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Dr. Jack

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I'm getting very cynical about American politics

I started following politics back in high school during the 2000 election. I found it to be both sad but fascinating. For close to 20 years, I was passionate about politics, following every little event and obsessing over every election.

However, that passion is waning significantly and itís been replaced by a growing sense of cynicism. When I read political news, it just seems like petty, meaningless nonsense. I donít need daily updates on Donald Trumpís latest fundraising scam or what dumb thing Marjorie Taylor Greene said or some vaguely racist thing that a dusty 90 year old Republican State Senator tweeted.

It feels like American politics is nothing more than fake scandals, taking what people say out of context, ridiculous conspiracy theories, focusing endlessly on the biggest dumbasses in government, or people getting into arguments with individuals who are clearly just trolling for attention.

Maybe Iím just getting older and losing my idealism. Maybe itís always been this way I am starting to see why some people throw their arms up and say the government or politicians donít represent their concerns or interests. Iím not saying Iím done voting or that both sides are equally bad, but I am becoming very cynical about the whole thing. My concern is that 99% of politics is petty, childish arguing and meaningless nonsense and life is too short to spend time worrying about what some random congressperson is bitching about today or what some Fox News host is screaming about this week.

Looks like the NY Post is publishing pure Russian propaganda today

Iím not going to link the actual link to the article because fuck the NY Post. However here is a pic of the headline where the NY Post speculates that Joe and Hunter Biden were involved in the construction of bio labs in Ukraine which the Post speculates could be involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction and they say, may confirm Putin is correct when he accuses Ukraine of plotting chemical and bio attacks on Russia. Also they say this is all tied to information on ďHunter Bidenís laptopĒ.

Why do some people still trust Trump?

If you look back at Trumpís entire adult life, he has left a path of destruction behind him. Countless people who have chose to trust him whoís lives he has in turn destroyed. How many cases have you heard about of Trump stealing peopleís money or getting them into serious legal trouble or destroying their careers and credibility in service of this man? How many people went to work for him in his 4 years in the White House whoís lives are now ruined? Yet people still line up to get into his orbit assuming that things will turn out different for them?

Just time and time again someone gets close to Trump, they defend him, put their credibility on the line, he absolutely fucks them over, they then warn people to stay away but then someone else starts the entire process over again. Why? Why are there still so many people ready and willing to trust Trump if it only ever ends one way for them?

I have a conspiracy theory: Clarence Thomas will resign this year

Itís Friday night and I am in a mood for conspiracy theories. I want to reference back to this if it does happen. I think that moderate, senior Democrats and establishment Republicans are far more concerned about extremism than they are letting on. I think they are trying to calm the left and restore faith in government in general, by undoing the stacking of conservative Supreme Court justices. Even Republican leadership. They see how dangerous eroding trust is in the Supreme Court and the leftís calls for adding justices or changing the court, so two retirements will happen this year. First Breyer and then Thomas. There are a lot of scandalous stories about Thomas coming out. If they can force him to resign, before November, Biden can replace him with a much more moderate voice to appease the left. The court returns to a 5-4 split and Democrats have revenge on the Republicans for their fuckery over the last few Supreme Court nominees. And Biden gets to nominate two justices which is the number Democrats feel they were cheated out of. First with Garland and then with Ginsberg (this theory would say McConnell regrets allowing a vote on Barrett).

That way the court is neutral again or neutral enough, the Supreme Court wrongs on the Democrats are righted sufficiently to calm most down, calls to massively change the court will be muted, and faith is restored in a major part of the government. And after Thomas is gone there will be a clean slate for the future.

Or not, I donít know.

Why seize voting machines? What was the goal there?

I've been hearing a lot about these Executive Orders and other discussions among Trump and his group of fascist goblins related to seizing voting machines. The fact that it has never been done before, all of the experts saying that would have been extremely illegal, and even many Trump's own people saying "fuck no, absolutely not, I'm getting involved with that" is a pretty good sign of just how horrific of an idea that Trump was playing around with. However, I'm still a bit fuzzy on what exactly seizing voting machines was going to accomplish for Trump. If Trump had somehow done it, what would have been the goal at that point? What were they actually going to do with those machines and how would that have helped in the overall attempt to steal the election from Biden?

I understand that this is all incredibly serious and frightening, I just don't fully understand why it is so serious and frightening.

Does Trump seem more desperate and deranged than usual?

First, let's recognize that even on his best days, Trump seems like a cornered animal with a tenuous grip on reality. However, I don't feel like I've ever seen him as unhinged and scared as he seems right now. And that really is saying something. I don't know if I have just been reading way too many Jan 6th related updates in the past few days which is distorting my perception of what's going on with Donny Diaperload, so that is why I want to see what other people think. Is it just me or does he seem absolutely terrified and completely deranged? His erratic behavior combined with the revelatios trickling out of the House committee and news from New York and Gerogia seem to be pointing at something substantial. Are the walls actually closing in on him or is it just more of the same old shit from the Orange Clown?

What exactly was the goal of sending an angry mob to attack Congress?

Based on what the January 6th committee has so far released, it seems Trump and his inner circle of fascist ghouls were planning on sending a fake slate of electors from states he lost, have Pence declare those electors as the real ones, and then Trump wins the electoral vote in Congress. Frightening and also completely batshit stupid. However, after Pence said ďfuck all thatĒ and wouldnít play ball, Trump and his closest dickhead allies riled up a crowd and sent them to attack Congress.

My question is, what did they think that would achieve? After Pence said no the night before, what was the goal? What did Trump and his fellow scumbags think was going to happen after they unleashed the MAGA Army and how was that going to help them at that point?

The more I learn about the Plan A for January 6th, the less Plan B makes sense beyond just causing total chaos. Any insights?

Read the never-issued Trump order that would have seized voting machines

Source: Politico

The executive order ó which also would have appointed a special counsel to probe the 2020 election ó was never issued, and the remarks were never delivered. Together, the two documents point to the wildly divergent perspectives of White House advisers and allies during Trumpís frenetic final weeks in office.

Itís not clear who wrote either document. But the draft executive order is dated Dec. 16, 2020, and is consistent with proposals that lawyer Sidney Powell made to the then-president. On Dec. 18, 2020, Powell, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump administration lawyer Emily Newman, and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne met with Trump in the Oval Office.

Additionally, the draft order would have given the defense secretary 60 days to write an assessment of the 2020 election. That suggests it could have been a gambit to keep Trump in power until at least mid-February of 2021.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/21/read-the-never-issued-trump-order-that-would-have-seized-voting-machines-527572#
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