About 100 years ago, a then-famous vaudeville performer named Will Rogers, said, "I never met a man I didn't like." Many here on DU know the response to that. -- He never met Donald Trump.
It's not Trump's political philosophy that I hate, because he doesn't have one. What I find totally abhorrent is the man himself. There's no need to go though the list of his faults from his greed, to his intentional cruelty, to his need to be loved. Yet, he loves no one but himself and doesn't give a damn who lives or dies. I can't think of one positive characteristic he possesses.
Yet, millions of MAGAs still love him. Why? I guess the same question could be applied to Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler, and many other monsters of the past.
I just don't get it.
Yeah, I know that many are thinking that this is just another post berating the DOJ and Merrick Garland.
Actually, this is a post about the virtually total injustice embedded in the American "justice system."
A black man found with a small amount of "forbidden drugs" may go to prison for decades. A successful white man caught with an ounce of coke is more than likely to get a slap on the wrist.
A homeless person shoplifting some food may face serious prison time. A scam artist stealing people's life savings often has a lawyer that will get him off easy.
A person visiting the National Archives and trying to break the glass housing historic documents, will be facing jail time. And ex president who stole unknown amounts of highly classified government documents, is living in a castle and playing golf anytime and anywhere he wants to.
No one can tell me that our justice system is not unbalanced, unfair and totally broken. It seems that justice is blind to inequities.
Anytime I hear someone say, "America is the greatest country in the world," I turn away in disgust.
Most intelligent people know that real "Justice" doesn't exist in America. And nothing is being done to bring it into being.
I've posted this question many times over the years. And I've finally found an answer. Because!
If you've got a better answer than that one, please post it.
In writing "A Christmas Carol," Dickens made Scrooge a person who was greedy, grumpy, and uncaring of the fate of all the other human beings with whom he shared this planet.
After visits from the three ghosts, Scrooge is redeemed and tries to make right all the evils he visited upon others. He found his conscience and learned the meaning of human decency.
But, it seems that Dickens didn't foresee a Donald Trump. I suppose this can be interpreted as Trump being a man who is beyond redemption; a person who has ignored, or is unaware of, acceptable human decency; a being who has no concept of the damage he has done to the civilized world; a strange alien-like creature who has no conscience, and no wish to set right all that he damaged and destroyed.
Dickens, in his writings, believed that even the worst among us has some redeeming quality. It seems he didn't foresee a Donald Trump or those of his ilk. Then again, perhaps he saw them, but couldn't grasp the nature of their existence, or describe the pure evil they embodied.
The extreme right consists of QAnon crazies, the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and countless other neo-Nazi groups that call themselves by a variety of names. Not to mention the many members of the elected Republican Party who are allied with them.
But exactly what is "The Extreme Left?" Bernie Sanders? AOC? They may be left of center, but I don't see anything extreme about them, or others like them.
Would someone please explain to me what the American "Extreme Left" is, other than some imaginary group that exists in the minds of the very real and dangerous extreme right?
I've read various definitions, but I've concluded it's nothing more than some meaningless meme that wingnuts hurl at us in order to "Own Us." And "Own The Libs" is another piece of meaningless crap that they love to toss out there.
IMO, most conservatives just aren't very smart or original. They need to be fed prepared phrases with which to attack us. Some of them don't even know what the word or phrase means, but they know they're supposed to use it as a "verbal weapon" against us. Without these words and phrases, they'd probably just curse at us, or shoot at us. Very often, after some moron calls some Dem "Woke," it's followed by a smirk on their face as though they'd won some kind of victory.
Nonetheless, we're stuck on the same planet with them.
This is part of the reason that America is so often ruled by a minority.
We can't throw out Wyoming's senators. But we can work toward making Washington DC and Puerto Rico, two additional states. My guess is that will mean four more Democratic senators.
All of America's problems can't be solved in the short term. But making DC and PR states would go a long way to help level the playing field. It would be a good starting point.
Why? Well, any insane reason will do. Because he traded a major criminal to Russia for some girl basketball player. Because he's left our southern border "wide open" to all of those brown people. Because Biden "stole the 2020 election" from "Dear Leader." Or just because they can. Of course, they know their impeachment will go nowhere in the Senate. They'll probably spend the next two years impeaching him over and over again, just because they can. It will be Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi redux. (And Gym Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene will probably be leading the investigations.)
And, of course, they'll try to make Hunter Biden's laptop the equivalent of the stolen secret and top secret documents found at Mar-a-lago. Hunter Biden's laptop will be one of the lead stories on Fox "news" almost every night for the next two years.
And let's not forget unfinished business like putting Hillary in jail. This will be among their top priorities. Plus, they'd like to see Dr. Fauci in the cell next to hers.
Never mind the out-of-reach prices at the supermarket or used car dealer. Never mind investing in education, health care, or the general well being of the American people. None of that matters matters to them. They're out for revenge. They're out for blood.
The elected Republican Party, and those bug-shit insane enough to vote for them, are mentally fucked up beyond repair. And they're doing their best to make America fucked up beyond repair. What do you suppose our country will look like two years from now?
Thanks to the Republicans, any member of the military can opt out of getting a Covid shot. This is madness.
Everyone in the military gets more than a dozen shots when they first enlist, and many annual boosters. And they get these shots whether they want them or not. The reason is because we can't have a military rendered inoperable due to malaria, measles, diphtheria, and so many other ailments and diseases they can be exposed to at home and abroad.
But the fucking Republicans have brought their culture wars to bear on the United States' armed forces. They wouldn't allow a military funding bill to pass unless the requirement for a Covid shot was made optional as part of the bill.
Today's Republican Party is an ongoing threat to America. Given their acceptance of anti-vaxxers, Qanon insanity, neo-Nazi groups that go by various names, racism, antisemitism, and now their destruction of the Covid mandate for the military, they truly are Domestic Enemies who are an ongoing threat to America as we know it.
Here's an article on the military Covid mandate from Rachel Maddow's blog:
If anyone in America committed even a single one of the countless crimes that the Orange Beast has, they'd be in prison at this very moment. Yet, The Emperor of Mar-a-Lago is free and may never be held answerable for anything.
Even when various federal prosecutors, and those in NY and Georgia, seem to be on the verge of indicting him, someone in the judicial system gets in the way.
I'm convinced he could eat a newborn baby in Times Square, televised live, and nothing would happen to him.
I really, Really, never again want to hear some idiot say, "No one is above the law."
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