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Impeachment Hearings Day 4- Gordon Sondlund

Watch the hearings here on C-Span.

Has anyone else found cable news morning shows unpalatable? I can’t stand Joe and Mika. They seem fungible. And CNN lets too many Republicans get away with disinformation without challenging them. Plus, there’s too much yelling and screaming, which puts me on edge too early in the day. I can’t listen to NPR since the Juan Williams days. That ruined it for me and they became Nice Polite Republicans. It’s funny how your ear can pick up planted memes once you’ve been exposed for awhile. It’s like developing antibodies to them.

Ugh.

I’m trying C-Span but I get the feeling they don’t screen callers very well. Too many of them sound like they haven’t taken their meds yet and their brains are racing from one concept to another without any transitions.

I guess that until Preet Bharara does a daily podcast, the search will continue.

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Gordon Sondlund. Is he the fulcrum or are we still traveling into the heart of darkness?

The NYT is writing that he intends to say that everything he did was approved by Mike Pompeo.

Let’s ponder that for a moment. What do we know about Pompeo? What I’ve read is that he’s a religious zealot. A true believer.

I think it’s scarier than that.

Pompeo reminds me of someone I used to know whose religious extremism knew no boundaries. People like Pompeo are looking for divine intervention. They want to bring about the second coming. And Donald Trump is their instrument.

The theory is that Jesus will bring about Armageddon when certain signs and criteria are met. You’d have to go rooting around in the canonical gospels for the signs. Never mind that Jesus might have meant something else, Pompeo and Pence are focused on a post-apocalyptic future. Trump will get them there because he is so bad. He will cause suffering on a massive scale and has already done so.

He is the means that ushers in the end.

I don’t expect that Pompeo is redeemable. It’s unlikely that you will be able to change his thinking or make him see the error or his ways or show him how many people are hurt. I suspect that people like Pompeo are hard wired to be like this. They will go to their graves expecting a last minute rapture.

They should never be allowed to have this much power. They are dangerous religious ideologues and their reign works only by reducing the public to the level of sheep.