Confused Again, Naturally

Every day that I don’t ignore the news, I get befuddled beyond my ability to properly function.

A White House without scandals is like a day without sunshine, but usually, when administrations change, the scandals die out or are at least, scaled down. Not so with a certain recent president and his cronies associates. Every day, something new pops up and if I accidentally watch the news I get soooooo depressed.

About a year ago, presidential pardons were handed out like Halloween candy. (You want a Snickers? Sorry, here’s a pardon.) Right, wrong, or indifferent, it’s a thing that presidents can do as they wish.

A presidential pardon is the ultimate “Get out of Jail Free” card since it’s essentially, “Not only do you not need to worry about jail, you don’t even need to worry about being arrested.” I can’t think of ANY reason I would need a presidential pardon, but if offered one, I’d grab it without hesitation. After all, who knows. I might still have an overdue library book that can send me to prison for 5 life sentences–to be served consecutively. If not, what a great heirloom to be passed down to my children and grandchildren.

Nevertheless, Roger Stone, pardoned by the former president, invoked the 5th amendment. If he’s been pardoned, how can he plead the 5th? In history, certain individuals refused pardons so as to not lose their 5th amendment rights. Roger, however, claims both–and more than a few other things.

I’m not a lawyer. I didn’t play one on TV. I didn’t sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night. However, I study history.

I lived through the Nixon-Watergate years and followed the Congressional investigations intently. I have this nagging feeling that Nixon is jealous.

I’ve been to Warren Harding’s Tomb, and while there, considered the implications of the Teapot Dome Scandal.

I would not be surprised if there were whirring sounds near each of the gravesites as those two former presidents spin in their graves.

I’m just thankful that they weren’t cremated. Imagine their ashes spinning, creating two tornadic gusts of ashes spinning through the air at 350 mph.

Knowing they were former presidents, do you you salute or head to the storm cellar?

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