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President by technicality

I am not in the “not my president” camp. You only get to decide who your president will be on election day at the polls. After that, like it or not, he’s your president, the proof of which is that he can sign bills that directly affect your life.

I will acknowledge, however, that he didn’t get elected in the traditional manner. Donald Trump is president as a result of what is essentially a constitutional technicality. It’s basically in the fine print. That doesn’t make it any less valid, but it does make it less palatable.

And so my friends, the only consolation that I can offer regarding a president who became so by virtue of a technicality, is that there are few of those technicalities which can make a person president, but there are thousands upon thousands that can end that presidency.

Let’s hope that the news media continues the wonderful job they’ve been doing by trying to find as many of them as possible.

Poor James Comey. Poor Repubs

This must be a tough time for Repubs:

A few months ago they hated James Comey for not prosecuting Hillary Clinton over her emails.

A few weeks later they praised him for releasing information about an on-going investigation to see if her emails were somehow tied to Anthony Weiner. Many think that that release of information contributed to her losing the race for the presidency.

And now they have to hate him again for saying, regarding Trump’s claim that Trump tower was wiretapped, that what Trump said was patently false.

It must be difficult to be a hyperpartisan when you get no cooperation from the FBI

The Trump wiretap debacle might be the end, once it is fully investigated.

Trump can’t win on this wiretap nonsense. Here’s why:

1. If it is true that Trump Tower was wiretapped, it couldn’t have been at Obama’s request, since presidents can’t put wire taps on the properties of citizens of the US. Only a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) court can do that.

2. A FISA court can only place a wiretap as the result of a justice department subpoena. The US Justice department would have to have proven to the FISA court that there was a potential threat to national security to secure a wiretap. This means that someone in the Justice Dept suspected that something nefarious was going on at Trump Tower. That’s an entire other kettle of fish that hasn’t been addressed yet.

3. If it’s not true and there was no wiretap, Trump has just demanded a “full congressional investigation” into something that exists only in his mind.

4. Finally, if it is true, and the FISA court DID authorize a wiretap due to national security concerns, Trump has just broken the law because all FISA subpoenas are classified, and knowingly disseminating classified information is a federal offense.

You know, like they kept trying to suggest Hillary did, but never proved it.

Of course none of Trumps friends ever talked to the Russians

So far:

Jeff Sessions
Michael Flynn
Carter Page
J.D. Gordon
Paul Manafort
Jared Kushner

Have all either admitted or have been found to have had meetings with the Russians.

No one would care if:

It was multiple countries that they’d met with
The one country that they’re all meeting with isn’t implicated in an election hacking scheme in the US.
The hadn’t all lied or “forgot” about their meetings.
Mitt Romney, the last Repub candidate for president, hadn’t called Russia the “largest socio-economic threat to the US on the planet”
Trump didn’t have direct, traceable economic ties to Russian oligarchs, one of whom was trying to hide money from his ex-wife and so paid Trump $100 million for an estate in Florida that Trump had recently paid $40 million for, yet neither man had ever seen or stepped foot into.

Yeah, and Hillary’s emails matter, don’t they?

This ain’t goin’ away, buckos.

Those damned Canadian Immigrants

If the problem is not simply that we don’t like people who speak a different language than we do…

If the problem is not simply that we don’t like people with darker skin than we have…

If the problem is not simply that we’ve decided that “Mexicans” are a lower form of human than we are…

Then, after reading this article from the actual US Immigration Bureau, you have to conclude that we need a wall, on the Canadian border

So What if Trump Can’t Spell?

You know, you people focus way too much on Donald’s inability to construct a coherent sentence or spell the simplest of words. You did that same shit to George Bush, remember? Just because he said things like “nucular” and “is our children learning” you assumed that he was stupid and couldn’t run the government.

Well, the joke was on you! After all, by the time Bush left office, we had been the victims of the worst terrorist attack in history, we were involved in two unwinnable wars and the economy was in the worst recession since the 1930s and…ummm, where was I going with this?

Another explanation for Trump

I, like many of the ever-burgeoning hordes of the self-proclaimed nuevo pundit class, have been searching for a succinct, cliche’-free way of explaining, primarily to myself, how all this shit came to pass.

I’ve been looking for a word, a single word to describe the mental state, or at least the mental preference, which would be required for so many people to vote, not only for Trump but against Hillary.

After much Sturm und Drang, wringing of hands and sweating of brow, the only word that comes to mind is visceral. I can think of no better explanation for why some otherwise intelligent people, (yes, I know more than a few of those who voted for Trump) would vote for what is clearly against their personal interest and, in many cases, that of their fellow citizens. For many of them, it just felt good.

Donald Trump is someone who can make certain of our citizens feel at once envious and inadequate. His willingness to brag about himself, even regarding things that he had little to do with, displays an arrogance that we sometimes see in gangster movies. His willingness to dismiss his transgressions reminds one of the rationalizations of criminal activities by those who perform them. And we buy into it.

After all, who did not want Tony Montana to beat all those sons-of-bitches who invaded his mansion? Who among us has not repeated numerous times, “Say chello to my lidda fren” in order to display the same arrogance in the face of an overwhelming onslaught from our enemies? Did any of us really want Vito Corleone to die when he was gunned down in the street while buying oranges? Of course not. We cheer for every one of them, didn’t we?

Donald Trump is our fantasy gangster. Disdainful of the multitude of women who are thrown at his feet, fearless of being caught in a lie. So financially powerful as to refuse to pay those who work for him, often just before he tells them, “Go ahead and sue me. The legal costs will be more than I owe you”.

George W Bush was the cowboy, remember? The guy who “cleared brush” from the ranch he bought just before the election, at the behest of Carl Rove, and sold immediately after his term was up. Yeah, some cowboy. He was the guy they said would be good to have a beer with, even though his alcoholism ironically precluded him from drinking beer. He was one of us. (The word “us” is used rhetorically. I exclude myself from that group).

Our president is our president because those who have trouble acting on information prefer to act instinctually, viscerally, impulsively, thinking, perpetually it seems, that that little fucking ball is going to land on black for them at any moment.

They can just feel it.


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