Our Civil War

No, not that one.  A new “War Between the States” has been brewing for a long time and it’s heating up.

Your President was calling for “unity” at the congressional picnic the other day. He was referring to the baseball field shootings that seriously wounded Representative Steve Scalise, and the many expressions of bi-partisan feeling that followed. The message was certainly appropriate and much needed, particularly coming from this president, who seems to enjoy fighting with everybody more than just about anything else. Except maybe eating. (Yes, I know fat-shaming is a no-no, but I’m making an exception here. OK?)

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So diplomatic. So presidential. So hypocritical.

The man who so solemnly called for much-needed unity had just come from taunting Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (on Twitter, of course), for losing the special election in Georgia. Not that she was running for anything in Georgia, but that doesn’t matter. The election had been thought of as a referendum on Trump’s popularity, but somehow turned out to be a referendum on Pelosi. At least it did in the estimation of FoxNews and, therefore, the man-baby.

She lost. So, of course, a good presidential twitter-taunting was in order as it always is for any loser. He could have simply praised and congratulated the winner, Karen Handel, but apparently that wouldn’t have been very satisfying.  Or, apparently, very unifying.

But zinging Pelosi wasn’t enough. He had to include a dig against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who will now be forever known as “Cryin’ Chuck”.

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Anyway, none of this is really new – we’re all now inured to Trump’s bullying and bellicosity. Amazing, but it’s true. We’re just worn down by it all and no one in Congress or on Foxnews will admit it’s a bad thing. They’re all abetting it and must share the blame for allowing it all to become “normal”.

Which brings me the the War Between the States. Texas vs. California, that is.

This article reports that California has now declared that it will not support travel to Texas. It says,

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed controversial legislation into law that allows child welfare providers — including faith-based adoption agencies — to refuse adoptions to hopeful parents based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

In response, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday that his state will prohibit its employees from traveling to Texas because Texas has enacted laws that, he said, discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families.

Texas, home to the nation’s second-largest economy, joins California’s growing list of states — Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota were added at the same time — to which state-sponsored travel has been curbed because of similar legislation.

The Blue vs. The Gray was bad, but we can at least understand why it happened. The Blue vs. The Red is just baffling.

Is this how we want to live? Who does it help? Can you imagine this happening during the administration of any other president?

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