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Ummm, I’ll have to get back to you on that   Every Boss In History For the last two hundred years or so, there has been one debate that has rages unabated in this country. And that debate is the question of whether the United States constitution is a rigid blueprint for democracy, meant by the founding fathers to keep us a bunch of rustic, backwoods boobs in perpetuity, allowing for no change in external conditions, or whether the constitution is a flexible framework, adaptable to the current moment.Personally, while I don’t believe the founding fathers envisioned landing on the moon, I also don’t think they envisioned 20+ being slaughtered in a classroom in under 5 minutes either. Actually, despite the premature obituaries, democracy is doing just fine, it’s functioning properly, and ticking right along. What isn’t functioning properly is the 535 mental midgets in the marble building wearing cheap suits with shiny bottoms, They’re the ones pissing in the punch bowl. Democratic institutions and procedures can lead these stupid horses to the trough, but it can’t shove their snouts into the water. And that’s what will have to change. The real problem isn’t so much the laws we currently have, it’s the concept of law itself. The concept of law is actually pretty simple. Once laws are written, people will obey them. And if they don’t obey them, then they will be punished. We already have plenty of laws. What’s lacking in the current morass of the Trump administration is the proper mechanism to enforce compliance on a lawless and out of control executive branch. And that is what will have to change once the Orangutan in Chief is finally shown the gate. People are going to demand reform, simply because this situation is just plain ridiculous. Going forward, there are only going to be two options, either nobody will have to follow the law anymore, because the President doesn’t have to, so why should they, or proper enforcement mechanism will be written into place to enforce the laws we already have. This current kerfuffle over the whistle blowers complaint is a perfect example. The law itself is crystal clear. It says that once the Inspector General sends the complaint to the Director or National Intelligence, having found it both credible and urgent, within 7 calendar days the DNI shall turn the complaint over to the Intelligence committees in congress. That’s it, cut and dry. But what happens when the DBI tells the Intelligence committees to go fuck themselves? Well, how about a proviso to the law that states, failure to comply shall entitle the House Sergeant at Arms to appear with the Capitol Hill tactical team to enforce delivery of said complaint, or to remand the DNI into custody until such time as the law is complied with. That ought to do it. A DNI who is facing time in the pokey covering for a criminal President has a powerful incentive to comply, termination be damned. Laws regarding the enforcement of, and compliance with subpoenas will have to be strengthened as well. When it comes to enforcement of congressional committee subpoenas for the purpose of congressional investigations, Failure to comply with a duly issued subpoena will result in the detention of the subject, said confinement to be ended only upon either compliance with the subpoena, or upon final relief from a court based […]

What am I thankful for? The Founding Fathers of course.

Actually, I’m thankful for a lot of things. A lovely wife and loving children. Parents who loved me enough to raise me and my brother right. The fact that I’m still functional, if slightly creaky, staring 62 in the ace. I’m thankful for faithful readers. And I’m eternally thankful for not being related to Donald Trump. But I’m also incredibly grateful to our Founding Fathers. Not just for founding our beautiful country, but in the incredibly sneaky and durable way they designed it. I’ve been known to be a wee shifty meself, but lemme tell you, these guys had more brains for breakfast than I have all day. When it comes to democracy, they got downright medieval on our ass. For starters, it became clear to me last night, as I wrote this, that The Orange Howler Monkey stole his master design for his organization straight from the Founding Fathers. How did Trump run his company? He pitted his top executives against each other. If they were busy knee dropping and eye gouging each other, they couldn’t very well plot against him, could they? By creating three totally separate but equal branches of government, and giving each one sufficient power over the others, they made sure that a charlatan poltroon like Trump couldn’t get rid of the others, nor could they conspire to get rid of his office. There have been fears almost since day one that the strengths that our Founding Fathers built into the system through the constitution would not be strong enough to survive the insidious onslaught that Der Gropinfuror brought to bear on them. The peril was increased even further when the majority of one of the branches dishonored themselves by completely abrogating their solemn oaths to protect the constitution and the nation. That left only one bulwark between us and the destruction of the only way of life we have known since our founding. And they came through like world champions. From the earliest days of the Trump putsch, the judiciary branch manned the ramparts. Trump’s nickname in the judiciary must be “La Pinata,” because, starting with the “Mexican Judge” in his Trump University case, they have been almost constantly whacking him around with a legal broomstick. His Muslim Ban, government workers rights, sanctuary cities, child separation, and now the whack that apparently spilled the candy out, asylum seeker rights. Trump’s fury at the judicial branch has been both vicious and relentless. Mainly because the boys and girls in the black polyester nightshirts are the only ones to ever successfully defy him. Creditors couldn’t, he just filed bankruptcy. Wives couldn’t, he just ditched them and got a new one. His own party, the ones who actually put him where he is couldn’t, they cravenly caved to his petty ire and cheap theatrics. Only those pissant judges, including at least one whom he himself appointed, have dared to defy him, and it’s driving him insane. Chief Justice John Roberts statement yesterday, spanking His Lowness for his criticism of the judicial branch is a watershed event for two reasons. First of all, it was a clear signal from Roberts to the rest of the bench to pay no attention to the Howler Monkey in the White House, just keep doing their jobs, Roberts has their backs. But more […]

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