Strzok Strikes Out
Chiquita is at the Table
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Sunday, July 15, 2018. Our noisy friend, Chiquita Cicada, is cooking breakfast for us this morning. She's hard at work preparing Vanilla Yogurt French Toast for our enjoyment. Chiquita is celebrating the conclusion of FBI Agent Peter Strzok's exhausting and infuriating testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Listening to someone lie over and over again takes a toll. Please join Chiquita for breakfast and a chat. The door will be open in anticipation of your arrival.
Into the Pan
Thanks so much for coming to the breakfast table this morning. I hope you rested up after sitting through the agony of Peter Strzok's ludicrous testimony before two congressional committees. Some of those on the committees were just as ridiculous and infuriating as agent Strzok. Strzok is still an FBI employee which could only happen when you work for the government. In the world most of us live in, we would have been escorted out of our place of employment after the discovery of totally biased text messages concerning the president of the United States. In Strzok's world, misconduct is tolerated or explained away. That is exactly what took place at the hearings. It was evident in Strzok's convoluted explanations of his behavior and his totally skewed definition of bias. He told the joint committees that he was not a Trump fan. That's when Pop and I started laughing. He characterized his criticism as blunt. That knocked Pop and me off our seats onto the floor. He said this with a straight weird face, all the while insisting that he could hate Donald Trump but be totally professional and fair while investigating Trump's possible collusion with Russia. That's when Pop and I took a break to wipe the tears from our eyes and catch our breath. If only we were watching a made for TV movie. If it were, it would be tolerable, but under the actual circumstances it was unbearable.
Climbing Out of Trouble
Strzok spent all his time during the hearing denying any bias. He insisted that his entire career has been one of service, free from bias. His definition of bias must differ from the rest of the world, because his texts to his lover, Lisa Page, were filled with hatred towards the man who would be president and his supporters. Nevertheless, Strzok would have us believe that he could leave his personal opinions and animosity behind while he carried out his job. Even Bob Mueller didn't buy that, so he kicked him off the investigation and put him in Human Resources. He should have put him out to pasture, but this is the government we are dealing with. If there are any consequences for wrongdoing they are, at best, minimal. It is interesting to note, that Strzok wasn't quite sure why he was let go. Finally, he remembered that Mueller had said the appearance of bias might jeopardize the integrity of the investigation. That's quite a move for an investigation that has no integrity or focus. Nevertheless, Strzok insisted that there was no way bias could ever enter into his investigation. The Dems on the committees loved that, and they showed it by applauding. Those that defended his outrageous behavior should have been escorted out of the hearing room. If only that was possible.
Aside from some brilliant questions from a few members of Congress, the hearings showed the true face of bias. It exists at the FBI, it exists in Congress and in the world at large. Truly professional people can keep their feelings to themselves and out of the workplace. Strzok is not one of them. Those on the committee who sought to defend his actions exemplify quite clearly why it is almost impossible to get anything done in our current environment. Stroke felt comfortable enough in his role as an FBI agent to express his ugly opinions without fear of reprisal. That alone speaks volumes about his judgement and his integrity. After all his years of service in the FBI, how is it possible that he didn't realize that his actions might be discovered? Instead, he felt immune. Instead, he felt above it all, and that is the core of the problem. Arrogance and hatred for President Trump and his supporters rule the day. The ugliness has permeated our media and our government. The devil has been let out of the bag, because we finally have a president who isn't afraid to right wrongs and tell the truth. They say the truth will set you free but sadly, in todays world, the truth is something to fear. Every time President Trump solves a problem that no one else could solve, it proves that the will to correct long standing problems was never there. Before Trump, people in powerful positions were quite content to keep the status quo. Let the poor stay poor, let the middle class keep struggling, let inequities between nations keep building and let our borders remain vulnerable. Perhaps ignoring problems seems, in a skewed way, the route to job security as long as the voters don't catch on. The voters caught on.
There is a new sheriff in town, and thinking people everywhere are loving it. The Strzoks of this world are being revealed for the angry, biased fools that they are. President Trump doesn't suffer fools, and neither should we. Let's make America great again!
I'm Chiquita Cicada
And I'm here to say
Is here to stay!