Trump Times Entry 263 – Looking Forward to the Past

Looking Forward to the Past

Leaking continued last week

July 30, 2017

Feels repetitive. How can that be?

Well, we survived another week of Trump chaos and it’s been a big seven days. We’ve watched team Trump force out the chief of staff by calling him names – bullied the guy right out of his job. Very gangster.  And, in an all-time first, we got to hear the President use sexual innuendo in a speech to the Boy Scouts, then follow up a couple days later with encouraging brutality while speaking to the police. The Donald’s been on a roll.

Additionally, last week, Senate Republicans, again, reinforced their theory that government can’t do anything, by not passing a bill that no one actually wanted. The Draconian bill, their third failure in a week, was sold as a “way to get the debate into committee – where they could collaborate with the House on a real bill”. Yeah, except the House was quietly preparing to pass whatever the Senate sent them – as is. The House leadership kind of tipped their hand when they started changing the rule that required a one day wait between Senate passage and a House vote. Collaborate? Don’t think so. They weren’t going to wait single day.

So, the Senate chickened-out. (Now, there’s a sentence we rarely see.)

The Donald, of course, responded to the loss by threatening the Republicans who voted against it. Well, actually he threatened the women. (Do you know that a Google search of “Trump Threats” yields 79 million results? A “Clinton Threat” search only gets 36 million. The Donald just keeps on winning.  But, I digress.)

The public flogging of Jeff Sessions has continued through the week. Trump keeps swinging and Jeff, not a young man, keeps taking it. Odd, either he’s too dense to know he supposed to quit or he enjoys it. Don’t know which, but have my suspicions.

Trump’s big randomizer for the week was his banning transgender people from military service. (By randomizer I mean an outrageous, from out of nowhere, accusation or policy pronouncement. The Donald likes to drop randomizers every week, or so – just to keep things amusing.) The country reacted to this latest rant as expected, with revulsion.

Scores of other subplots percolate in the background: the Russian investigations stumble on, conflict of interest questions keep surfacing, the Trump legal team interest turns to pardons, …

After two-hundred-sixty-four days of Trump leadership, this is what a typical week looks like. And looking forward, we can expect another of the same. Except for the big randomizer thing; that’s always random.

The republic suspects that the Donald is trying to over-stimulate us into submission. It won’t work; if Jeff Sessions can take it, so can we.

Jail the Tyrant,
osv

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Trump Times Entry 262 – Loyalty or Stockholm Syndrome?

Loyalty or Stockholm Syndrome?

July 29, 2017

Feeling unsympathetic – sorry.

I’m no fan of Jeff Sessions. He’s a corrupt racist and deserves prison time a good deal more than sympathy. Nonetheless, his relationship with the Donald clearly qualifies him as a victim.  But oddly, after weeks of humiliating cyber-bullying by Trump, Jeff’s sticking with the Donald and working harder than ever to advance the agenda of his abuser. Okay.

Reince Priebus, again, not on my favorites list. An ex-RNC chairman, he was an early Trump critic who quickly sold out once Trump took the election. He’s been Trump’s chief of staff ever since. Well, until yesterday that is. After Trump had his trained attack squirrel, Anthony Scaramucci, bully Reince for not quite a week, he resigned. Reince’s parting words were, “Thanks, I’ll always be on Team Trump” – interesting thing to say about the team that publicly called you a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac”, oh, and a “fucking cockblocker”, but okay.

And hey, during the fake election Trump insulted pretty much everyone who ran against him. Yet after the fake results, Little Rubio, Low Energy Jeb and the rest of the Republican leaders got right behind the guy who bullied and shamed them. What a loyal bunch!

Hell, both Chis Christie and Rudy Giuliani risked their, admittedly sinking, careers to become vocal early Trump supporters, but were cast aside as too unattractive after Trump took the capitol. Yet, they both have only warm complementary things to say about the Donald. Odd, since neither of those guys are known for being good sports. Oh, well.

(Looking forward, after the TrumpCare failure this week, can you imagine what’s in Mitch McConnell’s Trump described future? I wonder what insane dirt Trump will tweet about Mitch? Should be appalling, can’t wait. Bet Mitch will just love it.)

Yeah, Trumps insults, bullies, mocks and betrays his party’s leadership and they just love him more than ever. It’s like they’re enchanted with the Donald.

Or maybe they suffer from mass Stockholm Syndrome. Sure, they’ve may have been unwillingly captivated, but now they can’t imagine life without him. And while Trump may embarrass them… they kind of like it.

Two-hundred-sixty-three days is a long time to be held hostage. So, it’s no surprise that, since the election, the GOP’s identity has become supplanted with love for the Donald. Unfortunately, one-sided relationships like this never go well for the beta party. The republic suspects Trump will eventually grow bored with his Republican “friends”, dump them and move on to someone new, maybe someone Russian.

Breaks my fucking heart,
osv

Trump Times Entry 93 – Oh, that America again? Great!

Oh, that America again? Great!

February 9, 2017trump-putin-1

We’re almost there. Yeah, it’s only been ninety-three days since crossing the Donald event horizon, but, as predicted, events are rapidly decaying into chaos. Apparently, time, forward leaning by nature, resists reversal. So, as the Donald drags us back to a past more Donald-friendly, the timeline itself (reality, as it were) fractures into chaos.

As proof of this conjecture, I offer any recent Kellyanne Conway interview, White House press briefing or (how is this relevant?) Trump tweet thread. Clearly, actuality has lost any useful meaning. In the above, the we hear brazen self-contradictory lies, circular reasoning and subject jumping all aggressively offered as acceptable adult communication.

I don’t recall talking like playground bullies as normal before the Trump anomaly. Yeah, it happened, but wasn’t a pervasive everyday construct and, certainly, wasn’t honored as a reasonable discussion tactic. But post-Trump, honor has no meaning and, besides, we’re no longer allowed call a bully a bully because that would make us bullies. We must nearly be there.

When Trump promised to take us back to greatness, I thought he was using metaphor (or euphenism) to drive home a nuanced vision. Silly me! Should have known that a man who speaks primarily in euphenism, but can’t spell the word, likely, had neither nuance nor vision, but meant to literally (the literal meaning) take us back in time. But when? How far? Are we there yet?

Perhaps, the successful installation of Jeff Sessions as grand inquisitor provides us with some guidance regarding these questions. Let’s see, back in eighties, congress denied Sessions a federal judge post because of his public racist views. So, back at least like thirty years. Very ambitious and could be tough on the timeline – caution may be indicated.

Ha! Thirty years is nothing to the Donald. With a wave of a tiny hand, he’s managed to wind us back to the America way before that pesky event, back to when a racist attorney general was just fine. A bigly, Trump worthy, jerk back – sixty years, maybe more.

I wonder if there’ll be any side effects. (Perhaps, the inevitable Trump Termination Event – we’ve got to be getting close.)

The republic moves forward along the same timeline as all other living things – the mark of time indelible, regardless of color, creed or executive order.

In Peace and Justice,
osv