Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Gaffe Heard Round the World

The history of presidential gaffes is hilarious reading unless the subject matter is as serious as this:

"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

Such were the words that came out of Ronald Reagan's mouth in jest during a sound check in preparation for his weekly National Public Radio address.

So what was he actually planning on saying as his opening liner? "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you that today I signed legislation that will allow student religious groups to begin enjoying a right they've too long been denied — the freedom to meet in public high schools during nonschool hours, just as other student groups are allowed to do."

Counter to the myth that his bombing joke was broadcast live, it was actually leaked later to the public. But Reagan's gaffe—made during the height of the Cold War—was still taken seriously by the Soviets who stood on alert for 30 minutes, reports a Tokyo newspaper in October 1984.

This was how the world reacted to a light joke and a gaffe. This is why the jackasses who are poo-pooing what Trump said today do no understand world affairs. No one should minimize this display of how unfit for office Trump is because normalizing this shit is what got us here in the first place.

I can't stress this enough. Trump's statement is no joke and is nothing to take lightly:

President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary ultimatum to North Korea on Tuesday warning Pyongyang not to make any more threats against the United States or they will "face fire and fury like the world has never seen," during a photo op at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen... he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before," he said.

Trump's harsh words come as US intelligence analysts have assessed that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources familiar with the analysis of North Korea's missile and nuclear program.

Never mind that starting a war right now would do two things--one, it would raise Trump's approval rating (Americans rally around the President in times of military adventure or mis-adventure), and, two, it would allow him to fire Robert Mueller simply because of the need to eliminate any threat to the continued existence of the United States of America. The President's henchmen would simply state that, in a time of war, the POTUS cannot be threatened with impeachment because he has to preserve, protect and defend the United States. Not that it would work, and not that it would follow the rule of law, but that's precisely the point.

Trump does not joke. He issues threats. It doesn't matter if he thinks he's back in the world of international real estate development. He thinks this is how to appear tough. No, it's how you end up getting millions of people killed.

Making a statement like this about North Korea is designed to destabilize the world, throw chaos into the political dialogue, and make people talk about Trump and what he is saying. It doesn't matter if it's crazy or reckless. It's supposed to panic people. 

We should be panicking. There isn't anything Trump won't do to hold onto power. The rule of law is meaningless when a president refuses to acknowledge that there is any check on his power. And an American POTUS has the most power when waging war. All of the weapons at his disposal--suspension of habeas corpus, suspension of freedom of speech, complete Federalization of all aspects of the military--are there to be used to preserve his grasp on power.

Anyone who thinks Trump is going to be normal and rational and not use the power his minions tell him he has is delusional as fuck. Someone needs to get control of the situation. The Doomsday Clock inches closer to midnight with every deranged statement or Tweet.




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