I was listening to a music stream and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down came on. Rather than just enjoy a wonderful song on a nice sunny day, instead I thought, “I wonder when we’re going to start writing these types of songs for what’s going on in America right now?” I suppose one possible title would be something like, The Day They Gassed Lafayette Square.”
the white house of stain
white-washed with the past
white over white
over white over black
the fool on the hill
he sits by himself
surrounding by all
he loves in the world
and global respect
their bones ground to dust
from indifferent neglect
every word of the oath
was destroyed in a night
his rank fetid orders
on democracy’s life
It wasn’t impersonating a journalist who is disabled.
It wasn’t being recorded on a hot mic saying he grabs women by the pussy.
It wasn’t rumors of a pee tape.
It wasn’t sleeping with porn stars.
It wasn’t suspicion of Russian aiding him in his election.
It wasn’t being named in an indictment that his personal attorney is now serving time for.
It wasn’t campaign finance violations.
It wasn’t firing the FBI Director.
It wasn’t kids in cages, or separating families for the crime of seeking asylum.
It wasn’t withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.
It wasn’t travel bans.
It wasn’t a lackluster and deadly non-response to Hurricane Maria.
It wasn’t trying to appoint judges who were demonstrably unfit for the bench.
It wasn’t tariffs that are crippling our own farmers.
It wasn’t hiding politically sensitive information on national security servers.
It wasn’t the Mueller Report showing plenty of collusion, if you were one of the handful of people who read it.
It wasn’t getting impeached, and having someone from his own party vote to remove him from office.
It wasn’t making money off of the Secret Service who are forced to pay his company to stay at his properties in order to protect him.
It’s wasn’t the golf trips have cost the country well over $100,000,000 and counting.
It won’t even be his botched handling of a growing pandemic.
No, Trump only cares about money. He inherited a booming economy and has been taking credit for it since he walked through the door. But, now that it is teetering on a massive decline, he won’t be able to resist the urge to manipulate things to save his cash. The fear of a bad economy in an election year would probably be enough. But let’s face it, he doesn’t care of someone else goes broke, just himself.
If anything is gong to bring him down, it will be something to do with money.
*Sorry for the mid-post edit. But by some snafu of editing, two paragraphs switched places.
Yesterday’s news reports were saying that U.S. Intelligence officials had recently briefed Congress on Russia’s current efforts to re-elect Donald Trump. When it became known that this briefing had already happened, the president went, well… ape-shit.
And no, not because he was upset that a foreign power would have the gall to try to intervene in a U.S. election (like his 44 predecessors would have done). Nope. This guy got pissed because other parts of our government now have this damaging information. And also because (and this part can’t be understated when it comes to Trump), one of those people was Adam Schiff. A man who clearly appears to terrify Donald Trump because of his sheer tenacity.
This appears to have upset the president to the point that he felt he had to shit-can the Director of National Intelligence. Again, not something any of his 44 predecessors would have done, for fear of how the American people would have perceived a move like that. However, Donald Trump has never indicated that he actually cares about what roughly 59% of the country thinks because they don’t agree with him. And his world that’s enough. To him, they are now nothing more than pesky impediments to his need to rig the scales.
So Trump had a hissy fit and then simply replaced the Director of National Intelligence with the next in a long line of temporary and disposable sycophants, all of which are sure that they alone are special to him.
This kind of news can really send my mind in a million different directions, none of which are good. And certainly not if you are like me, and prefer your country maintaining some autonomy in this world.
This is serious shit. This kind of national betrayal goes way beyond just “conservatives finally get to own the cucks”. This is the kind of crisis that has large swaths of the American population suddenly looking at one another, wondering who’s going to be the one to step forward and lead us all this worsening juggernaut of ever-worsening strife.
Last night as the evening news was broadcasting this latest development in our national crisis, one part of my brain began to go into alarm mode. Yet at the same time my parental instincts were awakened to the danger, and began to actively search for a more comforting interpretation of this reality to portray to my children.
For me, that’s the biggest crime President Trump has committed. He has threatened my family’s safety and security simply because he had no self-control or moral compass, and now he needs to protect his own extremely thin skin.
Yesterday, Donald Trump showed the world just how focused he is on corruption. And never before have a U.S. president’s actions been so illustrative.
We might have doubted how focused on corruption he was when he sent his neighborhood buddy and newly anointed personal lawyer and fixer, Rudy Ghouliani to Ukraine to uncover the deeply hidden evidence of corruption that only someone like Rudy could identify. But, despite our doubt and his having one of the best intelligence organizations in the world at his fingertips, Trump intuitively knew that only Rudy could produce this kind of evidence he needed.
However, yesterday when Donald Trump decided to pardon Rob Blagojevich, Bernie Kerik, and Michael Milken, he was showing the world just how devoted he was to corruption. Trump was resigned to the fact that, despite the deep lessons that he and Susan Collins knew that he had learned during his impeachment, it was necessary for him to forge on and continue to work on corruption in ways that only he alone could.
Don’t for a minute believe that this is somehow a real world equivalent of the mass breakout of Death Eaters from Azkaban. This is a carefully orchestrated summoning of individuals with unique talents, who are now indebted to Donald Trump, and who will help him get done what he needs getting done.
Don’t be fooled by this flurry of seemingly crazy and unrelated pardons, it is by no means a smokescreen for the upcoming pardons for Roger Stone and Michael Flynn. It’s just a happy coincidence in Trump’s personal crusade with corruption. Nor is this some sort of public celebration of his exoneration by Mitch McConnell’s Senate. And it most definitely isn’t a giant middle finger to the millions of Americans who have always been able to trust that in America no one is above the law.