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So many posts about how this Democrat is supposed to have maligned that Democrat, and how this candidate's supporters think that those other candidate's supporters have cooties and dire predictions about elect-ability and like-ability and rockabilly----
Guess it must be time for the official DU kick off of the official 2020 presidential election primary.
So here, presented for your consideration, two Democrats that even the meanest among us can not dislike. Two (potential) candidates who have not announced their candidacy so we do not have to worry that we will kneecap the nominee in the primary. Two candidates who are volunteering themselves as lightening rods for all that negativity that seems to be brewing somewhere ( I wonder where).
I love Al Franken, the man who made the Mueller investigation possible.
I love Beto, the man with so much support in Texas that many people have kept up their Beto yard signs.
Let the Bull Moose in Heat races begin!
(Note: Hunter S. Thompson likened Democratic primary presidential candidates to a bull moose in heat)
Trump just had his NOLA moment.
An American president can get away with being dumb--most of us are not that brainy. He can get away with infidelity--almost all of us lust in our hearts. He can snort a little coke--most of us like to escape reality from time to time. Greed is not a problem in a country where money has taken the place of spirituality and the rich are revered. Exploit your political connections to build and then sell a Ballpark for a cool million dollar profit? Who would not be tempted if they had the chance? Even criminal activity is not necessarily a disqualification--if laws are being broken to protect others. This is the appeal of the so called Bandit King, a myth popular in rural America, a myth that Trump exploited in his run for president. (See Eric Hobsbawm's Bandits for more on the subject).
But when a president who ran on a platform of "I know your fears and I will fix them even if it means cracking some heads and breaking some laws" turns around and says, in effect, "I do not care about you, I only care about myself" he is political toast. When he obstructs and breaks the law for his own sake, he is no Bandit King. He is just a cheap thug.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans believe that Trump does not care about them. And, I suspect, a fair number of the remaining forty-one percent secretly agree, but they are too stubborn to admit it.
Images of New Orleans survivors clinging to their rooftops, begging for help, while an indifferent W. flew by overhead lead directly to the 2006 Democratic midterm landslide. Up until then. W. at least pretended to care. He was someone "you would want to have a beer with". NOLA revealed that W. lived in a tower made of callous indifference.
Trump is living in that same tower--a tower that will soon become like the tarot card, the Tower of Destruction. And when the smoke clears and he is standing in the rubble of what was once his presidency, he will have no one to blame but himself. Those who do not care about others should not try to lead others.
It has never been easier! Now that Roger Stone, a former Nixon dirty trickster (who did things like contribute money to an opposition candidate in 1972 and claim it was from the "Young Socialists" )has been indicted for his role in the Russian Collusion/cover up, you can now connect the dots between Watergate---the bastard child of Dick Nixon that was carried to term by Pat Buchanan ( OMG!, I just pictured Nixon and Buchanan "doing it". )--and the Russian Collusion. Plus, Stone gets bonus points for being the one credited with making Trump aware of how much money he could make by running for president after Citizens United--making Stone Mel Brooks from The Producers AND Angela Lansbury from the Manchurian Candidate. And if THAT imagine does not scare you, you have been watching American politics for way too long! Oh where is Hunter S. Thompson when we need him?
That last is Pat and Dick probably engaged in some "foreplay". Scary!
This whole thing stinks last last years' gym socks. It has Russian compromat written all over it in big letters. And I predict that we will suddenly hear from a lot of "Democrats" who always knew that Lee was an an enabler of rapists. They could see it in her eyes. And they want her out of office now. Even if it means the Republican Texas governor gets to name her replacement until a special election can be held. Such a woman should never be able to sit in judgment of Trump. It would undermine the Democratic cause! It would make our party look bad!
"That's a nice Congress you have there," says Rudi "the Mob Lawyer" Guiliani. "We wouldn't want to see something happen to it."
Real Americans do not give in to blackmail. And this is blackmail. Trump has suspended the law--and now is offering to let the law become the law again, if Congress gives him 5 Billion for a federal land grab in Texas aka the Wall. The nation does not usually give in to blackmail demands, because doing so encourages more blackmail. Plus, Trump has a long history of not keeping his part of bargains. It is quite likely that he will immediately reverse the reversal and keep immigrant kids incarcerated and start deporting young immigrants as soon as he has his 5 billion. It is what his base will want him to do. And he does everything he can to please his base--as long as there is money in it for him.
When Katrina hit NOLA and Karl Rove decided that this would be a perfect opportunity to conduct an ethnic purge of the Democratic bastion in hopes of turning Louisiana red, Cuba sent a cargo ship with humanitarian supplies to help the survivors. The federal government turned the ship away---no foreign country was going to get in the way of the Bush/Rove effort to use an act of God to kill Democrats and call it divine retribution against gays.
Now Trump is conducting his own purge--of veterans, the elderly, the chronically ill, children. The shut down is his crowning achievement, meaner than incarcerating children and leaving them to the not so tender mercies of pedophiles. More dastardly than undermining national security by leaking secrets to Russia. More calculatedly dickish than sending a respected journalist and legal US resident to his brutal death at the hands of the henchmen of a Saudi despot in exchange for cold, hard cash.
Trump is reveling in the shut down. Never has one nasty, impotent broke-ass bastard had so much power to do harm to so many innocents. For a man like Mr. Tiny Hands, the shut is better than a penis pump--it makes him feel like a real man. It makes him feel powerful, like the dictators he so admires. Why, it is almost as good as shooting a man in broad daylight and getting away with it!
And Trump's base of ass-hats love the shutdown. These are the people who will gladly watch their own kids starve to death if it means that they get to watch their neighbors starve, too. The ones who will steal the crusts of bread from their kids hands to feed their own faces. The ones who fight over wills before their parents are even dead. The ones who create fake porn with the image of their ex-lover and post it on the Internet. The ones who steal the packages off their neighbors' porch, because they can.
Trump loves the shutdown and the misery it causes. He tells his base that he is hurting Democrats--as if this is a football game, GOP versus Dems rather than a matter of life and death. He says that he is showing the House Dems who is in charge. He struts like a puffed up peacock, full of sound and fury that signifies nothing--except that he will never allow this misery to end, not if he can help it. Because...
...if the Shut Down stops being front page news then the House hearings in Trump's collusion become front page news
Trump would much rather have seniors freeze to death for lack of heating subsidies and see children starve to death for lack of food stamps. Trump will sicken thousands with disease tainted lettuce and beef and cheer as terrorists take down a commercial airplane full of children and nuns due to TSA shortages--and by cheer I mean cheer because this will be his chance to stage a 9/11 and don a orange jumpsuit and show the world that he is a man! Trump probably gets hard thinking about a terrorist attack on his watch. Look what it did for W.!
Trump is a sick, twisted, bitter excuse for a man. We can not wait for him to develop a conscience, because there is no money in growing a conscience. And so, we have to pull together to help our brothers and sisters who slave for the federal government, policing our borders, protecting our skies, delivering our mail without getting paid. Forget a Go Fund Me for the Wall. Can we get a Go Fund Me to save the children? The U.S. citizen children who probably would be better off if they were undocumented immigrants because at least then they would have somewhere (a blanket on a concrete floor) to sleep and something (gruel) to eat in the $100,000/year luxury prison/spas that Trump cronies operate at federal expense. Is Betsy DeVos getting her checks, I wonder. To quote the former governor of Alaska, You betcha!
And while we are at it, can we please appeal to the United Nations or maybe NATO or even just France to send aid for all the Americans who will not be getting their paycheck or their food or their electricity or their medication this winter? Please World. We need your help.
If our nation relies upon network news for its political discourse then Trump (and Russia) win. That is because network news has become the equivalent of a nude caged mud wrestling match in which the loudest, angriest, flashiest, emotion charged person wins. This is why so many Americans support a self proclaimed tax cheater who lies and gropes women. They find violence/anger/bravado entertaining. And politics has become a spectator sport in recent years much like the Roman gladiatorial battles which were designed to lull Roman citizens into a sense of complacency over the decline of their civilization.
How will House hearings be different? They will be conducted like court hearings. The winner will be the person who tells the truth, who presents the most logical testimony, the one who exercises caution, good judgment, reason. Lies-particularly the blatant whoppers that Trump likes-will be forbidden. Instead the much dreaded I plead the 5th will cue Americans that something criminal is going on. Emotional outbursts, temper tantrums-these will not be winning moves. These will be perceived by the public that relies upon the court system to keep it safe as a sign that the administration is unsafe.
A big reason why the Watergate hearings were so successful derived from the nature of public hearings. There is a gravitas to these procedings that makes ordinary people put aside their childish need to be entertained and that forces them to face reality. And reality is one arena where Trump with his delusions and inflated ego can not win.
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