Friday, June 9, 2017

Nurse the Hate: Strange Days Have Found Us

The Comey testimony reminded me of Watergate.  I was a really little kid when that happened.  Watergate testimony was suddenly all that was on TV.  I can say with clarity I remember thinking that the hearings droning on and on was nowhere near as good as a Gilligan’s Island repeat.  I always equate Watergate with one woman.  We had a babysitter that we were instructed to call “Grandma” despite her having no relation to us.  She was a 90 year old Greek woman that spoke almost no English.  I never knew what the fuck she was saying to me.  She was shrunken, leathery, and smelled weird.  In any situation that required medical care such as but not limited to a scrape, sunburn, bruise, fever, or cold, she applied massive amounts of Vick’s Vapor Rub.  Other kids could smell me a mile away from my signature menthol aroma.

Every afternoon “grandma” would sit in a rocking chair and knit while watching the Watergate hearings.  As she spoke almost no English, it seems unlikely she knew what was going on.  She was engaged with it though, and I remember her shaking her head making a “tsk tsk tsk” noise whenever Nixon would come on the TV.  It was a different age then.  There was an expectation that regardless of one’s political leanings that the basic rules of the democracy would be observed.  We were all on the “American” team then and expected a higher standard from our leaders.  The entire nation turned on Nixon after he was shown having a tie to the break in at the Democratic HQ.  Trump makes Nixon seem quaint by comparison.  Yet, almost half of our population refuses to admit what has been and is going on in the executive branch.

Something happened to the American character in the last couple of decades.  At some point “win at all costs” was decided to be not only OK but admirable.  There is so much noise coming from around the Trump White House, it’s hard to focus on a clear vision.  As far as I can see our president has shown no interest in even looking into how Russia interfered with our election process.  He also attempted to stop the FBI from pursuing the facts involving Russian involvement and the links to people in his administration.  He went on national TV and said he fired Comey because of Russia.  We don’t have to figure out his rationale for firing Comey.  He told us.  (In third person too, which was awesome.)  I can’t understand how any rational human being can look at this situation and not think “This might not be in our national best interests.  Something is going on.  Maybe we should take a real close look here.”.

I saw the Trump apologists out in force in mainstream media today.  There are a few talking points they are attempting to rally behind.  These are:

·         Trump is an outsider.  He doesn’t know how politics works.”- Yes, but as a wealthy NY real estate developer he knows how intimidation works.  That’s why he cleared the room to tell Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.  If we have to pretend that he is some sort of Man Boy that doesn’t know the simplest ethical lines, then our problems are much bigger than we can imagine.

·         Comey is a leaker!  That’s the real story.  He’s undermining the president!”- So if someone goes public regarding a crime, that’s the issue and not the crime?  I’m sorry.  That’s absurd.  The reason he went public was he knew that the normal channels would squash a real investigation.  Was Jeff Sessions going to investigate himself?  His boy Donald?  That talking point is geared to get people away from the real issue.   

·         The President doesn’t lie.”- This is perhaps my favorite.  I don’t know how they found White House personnel to say that publicly without laughing.  The one thing Trump does well is lie.  About everything.  All the time.  That’s not even worth debating. 

·         Comey is out to get Trump.  It’s why he wrote memos only with Trump and no other president!”-  There is no logical reason to suggest Comey was out to get Trump, especially after he harpooned Clinton in the election.  As Comey explained, quite rationally, he took detailed notes as he assumed Trump would lie about their meetings as that’s what Trump does.  Lie.  All the time.

·         But Trump never specifically said to drop the investigation!”- When the Godfather said “make him an offer he can’t refuse” he wasn’t saying specifically “kill him if he doesn’t do what I want”.  He didn’t have to as his stature and power said it for him.  If your boss says “I hope you do this” and “I need loyalty”, I think we all know it means “you better do this, or else”.  Hence, when Comey didn’t do what Trump asked, Trump fired him and hoped this messy Russia business would go away (like he said on TV). 

This thing will drag on forever.  The one thing we will all learn is that the wheels of Washington turn unbelievably slowly.  I have no idea how our country gets anything done.  We are entering month six with our country being run by someone that appears to have been involved with our largest global adversary and has already provided The Kremlin with one of their biggest goals, putting the NATO alliance in question.  The guy stood on a pulpit and said "I pray the Russians hack Hillary", they then hacked Hillary, and now six months later we are thinking about maybe looking into it.  Hopefully by 2019 we will have a better idea what exactly all those unexplained Trump campaign official meetings were about with Russian officials.  No hurry though.  Let’s set up another hearing around 4th of July.  Whenever is good with Congress.

It's the way government works I suppose.  Watergate took forever too.  I think by the time it resolved Grandma was no longer our baby sitter.  I remember seeing Nixon make his awkward wave from the helicopter.  I don’t recall smelling like Vick’s, so I think like the Nixon Era, the Grandma Era was over.  Grandma sent me a Xmas card in 1996.  By my calculations she must have been 146 years old.  I never got a Christmas card from Nixon.


At June 9, 2017 at 10:18:00 PM EDT , Blogger TBSOYL said...

Democrats are unhinged about the Russia story, so...

Do you think Hillary Clinton had 0 connections to Russia? Do you think the clickbait "journalists" or their craven editors, 90%+ of whom supported Hillary, might have a teensy-weensy bias towards sensationalizing and making this must-see-tv to grab some more eyeballs? Or is that “fake news”?

"We are entering month six with our country being run by someone that appears to have been involved with our largest global adversary and has already provided The Kremlin with one of their biggest goals, putting the NATO alliance in question."

You're right bro, Russia is worse than ISIS and North Korea combined! Rachel Maddow told me so!!!!

The largest global adversary is radical Islamic terrorism and the completely oblivious European governments that don’t do shit to root out the problem like confiscating passports of suspected terrorists, making it easier to jail/deport terror suspects or deport those sponging off welfare nets they never paid into.

I’m sure in the next EU terror attack they’ll bring all this up, oh wait.. they’ll be focused on muh Russia

At June 10, 2017 at 5:51:00 AM EDT , Blogger Greg Miller said...

I cannot comprehend why whenever anyone wants to look into all the smoke surrounding Trump and Russia every flag waving far right person screams out "Hillary!!!". What does Hillary have to do with any of this? Stay focused through the smoke being fed from the Pravda/Breitbart propaganda machine. Aren't you at least curious as to why these guys are spending so much effort to conceal these Russian connections? I am. If Trump were competent the urgency would not be as high to move on it. At least there would be a sense that a catastrophe or irreversible error wasn't likely in the next five minutes.

At June 10, 2017 at 12:39:00 PM EDT , Blogger TBSOYL said...

I only brought up Hillary to show that there is a ton of smoke that the people pushing this the hardest are ignoring.

People's curiosity about finding the truth ends with their team. Do Democrats care about the uranium sale to Russia or the Haiti/Bahrain/Saudia Arabia dealings with her "foundation"? Um, no

You're right about Trump being incompetent. Being a multi-billionaire with success in publishing, real estate, television and politics are all marks of the incompetent. He has gotten this far based on pure luck. NYC real estate is an easy market to dominate and anyone can do it, even the incompetent, yes sir. The only thing easier is supplanting one of the two major parties which are always welcoming to newcomers with different and politically incorrect ideas.

For the record, I didn't vote for Trump and never would.

At June 10, 2017 at 1:33:00 PM EDT , Blogger Greg Miller said...

I'm not a registered democrat and have voted for presidential candidates on either side as well as independent choices. I recognize shady dealings regardless of who is in charge. However this last six months has been absolutely insane. It's without precedent.

Trump is really good on TV and building his brands. His business acumen in creating and running things is questionable. He learned how media and pr works, so most people believe he is wildly successful because he has spent so much time and effort telling us that for decades. Advertising works.

Larry Flynt was very successful building a business from the ground up. It doesn't mean he should be president. Trump has already shown himself to be ill suited to the task at hand. Will he get better before he's no longer in office? I hope so. It doesn't look promising though.

It looks like Trump has more shelf life than Theresa May though...

At June 10, 2017 at 3:01:00 PM EDT , Blogger Bobdontgiveaf#ck said...

"Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President"?

Hunter S. Thompson

At June 10, 2017 at 5:15:00 PM EDT , Blogger Greg Miller said...

Where's "like" on this?

At June 11, 2017 at 10:55:00 AM EDT , Blogger TBSOYL said...

There are plenty of conflicts by everyone. The media was gut punched, are fighting for credibility and respectability after being humiliated on Election Day.

This, coupled with the fact that now resistance (by both parties) is seen as noble, is what is fueling a lot of this Russia news. It lets people feel engaged, pretend they're doing something productive and caring about the country by obsessing over this.

Did Russia try to influence the US election and does Trump have some vague business ties there? Probably. Does the US try to interfere with elections in other countries and does Hillary and her team clean up off of it? You betcha

Trump's business acumen isn't up for debate. You don't get a net worth of $3.5bn, according to Forbes, by being stupid, faking things, thinking you know everything or having bad judgement.

The bigger story than Russia is the death of Europe. All the things about Europe that are great: music, food, alcohol, cathedrals, poems, cleanliness, timeliness, castles, walk-able streets, tolerance, safety, relative lack of corruption, respect for others and uniqueness are being replaced with immigration from places where those same things are not valued to the same degree. Immigration is great when there is assimilation and respect for the host country. I'm not some southern redneck saying this, my parents were born in India and I live in Boston. Europe is changing for the worse and everyone is afraid to say it.

Trump actually understands this and fights tooth and nail for this. For all his many faults, he's shown he cares more about the West than people who are too afraid to even call out this huge and growing problem.

At June 12, 2017 at 3:06:00 PM EDT , Blogger Greg Miller said...

I am in agreement with you regarding the trouble in Europe. I haven't a clue as to what they do there. I am sure that the answer doesn't start with Trump though.


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