One Way A Thing Could Be…

I hear a lot of talk, these days, about impeachment.  From the left, the conversation is “What are they waiting for?”  On the right, the conversations is, “Move along.  Nothing to see, here”.  (Okay, actually on the right the conversation is, “What about Hillary?”  Tell you what, we’ll investigate her Presidential crimes just as soon as she’s the President committing crimes…)  In truth, the Democrats may not be “waiting” at all.  These things take time.  One of a lawyer’s prime jobs is to delay.  One never knows how a thing may play out over time so the more time one can stuff into the process, the better.  But the natural process of legal proceedings could well work to the advantage of the Democrats (and, of course, the country as a whole…) for two reasons.  One, the order of succession and two, the rules regarding terms of office.

Do you know the order of succession?  If the President can’t serve, in comes the Vice-President.  If both the President and Vice-President are unable to serve, here comes the Speaker of the House.  Trump, Pence, Ryan – in short, there’s no escape…at least for now.  Besides, with conservative control of Congress, there’s not going to be an impeachment, anyway.  Period.  Sure, it’s a flagrant disregard of the Rule of Law but Trump said, flatly, he could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and it wouldn’t affect his base.  He’s right, too.

One possible assessment (presumption? guess? hope? dream?) is that the Democrats intend to take advantage of the glacial movement of legal proceedings, hoping to benefit from the 2018 “elections.”  IF they can recapture Congress – or even one chamber – the madness stops – or, at least, slows.  IF they can recapture Congress, impeachment might proceed.  And, just for fun, IF the Democrats can recapture the House, impeachment proceedings might be possible against both Trump and Pence…and the new Speaker would be a Democrat!  That last possibility, there, is mostly wishful thinking.  It’s true, Mueller and I aren’t talking but I haven’t seen anything against Pence so far.  (That doesn’t mean much, either.  I’d never even heard of Popadopoulos until his plea deal was announced…)

Here’s the other piece: if the President is ousted for any reason, the amount of time remaining on his current term defines whether the incoming replacement can run for one more term or two.  If the replacement serves more than half of the ousted President’s term, the replacement is considered to have served one term.  If the replacement serves less than half, they can run twice.  That means one President could serve as many as 10 years…

So, to recap: the order of operations for Democrats is; win back the House, seat a new Speaker, THEN impeach the national embarrassment.  It’s that first one, though, “win back the House”, that’s going to be the hardest.  You see, whether Gerrymandering, voter suppression, or outright manipulation – conservatives cheat.  They cheat bigly.  If an “election” is close, conservatives “win” (search “Goo Goo Syndrome”) because conservatives have a finger on the scale.  These days, it’s more like they’re actually standing on the scale…

They have to, really.  You see, those who dwell inside the conservative bubble think they “win” because their positions are the most popular but as it happens there are far more thinking people than conservatives.  The thing is, lefties don’t enjoy the group-think and obedience of the right.  “Herding cats” is the phrase people commonly use.  Lefties commonly don’t turn out, particularly for mid-terms.  But the fact is, when liberals DO turn out, we win.  We CAN overwhelm the right with sheer numbers but we HAVE to overwhelm the right with sheer numbers.

I’ll tell you this: we’d better.  This whole thing is going to come down to 2018.  Conservatives just think it’s about “their team.”  Everyone else – by now – knows it’s about saving what’s left of this once-great nation…

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Disrespecting the Dotard…

Like most people in the civilized world today, I’m laughing at Donald Trump.  He held one of his “Inflame the Deplorables” rallies a few days ago during which he suggested that the next NFL player to take a knee during the National Anthem should be fired.  He referred to them as sons of bitches and received HUGE applause from his…”basket.”  Cut to the following Sunday, many (most?) players either take a knee or lock arms in solidarity with the players who take a knee.  A few teams simply didn’t come out for the National Anthem.

Trump lives inside the conservative bubble.  Like everyone who dwells inside the conservative bubble, he has twisted understanding of the world around him.  The protest is simple and straightforward.  Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem to protest bad cops getting away with shooting unarmed people.  The victims of such shootings tend to be people of color.  But inside the conservative bubble the action has been represented as an insult to the American flag and Trump lives inside the conservative bubble.  So, he’s more “offended” by the peaceful protests than by the shootings.  I think you’ve missed the point, there, Don…

Conservatives have been talking up a “boycott” of the NFL over the whole take-a-knee thing.  Interesting timing.  The NFL has done itself some serious damage.  They’ve supersaturated their markets.  They’ve been arrogant in their dealings with local cities and fan bases.  They’ve taken to charging usury amounts on their tickets and – before you can overpay for your seats – you have to buy a “seat license”.  That is, you have to pay for the opportunity to get screwed by the NFL.  On TV, the games have WAY too much “dead time”, mostly too many commercials.  I suspect, on some level, as people are becoming more and more aware that the players are out their performing spectacular feats of athleticism – oh, and giving themselves serious, permanent brain damage – the game is just getting more…difficult to watch.
“That was a GREAT catch, Dan!”
“It sure was, Bob.  Uh-oh, it looks as though he’s going into the ‘Concussion Protocol’…”
“Shortened his life a bit, did he?”
“Sure did, Bob – by a few years…but it was a spectacular catch…”

The conservative bubble has it all down to “politicizing the game.”  Newsflash: playing the National Anthem before each game – complete with a flyover of fighter jets in formation spewing red, white, and blue smoke – has pretty much been “politicizing the game” since…well, since the practice started…

Apparently, some people – conservatives, presumably – started yelling slurs and taunts at the kneeling players.  I’m not sure why shouting epithets at the top of one’s lungs during the National Anthem is NOT disrespecting the flag.  I guess you’d have to live inside the conservative bubble to understand…

It’s funny, in calling for the boycott, Trump has done something the NFL, itself, couldn’t do: bring back viewers, at least for the pregame.  I tuned in specifically to see how the players would react.  I confess, I was NOT disappointed.  I’ll tune in again next Sunday, as well.  I’m interested to see how long the complete repudiation of the Dotard in Chief lasts…

Beyond The Pale…

Three dead.  How many others hurt?  Our so-called “President” condemns “hatred, bigotry, and violence from many sides”.  Many sides?  No.  ONE side: the conservative side.  What’s their slogan for this “event”?  Oh, yeah, there it is: ‘Unite the Right’.  Doesn’t sound like “many sides.”

Can it actually be that Donald Trump is THAT far gone?  Apparently, he is.  His delusion that this problem stems from “many sides” has pushed me into the Amendment 25 crowd.  If he’s incapable of making an actual determination about who’s doing what to whom…and why…he’s clearly incapable of executing the duties of his high office and should be removed.

All this over a statue of Robert E. Lee?  Right-wing nut-balls are losing what’s left of their tiny little minds over the idea that the nation is beginning to see fit to remove statues of Confederate “heroes” from public locations and put them in museums.  But let’s be clear: the Confederate “heroes” in question were traitors, not “heroes.”  Continuing to laud the efforts of the south to break away from the United States and create their own little racist hell-hole seems, to me, to be about as un-American as one can get.

You want to remind me that Robert E. Lee had been a great general for the United States?  You want to remind me that Robert E. Lee was Lincoln’s first choice to lead the Union Army?  Save it.  Lee declined and led the rebellion army.  Lee became a traitor.  I know, many people don’t like that assessment.  Tough.  The same is true of Benedict Arnold, a once-respected hero of the American Revolution who ended up trying to sell out West Point to the British.  A traitor, pure and simple.  We don’t litter statues of Arnold around the countryside and in parks and such in recognition of what he did BEFORE betraying his countrymen and we shouldn’t do so with Lee…or Stonewall Jackson…or Jefferson Davis or any of the rest of the rebellious traitors of the south.

I’m guessing, here, but I suspect this little prick who drove his car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protestors thinks he’s going to get away with it because of the recent introductions of bills – by conservatives, in conservative states – that defend drivers who hit protestors blocking roads.  He won’t.  Even those stupid laws are REALLY about accidentally hitting someone – not pointing your car and plowing in at 40 miles per hour.  But, again, we’re talking about tiny little conservative racists minds, here.  Nuance is not something they understand…

I realized this morning I’m expecting the same old tropes from the right.  “Now is not the time to play the blame game”.  Now is EXACTLY the time to play the blame game.  I blame racists, marching down the street in their Brooks Bros shirts carrying their tiki torches and complaining about how rough they have it.  I blame conservatives who have been tossing red meat phrases around casually because it’s “fun” to piss off “Libtards.”  I blame our so-called “President” who tacitly supports racism in his rallies and who pretended he didn’t even know who David Duke was and knew nothing about the Ku Klux Klan.  I blame racist conservatives who simply will not let go of the fact that the big, bad evil government forcibly took away their “right” to forcibly take away other people’s rights.

Conservatives like to rip on the left over what they call “identity politics.”  Well, I ask you, what could be more “identity” than “white”?  I’m pretty much sick and tired of conservatives pretending liberals do the things conservatives actually do.  I’ve noticed a dearth of postings in social media from my conservative friends on the topic so far.  I”m sure the conservative bubble is working feverishly on some “spin” explaining how this is actually liberal’s – or even Obama’s – fault.  They’ll come up with something, too.  They always do.  It won’t make any sense.  It most likely won’t even have a basis in actual fact.  Conservatives don’t care.  So long as they can evade responsibility for their actions, they’ll grasp at whatever straw the conservative thought-shapers offer.

But I’ll tell you this: white supremacists, themselves, have ALWAYS been the best argument AGAINST “white supremacy.”  They’re just too stupid to know it…

The Burnin’ Bannon Question…

Well?  IS Trump going to dump Steve Bannon?  My conservative friends all “know” about the “editorial choices” made by the so-called “Mainstream Media.”  None of them seem to realize the editors inside the conservative bubble are ALSO making choices.  Mostly, those choices manifest in what they DON’T print but there’s also a steady diet of propaganda, these days referred to as “fake news.”

At some point, Bannon thought he’d found his ideological equal in Sarah Palin but, for some reason, decided she was not, after all, the individual he sought.  (It was probably just…oh, gosh, everything, really…)  His next “find” turned out to be Donald Trump.  By that time, he had taken control over the conservative website known as Breitbart.  Apparently, he benefited wildly from Andrew Breitbart’s unexpected and untimely death at age 43.  Did Bannon kill Breitbart in order to gain control of the site and convert it from an entertainment oriented site into the far right propaganda tool it is today?  (No, I don’t think so, either, but if conservatives get to claim every person who has ever met a Clinton and then died was murdered by them, why can’t I imply similar innuendo?)

Anyway, once Bannon had set his sights on Trump, Breitbart.com became an enthusiastic supporter.  This meant publishing (and, you know, inventing) stories that highlighted how awesome Trump is and “making editorial decisions” about things that might not show Trump in the same glowing light.  Since so many conservatives self-isolate in the bubble, they had no idea about some of the warning signs of Trump.  I could hardly call it THE transformative event but it was certainly effective in bringing conservatives to heel in supporting The Donald.

Now, as a result of infighting, Bannon may be under fire again.  This is his second time under the gun.  The first time he got a little big for his britches – at least as far as his ego-driven boss is concerned.  Now he’s targeted because new White House Communications Director and wiseguy wannabe Anthony Scaramucci wants him out.

So what do you suppose Breitbart.com is going to do should Bannon be pushed out in the current White House purge?  My guess is, over at the site headquarters, there’s going to be a sudden realization that, hey, maybe these stories should be run after all!  Right?  I mean, Bannon OWNS the mechanism that created Trump’s image.  Couldn’t Bannon destroy Trump in conservative circles as easily as he built him up?  (The correct answer is ‘yes’…)

So get ready, fight lovers, for the upcoming battle for (temporary) dominance in the White House with Bannon vs the Mooch…

I’ll tell you this: if we’re doomed to hell anyway, we might as well enjoy the floor show…

UPDATE:  I wrote this piece this morning, posted it around 8:00am Pacific time.  NOW Scaramoochi is out.  Damn, it’s hard to keep up with this circus of a “Presidency…”

Define “Successful”…

I saw an opinion piece in the Guardian called ‘Your Worst Nightmare: a Successful Donald Trump Presidency’.  My first reaction to such a headline is that it’s true; a successful Trump presidency might well be my worst nightmare.  But then the obvious question occurs: what might a “successful” Trump presidency look like?

The piece in question starts off appearing to give Trump credit for something he didn’t do, a staple (so far) of his presentation. A sergeant loses an arm and a leg in Afghanistan in 2010.  He has to wait 57 days for a repair to his prosthetic leg and three and a half years for adaptations to his home.  Let’s see…2010 plus 3.5 years…why, that means the sergeant’s problems were handled by 2014, at the latest.  Pop quiz: who was President in 2014?  Still, the sergeant is thrilled Trump is going to solve Veterans Administration problems…

Then, the piece basically, lists things 45’s maladministration is calling “wins” right now.  A Republican beats a Democrat in a closely watched “election.”  David Brooks, a NY Times columnist, suggests the Russia investigation might be overblown.  A revelation that Obama might well have dropped the ball with his choice to remain mum on Russian interference.  Three CNN staffers at the website had to step down due to poor journalism.  The Republitarians in Congress almost repealed the Affordable Care Act.  The “Supreme Court” reinstated the travel ban.  But then, the same column includes a paragraph about why those things might not be wins as well.

Trump’s proposed budget is supposedly going to screw veterans right along with every other not rich person.  The Republican beat the Democrat in a traditionally Republican district.  The investigation might be overblown but Obama didn’t do enough?  Which is it?  “Almost” repealed Obamacare?  So…not yet.  Oh yeah, the travel ban was only partially reinstated.

Essentially, the piece doesn’t say anything more than “politician takes credit for things politician didn’t do” but, really, isn’t that the politician way?  It did get me thinking, though: what might a successful Trump presidency look like?  I’m not sure anybody knows, mostly because I’m not sure Trump, himself, knows.

Yeah, sure, he’s going to build his stupid wall (a win) but Mexico is clearly not paying for it (a loss) AND…his “wall” will be porous as hell (a loss).  If conservatives DO manage to repeal the conservative health care plan known as “Obamacare” (a win?) the resulting devastation to millions might well bring a backlash that harms the Republitarian brand (a loss) AND ushers in single payer (a win for Americans, a loss for greed).

If we end up with oil derricks in Yosemite, HE might consider it a “success” but most people will mourn the loss.  Deregulation?  I don’t care HOW you package it, deregulation is about freeing criminals to commit their crimes again.

I’ll tell you this: the more I think about it the more I realize that a “successful” Trump presidency destroys America and harms humanity.  Maybe that IS my worst nightmare…

It’s A Fair Question…

Sean Spicer insists that 45 and “a small group of people” know exactly what 45 meant when he tweeted “covfefe”.  I’m not leveling any charges, here, just asking a question but couldn’t “a small group of people” be Putin, Kislyak, and Lavrov?  (It could.)  Is it really a good idea to even hint that perhaps the so-called “President” is tweeting secret codes to his Russian counterparts?  (Note: I have ZERO evidence the so-called “President” is tweeting secret codes to his Russian counterparts…)  Let me put it another way:

When your maladministration
is currently under investigation
for potentially illegal collaboration,
Shouldn’t one’s cogitation
tend toward mitigation
rather than exacerbation?

The Trump Somnambulists…

Did you hear the one about the so-called “President” who did something dumb, his people tried to cover his tail, and then he stupidly re-affirmed that, nope, it was the dumb thing?  I was going to use details of actual incidents but decided I like it better this way, with nothing specific and yet, applying to each day of Donald Trump’s maladministration.

Each time one of these little dramas plays out, there’s a blizzard of “When are his supporters going to wake up?” and “I wonder how his supporters feel, now!” posts in social media.  Here are the answers, in order: ‘Never’ and ‘Just fine, thank you’.

It’s important to separate the two different groups who voted Trump.  On the one hand, there are those who cast a ballot for Trump but who, technically, were voting against Hillary.  These are the people who were going to vote third-party or just sit the thing out until Hillary was named the Democratic nominee.  They had been primed by 24 years of anti-Hillary propaganda to hate her on a visceral level.  They weren’t operating with facts but they really had no choice.  I suspect this crowd makes up the infamous “low information voter” group.

Then there’s the “no information voter” group.  You don’t hear much about them but we’re all living under the governance of one member, now.  These people know nothing…or seem to know nothing.  They don’t know history.  They don’t understand current events.  They actively oppose science.  But they vote.

You can’t identify one just by looking at them.  They blend in.  They seem like any other person struggling through the day.  “Competent adults” we call them and when it comes to going to work or paying their bills well…they are competent.  The facade isn’t exposed until you try to talk with one of them and they spew the fake news from the conservative bubble – all the while calling facts “fake news.”

These are the people still showing up at Trump’s campaign rallies and cheering the cluelessness of Chief Clueless.  “Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated”, right?  THAT crowd.  The people who REALLY didn’t know healthcare could be so complicated.  These people are not going to “wake up.”  They’re as “woke” as they’re going to get.  They get all the information they want from the Blaze or Breitbull.com and the fact that the information never – ever – plays out like they’re told it will never – ever – penetrates.  To them, all else is just “fake news”.

As for the “how do they feel now” part, they’re feeling just fine.  All of this “destroying the country” bit thinking people are worried about is exactly what they wanted in a “President”.  It wouldn’t be fair to suggest they’re eager for the wreckage being wrought.  They don’t actually believe “wreckage” will be the end result.  There’s a very specific reason for this: they don’t know history.  They don’t understand current events.  They actively oppose science.  They’re the “no information” voter and they’ve lived among us going all the way back to Thomas Jefferson.  (Yes, THAT Thomas Jefferson – the one who wrote all the pretty words but didn’t seem to understand the meanings of the words he wrote…)

There are stories about people on the Titanic who started playing with bits of ice on the deck after the ship hit the iceberg.  They had been told they were on an “unsinkable” ship – and they believed it.  In fairness, they didn’t know about the gash in the hull but even if they had, they would have remained carefree.  It was an unsinkable ship!  I imagine that as Captain Smith strode aboard for his last voyage, he believed he was boarding an unsinkable ship, as well, and the only thing that convinced him otherwise was the actual sinking of the “unsinkable” ship.  It takes that kind of sudden information storm to change a preconceived notion but that “sudden information storm” can almost always be labeled “too late.”  My bet?  There was some number of people who wouldn’t believe the ship was sinking even as it slipped beneath the waves, taking the “faithful” with it.

So, please, stop asking when they’re going to wake up.

They’re not…