Publication of the Friday SkyIslandScriber blog was delayed due to internet problems. Saturday’s blog likely to be delayed also.
Three news items caught my attention …
1872 mining law
This morning’s commentary in the Daily Star asks us to Stop ripping up land like it’s 1872. The only reason not repeal the 1872 mining act is foreign corporate greed. The arguments against that outdated law are well known. What is not well known is whether we have the political will to do the right thing by our country and our planet.
Paris climate pact - and why we’re not in it
It’s only a matter of time until Mother Earth takes her vengence on an invasive species - us: Rebuking Trump, House votes to keep US in Paris climate pact is the report in the Daily Star. That’s the good thing. The bad thing is that McConnell has pledged to use the U. S. Senate to derail that action.
The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that would prevent President Donald Trump from fulfilling his pledge to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement and ensure the U.S. honors its commitments under the global accord.
The bill falls far short of the ambitious Green New Deal pushed by many Democrats, but it is the first significant climate legislation approved by the House in nearly a decade. The measure was approved, 231–190, and now goes to the Republican-run Senate, where it is unlikely to move forward. Trump has said he will veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the House bill a “futile gesture to handcuff the U.S. economy through the ill-fated Paris deal” and said it “will go nowhere here in the Senate.”
More on the eater of souls
In my post yesterday I featured James Comey’s warning about Trump and the GOP: Explaining Barr’s Bad Behavior - Every Soul Trump Touches Dies. Today the AZ Blue Meanie covers more reactions to James Comey’s warning about the GOP in A warning to the GOP: Trump ‘has eaten your soul’. For example, he quotes Michael Tomasky:
… It’s 18 months until Election Day. They may well be the most consequential and frightening stretch in the history of the country, or at least since Reconstruction.
This racket known as a political party will try to pervert the law in ways we’ve never seen. Reverse the meaning of every word we know. Trump is screaming that he’s the victim of a “coup.” What he is doing, of course, is perpetrating a coup, against the Constitution, with the eager help of Barr and Graham and all the rest of them. Trump is an idiot, but on some intuitive level, he’s a smart man, smart enough to know that to get away with staging a coup, the very first thing you have to do is to accuse your opponents of trying to stage one.
The Blue Meanie quotes conservative columnist Max Boot with a short version of the GOP’s progress from never Trump to always Trump.
You begin by saying “I don’t like Trump but …” and then you explain why you have to support him to save America from Hillary Clinton. Now it’s to save America from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). There is always some villain on the horizon far worse than the one in the White House.
You excuse his outrageous utterances — “those are just tweets.”
When you can’t actually defend him, you instead attack his critics, claiming they are suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
The more that critics attack you for your support of Trump, the more you dig in. The more Trump misconduct you defend, the more you feel compelled to defend. In for a penny, in for a pound. No going back now.
You tell yourself that only by staying loyal to the president can you check his worst excesses and channel his instincts in a more constructive and conservative direction. You are convinced that you are too valuable to America in your current position to risk losing it — and that whoever replaces you will be far more of a Trump enabler than you are.
Eventually you end up excusing the most blatant assault on the rule of law since Watergate and saying that Trump is the best president ever.
“And then,” as Comey wrote, “you are lost. He has eaten your soul.”