Showing posts with label Constitution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Constitution. Show all posts

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Maniac in Chief

 


This is just a snippet of Trump's Monday morning Twitter meltdown. He is being treated with a steroid that can induce mania and hyperactivity in adults. He is nonsensically tweeting out catchphrases in all caps. I think the men with the butterfly nets are woefully underpaid.

There is no question that the 25th Amendment to the Constitution has failed to protect us from a president suffering dementia, narcissistic personality disorder, and a whole host of undisclosed medical conditions. The list of things that Trump probably has or has displayed symptoms of, like rampant use of stimulants and morbid obesity, is off the charts. No Democrat would ever be allowed to get away with the things that Trump has done. Therefore, whatever protections we have in place are an abject failure and the American people have suffered because of this.

Trump is out of his mind this morning. The "Space Force" is a joke. Telling people Space Force and Vote is akin to encouraging them to think about one thing and then go do something else if they like that first thing. It's an indication of a mind that is panicked and racing through things.



Would you trust the person bellowing this series of statements (there are a dozen others, in all-caps, and they are just as ridiculous) to make a sober, well-considered decision about the safety of you and your loved ones? Because that's what's going on right now. Trump could be presented with a national security problem this morning and make a decision that could lead to the deaths of Americans.

The fact that no one is taking this seriously enough to transfer power to the Vice President is one thing. The fact that this has been going on for years is another. We need to reassess the powers and the procedures within the 25th Amendment and protect ourselves from another Trump.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Endlessly Repeating Ourselves



If things were even remotely normal, none of this would be necessary to have to state in public:
"The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. So while the President can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron."
The thing that runs through the impeachment hearings is that we are endlessly repeating ourselves and restating basic facts as if there's anything to argue about here. There really isn't anything to discuss--the admitted actions of Trump impeach him without the necessity of any kind of hearing or review. So, it's all a farce on the part of Republicans to pretend that they can argue their way out of the hole that has been dug here.

Trump's failed presidency is more than enough evidence that we should have impeached and removed him in the spring of 2017 when he fired James Comey. And I say that as someone who believes that Comey should have been fired long before Trump even took office.

So, if there's anything to be upset about, it's the fact that we have wasted the last several years pretending this was a normal presidency in the first place. It has been a fiasco that we sentenced ourselves to through our own inability to recognize what Trump was when he was busy telling us who he was. I'm glad that we have heard people speak out about Trumpism and the place where we find ourselves. This has been a reaffirmation of what it means to have a democracy, and we should be grateful for the fact that people like Professor Pamela Karlan have decided to put the country ahead of their own self-interest and testify before the least qualified bunch of Republicans that have ever served in Congress.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Republican Party is On Fire




The policy ambitions and the presidential hopes of Speaker Paul Ryan have burned up before his eyes, and those are the ashes being swept away in the wind:

House Speaker Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress after this year, his office announced Wednesday.

"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House," Ryan aide Brendan Buck said in a statement. "He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January. After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father."

According to two sources with direct knowledge, in calls this morning with his leadership team, Ryan made clear much of this decision was about spending time with his family, but also noted that he planned to leave after this Congress and didn't think it was fair to his district or the GOP conference to run for re-election only to leave right after.

A source familiar told CNN that Ryan called House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy about his retirement before the news broke.

What a tremendous failure. With a GOP president, control of both houses of Congress, and a firm grasp on the Supreme Court, this should be the beginning of the Ryan era. Everything was aligned for him to accomplish the complete and utter destruction of all government entitlements. He got tax reform, and even that won't last past his retirement for more than a year. Everything he accomplished is soon to be corrected by politicians and leaders who are waiting for the chance to stop Trump and save America. 

A real leader would have stayed. A phony like Ryan couldn't help but press the eject button and run for the safety of lobbying and consulting. This is not the end of him being Speaker. This is just the end of him, period. This is a betrayal worthy of cinematic comparison and I thought of the pivotal scene in Braveheart when all is lost. Remember when the Scottish lords turned their horses around and abandoned William Wallace on the battlefield? Paul Ryan is the guy who turned on his own people for "much less."

It's an easy thing to say that Trumpism killed Ryan's chances, but, really, it was the fact that Ryan himself couldn't say no to Trump and offer something more compelling. The whole GOP is on fire, and no one has the self-awareness to admit that allowing a crazy person to run the whole government into the ground was the thing that started the blaze. Ryan should have asserted his authority and the prestige of his position but he seems to have no knowledge of how the Speaker is supposed to act. His abandonment of his colleagues at this pivotal moment is the thing that will cement his legacy as a cut-and-run fairweather friend to his party.

The idea that he will someday run for president is a joke in and of itself. Really? You're going to go to war with the guy who quit on ya? Well, alrighty then.

A classic link from Windhorse makes for good reading, by the way...

 

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.