the back of the photograph. Mom is in the center of the photo, dad is in uniform. Note the man in the background holding his nose.
Later in life, they would move back to Washington DC. My dad was the Vice President of Marketing for a major defense contractor. My mom loved the museums in DC, she detested the political atmosphere. Dad would receive invitations from Congressional Representatives and Senators to attend fundraising breakfasts and dinners. Some of them from politicians that hated the military, and anybody who worked with the military. They would receive a check, but dad and mom were no-shows. DC is pay to play.
Mom would spend part of the summer in their cabin at the 6,000-foot level in the Sierra Nevadas. That cabin was the only lofty heights my mom was interested in, she did not consider DC the center of the universe, nor did she consider residency in DC the peak of achievement.
DC hasn’t changed much in light of today’s events. All that is happening in the Schiff tribunal is throwing out the words bribery, and extortion. Something that politicians do everyday DC when they seek political contributions. The polite word is sanctions which are in place, and supported by both Dems, and Republicans – Russia, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and Turkey, just a few of the nations that have had economic pressure applied to them.
Disgruntled bureaucrats that believe they are in charge, and recognize their own authority and not the President’s, much less the voter. People who come from the best schools do not want the unwashed at their gates.
The goal is to nullify an election, or to interfere in the 2020 election. The end justifies the means. Perjury is now a virtue. The standard of a lie is not the lie itself, it is who is doing the lying. If lying is a virtue than DC is the most virtuous place on earth. The New Jerusalem, the City on a Shining Hill. DC may be on a hill, but what the hill is made of, and the smell is more like that of a stable.Published in