Another lil’ gem from Steve (Check out his Halloween book review📚 in the next issue of CECELIA!)


By Steven R. Maher

I attended Mass this afternoon to pray for my country. It’s one of the few things – other than voting and publishing articles in CECELIA and InCity Times website – that I can do right now about the terrible things going on in Washington DC.

At this Mass, one of the readings was from Ezra 9:5-9: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped above our head and out guilt reaches up to heaven. From the time of our fathers even to this day great has been our guilt, and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up, we and our kings, and our priests, to the will of the kings of foreign lands, to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and disgrace, as is the case today.”

This Biblical passage made me think of America in 2019. Trump’s efforts to ensnare Ukraine and Red China into our political system are the “kings o foreign lands” bringing to our country disgrace.

Not Verbatim Script

Today is also the same day that the White House released a statement drawn up by American officials who participated in the conversations between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the CBS website, a verbatim transcript was not released, but notes were taken by National Security staffers in order to have a written record of the conversation.

“According to the document, the president said on the call that he would like to find out what happened with ‘this whole situation with Ukraine’ and he said his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani would be traveling to Ukraine.

“Zelensky said he would meet with Giuliani when he visited,” CBS stated on their website. “Zlensky pledged that his new prosecutor would look into the case, and he asked for additional information.

Trump told Zelensky in the July 25 call that he would have Giuliani give him a call and also have Attorney General William Barr call to get ‘to the bottom of it.’… ‘I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out,’ CBS quoted Trump said as saying.

This document is the proverbial “smoking gun” in proving that Trump engaged a foreign power for his own benefit. “Until earlier this month, Mr. Trump had temporarily frozen $391 million in aid to Ukraine,” said CBS. This is a clearly an impeachable offense.

I think impeachment will not work due to the Republican control of the Senate. Additionally, Trump can pardon himself. Trump is like a Mafia don who has brought or terrorized a jury and is not afraid of a verdict. The fix is in. Impeaching Trump won’t do any good – unless it is intended to deter Trump from future nefarious political activity. That Trump was not deterred by the hell he was put through by the Mueller investigation means he is unlikely to be deterred by an impeachment vote he knows he will win in the Senate.

In the meantime, those of you who believe in God might want to pray for our country.

And take faith that Donald Trump will face a just God. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson’s saying about slavery: Trump will fear for his Presidency when he realizes God is just.