Something is rotten in the state of America


It’s the GOP – and it’s really starting to stink!

In Day 3 of the Trump Impeachment Trial, House managers concluded their case. Their arguments were as powerful as the ones on Day 2. But, to quote the great legal scholar Yogi Berra, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” So, if you were an independent juror with an open mind, you would wait until the defense attorneys made their case to make your decision. You’d only make that decision after you heard the defense rebuttal of the prosecution’s case.

That’s if you weren’t a juror who is also a Republican senator. Apparently, in the second impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, a fair number of the 100 jurors…at least 44…are not going to wait to make their decision – Guilty or Innocent. They’ve not only made their decision, they’re telling the world about it.

These independent-minded jurors include:

  • Rick Scott (R-FL):

  • Roger Marshall (R-KS)

Josh Hawley (R-MO):

“They are making this up as they go along. It is totally unconstitutional and selfish on the part of the Democrats. This is a total ‘kangaroo trial.'”

Lindsay Graham (R-SC)

And if that wasn’t enough for Graham (yes the same Graham who, during the 2016 primaries called Trump “a nut job”, “a loser as a person” and “ill-suited’ to be president.”), he went further, blaming not Trump for the attack on the Capitol, but the Capitol police for not shooting the insurrectionists.

“The people in charge of securing the Capitol let the country down” – but not the President of the United States? As usual, Graham’s logic defies logic. So much for the GOP’s vaunted “Blue Lives Matter!” To save Trump, they’ll throw anyone under the bus.

But wait, there’s more…and it’s even worse.

CNN reported tonight that “A trio of Republican senators allied with former President Donald Trump met with his defense team Thursday evening, in the middle of an impeachment trial in which they will vote on whether to convict Trump and potentially bar him from holding public office again. Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah were spotted going into a room in the U.S. Capitol that Trump’s lawyers were using to prepare for their arguments.”

CNN went on, “Trump lawyer David Schoen said that the senators were ‘very friendly guys’ who just wanted to make sure they were ‘familiar with procedure’ on the eve of their rebuttal to the House impeachment managers’ presentation. When asked if it’s appropriate to meet with senators during the trial, Schoen said, ‘Oh yeah, I think that’s the practice of impeachment. There’s nothing about this thing that has any semblance of due process whatsoever'”

Wait, what? Senators, aka jurors, are meeting with defense attorneys to make sure they were “familiar with procedure.” I’ve heard of “jury tampering,” but I’ve never heard of “defense attorney tampering.”

Am I missing something?

Or is there really something really, really, really rotten in the state of America? To paraphrase “The Bard of Avon” one last time, “To convict or not to convict – that’s not even a question.”

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

5 thoughts on “Something is rotten in the state of America

  1. Yes, something is very rotten in America! Don’t you think if it was a closed voting system, Trump would be convicted? Why does it have to be open? These senators are cowards and self serving! Makes me sick!

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Unfortunately, I did not expect anything less from these Senators. The only recourse that we have is to vote and get out the vote every single election. As I said yesterday, Perhaps the Justice Department and the FBI can bring charges.


  3. Keep reminding everyone that what is happening is unacceptable. While there is little we can do now, we must vote them out to keep them from contaminating our country any further. Thank you for your vigilance.


    1. Thanks, I’ll keep it up. FYI, My Tuesday post was published in the Palm Beach Post today. I sent it there because it was a response to a column they had published. Today’s was sent to USA Today. We’ll see if this one gets in as well. Doing my best.


  4. It completely boggles the mind!! Alternate reality is what pops into my mind and the fact that one of the Republican senators will ever receive a Profiles in Courage award. It’s time to institute an award for deceitfulness or some other more appropriate word for this despicable behavior. Maybe you can come up with something appropriate.

    Sent from my iPhone



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