Wednesday, March 20, 2019

There Is Just No Bottom to the Trump Administration's Degradation

Today's example- nothing but another routine action by our President:

"The United States says it was one of three countries to vote against a U.N. resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism..."

And why would that be?

"...due to this resolution's overly narrow scope and politicized nature, and because it calls for unacceptable limits on the fundamental freedom of expression, the United States cannot support it," (Deputy U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council Stefanie) Amadeo said..."This resolution's recommendations to limit freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the right to peaceful assembly contravene the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

Freedom of expression...human rights.  Right.  Nazi freedom of expression.  Like this:
Or this:

Freedom of expression, from a President who openly threatens violence against his opponents and demands that a comedy show be silenced because it reflected poorly on his barbaric behavior.  Human rights, from an administration that throws children into concentration camps.  That was another example, of course, of Nazis using their "freedom of expression."

The abomination of the Trump administration taking the side of Nazis over and over again is only compounded by the cynical use of liberal values to defend its nauseating behavior.  But of course, news like this is utterly unimportant to the mainstream press, that would rather run another hundred or two stories about "Democrats in disarray," or how the Democratic party is destroying itself if it champions government actions that the overwhelming majority of non-billionaires who live in this country favor.  And that is why this malignant traitor might very well win re-election, as soon as a Democratic candidate is chosen so the press can decide on its Hillary's e-mails obsession for 2020.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Not the Perfect Role Model

Or, "Florida Man Strikes Again."  Is it the water?  Too much sunshine?  The alligators?

Form today's Talking Points Memo, the following story from Port Richey, Florida:

"Mayor Dale Massad was arrested when he opened fire on a SWAT team that had come to arrest him... The new acting mayor criticized how the Sheriff’s office had treated his predecessor but conceded that Massad was “not a perfect role model.”

 Opening fire on a SWAT team...not a perfect role model.  Gee, you think?

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Price of Conservative Judicial Corruption

The Attempt to Take Over Germany

The analogies between the career of a certain Adolf Hitler and the behavior of Donald Trump and his henchmen have become so numerous as to seem ordinary at this point, but I am about to make another one, related to this week's abominable undersentencing of Paul Manafort at the hands of a Reagan apponted right wing judge.  My comparison is to what happened after the Beer Hall Putsch.  For those of you who may recognize the name, but not the history of this event, here is a little background:

"From November 8 to November 9, 1923, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) and his followers staged the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, a failed takeover of the government in Bavaria, a state in southern Germany...By November 1923, Hitler and his associates had concocted a plot to seize power of the Bavarian state government (and thereby launch a larger revolution against the Weimar Republic) by kidnapping Gustav von Kahr (1862-1934), the state commissioner of Bavaria, and two other conservative politicians. Hitler’s plan involved using Erich Ludendorff (1865-1937), the right-wing World War I general, as a figurehead to lead a march on Berlin to overthrow the Weimar Republic...

In the aftermath of the failed “putsch,” or coup d’├ętat, Hitler was convicted of treason and sentenced to five years in prison. He spent less than a year behind bars, during which time he dictated “Mein Kampf,” his political autobiography.  In 1933, a decade after the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler became chancellor of Germany. He went on to lead his country into World War II."

Hitler had engaged in a treasonous revolt against Germany.  For this he should have been executed or received a very long prison sentence, but instead a corrupt, right wing judge gave him a shockingly short sentence and then saw to it that he served only a small time in custody, for a massive, murderous crime.

Inside the Beer Hall

It is highly likely that, if this conservative judge had not been able to engineer this travesty of justice, the Beer Hall Putsch would have been the end of the Nazi party, and it is very possible that World War II, with its fifty million deaths would have never taken place.

This sort of judicial travesty is exactly what has just happened in the Manafort case.  A corrupt conservative judge (and of course, conservatism is not really an ideological position at all, but rather a form of corruption) has been allowed to mangle the justice system in our country to further the right wing cause.

We may certainly hope that the result of behavior like this will be far less horrible than it was in the case of Hitler, but then, in the early 1920's, no one could imagine the apocalypse that his light prison sentence would help bring about.  There seems to be little that can be done about what just happened, unfortunately, so we will just have to pray that episodes like this are not precursors to another march toward fascism.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Why This Country May Be Doomed

Brought to you by the mainstream press.

The example today, the following, by a miserable excuse for a human being named Elizabeth Bruenig, in the Washington Post today.  I guarantee that this is an actual excerpt:

"Trump’s love may be why he’s maintained a strong grasp on his base

And so it seems that Trump, oftentimes obstinately callous and cruel, knows a thing or two about love, at least in its needful political applications. His love may well have been the engine of his strange rise and his continued grasp on his base. The question for 2020 is whether there’s a candidate available on the left who can (or will) convey a better, broader version of it — something grandly affirmative, but nonetheless sincere, that can tend to every wound."

Trump's love!  It is sincere, from a person who never uttered a sincere word. The "love" of a sociopathic, narcissistic maniac who never gave a God damn about anyone on earth but himself.  And this is what, with the collapse of the journalistic standards at the New York Times, passes for the leading news source in the country.

Can you believe that any sentient human being could actually write a mockery of all that is decent like this, without immediately slitting their own throat?  This is an example of almost unbelievable degradation, and it comes not from Fox News or the Gateway Pundit, but from the Washington Post.  How is our country supposed to survive when this is what passes for the truth?

Monday, March 4, 2019

This Is Your President

He railed on at random for two hours and twenty minutes of invective, lies and delusions at the CPAC convention on Saturday.  That is the sort of thing that dictators do.  I remember hearing a number of stories of Hitler making people sit interminably as he would meander on about anything that popped into his head.

How long must this go on?

Anyone who thinks that impeachment, the 25th amendment, indicting and convicting him of treason, or anything else to get him out of there as fast as possible is a bad idea, may be thinking of something, but it is not the good of the country.

This is a sick, perverted man.  Whatever the consequences, keeping him as President is a humiliation to every American citizen every single day.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

How It All Ends

When a two bit thug makes it all the way to the top:

A lesson from the greatest gangster movie ever made. 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Sage Advice

From somewhere online:
What, stop making it watch Trump on TV?