I keep checking in to see the replies to this post. Putin must be very happy today. Tremendously happy.
I just heard Noam Chomsky being interviewed on the BBC repeat his claim that he considers the Republican Party to be the most dangerous organisation in world history……even more dangerous than ISIS. I am trying to disagree with him but…….
I'm an American with thoughts on the matter.
Trump has surrounded himself with ass-kissers whose self-respect and livelihood and maybe even their future prospects depend on playing along with each and every one of Trump's idiocies. Worse, they are sent out to defend the so-called President, after which he goes out and gives a totally different story. For example, yesterday the story was that Trump simply followed the advice of the Deputy AG and consent of the AG. Today, Trump says the decision was 100% his own.
If he thought that firing Comey would throw cold water on the Russian ties investigation, he's wrong. This will redouble the FBI's efforts to get to the bottom. And they may do so now "with prejudice."
Certainly AG Sessions, Trump's buddies Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani, would have predicted a huge backfire.
The question is, did no one tell him, or did they tell him and he said that, fuck all, I'm going to do it anyway?
At any rate, if/when Trump is finally brought down, much or all of it may have to do with firing Comey.
One has to hope with a sense of dread that Trump—who has the hilariously-named "nuclear football" at hand at all times—never gets deeply depressed and decides to do a murder-suicide of the planet.
2 minute recap.
Given that the president:
- received less votes than the opposition candidate;
- has suspected financial and political links to a totalitarian regime;
- has benefited in election tampering by a foreign power;
- has compromised the supreme court by appointing a partisan nominee to the highest bench;
- has not yet had the legislature place any limit on his power;
- has sacked the head of the domestic security service during an investigation into the president's links to a foreign power;
- appointed his own daughter and son-in-law to positions of power within the government; and
- used taxpayer funds to advance his own business interests,
the USA is now a defective democracy and well on its to becoming a despotic regime. It has all the fundamental elments:
- demanding unquestioning loyalty;
- mocking the intelligentsia;
- criminalize the opposition ('crooked Hilary'); and
- changing electoral rules.
Good luck. By the time Trump finishes the opposition candidate will need two votes for every vote he gets.
Despite all the problems seen right now (and they are a pretty scary set of problems), one thing you can count on with Americans, is turning their adoring love for a politician into full out disgust...in a short period of time.
As much nonsense as the Republican party has let happen yet, I cannot imagine things getting so bad to the point that Trump can brazenly defy the mechanisms that defend the constitution and still get away with. Americans are pretty good at overthrowing leaders that begin to attack tyrranical leaders (The british, Nixon) not to mention the numerous assasinations.
While I agree things are very grim, and Trump would not hesitate to become a tyrrant if Americans would let him, I simply cannot imgaine Americans letting that go on for long.
Well...according to that web of users who mentioned a term on average 8 times, Americans are all a bunch of good bigots. Wait a minute...
Comey was well respected at the FBI as a straight shooter, so even those that disagreed with him, knew he had the integrity to maintain his unbiased/non-political position.
He would not play basket ball with Obama, even though he loves to play, BECAUSE he felt it might influence his partisanship, etc.
So, asking a man who values integrity, to pledge fealty to a party under investigation, by him, is a misjudgment by Trump...albeit a misjudgment one might expect of him in particular.
Firing the man afterwards, when realizing he was NOT loyal to him, was the icing on the cake as it hit the floor upside down.
The intent, of course, was to bully the "new director" and anyone else who might be "next" into backing off on the investigation.
In the US, where we ARE typically at least, used to trusting the government to sort itself out...this sort of thing is even a tough sell to an idiot...it REEKS of corruption, AND reeks of corruption used to hide still MORE corruption.
IE: Even a moron can get that if you were innocent, an investigation would help not hurt...and, therefore, preventing it, means you are afraid of it....because you did something you don't want exposed.
You would not need to be the Head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to consider this, heck, the Police Chief in Fargo or the Chef at a local taco stand, would come to the same conclusion....etc.
The question is, who is willing to stand up to the abuse that they will need to, to prosecute this?