Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Lower and lower

If you are an authoritarian, a fascist, a thug, you must know that Donald Trump admires you and has your back.  Putin, Erdogan, Sisi, Duterte, you've got a friend in Washington and more frequently Palm Beach.  Even Kim Jong-un, a "smart cookie," seems to have his grandfatherly affection now, at least late in the day.  (I believe the gerontologists call it "sundowning.")  But that's not enough.  Apparently Metamucilini also feels solidarity with thugs of the past.

How else can you explain this poisonous little story, lost in the daily shit-tide?  The government of Argentina announced that the Order of the Liberator General San Martin, the highest honor available to a non-citizen, had been awarded to Jimmy Carter for supporting human rights during that country's military dictatorship (1976-1983).  President Macri was to bestow it during a visit to Washington.  That brief ceremony was cancelled by the White House, lest it take time from discussions of Trump construction projects in Buenos Aires, or something.  It doesn't get any pettier, pissier, or more vindictive.

I'm not sorry for President Carter, whose life has been filled with achievements and honors.  Two years ago, at age ninety, he survived brain cancer.  He will survive this slight from people who aren't fit to shovel his peanuts.  No, I'm sorry for us, the people represented in the sight of all the world by this soulless bag of mucous Trump.

Preventing an old man from getting a medal may not be an impeachable offense, but when the time comes, I want it in the supporting materials. 


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