Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The madness of King Donald

Hunting has been a Republican thing at least since Teddy Roosevelt began the process of exterminating fierce species over a century ago.  Think of Dick Cheney blasting away at flightless, helpless quail (and the occasional lawyer) on that Texas ranch, or Junior Trump stalking wild Mongolian mutton.   It's how they connect to the Common Man and assert their overall manly mannishness.  So the newest member of Mitch's Treasonous Tribunal decided she'd better put on a tasteful orange vest and pose with a shotgun to give the impression that she loves to kill unarmed animals.  Turns out Kelly Loeffler doesn't have a hunting license, and may not know you need one.  She's never even shot a dog.  Nevertheless she loves her some Second Amendment, and that's all you need to take away from her incessant commercials (down here we call her Blonde Bloomberg).

The infamous Amendment and Florida's equally infamous "Stand Your Ground, White Man" law have been good to George Zimmerman, who murdered an unarmed 17-year-old in 2012 and got away with it.  But freedom (punctuated by subsequent arrests) has not been enough, apparently, and he has found it impossible to hold a job.  Zimmerman is seeking to supplement his unemployment/GoFundMe/deposit-can-scavenger income by filing nuisance lawsuits, first against the family of his victim, Trayvon Martin, and their attorney, Ben Crump.  Now he's suing Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren for their tweets on February 5, when Trayvon Martin would have turned twenty-five had he not strayed into Zimmermanland in his quest for snacks.   I don't expect either suit to go anywhere, but if he attracts enough attention, maybe Trump will sling a Medal of Freedom around his neck.  Though much devalued in the past month, the MoF should still command a few bucks on eBay.

The purge continues:  John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, was fired for objecting to the Ukraine shakedown.  Meanwhile, Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, Virginia, is accepting letters in support of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, while over a thousand veterans have signed a letter backing Vindman and suggesting that the bloated draft-dodger take a long walk on a short pier.  Still on Ukraine -- Julian Assange claims he was promised a pardon if he would say Russia had nothing to do with hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee in 2016.  It's Assange, believe it if you want to, but it certainly sounds like the pardon-for-sale tactics of the regime.  Let's hope he had the wit to get lumbering Trump loyalist Rohrabacher on tape.

As the dust settles, it becomes clearer why Bernie Madoff didn't make the list.  His wife is not as adept at flattery as Patti Blagojevich and she couldn't lay her hands on the $300,000 bribe campaign contribution.  Even Colleen Eren on the New York Times op-ed page thinks he has suffered enough.  Better luck next time, Ruth.  Maybe you could sell some jewelry.

Today a lot of judges must be thinking, what's the fucking point?  I know I am.  Because Trump says, "Just so you understand, I chose not to be involved."  (He means the Roger Stone case, in which he never stopped being involved.)  "I'm allowed to be totally involved.  I'm actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country."

Let that sink in.

In Trump's mind, this is Iran and he is the Supreme Leader.  All legislative and judicial decisions must be approved by him.  His authority comes from God and can never be questioned.  His pronouncements must be accepted, no matter how ridiculous.  Criticism is disloyalty and disloyalty is treason.   If he can let 'em go, why can't he lock 'em up?  Very very unfair!

This phase appears to have started when Peter Baker quoted Emerson in the Times:  "When you strike at the  king, you must kill him."  Somebody read this to Trump -- if he ever heard of Emerson it was in the context of Lake and Palmer -- and the word "king" made his tiny, drugged eyes expand.  Having skated on impeachment, he was a monarch, not a fake one with a parliament and a constitution but the real thing!  Pardons and purges!  President for life!  Hereby ordering!

From Caligula to Idi Amin, history teaches that madness does not go away.  We have to make Trump go away.


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