"You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm."
That's the word from our President last night as he prepared for a dinner meeting with his military commanders. The press asked him WTF he was talking about – as the President has many enemies he'd like to attack from Kim Jong Un to NBC News - who knows which way the drones are going to fly and Trump, ever the consumate game-show host, left us with a cliffhanger saying "You'll find out."
Certainly Trump needs a distraction after such a terrible week for his Presidency and he's been working overtime to keep the haters spinning in circles, rolling back environmental regulations, arguing for gerrymandering in the courts, taking away birth control, taking away abortion (the GOP needs more poor babies to vote for them), demanding Congress violate the first amendment while defending the second in the wake of tragedy… Hell, I bet you don't even know the US refused to join the rest of the civilized World in condemning the DEATH PENALTY for LGBT people in other counries.
That's right, the US actually voted AGAINST a UN resolution that condemned the death penalty as a punishment for being gay. This is not fake news, this really happend – in America – in 2017. The fact is that we live in a world where even today gay people are being arrested, tortured and killed because of their sexual orientation. And the United States didn't just let an opportunity to condemn those atrocities pass by - it did much worse. It took a stand against that condemnation.
This latest vote came as a stark reminder that under the current administration, the United States hasn't just given up its commitment to advancing human rights. It has, instead, changed sides in that struggle. The resolution urged countries that have still not abolished the Death Penalty (most countries have) to make sure it is not imposed as punishment for "apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations." That's right, blasphemy too – like speaking out against the Trumpster! Maybe that's why you haven't heard about this from your regular news outlets…