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Susan Glasser explained in the New Yorker why  Yovanovitch  was so powerful:  'in this hyper-partisan, hyper-political time, she was neither. A state of weary cynicism has taken hold regarding Trump, among his supporters and also his critics. He is what he is. What can we do about it? For a few hours on Friday, an unassuming career diplomat, Masha Yovanovitch did something that I thought had become impossible in Donald Trump’s Washington: she managed to hold on to her amazement and outrage at the President’s amazing and outrageous actions. In hours of spellbinding testimony,  she offered a decisive rebuttal to that way of thinking. She said that she had been surprised and appalled when Trump succumbed to a foreign disinformation campaign and fired her. She couldn't address why he did it...only what it did to her! ' YES! 

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When I read Susan's word the very first words in her introductory paragraph I was stunned. In simple, straightforward prose she described what I (and everyone I know) was feeling" "something that I had thought had become impossible" to show the behavior in front of our eyes for exactly what it is. I called my granddaughter and Read it to her.

Collins put into words what just happened! What had unfolded before our eyes in this moment, in this " hyper-partisan, hyper-political time" a world that had been inundated by a tsunami of talking heads and 'leaders' disseminating disinformation.. and balloon came Masha!

IN the context of the cynicism and disgust we the people are feeling, Collins describes the incredible character that Masha displayed, as "she calmly described what had happened to her while quietly holding on to her "amazement and outrage."Masha sat there and told what had happened to her" that assault by a powerful person, that undid everything she had worked tirelessly for all her life.

Let me explain something, before I address that amazing woman, in this moment that should change everything.!

You see, for some time now, I have been writing, "Words Matter," the opening essay for for my blogsite: Speaking As A Teacher (dot-org and do -net) which I have yet to put up. It is so ironic, that as a teacher of writing, I have so much difficulty in finding the RIGHT words to introduce the theme of my site! I spent a ca in THE WORDS THEY UTTER defines who they are!
For decades I showed youngsters that it is OUR CONVERSATIONS and the way we communicate OUR INTENTIONS that make all the difference!

Moreover, when truth is replaced by outright propaganda and lies, and the people who lead a nation produce carnivals, and engage in outright skullduggery, no society will survive. America will not be great EVER AGAIN, if the rule of law IS replaced by mendacity. If I need to speak as a teacher" THAT is what I want to address how MENDACITY HAS NO PLACE in a good society" and when lies become the WAY IT Is and we are TOLD to "GET OVER IT" then we are all '#MeToo powerless in the face of evil.

I read the Collins piece several times, and then read it again in Diane's blog, and found myself crying.! WHY, wondered , after all today, (in my News feed as a journalist at OEN) I read many descriptions of her 'testimony" but Susan Collins captured with HER WORDS THAT SPELLBINDING MOMENT when a simple human being, made it clear that she was appalled, outraged, and frightened by what had happened to her.

That Nunez and Jordan, the GOP sycophants and those charlatans at Fox News choose to spit on her, then they DEFINE WHO THEY ARE, TOO!

I KNOW what Masha described! Because I am NOT ONLY a #Metoo-girl, I also found myself (at the height of my professional 4 decade careeras a celebrated and revered educator) suddenly reviled and threatened by lies and disinformation ,BY THE VERY PEOPLE whom I had served with dedication and talent.

As I read the Collins piece, reviewing what I had seen unfold before my very eyes ONLY yesterday morning " I saw myself being denigrated and dismissed by power! Powerless to fight when the grounds upon which I stood were being undermined by forces I could not stop.

Powerlessness is of course, the trauma of every MeToo girl out there.
I will not discuss or describe what one must do to get over, such a moment when the power to defend yourself evaporates. BUT I can tell you that an assault on the emotional self of a human being, (child, man or woman) is EVERY BIT AS DESTRUCTIVE as one on the physical being.
Yes, a VERBAL ASSAULT is devastating, too, especially when it is a venal lie from start to finish and it comes from a source one cannot defend against"except by telling the truth!!!!

I was struck by lightening, when the superintendent of my district said I had committed corporal punishment and for 6 months I was sent from my practice to a rubber room, as lies were circulated about me! ( You bet'ya'I was going to "experience some 'things!")

I get it Masha! You described what happened to you, just as I described what happened to me to my doctor. (Of course I was sickened!) And when I sued the NYC DOE, and the lies evaporated, and I was sent back to my school, BUT not to my classroom, I was thunderstruck AGAIN when I was informed that NOW, I had threatened to kill the principal.
Powerful people have no restraint.

But my friends and colleagues here I do not want to talk about ME!
It is what Masha did what she accomplished thought her words, as she described the IMPACT OF THE BEHAVIOR not of a petty, corrupt school administrator but of the PRESIDENT OF THE United States.
I want to bring your attention to something that she said, that I cannot forget.

It was this that brought tears to my eyes (and even as I write this, they fall) when asked WHY she thought Trump did it ) which would require her to judge and characterize his behavior) she refused!
" I cannot address why he did it" she said, and went on to describe the IMPACT OF HIS ASSAULT ON HER..because it is THE BEHAVIOR THAT MATTERS.

You all know that I am a playwright, and that we who put characters on a stage, know that BEHAVIOR IS ALL" the only thing that tells the story. The disgraceful, aberrant behavior of the president and all of the toadies and lackies who kiss his orange butt has flooded our national landscapes until we begin to dismiss the stink; the darkness of the onslaught fades as we forget what normal looks like. "
Oh, it's just politics.
Everyone does it 'winners' denigrate those who disagree, and to win office we must destroy our competition " GET OVER IT!
This is Mobster Politics. I need a favor though' before I help you".

Diane knew when she read Susan' Collins wonderful piece that it was indeed 'spellbinding testimony.'
It is that moment that comes every now and then, when TRUTH BURSTS on the scene in the UNEXPECTED ENTRACNE onto the public stage of a truth-sayer who CANNOT BE IGNORE!" ( forgive capitals.. cannot boldface at this blog!!!)

I would love to characterize Donald Trump.
After all I am an English teacher and a writer and I certainly have the vocabulary of adjectives and nouns that will paint his true colors. But, I do not want to speculate as to why he is destroying the very core of America! ("well maybe because daddy didn't like him" or because his 'hands' are so small"oops sorry)

I only know what he did to ME to US, and to THIS NATION and it was NOT to make us great again it was to demolish the ideals we once cherished while eradicating the very rules of behavior. of civility, and the very Rule of Law that made us the envy of the world. Tweeting lies even as she testifies.
Aggggh!

I haven't read Diane's next blog (which I saw in my mail) but I saw the Headline, and I want to tell you that Masha is my heroine, too. I want a #GoMasha T-shirt!

#GoMasha
#Go Diane
Tell it as it is!
That is what we can still do!!!
I certainly will!

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