Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Jason Miciak

Jason Miciak is an author and attorney who splits his time between the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Pacific Northwest. He has a wife, daughter and the most self-centered and smug dog to ever walk the Earth. Miciak's novels use science fiction to explore themes of morality and our current political environment.

Formal Ethics Complaint Filed Against McConnell re: Impeachment

We should be clear about something first before we get into specifics. Anyone can file a formal complaint against any government official (through different procedural means), at any point, about anything. Simply filing a complaint doesn’t alone confer any legitimacy upon the substance or the likelihood that it will ever come to anything. But some complaints are taken more seriously at the filing stage due to the fact that they are filed by respectable organizations. These organizations have the resources to follow through, and – presumably – the judgment to only file those complaints with a real basis and real hope for punishment. Having said that, a formal complaint has been filed against McConnell based upon McConnell’s admission that he was working with the White House, and that there would be no difference in positions. Via Rawstory, from the complaint itself: The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to impeach and remove the president, .. the Constitution states: “When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation.” …the nature and structure of the Constitution suggest an obligation to administer impartial justice in impeachment proceedings. The “Rules … are more specific. They provide that “the presiding officer shall administer the oath  …  , which is: “I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.” I have previously written that I would encourage any of the Democratic Senators or House impeachment managers to file an oral and written objection just prior to administering the oath to McConnell (or if done generally, just prior to the issuance). I would place the objection directly in the lap of Chief Justice Roberts. The written objection would set out the basis, and might provide the Democrats an opportunity to argue its merits under the law. Whether in writing or not, an objection would lead to one of two things: Either C.J. Roberts seriously entertains the objection and agrees to adjudicate whether or not McConnell can sit as a juror. Or, at a minimum, it would be the last issue hanging in the air just prior to issuing the oath. It would be the best means by which Democrats could get the point across – this is a sham, and Republicans engineered it. Despite all of us knowing of McConnell’s statement and having internalized it to color how we view the proceeding, it is not a given – ever – that the Fox News watching crowd noticed or knew. It would be great to alert or remind them. The complaint goes on to state: The notion of impartial justice is crucial to upholding Constitutional values and securing the American people’s confidence in the essential fairness of any Senate trial. Right, that is the point. As I said above, who files the complaint is every bit as important as the contents. In this case, it is a serious group that knows how to move a complaint forward. Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said that McConnell presiding over “a kangaroo court” in the U.S. Senate “not only mocks the institution,” but actually undermines Trump as well. “If the public views the trial as […]

Trump Takes Bigotry to the Next Level in Tweet of Schumer...

Not that we ever thought there was a bottom, but seeing Trump’s dark creative streak work to unleash his hatred and racist bigotry still surprises, even if it no longer shocks. Today he went deep, consumed with white-hot hatred for his “enemies” in politics, and enriched racism: The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah's rescue.#NancyPelosiFakeNews pic.twitter.com/a0ksPHeXCy — داون آندر (@D0wn_Under) January 13, 2020 Yes, that is your president, and mine. I find it telling that such a tweet would have been an historic scandal within any other administration, and yet in this one, it’s just Monday. It is what we have come to expect, and what the deplorables demand. He’s “owning the libs,” because who else could have come up with something so profound, biting and comedic (to the Right)? Reaction has been that what you would expect, outrage from normal people, and silence from Republican co-conspirators. The president is an open racist and bigot. Everyone who votes for him this November is complicit in this racism and bigotry. No excuses. No exceptions. pic.twitter.com/m808dFRY2r — Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 13, 2020 This is not all he’s done this morning. Trump said that Democrats would do away with the pre-existing conditions requirement within Obamacare, and that only Trump could save it. Of course, most people know that the Trump administration is actively seeking to have the entire law invalidated, including pre-existing conditions. I am not even going to post the mutilated corpse he put up earlier: So far today, Trump has: 1) retweeted image of a mutilated corpse2) retweeted Islamophobic image mocking how Muslims dress3) misspelled Bernie Sanders's name and a slur he uses to demean Warren4) confused "imminent" and "eminent" it's not 11 am yet. — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 13, 2020 Oh, you wanted to see the lie? This is a bald-faced lie. Having changed its position, the Justice Department is now actively asking the federal courts to throw out the entire ACA—including, more than a little cynically, the (entirely constitutional) requirement that insurers cover pre-existing conditions. https://t.co/VvI6M6RuMQ — Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 13, 2020 But, he is still consumed with the impeachment proceedings, so just know that the Islamic Pelosi-Schumer texts were really expressions stemming from this: “We demand fairness” shouts Pelosi and the Do Nothing Democrats, yet the Dems in the House wouldn’t let us have 1 witness, no lawyers or even ask questions. It was the most unfair witch-hunt in the history of Congress! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020 How many times a day does he post the exact same tweet? I ask because damned if I’m going back to count all of them. Want some good news? We are on the brink of Obama winning one more prize that will leave Trump simmering in his spiced jealousy juices: .@BarackObama has landed his first-ever Oscar nomination for American Factory, an original documentary distributed by his Higher Ground Productions in partnership with Netflix: https://t.co/iqpkt59UQ3 #OscarNoms #Oscars #BarackObama pic.twitter.com/GXUu2ClFI2 — Consequence of Sound (@consequence) January 13, 2020 Ha! Holy shit! Can you imagine Obama walking down and giving his acceptance speech at the Oscars? Wonder who he might call out? Damn, that might well be one night in which more people would be watching than the State of the Union. Obama […]

The White House Will Even Lie About the Weather

I am old enough to remember a time when hearing “the White House” as part of any discussion conferred the ultimate gravitas. Every utterance from the nerve center of American policy would be perfect; it would be fact-checked several times, it would use the king’s English with no errors or flare, and would exude authority and competence. This White House is the polar opposite, from serious assertions that were facially self-proving lies, to “strange” wording, and mistakes. This White House managed to take the greatest super power in history and make it seem small, ordinary, and petty. Last night was one of the worst, albeit on an otherwise meaningless issue. On the eve of record-setting warmth up and down the east coast, the White House issued a tweet celebrating the first snow of the year. The Trump White House will proclaim “up is down” before this is over pic.twitter.com/BCZhvxPrS1 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 13, 2020 In any other White House, we’d probably allow that someone made a simple error. Except this one wasn’t quickly noted and correct, and this isn’t any other White House. I would like to think that this was perhaps a clue-laden cry for help from deep within the bowels of tightly controlled criminality. Actually, wouldn’t it be cool if a real conspiracy existed? Kind of like “Q,” only orchestrated by a whistleblower with access to the official White House twitter account? Perhaps the weather report symbolizes something, if only someone smart enough could put it all together. “First snow of the year …” What could first snow symbolize? Something cold? White? Snow is white water …, that blankets .. maybe last night was the first time this year the White House “whitewashed” a truth, threw a blanket over something critical! This is going to take more work. And not just because it is far more likely that the message from inside the White House is just a cheap laugh by a sadistic staffer affirming that, yes, they will lie about literally anything, big or small. Or they just fcked up. Could mean anything, now that I think about it. Which means it is useless, just like just about everything else that the White House comes up with. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom

Trump, AGAIN, Complains He Did Not Win Nobel Prize

We have been here before, but this is the type of story that never gets old. It is fun to mock the ridiculousness of it, and Trump won’t seem to let it die anyway. Yes, per the title, Trump once again made reference to the fact that the Nobel committee must be made-up of peace loving, blue state freaks who advocate socialism or something. It appears that we once again must remind Trump that certain rules apply to winning the Nobel Peace Prize. It is like Fight Club. Rule number one: Don’t talk about the peace prize. If you don’t win, see rule number one. Second – and this is more of a technicality, unlike the firm number one rule – one must promote peace, locally, and ideally around the globe. But even men and women that clearly qualify under rule number two, must first follow rule number one. He talked: Holy shit he actually said it. Trump is actually complaining, only days after assassinating Iran's top general and goading them into war, that he wasn't awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.pic.twitter.com/VkB3maYsOb — Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 10, 2020 Per Vanity Fair: It was difficult to parse through what he might have been referring to, but those versed in original Trump have suggested “the head of the country” that he’s referred to is Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed. After taking office in April 2018, Abiy introduced major reforms to Ethiopia, freed thousands of activists from jail, let exiled dissidents come home, appointed women to top positions, and allowed the media to operate as it sees fit. He also resolved a border conflict with Eritrea, signing a peace deal with President Isaias Afwerki. Did Trump have anything to do with brokering the peace? Of course not. As the BBC notes, the U.S.’s influence “was minimal.” The head of a nation released political prisoners, invited dissidents to come home, invited women to participate and settled a border war? Hard to believe that the guy won out over a dude that wants to build a wall to keep out the humanitarian refugees he jailed, continually calls the press “the enemy of the people,” and just assassinated a man with a missile which could still incite the globe into World War III. All I can say is that the Ethiopian president must have followed rule number one. Other than that, there is nothing to distinguish the two. It is one thing if you just invented anti-gravity such that you’ve solved the world’s energy issues and made flying cars possible. You might have a complaint if you didn’t win the prize for physics, and perhaps you could mention the oversight while speaking to the U.N. about how the planet is to be revolutionized. But the peace prize is a whole different thing. I haven’t yet complained about not winning the prize for literature, which is a much bigger omission than Trump’s case. If anyone has a legitimate complaint, it’s me. It is especially so because I know well enough to never discuss that I deserve the literature prize, never mind walking around talking about the blatant bias against red-state Democrats who blog and write obscure novels. It is not hard. Really. Not Trump. It is soooo delicious, though, knowing that until Obama won, Trump would […]

Bernie Sanders Is Playing With Fire, Slams Warren, Biden

Oh boy. Well, here goes nothing, I should know better, but … Bernie Sanders has gone on the attack, and it isn’t in a good way, directed at Donald Trump. Nope, the Sanders campaign is now strongly attacking both Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. Sanders firing ammo in all directions right now: * Sanders himself ramps up criticism of Biden on war and trade.* Campaign slams Warren in volunteer script.* Nina Turner op-ed in South Carolina rips Biden on race. Democrats want a fighter. Is he the one they want? — Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) January 12, 2020 Yes, we do want a fighter. We want a fighter for all Democrats, and even all independents. Politico has some more details about how it is all happening through a script volunteers are to read: The script instructs Sanders volunteers to tell voters leaning toward the Massachusetts senator that the “people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what” and that “she’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.” “I like Elizabeth Warren. [optional]” the script begins. “In fact, she’s my second choice. But here’s my concern about her.” It then pivots to the criticisms of Warren. No “new bases”? Women? Twitter is lit with people proclaiming that Sanders is the one person who would lose the race to Trump. Indeed, the Obama campaign’s Jim Messina says that Trump likely wants to run against Sanders. Trump will want to run against the supposed “socialist” platform. I don’t believe that is necessarily true, or at least I never used to assume it to be true. I am starting to wonder. I do know this. The more Democrats tear at each other, the easier time Trump will have. The more invested each Democrat becomes in his or her candidate, to the point of hostility to another, the more we ensure that some unenthusiastic voters stay home, ones needed versus Trump. I don’t want to hear any Democratic candidate tell me why another has a problem. Never. I will figure that out myself. I want to hear why a candidate believes he or she is the best person to defeat Trump and instill sanity again. It is the only platform in which I’m interested. I still haven’t decided who I will support. But I will rule out anyone who is blasting other candidates in an attempt to get that person out of the race. I do not consider the above to be “blasting,” but it’s damned close, putting down the supporters of someone else, defining them with damning “praise.” I do not understand how it is that this has happened twice now, and Democrats don’t seem to learn. To be honest, it does seem like a feature, not a bug, to the Sanders movement. It is frustrating to see, maddening to think about. The consequences are way too severe to be playing with this kind of fire. If Sanders wins the nomination by destroying the other Democratic candidates such that he infuriates voters from other camps, what good does that do Sanders? None. It means he will lose the general election. Any candidate, including Sanders, needs to convince people across a broad spectrum of beliefs, and will need every Democrat, to the right […]

Rick Wilson: If Trump Wins in 2020, the Dynasty Will Set-in.

I don’t mean to scare you. Perhaps I mean to mobilize, more than anything, although I do have to admit that “motivation” doesn’t seem to be a problem when it comes to Democratic hopes this coming fall. “This fall” is pretty meaningful when an expert in Republican politics tells us it might be our last shot to ditch the Trumps for a long time. Rick Wilson thinks that a Trump win will ensure we usher in the Trump era, with perhaps Don Jr. waiting in the wings to move the cult forward into 2024 and beyond: Get ready for Donald Trump Jr., a man who speaks the fluent asshole dialogue of the own-the-libs Trump Party, to rise to the top of the 2024 GOP primary ranks. The dynastic talk that was once treated as a joke (even by me) is already growing around both Don Jr. and Ivanka. Poor Eric is left out, but then again, he always has been. As I have said before, if it looks like America is committed to dynasties, and Don Jr. looks to be setting himself up for the real inheritance, well, at that point Michelle Obama is going to need to get off the bench and take our country back. Back to Don Jr., which means we have to get back to the same thing to which any analysis of Trump turns, money and corruption. Wilson notes that Trump has even turned the military into a for-profit endeavor, and his brand of corruption is not just tolerated, but cheered. It is inevitable that the Trumps will attempt to keep it going, and going: The ambition that drives the Trump spawn these days is powerful, and the corruption and collapse of the GOP as a party will enable their dynastic fantasies to play out with real consequences for the country. The Orange Kardashians will have the brand power of Trump, as well as the shameless hucksterism of Fox and the degraded conservative media, behind them. Mark my words, even the “respectable” elements of the conservative media will soon be producing think pieces on why Don Jr. is the bridge from raw Trumpism to a smoother, smarter populist nationalism. There is a “respectable” conservative media in existence? Where? Breaking news! We know those pieces are coming. Hell, Don Jr. is already a best-selling author, and he knows how to “trigger” the left, which might be the only quality that the Fox-watching right cares about at this point. Indeed, I do think that the degree to which a Republican candidate infuriates the left is perhaps the single most important quality to the average right-wing voter. If you can’t make the leftists scream in pain, you need not apply. To that end, none can burn our nerves like the Trumps. Were that our only problem. Just like “Luke” wasn’t the only Skywalker, strong with the force, we do have to keep our eye on … sister. Thankfully, the poor analogy stops there, because this sister is anything but hidden, and she sure isn’t a fighter for the Republic: Get ready for four years of the right-wing press writing strained profiles of the Strange New Respect that Ivanka is generating among conservatives, and how the first woman Republican president might not be Nikki Haley but rather the deceptively […]

If Nothing Else, the Taint of Impeachment Is Driving Trump Insane

The impending senate whitewash of a clear crime, one that threatens our ability to vote-in the candidate we want for the presidency, drives us crazy. It should. It is an affront to justice and the rule of law upon which we depend. But, without regard to the ultimate outcome, do know that impeachment has served at least one purpose. With Trump, it certainly has had a punitive effect. He is incensed that it happened, and cannot let it go. That is called punishment. You have seen this issued perhaps a hundred times already, and he does it near daily. Here is the latest, appropo of absolutely nothing on a Sunday afternoon in busy and dangerous world: Why should I have the stigma of Impeachment attached to my name when I did NOTHING wrong? Read the Transcripts! A totally partisan Hoax, never happened before. House Republicans voted 195-0, with three Dems voting with the Republicans. Very unfair to tens of millions of voters! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020 Oh, dear. My, you do sound upset. I can almost feel it. There is literally nothing new in that tweet. He is just crying at this point. It is cliché, but jeez, just imagine the exact same statements coming from President Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. It is impossible, because no president to this point has ever sounded like this. Here is a practical question back: What’s another stigma when you’ve already got so many? Racist landlord, charity fraud, Trump University fraud, admitted sexual assaulter, illegally paying off porn star, the largest number of proven lies in American history, etc. https://t.co/A2OzZEKX1E — Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) January 12, 2020 Interesting point. Stigmas seemed to be one of those existential things that haven’t been a bother to this point, so what’s he worried about now? He said all he cared about was making America great again, and he says he has, and wants to keep it great again. If America is “great again” who cares what it took to get there? Ah, yes, he cares, because he never cared what happens to “America,” it’s all about him. I believe one of his staff members said something that can be of assistance: “Deal with it.” And for godsake, stop whining! But do check-in from time to time to let us know that it is still bothering you deeply. Such an ego injury. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom  

Secretary of Defense Esper Admits He Never Saw Suleimani Threats

It was way back, two days ago now, on Friday, when we discussed the lack of structure and recklessness inherent to what has been called “Mar a Lago” decisions. We noted that the structure provided by our government institutions help to avoid critical missteps, but that those structures aren’t much use when they’re talking to themselves thousands of miles away. The order to assassinate Suleimani came out while Trump vacationed in Mar a Lago, secluded away from all those experts, surrounded by helpless, fauning, irreducible Trumpers, and, apparently, somewhat secluded from his own Secretary of Defense. It is becoming increasingly obvious that Trump made a quick decision, driven by impulse and his desire to wag the dog. Because the attempt to justify the attack since the Mar a Lago vacation has been a shifting mess of misinformation, or no information. We had the congressional briefing from which Republicans left the room aghast at the “sophomoric” nature of the presentation, the worst they had seen in 20 years. So that did not go well. Just a day later, Friday, Trump said amplified the threat. Trump claimed on Fox News on Friday that “it would have been four embassies”, prompting criticism from members of Congress who were not briefed before the strike and who say such a threat was not mentioned in a classified briefing on Wednesday. Four embassies? That sounds like a 9-11 type of threat. Or a Trump lie. Sent to the all-important Sunday shows to defend Trump’s shocking assertion that he had tremendous intelligence against this imminent threat and ordered the hit from south Florida, we have our Sec. of Defense Mark Esper backing Trump up with … Asked on CBS’s Face the Nation if there had been a specific or tangible threat, Esper said: “I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies. What I’m saying is I share the president’s view that, probably, my expectation was that they were going to go after our embassies.” “I didn’t see one”? What does that even mean? If Esper didn’t see this intel, that means: 1) Trump is lying, or 2) SecDef is out of the loop on a major military action Given the 15,000+ lies that Trump has told so far, let’s go with option 1 https://t.co/PitKbhTgk0 — Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) January 12, 2020 The intelligence doesn’t exist, or the Secretary of Defense is totally out of the loop, which is entirely possible when it comes to Mar a Lago decisions.. You will note, these two are not mutually exclusive. I posit that the intelligence doesn’t exist, because even though Esper could have been out of the loop prior to the attack, we know he would have seen it by now, in the aftermath. Esper would not need to say that he believes the president, that such a threat did exist. If he actually did believe that the threat existed and others saw it, he could say that yes, it existed. “I believe …” is just an out. He is not verifying anything except the fact that he’s now blameless. He simply believed the president, and if you can’t believe the president, who can you believe? That is Esper’s approach. He is being careful, as well he should be. Esper knows the threat didn’t exist and he knows that Congress is now upset – at […]
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Watch Ann Coulter Use Modern Right Wing Nazi Tactics

Nazism took hold in Germany during the worst economic depression since the Dark Ages. Most people were crushingly poor. Wheel barrels filled with useless cash rolled around cities fighting sky-rocketing inflation. People worried that it would take generations to get better, the world was pulling itself apart by the seams. In was within this difficult context, with all the suffering and fear pulsing through the German nation in that period, that Hitler rose. He blamed all of those societal ills on Jews. Hitler created the perfect group of “others” upon which his followers could pin all their pain. It didn’t matter in the least that it made no sense, that no link existed, and it was obviously meant to just enrage people. I give you Ann Coulter: Tell me again that immigration isn't the most important issue. From Ronald Reagan to this: https://t.co/EAKKKqF72Q — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 12, 2020 Now, I think it is important to note that several people on Twitter said that the textbook highlighted is from a graduate class at one of the universities, and not an 8th grade class on human sexuality. But obviously that is not the issue. That tweet went out to 2.2 million people, and forwarded to who knows how many. If you are still asking yourself what you’re missing, what Ann might be referencing which links immigration and the sex-ed issue, you’re not missing anything. There is no link. Ann created a convenient link without regard for the fact that there are completely separate, one doesn’t relate to the other. Ann Coulter is using a the Nazi tactic. She took something seen as bad, and pins that perceived evilness on the group she detests, “immigrants.” Look at some of the comments responding to her: This is sick and wrong. The DEMONRATS and their ilk need to be stopped. — Col (R) DJ Western (@DJWestern5) January 12, 2020 Apparently they don’t teach critical thinking in our military. Actually, they do, just some slip through. Plus, “Demons”? Yet another tactic. Dehumanize the people you want to crush. Takeaway their personhood. We are demons, now. There really is a fundamental mental disorder involving liberals. Science needs to study them because this is a hairline away from true mental illness! — Lena Sull (@lena_sull) January 12, 2020 And now we are mentally ill. The mentally ill require treatment, voluntary or involuntary, they are subject to someone else’s decision-making. I don’t need to belabor the point. Yes, there are a lot of responses noting that one doesn’t have anything to do with the other. After all, if that is a real textbook for 8th graders (and I seriously doubt that it is, some common sense need be applied here), then I might have some issues on just how far I’m letting the public schools go in teaching sexuality to my child. But we cannot know whether is real because we already see that an agenda is driving the accusation, one that has nothing to do with education. She is obviously engaging in propaganda. When propaganda is distributed solely to inflame hatred or violence, such as when one implies that young children are taught sexual “blood sports,” it becomes propaganda of the Nazi-type. There is no other way to put it. It is meant to fuel hatred with white […]
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MSM Catches-Up: LA Times Op-Ed, Trumpism Is a Cult

We have been saying it for what now seems like forever. We saw hints of it during the Trump campaign. Indeed, it all began to coalesce just two days prior to the second Trump-Clinton debate. The audio capturing Trump’s “p*ssy grabbing” boast was released. Reince Preibus and the RNC were looking at mechanisms to replace Trump on the ticket. People wondered if Pence would step down and break ties. The campaign was in smolders. Two days later, Hillary Clinton made a point about what would happen if Trump took office, and he interrupted with: “You would be in jail.” The crowd roared. We never heard about dumping Trump from the ticket again. The “lock her up” chants began, forming the event horizon in Trump support. Once a person nodded a head in approval of the “lock her up” chant, they were gone, part of the cult. Like any event horizon, or any cult, we haven’t seen their minds since. The LA Times published an op-ed affirming the condition and its danger to the nation, written by Virginia Heffernan. Heffernan tells us that worrying about Trump himself and his endless “mediocracy” is fruitless. We should worry about the cult. What the cult diagnosis may lack in scholarly rigor, it makes up for in explanatory power. When polled, far too many Republicans come across as having abandoned their commitment to libertarianism, family values or simple logic in favor of Trump worship. They’re lost to paranoia and factually unmoored talking points, just the way Hassan was lost to Sun Myung Moon. It can be heartbreaking when loved ones succumb to Trumpism. (It’s a double whammy when your grief is dismissed as liberal tears.) A true believer undergoes a “radical personal change,” as Hassan puts it. The person you once knew seems somehow … not there. We all know the type. Anything you say has an answer, to the point that when you address Trump’s clear extortion with Ukraine, you’re told that all this is just Trump “draining the swamp,” said with a straight face. You want to scream: “What activity is swampier than buying off a foreign country to destroy your opponent? We have direct testimony from people there, it is obvious!” The rational exercise ends in futility, there is nothing that can be said. You cannot reach past the event horizon. Understanding Trump is a fool’s errand. He’s sui generis, and far too erratic and finally insubstantial to reward close attention. Trump zealots are another matter. They are part of the tradition of radical converts in American history who elected to forfeit their authentic personalities and principles rather than refine or strengthen them. We need to stay focused on how so many Americans came to this pass and took this destructive course. The Trump cult will define American politics for decades to come, even after its dear leader is gone. Yes. Though we are absolutely right to worry about the abuses Trump himself might unleash, war with Iran for example, the deeper, more insidious worry is what happens over the next two generations, when Trumpers demand their place at the political table? Their anger and sense of power will resonate. Like any cult or intoxicating experience, the highs must be better, the anger deeper, the pain sharper, and the retribution inflicted upon […]

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