The Snoopy Chronicles

A hat tip to my guest writer, Snoopy. It looks like after months (years?) of endless investigations and speculation, a grand jury in New York is going to criminally charge the ex-POTUS Trump for violations relating to an alleged affair (and subsequent hush money payments and record keeping) involving the porn star Stormy Daniels.

Sweet Maria!

Melania must be so proud.

I digress.

In any event I doubt that this case against Trump, which appears to hinge at this point on an untested legal theory involving campaign financing record keeping, is the strongest indictment that can be made against the ex-prez. But the fact that Stormy Daniels is involved guarantees maximum media coverage. Go figure. The only thing that could top that would be if Megan and Harry were selected to serve on the jury if a case ever goes to trial. Seriously, I doubt that other criminal investigations—such as his alleged involvement with the attempted January 6 overthrow of our government, financial corruption at the Trump organization, and election fraud in Georgia—will attract enough interest to warrant an episode on the Judge Judy show. Only the talking heads on MSNBC are giddy with excitement about those developments. But with Stormy the ratings sky is limitless. I digress again.

Okay. If and when Trump is indicted this will be a shit show from beginning to end. Here is why.

One, Trump believes he is still president and therefore somehow above the law.

Two, he still has plenty of support among elected and non elected Republicans.

Three, his legal team attracts attention but doesn’t exhibit much expertise.

And four, Trump never appears to stand on the moral or ethical high ground. Consequently, even if convicted, he isn’t going to lose support among the Christian Nationalists who now control the Republican Party.

So it goes.

And in the end maybe Snoopy will be right.

It will take a porn star to save America.

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Rob Jewell

I’m Rob Jewell and I live and write in Woodland Park, Colorado, the City Above the Clouds. I've been fortunate. I worked for 29 years at BFGoodrich in Akron, Ohio. I started editing employee publications and ended as vice president of corporate communications. Then I started a public relations consulting company before becoming a full-time faculty member in the School of Journalism at Kent State University. I taught courses in writing, public relations and mass communication ethics. And I supervised a student-run public relations firm, called Flash Communications. During my tenure at Kent State I was honored to receive the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award. During most of this time I've been a dedicated runner. OK, jogger, if you take speed into consideration. But while my times are not much to write about, I was and am committed. For almost 30 years I ran at least 1,000 miles each year. (Except for one year when I tore my calf muscle playing tennis. So much for tennis.) Being on the road most mornings at 5 a.m. gave me some time to think. It also led to some amazing friendships that now span more than three decades. And my longtime love affair with running helped me shape my first novel, Then We Ran, which is available wherever electronic books are sold. And just so you don't think that all I did was work and run, I have other interests as well, many centering on family. My wife, Mary, was a successful and highly regarded career teacher in the Akron public schools. She now devotes her time and energy to a host of social and athletic activities in Woodland Park. My son, Brian, teaches at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs where he is also the head soccer coach. And my daughter, Jessica, has completed her doctorate at Kent State University where she is also an administrator with the Wick Poetry Center. I've done a lot of writing during my career -- but Jessica is the real writer in the family. I'll try not to make too many errors in this blog. I'm sure she'll be watching.

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