By now, you’ve read people opine glibly that President Trump is only president of half the country.
It’s a clever line, but it’s not really off the mark anymore. That shiteating motherfucker is thinking about turning the State Of The Union into a goddamned rally full of his idiot supporters who will gleefully agree that the country has never been greater or some other demented non sequitur word salad nonsense. Never mind that the United States Government is slowly flipping agencies’ open signs to closed and people are going to work without pay. It’s an atrocious situation. But that’s a feature, not a bug for Trump as Republicans generally want government closed permanently anyway. So in their estimation, he’s doing great, couldn’t be doing better. For the rest of us, we are realizing that our social compact is in jeopardy while Trump tries to get his increasingly pointless wall. It simply isn’t worth it and it’s all become particularly ironic, given that the people tasked to interdict drugs and prevent hazards by sea and air are finding themselves the people whose jobs Trump is holding hostage as the cornerstones of that wall. If he really cared or listened to anyone with more than a 5th grade vocabulary level familiar with a subject he’d realize that this is not an effective way to solve the problems he claims a wall would solve. If built, it’d just be some giant, racist reverse-Statue Of Liberty monument to Trump’s ego when the crime and the drugs and the migrants and the asylum seekers continue unabated at the border. It’s funny, Trump has broken tons of promises to his faithful. But of all the promises he has broken, this one is particularly important for him not to break- and I don’t want to be the bearer of more bad news, but it’s because the wall bit is one of Trump’s best lines at his Two Hours Hate rallies that makes it imperative for him that it be built. That’s it. Trump needs adulation like a lizard needs a hot fucking rock. He got a taste of crowd hysteria and he’s hooked. It pumps him the fuck up. And it’s going to cost us $5 billion smackers to get him to give back the government so he can crow to the redhats that he won something (for a change).
Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to open the House to the SOTU looks on its face to be a jab simply to rankle Trump, but if you think about it, having the entire American government in the same place without adequately paid professionals ensuring its safety is probably not the smartest idea ever conceived. But everything is always about Trump. It all reduces to him. And like the infantile jagoff he is, he decided to use his position as commander in chief of the armed forces to deny Pelosi a few diplomatic flights overseas which is probably the norm for the new leader of the legislative arm of the American government. I really hope when all the criminals who aided and abetted Trump’s systematic destruction of the American government are put away, we work on curtailing the potential for excess within the executive branch. NO president should have as much power as it has right now. This is absurd. Trump has been such a spectacular abuser of power that political science can’t seem to catch up to him. And when it does, maybe we need to have a conversation about whether what we are doing as a country, as a political entity- is appropriate for Americans. No one should have the power to do what Trump has done (or Mitch McConnell, but that’s another coconut entirely). Trump doled out institutional positions to people whose sole mission was to disable the agency they would lead. He’s frustrated a generation of experts with his thoughtlessness. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of Trump appointees who don’t have “acting” next to their position. And all the planet-busting deregulation for his corporate donors is shocking and offensive.
The Constitution is too vague and skeletal. Judges “interpret” it, which is alarming and bizarrely metaphysical for something rather important. We ignored Thomas Jefferson when he spoke of not updating our document to fit the times: “We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” The Federalist Papers, while of course interesting for historical reasons, cannot guide us as it attempted to answer questions about the challenges of government in 1787, not 2019. And the founders rarely spoke in unison back then. Hell, arms needed to be twisted about the inclusion of the Bill Of Rights and we look at some of those amendments as so fundamental today that you’d have to be insane not to include them in drawing up a government. But anyway, I suspect if we set those same great minds to the task of creating a new republic today, they would come up with something radically different. Why? Because times fucking change. People change. And the old ways are not preventing the new ills. The old ills barely exist anymore. There were exceptions. George Mason, perhaps traveling through time, refused to sign the Constitution, saying it would “produce a monarchy or a corrupt oppressive aristocracy: it will most probably vibrate some years between the two, and then terminate in the one or the other.”
Is there anything that makes sense today as much as this does? Shit, we have an oppressive aristocrat AND a pretender to monarchy on our hands. How do you deliver a State Of The Union in the state the union has been in anyway?
Am I asking for a revolution?
Me? Nope. I’m a crazy person with too much time on my hands. You all know that.
But I am willing to hear one out.
Still listening to the tube. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who spins bullshit faster than a cyclone is going on about how Donald Trump is the right man for the job because he’s the outsider candidate who has never been in politics. That totally brought me back to the time when he said it was best for him to not know too much about NATO. Then I look at my Facebook and see that Gary Johnson is saying that him not knowing anything about the wider world is a point of strength for him.
One thing is screamingly obvious: there is a strong correlation between right wing politics and rank dilettantism. And I want to know why it’s a feature and not a bug. I am probably not eloquent enough to tell you. I can ask the question and lay out some of the evidence. I fear that the answer would take a book length discussion.
Populism is the belief in the power of regular people. It sounds real good, as long as you’ve never actually met any people.
Let’s put aside the fact that Gary Johnson and Donald Trump aren’t regular people. What I’m trying to figure out is why certain people are reticent to hire professionals for an indescribably complex job. As has been said in many places, politics must be the only service industry where you don’t want to hire someone who knows how to do the work.
I want a lawyer to be able to read a bill, for example. Little stuff like that.
But instead, we’re half as likely to let anyone run us in the name of God or Mammon as long as he has “our values”.
The word “demagogue” is old. They are everywhere, as always. Danger on the edge of town. The American people love a good demagogue and will listen to lies that confirm their narrow prejudices about their neighbor-be they next door or across a sea- whom they are frightened, spiteful, and wary of.
It goes like this, I guess: simpleton ‘personalities'(lacking a better word) ingratiate themselves to simpleton followers and that’s how you get dumbasses thinking they can run a government. A government, I might add, that the right wing hates. The function of a right wing politician is not to fix government, but eliminate it. So he/she doesn’t have to be any good at being in office, since he/she’s not going to do the job.
This distaste for government and a total dismissiveness of effective leadership is a funhouse distortion of the ideals of our revolution. Few seem to remember that our baby nation couldn’t keep its shit together for a decade after the last shot of the war. Brave and brilliant men were sent to Philadelphia in 1787 to do a better job in what? Governing.
These were men of letters. Men of reason. They listened to each other, argued passionately and did the best they could to craft a new government-surely an imperfect one-but one that the fledgling states could abide by.
It is wrong to hire idiots to uphold the binding document they produced. I don’t care how much he or she “thinks like you”, “stands for your values” or “tells it like it is”, you must insist on someone better than yourself to run a country, unless you got the time.
Donald Trump and Gary Johnson are idiots. Their ideas about politics, if you want to call them something, are terrible. And they come to you with a resume that doesn’t fit with the job they are interviewing for. And I want to know why you, the conservative employer, thinks “that’s the guy I want to leave a call back number for”.
They’re literally advertising how dumb they are.
Why is that OK with you?
I have been up for about a half hour and already Ben Carson has pissed me off:
Carson said he would not support a Muslim president and that only candidates with a faith “consistent with the Constitution” should be President.
CHUCK TODD: Let me wrap this up by finally dealing with what’s been going on, rich asshole, and a deal with a questioner that claimed that the president was Muslim. Let me ask you the question this way. Should a President’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?
BEN CARSON: Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.
TODD: So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?
CARSON: No, I don’t, I do not.
TODD: So you–
CARSON: I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Either Ben Carson can’t read(unlikely), or he just doesn’t know the highest law in this land. I can’t quote it chapter and verse, but even I can flag an egregious violation before my second cup of coffee. Cons only wave the Constitution around when they want to be bigots or own an arsenal of firearms. The rest of it is like so much toilet paper when they’re done with it.
This privileged fuck should thank his lucky stars that it is 2015, not 1815. Because I imagine that people were saying the same things about blacks.
Donald Trump has the lizard person vote locked down. He’s tapped into the collective amygdala of conservative voters. It doesn’t matter how many gaffes he produces, or how many times he upsets the natural order of politics-people love the spectacle. I myself am going to wear a “Trump ’16” shirt so long as Donald rides high. It would be a dream come true if he is the nominee. I’m still in the tank for Clinton, but if Trump keeps up this charade of being a serious candidate and people dig it, maybe, just maybe I will pull the lever for Sanders. Because in the end, I don’t expect the voters to elect a narcissistic sociopath.
Perhaps that is giving Republicans and the citizenry at large too much credit.
But anyway, let me segue into this; on any given day, Donald Trump has no idea what he is talking about. He’s like the proverbial broken clock. He’s wrong all day, with few exceptions. This is not exclusive to Trump. Most, if not all of the GOP contenders are saying stupid shit that makes no sense. But here’s a good one. Donald Trump despises brown people so much that he’s ready to challenge the legality of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Yes. You saw those words. Donald Trump wants to render parts of the Constitution unconstiutional. It’s like a Mobius strip of stupid.
Birthright citizenship is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, which reads “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.”
The real estate magnate, however, claims that those born on U.S. soil to illegal immigrants don’t have full citizens’ rights. “What happens is they’re in Mexico, they’re going to have a baby, they move over here for a couple of days, they have the baby,” he told O’Reilly. Trump asserted, “Many lawyers are saying that’s not the way it is in terms of this,” and went on to say, “They are saying it is not going to hold up in court. It will have to be tested but they say it will not hold up in court.”
So since he can’t change the Constitution to stop illegal immigration, he has to abridge it. For a party that loves to wave that fucking document around, Republicans sure don’t like it much or understand its nature.
I’d vote for a turkey sandwich before I elected this maniac.
Regular lurkers on this site know that I have a problem with solitary confinement in America’s prisons. I don’t care what you’ve done-no one deserves to be locked in a small box 23 hours a day. It’s not penitence. It’s torture, and we think it’s OK because of justice and our lust for vengeance. It’s fucking medieval and it should be stopped. My God, kill a person outright-spare him the insanity that life in solitary brings. Someday it will be recognized as cruel by the courts, but I’m guessing we are a ways from that.
But there’s new unconstitutional shit happening. Ever heard of Homan Square? Me neither:
The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman published a scathing account of Homan Square in Chicago on Tuesday, detailing a ‘black site’ in which Guantanamo-esque interrogation techniques are used to question suspected criminals.
“What used to happen at Homan Square is that prior to a year ago, if you get arrested and you get brought down anywhere in any district, you would not pop up in the city computer as being arrested until they processed the police report, which could take anywhere from an hour to 15 hours. If they “arrested” you, then they have to report it. But if they don’t “arrest you,” nefarious things could happen and they could interrogate you without a lawyer. And they would move you around from district to district. So [for example] if the family shows up or the lawyer shows up and they say you aren’t here but you are, they’ve denied you access. But if they say you’re at [district] 17, then move you to 15, and then 12, they can question you without counsel. At Homan Square they don’t process paperwork about your arrest. You’re just gone. No one knows.
99 percent of the people from this site are involved in some form of street crime: gang activities, drugs—urban violent crime. That’s what makes the site even worse. It takes Guantanamo-style tactics on urban street criminals and shreds the Bill of Rights. Isolation, deprivation of food, other outside contact. It’s meant to be a lot of touchless torture. So they’re not touching you, which in the human-rights field is more powerful and scary because it doesn’t leave marks but leaves huge internal wounds. Most of the time, people aren’t physically abused. They’re cut off from society, not allowed phone calls, not fed as much. These are just tactics that are more sophisticated in urban-policing tactics.”
So torture tactics, rendition and the denial of habeas corpus have reached the street level. It should surprise no one, given that cops now have access to military accoutrements-why not go all the way?
We are a police state in all but name. This is probably not news.
Here, watch some fascist pig motherfuckers shit all over the Constitution (prepare to be enraged, this is a doozy):
I bet they don’t lose their jobs. Desk work until the case is dismissed.
H/T Addicting Info
Congress needs to test each new member on the Constitution. Because Republican (surprise!) bumblers like Jody Hice just don’t know what’s in it, as usual:
Georgia Rep. Jody Hice claims Christians have been tricked into accepting the separation of church and state, calling constitutionally mandated church-state separation a “false belief.”
“Somehow we have bought into that false belief that our Constitution forbids us from being involved because of the so-called separation of church and state. I’m sure you’re aware of the fact that that’s not in our constitution. But it’s been said so many times that many Christians believe that we ought not be involved”.
For the love of Georgia. Congress. Shall. Make. No. Law. Respecting. An. Establishment. Of. Religion.
That’s there to keep your church out of my government. Make no mistake, you are free to be religious and be a representative. No one is saying that you can’t-but go ahead and nail yourself to that particular cross and complain that your stupid religion is under fire just because it’s not welcome in law. And I’m not even going to get into his contention that religious societies would be more moral than secular societies. All I have to say to that is “Duggar”.
This is not a theocracy, crazypants. Learn basic civics before shooting your mouth off.
No rational person thinks that gay marriage is going to affect their lives one bit. However, 30-40% of the country is preparing itself for a civil war over the issue.
I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.
What’s all the fuss? Straight people eat pussy, suck dicks and go anal. How is homosexual sex any different when you get right down to the nitty? And no one has ever said that clergy will be coerced into performing ceremonies for gay couples. My brother, something of a Jesus fanatic, once said to me that separation of church and state is a two way street; you leave us alone and we leave you alone. Fine. Just fine. I can deal with that view. Now, as to refusing to cater to gay people hiring business, well, that’s probably going to be a no-no soon enough. Plenty of metros have anti-discrimination laws protecting gay folk. These laws should go national-they should be rolled into the Civil Rights Act. I think it is inevitable. We don’t get to treat others as second-class citizens anymore. We know how that goes.
With these things in mind, what the hell is this?
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that he supports a constitutional amendment that would bar the Supreme Court from granting marriage equality rights nationwide.
“I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, said. “If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment.”
An amendment? Really, asshole? That’s our founding document. Banning gay marriage is so important that it deserves a place beside free speech, disestablishment, equal protection in the eyes of the law, the banning of slavery, and the right to vote regardless of race or sex.
You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. I would like to see what an amendment would look like that doesn’t make it a festering pustule of discrimination marring our most sacred compact. Oh wait, I found it:
Grants the United States and each state, territory, and possession the power to define marriage as limited to the union of one man and one woman.
Declares that: (1) nothing in this constitution shall be construed to require that marriage or its legal incidents be conferred upon any union other than the union of one man and one woman or to require that a state recognize a marriage that was licensed in another state; and (2) no decision or order of any court to the contrary, including any decision or order issued before the date of ratification, shall have any force or effect.
Ah, the old “states” gambit. Look at that garbage. The last time we tried to enshrine morality in the Constitution, it didn’t last long.
I don’t think it’s worth worrying about since Scottie and Rafael are going to self-destruct because they are morons, but careful, we’ve elected morons before. Sometimes we did it twice. So it’s important to know what we are up against-and to be vigilant in protecting our dignity before the law.