We know that these grounds are completely different for the two political parties. If you are a Republican, you are entitled to believe that the Clintons have murdered close to a hundred people, that Barack Obama is a Muslim Communist agent who spent his whole time in office (with notable lack of success) working to destroy the United States, that Hillary Clinton runs a child rape business out of a pizza parlor in Washington D. C.and on and on. On the other hand, Democrats are bound by more than the rules of a jury trial, and basically have no right to say what is right in front of our faces, without having an engraved golden tablet signed by Jesus, Mohammed and the Angel Moroni providing evidence of Republican abuses.
Well, here's the thing: Despite the many abuses of the legal system by police and prosecutors all over this country every single day, the trial system is still an adversarial one, where in principle the accusers have to tell the truth, and where the accused is allowed expert counsel to provide their side of the story. This is what we absolutely do not have when a Republican is in the White House, able to crush evidence against them and force the investigators to ignore the obvious.
For this reason, we must not be diverted by meaningless cries to abide by a trial standard of "beyond a reasonable doubt." We are not a jury, but co-victims of an out of control Republican government, and we cannot afford to deny what is right in front of our faces. And what is right in front of our faces is the absolutely clear fact that Trump is deeply involved with Putin and other Russian mobsters, and is acting almost every day to further their interests at the expense of our country.
Or to be more blunt, Trump is a traitor. The evidence to support that fact, and it is a fact, is so overwhelming that only willing adherence to right wing thought control, or utter stupidity, could possibly lead anyone to deny it at this point. Do not ever, ever lose sight of the fact that this firing is not about Comey, but about a treasonous President trying to hide his guilt- something far more malignant than anything that Richard Nixon did.
And while I am on the subject, let me point out what you get in return for sacrificing yourself for the likes of Trump. Comey fell on his sword, and absolutely destroyed any reputation or legacy he might have had, to put Trump in the White House. Trump's response was to wait a few months and then hatchet him in a way that guaranteed he would never have a high government position again, and what's more, that Comey would be so humiliated that nobody will ever again believe a word he says. Maybe honor among thieves does exist somewhere, but I think it's pretty clear that there is no such thing as honor among traitors.
Now, let's move along with what would have been months of news under anything approaching an honest or even rational government, but which has all happened in the last 24 hours:
From the New York Times (not that they are a trustworthy source of news any more:)
"WASHINGTON — Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in resources for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to four congressional officials, including Senator Richard J. Durbin.
But Sarah Isgur Flores, the Justice Department spokeswoman, said “the idea that he asked for more funding” for the Russia investigation was “totally false.”
An out and out lie from the Trump White House, regarding a story now confirmed by numerous sources.
Funny that it was not until months after the election, but a couple of days after Comey apparently indicated he was proceeding with his investigation, that Trump suddenly felt the need to stand up for Hillary and fire Comey. If you buy that, you really are a fool. Trump fired Comey to shut him up, period, and every one of us knows it.
And this amusing tidbit from Daily Kos:
"(The) Comey firing came after Russia coverage that left Trump screaming at the television...He had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said."
So Trump was screaming at the TV, but it was only the decision of a Deputy Attorney General who was only confirmed in his position two weeks ago to fire Comey. Trump had nothing to do with it, cross my heart, leaving it to this guy to pull the trigger. Trump was too busy screaming at the TV, I guess. This is another transparent lie that is being treated by the press as though it had any substance whatsoever.
And in the process, no one will even talk about what it means about his mental state, that the President of the United States spends his days screaming at the TV.
And some more blatant lying:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommended that Trump fire Comey and now we find that the AG is considering ending the investigation into possible collusion with Russia by the amateur president's administration."
Why, of course he's "considering" ending the investigation. Remember what I said above about the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt." It is, in fact, beyond reasonable to believe a word Trump or his tools have to say.
And this will certainly help Trump:
"Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump has asked a Washington law firm to send a certified letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham stating that he has no connections to Russia."
A certified letter. Well, that should clear up any doubt. Like a certified letter from Jeffrey Dahmer claiming that he was a lifelong vegan. And of course, if you are counting on Congressional Republicans to do their job and protect the country from traitors (foolish you,) forget that:
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as director of the FBI. McConnell also argued against appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election."
The way things are going, I put the odds at about 15% that the real truth about Trump's treason, and the complicity in that treason of many Republican leaders, will ever be uncovered. The only thing that comforts me in that is that, given the gigantic, unprecedented magnitude of that treason, 15% of the truth may be enough to destroy these criminals.
But don't think it will be easy to pry one shred of the truth loose from them. They have their priorities straight; apparently delivered in no uncertain terms from one Vladimir Putin:
"White House press was barred from the meeting between President Trump and Foreign Minister Lavrov. But a Russian news agency was allowed in"
Tell me the last time you ever heard of something like that happening in the White House. And if you come up with an answer, I have a good substance abuse counselor that I can recommend to you, because no President ever would have had the nerve to pull a stunt like that.
And even if these guys let the press in, the press had better be pretty damned careful not to ask the wrong questions:
"A veteran West Virginia reporter has been arrested and charged with "disruption of government processes" in the state capitol for "yelling questions" at visiting Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price and White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.
Daniel Ralph Heyman, 54, with the Public News Service of West Virginia, was freed on $5,000 bond Tuesday night on a charge of "willful disruption of government processes," according to a criminal complaint...Heyman later told reporters he was “trying to do my job”
With all that is going on, it didn't even register with the mainstream press that a veteran reporter was arrested for trying to ask questions of a Trump administration official. Freedom of the press, hooah! That's where we have gotten to as a country, a hundred and ten days after allowing this traitor into the White House.
Well, that's one day. One day! What will be next, when more and more stories of Trump's criminality dribble out? Stay tuned.