If you will permit me this one indulgence. I take some pride, and not a little heat, for being a bit of a contrarian around here.
I don’t think the NY Times is a worthless fish wrap.
I do believe a white man could give voice to a new generation of Democrats and be our nominee, if earned.
I don’t have a problem noting when (if) a particular Republican does something right.
I laughed when people screamed down anyone who challenged Nancy Pelosi’s claim to the speakership, and then I had Speaker Pelosi’s back when she determined that she did not have enough — yet — to go forward on impeachment, much to the fury of the same people who screamed that her leadership was necessary just months prior.
I preached patience. Evolution. Anti-Reactionary. The arc of the universe being long type of shit.
I still do. I still cling to many of those contrarian notions, but I cannot forgive the current Democratic Congress’s pace of action — nay “inaction” — any longer.
The Trumplican impulse to “just do it” and worry about dealing with the Democrats down the road is working far too well, far better than it should, and I have been more than patient with the Democrats and cognizant of their limitations.
Recall Jared Kushner’s advice regarding how to handle MBS? “Just hold out till it blows over”? Right now, Kushner is the genius and I’m the fucking idiot, at least and until the Democratic Congress decides to “do something.”
They literally got away with murder in broad daylight, and I’m pretty sure it is — in part — because of the overlapping business interests with MBS. We have crimes committed in order to cover MBS’s crimes, and nothing has happened.
I haven’t had to mention Russia yet.
But, since I just did, let’s discuss Russia.
On July 17th, Robert Mueller will report to duty in Congress. He has committed to sticking to the “four corners” of the document, not answering questions beyond it.
Read the entire fcking document right into the Congressional Record, just do it on TV. Take as long as you need.
Because right now, I don’t see near enough happening. The Report sets forth as established fact 100+ contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, and the attempt to cover it all up. But a “report” is not on TV.
I don’t see enough happening on TV right now.
Perhaps Mueller’s sheer effort, and volume of information, and clear directive to Congress, will light a fire under Congress’ ass.
Speaking of TV, maybe we can tear ourselves away from our “Debate analysis,” get away from shredding Biden supporters, Bernie Bros, Harris supporters, the folks who did or did not do well on our “televised debate” and recall why it all matters?
Here are some things that we all shared outrage about, sure that it would mean serious trouble for the Trumps, of which we are STILL waiting upon:
– Jamal Khashoggi
– Jared and Ivanka using personal email servers.
– Jared’s Security Clearance
– William Barr giving the White House a pre-view of the report.
– The strange case of Justice Kennedy, and his son — banker.
– Trump Hotel DC
– Trump stealing inauguration money.
– Trump Org pass-through money
– Kids in cages, dying, the administration ignoring court orders.
We could go on forever, but the list has three unifying features:
1) Each one was sure to cause Trump serious trouble
2.) Each one received promises of “action” from House Democrats who would “get to the bottom of it.”
3) None of them got real TV time with serious witnesses sweating.
I realize that the White House is claiming Executive Privilege on everything, absolutely everything, and that does limit what can be on TV.
No, the US House cannot declare inherent contempt and throw people in jail, anyone telling you they can based on a 1931 law is lying. But Congress can start to defund damn near anything, starting this fall.
I told people here that the Democrats were doing “impeachment lite” in demanding the witnesses and information, ongoing investigations, etc. Despite a very promising start, I have seen almost no real follow-up.
I promised people here that, should it come to the point where I think things would move faster or be more powerful if we called them “impeachment hearings,” then I would support it.
It has come to that point, because I see nothing else with the sense of “urgency” needed.
Why is urgency needed? It is not like Mitch McConnell is going to let Trump be removed no matter the evidence.
I will tell you why. Because we here are already acting like some of our candidates are “just about as bad” as what the Republicans are offering, which is Trump 2.0, bigger and bolder.
Excuse me, but f-that.
I do not want to talk about ANY of our candidates’ weaknesses unless and until ALL Trump’s weaknesses are set out for history, ON TV.
It is not hyperbole to say that if you think any of our candidates’ weaknesses are an issue right now, while the fate of western liberalism and — oh, yeah, the planet — ride in the balance, IF you believe that, then you’re an asshole deserving every bit of scorn we get as “liberals” with our heads up our asses.
This is not about “removing Trump” through impeachment. It IS about removing Trump.
1. SET the RECORD, getting it ON TV, so the country knows what happened, and digests it.
2. Forcing Trump to run against that same record ensures the greatest chance he loses the election.
Until we set forth Trump’s actual “crimes” as a nation, I couldn’t care less if you took the top 12 Democratic candidates and drew from a hat.
THAT is where we actually are as a nation. Yet we’re governed by people who prefer to pretend all this is normal.
That is the problem, it sure seems to be getting normal, and I can prove it.
Some people here are busy burying some of OUR candidates, while Trump talks about airports.
No more excuses.
Time has run out.
Set the record.
Do it on TV.
THEN let’s determine whom we prefer to run against that record, because only at that point will we know whom we trust to bear the burden of saving us from ourselves.
No novels linked today, they are not on TV.