Friday, June 9, 2023

Brace Yourselves for What's Coming Next

And so we enter the end stage of the Trump regime, more than two years after the American people unceremoniously threw it out of power – a junta defined by brazen corruption, treasonous insurrection, and now theft of classified secrets, which is a violation of the Espionage Act.

This has been a long time coming.

Der Sturmtrumper was impeachable from the moment he slithered into office on the say-so of a minority of American voters and it never got any better. His term in office was marked by corruption on a scale not seen in this country since the Gilded Age, by a foreign policy centered around alienating staunch allies and coddling up to tin-horn dictators, by the American intelligence community regarding him as such a grave threat to national security that they routinely withheld information from him lest he give it away to our enemies – I’m not saying he was a paid Russian agent; I’m just asking what he would have done differently if he were – and by the willful abuse of power in the service of petty grievances and performative cruelty. His deliberate mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic as a political issue designed to inflict damage on the people he hated rather than as a medical issue threatening all Americans is now conservatively estimated to have cost over a quarter million American lives. His coordination and incitement of the January 6 insurrection has been conclusively and publicly demonstrated.

The Founding Fathers would have had him hauled off in chains by midnight on January 7th. Here in the 21st century we have had to wait for indictments.

And now they’re coming.

He’s already been impeached twice – something no other president can say. Once was for inciting the insurrection, which in a just and moral society would have removed him permanently from the national conversation and served as a deterrent to those who would follow in his footsteps. Draw your own conclusions about how just and moral we are, I suppose. The first time was for trying to blackmail Ukraine into fabricating a scandal about his political opponent by threatening to withhold American military assistance to that country – assistance approved by Congress and paid for by the American taxpayers. This looks worse with every day that Putin's vandals wreak havoc on that country.

Impeachments are just fancy indictments, after all.

The fact that the GOP stood by him both times is utterly damning.

Since leaving office he’s now been convicted in civil court of sexual assault and indicted twice, once for paying hush money to a porn star out of campaign funds (a felony offense that could land him in jail for a decade, and not one that his GOP whitewashers can pardon him for at the federal level) and now for stealing top secret documents, obstructing the federal government when it sought their return, and – as the recently released recording of Trump discussing at least one of those documents may show – quite possibly sharing them with other nations.

MAGAworld is losing their collective shit over the mere idea that the laws of the United States might actually apply to their Dear Leader and – oh, horror of horrors – possibly to them as well. They are claiming that this is “third world” stuff, and the irony of it all is that to some extent it is, just not how they think. The rank favoritism shown to Trump and his allies is absolutely something you’d see in an old-fashioned banana republic run by generals with more medals than combat experience. You or I would already be rotting in jail had we done the same things but Der Sturmtrumper has been allowed to walk free, whine endlessly to his base about the hardship of being held accountable for his actions for the first time in his life, and even run for office again.

Nevertheless, MAGAworld is threatening retaliation. You should take this seriously. These are people armed with a towering sense of entitlement and arsenals of heavy weaponry, and they have no particular hesitation about using either of them in the service of their cult.

It’s going to get ugly.

There is nothing more dangerous than a cornered rat, and those who would subvert this nation from within understand that they are slowly being boxed into a legal corner from which their only escape will either be punishment according to the full extent of the law or open rebellion against the United States of America.

Now is the time for all Americans who value the Constitution and the republic and who support the rule of law over tyranny to stand firm in their defense of this country against its internal enemies.

Things will get worse before they get better. They will get worse even if it doesn’t get better. Der Sturmtrumper and his minions, cronies, lackeys, enablers, cultists, and fanatics will see to that. But it’s my country too, and they can’t take it from me.

Here I stand. I can do no other.


LucyInDisguise said...

I have two nits to pick.

First: The second sentence of the penultimate paragraph Is confusing. The subjects do not agree. I think I have discerned what you were trying to say, however … 😕

Second: After long and seriously contemplative thought, I believe (now I could be wrong - I have been wrong about such things in the past), but (and bear with me on this for a moment …), it is entirely possible that you just insulted each and every cornered rat in the world by association.

Additionally, I can only add that I shall proudly stand beside you.


David said...

Typo fixed! With any luck that will help clear things up.

You may be right about the cornered rats, now that you mention it. Rats at least display a decent sense of community and generally aren't deliberately cruel to others.

We'll stand together, you and I, and see this through.