“Winning Florida or Texas would've been like hitting Omaha Beach and cruising straight on into Berlin with the top down, listening to the Beach Boys.”
– William Gibson, tweet
“What’s At Stake”
How many times have we heard, over the last year, that “history will not judge the Republicans kindly”? No, it won’t. But how will it judge us? Let us be glad, then, that it’s our turn to give everything we have to the preservation of our country and the assurance of its future. When the stories are told, let one be that when it mattered most, we stood up, together, and did what was needed, all that was needed, and more. When the stakes could not have been higher.
“The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread and that his followers chose to amplify.”
“At this stage in his Presidency, Trump, already described in reports from his own aides as unfit for the office, implicated by his former lawyer as an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony, and now alleged, according to the Times, to have benefitted from tax schemes that in some instances amounted to “outright fraud”—not to mention being a liar and a con artist—should not be allowed to appoint Justices for lifetime appointments.”
“But while the FBI investigation may turn up additional useful information, at this point there is absolutely no need for it unless Christine Blasey Ford wants it. It’s completely unnecessary in determining whether Brett Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court; even the very limited questions already asked of Kavanaugh have yielded disqualifying answers. Kavanaugh is lying, it’s provable, and that’s all there is to it. Unless you think it’s acceptable to have someone on the federal bench who treats duly sworn oaths as meaningless, the guy shouldn’t be holding any office.”
“Hot on the Trail”
Manafort, finally, has flipped. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager for the spring and summer of 2016, present at the Trump Tower meeting where Don Jr. sought Russia’s help to throw the election, agreed this week to tell Robert Mueller everything he knows, pleading guilty to two charges in a federal court in Virginia.
Fear or Boldness?
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown.”
“…that’s when the Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people. When we led with conviction and principle and bold new ideas. The antidote to a government controlled by a powerful few, a government that divides is a government by the organized, energized, inclusive many. That’s what this moment’s about. That has to be the answer.”
“We Know Trump Is Guilty”
“The greatest conceit in public life today is the notion that we don’t already know President Trump is guilty. Guilty of what? Conspiring, by whatever level of directness, with a foreign power to win the Presidency and then continuing to cater to that foreign power either as payback for the assistance or out of fear of being exposed. In other words, collusion, a national betrayal that may break some statute laws but which far transcends them and isn’t in the past but is rather on-going…The relevant concept is consciousness of guilt…From the very beginning the President has used every power at his disposal to stop investigations into what happened…In ordinary life, such flagrant and on-going efforts to prevent the truth from coming out are a clear sign of guilt. We rightly demand a higher standard before the criminal law because that is about taking away someone’s liberty. That’s not the case here. We’re only talking about taking away or restraining the power we have given him to use on our behalf…Trump is guilty.”
That stark, unclouded moment comes as we have 100 days to do the work of wresting our country back from the grip of the illegitimate forces – Trump, Putin and Republicans – that attacked our election in 2016 and “won” it. We can and must continue to hold the line against the damage being done by their cruelty and lunacy. But the only way to truly stop the damage is to start by taking back the House – and the Senate – this November. We need a “blue wave” big enough to knock the Banana Republicans out of power and we can’t take any chances.
“So perhaps we should just admit what our own eyes cannot deny: We have now witnessed the very worst humiliation of a president of the United States ever, and one of the lowest points in the history of the American presidency…the president, the commander in chief of our armed forces, the man whose oath requires him to defend us, has taken sides. He has taken Putin’s side. We are in significant peril, and it will not abate soon.”
“From Trump’s first meetings with the Soviets… to his jaw-dropping hire of Paul Manafort… the litany of direct and indirect contacts with the Kremlin exceeds all possible exculpatory explanations…
It is impossible to see the total picture and reach the conclusion that there is an innocent explanation behind it all. There’s simply too much to explain away.”
“The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance — responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making… They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process in our Constitution. . . . Extraordinary relief is requested, and is warranted under the circumstances.”
“Facing the Beast”
I can’t count the number of times that I’ve read some variant of the phrase “when will Republicans finally put country ahead of party?”. Surely by now we all know the answer: it ain’t gonna happen. What we’ve seen over the last week is our country falling even deeper into fascism. I don’t use that word lightly. Yet Republicans are all on board, competing to see who can be more fawning over Trump, who is most willing to embrace and embellish his most recent lie.
They will never do the right thing. They have to be defeated and driven out.