This week’s au courant links:
And finally, something for tonight’s anticipated snowfall:
Since the election, President Trump has made 31 specific claims about companies adding or saving American jobs thanks to his intervention. We went back to see what’s become of those announcements…
Short answer? More propaganda and lies.
What, you thought the president* was serious?
Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes at The Atlantic call for a total boycott of the Republican Party:
This, then, is the article we thought we would never write: a frank statement that a certain form of partisanship is now a moral necessity. The Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy.
Ah ha! truth to power!
We’re suggesting that in today’s situation, people should vote a straight Democratic ticket even if they are not partisan, and despite their policy views. They should vote against Republicans in a spirit that is, if you will, prepartisan and prepolitical. Their attitude should be: The rule of law is a threshold value in American politics, and a party that endangers this value disqualifies itself, period. In other words, under certain peculiar and deeply regrettable circumstances, sophisticated, independent-minded voters need to act as if they were dumb-ass partisans.
…more of this, followed by their reasons:
This is not about the Republican party’s extremism or even about policies. This is not about Trump being awful (though he is), but about the Republican party being unwilling to check his abuses of power; Anti-Trump forces in Republican party have been shut out, and Trump owns the base now. This presents the Republican party as not just complicit by inaction, but actively operating to support Trump and his program of political destruction.
- The GOP has become the party of Trumpism.
- Trumpism is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
- The Republican Party is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
And a final appeal:
We understand why Republicans, even moderate ones, are reluctant to cross party lines. Party, today, is identity. But in the through-the-looking-glass era of Donald Trump, the best thing Republicans can do for their party is vote against it.
We understand, too, the many imperfections of the Democratic Party. Its left is extreme, its center is confused, and it has its share of bad apples. But the Democratic Party is not a threat to our democratic order. That is why we are rising above our independent predilections and behaving like dumb-ass partisans. It’s why we hope many smart people will do the same.
Of the many professional Trump detractors , Charles Pierce is both the most voluminous and scathing.
Scrapie is a prion disease, similar in its effect to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) and to the wasting disease that afflicts herds of deer, and to kuru, a disease first seen among tribes in Papua New Guinea that was transmitted in part through the ritual cannibalism of the tribe’s dead. Elsewhere in Asia, the custom of eating the brains of a monkey was responsible for cases of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, yet another prion illness. Once established in the victim, prion disease destroys the human nervous system. It eats away at the higher functions of the brain. So, when I talk about the prion disease that afflicts the Republican Party, and the conservative movement that is its only life force any more, I do not use the metaphor idly. The party has lost what’s left of its mind…
…It did not begin with Donald Trump, god knows. It was there when Bob Dole, who is looked upon now with nostalgic fondness, declared that he represented all those people who didn’t vote for Bill Clinton, an unprecedented public statement by the leader of an opposition party. It was there when various influential Republicans met on the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration and declared open warfare against his agenda before they even knew what it was, and this in the middle of the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. It was there when they meddled in the care of Terri Schiavo and it is there in their pathological insistence that supply-side economics works. It cost Merrick Garland a seat on the Supreme Court. And it was the direct cause of the election of the current president*.
Just on Monday, the President* of the United States declared insufficient applause at his State of the Union address to be a treasonous act. From The New York Times:
“Can we call that treason?” Mr. Trump said of the stone-faced reaction of Democrats to his speech. “Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
The White House dismissed this as simply a “tongue-in-cheek” remark by our laff-riot president*. I guarantee you that most of his intended audience, fed as it is with daily doses of the monkey brains by its favorite radio and TV stars, did not take it that way. They cheered because, in their minds, he meant every word.
Pierce is spot on in his analysis; the GOP is like one’s dodgy aunt who lives in your basement, totally ’round the bend, of whom one does not speak in polite company. The president* is what happens when she’s let out.
OF COURSE lil’ Donnie wants a military parade to review; it’s the ultimate physical manifestation of his strongman impulses.
He adores the idea of all the Elite Trump Praetorian Guards high-stepping (You can’t march like that with bone-spurs, amirightwinkwinknudgenudge!?) past his reviewing stand, all responding to the crisp “Eyes, right!” command while simultaneously saluting their Pretender in Chief.
Or…better idea!…the Magnificence and Might that is America’s Grand Chancellor could lead the parade.
You know, if his bone spurs don’t make that impossible.
But the best part!? Dollars to doughnuts says that if this lunacy comes to fruition, lil’ Donnie will be wearing a custom designed military-like suit, perhaps something along the lines of the Army’s dress blues, but let out a whole bunch, and bemedaled the likes of which Sheriff Clark could only begin to imagine.
And an inspiring song, that’s what needed to finish the spectacle off!
I know I’d attend; It would be glorious.