Uncommon Sense

June 21, 2022

Ex-President “Mafia Don” Trump

I was watching the Congressional hearings into the Attack on the Capitol on January 6th, 2021 today. I had some revelations.

One is that there are a great many honest, good, hard-working public servants out there, trying to do a good job for the rest of us. This is one reason I bristle when people attack “the government” as if it were some sort of alien attack force. It isn’t. It is just “us, aka We the People, acting collectively.” If it is not behaving as we would wish, it is up to us to correct those behaviors as they are representing us.

Republicans have countered that these hearings are partisan and, well, they are. So far, we seem to have heard the testimony of only Republicans. Definitely not fair and balanced. And, I do notice that none of the “push back” by Republicans consists of them claiming the facts are wrong or “President Trump didn’t do that,” or really anything of substance.

I was especially appalled at the Trump apparatus giving out the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of many of the state officials they were trying to subvert, including lowly poll workers. In one case, they gave out this sensitive information for the grandmother of one such poll worker. The 70+ year-old grandmother then receive threats from armed thugs at her front door and received a great many spurious pizza deliveries during the night that she didn’t order. What did Mr. Trump and his goons think was going to happen when they gave out that information? Did they expect deliveries of Girl Scout cookies? I think they knew exactly the kind of harassment that would flow out toward those people, which makes Mafia Don Trump and his minions the most despicable of people.

The committee also played excerpts of Mr. Trump haranguing state election officials in a manner that sounded as if he were auditioning for an acting job on the Sopranos reboot. What a thug.


  1. Couldn’t describe any better Steve what’s going on in this country and HAS gone on since 2016 in the GOP. We are unequivocally well into a Constitutional democracy Crisis coming this year in November and in 2024. Make no mistake about it. 😔


    Comment by Professor Taboo — June 22, 2022 @ 10:44 am | Reply

    • And still much of the GOP is lined up behind the Donald. Why I do not know. I saw one guy wo claimed that the descriptions of the voter fraud were good enough for him. I think this ios psychological projection. They are perfectly willing to cheat, so it seems that they think the DEMs do, too. The fact that the DEMs aren’t anywhere near well-organized enough to do that seems not to be in play.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 22, 2022 @ 10:52 am | Reply

      • Yep. And far too many normal, level-headed Americans with BARELY a sufficient civic education of our basic foundations of government laid out in all the hallowed documents in D.C., or no education at all, have gone asleep at the wheel for the last 4-5 decades! Democracy isn’t a toy monkey with cymbals or a toy soldier who marches that you wind-up one time and it goes on forever, unattended!

        Disturbingly sad though Steve is that far too many ordinary moderate Americans have been doing exactly that—gravely complicit in their civic virtues and duties—for decades and it might now be too late to stop the gangrene and cancer. 😞


        Comment by Professor Taboo — June 22, 2022 @ 11:00 am | Reply

        • The corruption in the courts, the news media, and in political fundraising must be corrected if we are to ever get back on track. I don’t see any efforts in that direction at the moment. I wrote a white paper a while back on how to correct the political money problem. Don’t know if you saw it.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 22, 2022 @ 11:26 am | Reply

        • If I did see it, my advanced (or rapidly advancing?) age has caused me to forget it. 😉

          Have a link to it?


          Comment by Professor Taboo — June 22, 2022 @ 11:46 am | Reply

          • This is the last repost I did–https://stephenpruis.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/repost-a-novel-way-to-regulate-corruption-and-campaign-financing/

            Maybe I should do it again.

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            Comment by Steve Ruis — June 22, 2022 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

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