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Out Of Trump Cards

Well, we are still stuck in the longest Election Period Day ever. That’s right, over a month has passed since the official day, and Donald Trump is still insisting that he won while flailing in every legal direction possible to validate his wacky claims. I myself am bored to tears listening to his puling on Twitter. It won’t be much longer until he exits the national stage for good, thankfully. However, it’s unfortunate that while we will be done with him as President, the toxic effect he has had on our country’s national discourse could linger for years, perhaps decades. All the blather about Democrats causing divisiveness sounds awfully quaint after one term of Trump.

We just got done watching the Supreme Court swat down a multi-state complaint started by Texas about supposed voting irregularities in the swing states that Trump was unable to hold onto in 2020. I’m sure Trump thought that he fashioned the SCOTUS in his image with his three justices, but he was wrong. The trouble he’s having is that he doesn’t really understand conservatism. At bottom, conservatives revere above all the ideal of decentralized control, making a fetish of radical self-governance. And it follows that “state’s rights” (notwithstanding how racist the concept is) is an important doctrine to advance these ideas. Small wonder then that this kind of push for some states to meddle in the affairs of others would be found repugnant to their bedrock conservative principles, regardless of who was bringing a suit of this nature.

For once, federalism has saved the day.

It’s hard to say where Trump’s going to go next to get relief. In his head, this Texas suit was “the big one”, because it was a super fast avenue to getting his complaints to the supremes as quickly as possible. We still have to grit our teeth and hope the Electoral College will do its duty and sit the president who officially got the most EVs. What a system it is where we have these unelected people in control of so much, huh? As I understand it, an upset of this nature is as unlikely as this giant suit had in helping Trump stay in office, especially since it’s going to be hard to come by 38 faithless electors selecting the guy who lost the popular vote by nearly 8 million. This gambit’s never worked before, but it’s an ineluctable fact that Trumpism has poisoned this election process at every critical juncture. Every process is a nail-shredding experience as we have to watch the steps be stress-tested in real time.

I’ve tried to sit back and relax with the proverbial popcorn but we’re all fooling ourselves a little if we aren’t internally fretting to some degree about what could happen from now until January 20th. We’ve shook through some intense moments and survived, and we’re past the safe harbor point so there will be no more attempts at recounting or any decertifying actions spurred on by his wildly incompetent legal team. Trump’s options lessen and lessen as time grinds by. The best days of an attempt at a coup are behind him. I’m confident but cautious that the trend will continue to favor American democracy over the conceits of a petty, tiny-minded, power-drunk rich fool.

UPDATE: The estimable Steve at No More Mister Nice Blog outlines the next challenge to the will of the people. It doesn’t involve Trump, but it’s no less than a congressional rebellion if it comes to pass.

I’m Trying, Janine

To my post-adolescent mind, Janine Turner, along with Gillian Anderson, were the hottest girls to grace the tiny tube in the ’90s. They were also strong female characters; neither of them were sexualized (at least not in the show). That was a shame for me, who probably would have jerked off to a picture of them that showed a hint of cleavage or a leggy pose from them were I the tender age of 14. There I go again, dating and embarrassing myself. But, this blog is part politics, part religion hating and part confessional. I doubt anyone is going to judge me anyway. I tell the truth here, and if you don’t like it, go away.

But let’s flash forward to Janine Turner today. Sadly, she has become a pod person. And boy howdy, does she ever peddle the conservative goods in a manner unseen since Sarah Palin took the stage. Melissa Harris Perry of MSNBC wondered if there was a racial component to the character of Darth Vader in Star Wars. Was he black because he was on the darkside, and when he was revealed to be white, was he on the good side? It’s an interesting question; one that I have no business answering because I’m white and will never see the world through a black person’s lens. Janine scoffed at the question, and this is what dribbled out:

Turner responded to Harris Perry on Monday by warning that “political correctness is going to be responsible for killing more Americans.”

“Regarding Darth Vader, please!” she exclaimed. “The Bible talks darkness and light. This is about evil and good. Darkness and light.”

“This doesn’t have anything to do with anything else, this goes back to biblical times,” she continued. “It’s been discussed in the Bible, Jesus talks about it. It’s about darkness and light, evil and good.”

According to the actress, the discussion of racial issues in Star Wars is the kind of rhetoric that is “ruining our country and putting us in this clear and present danger.”

I can only guess that Janine thinks that a race war is coming, but political correctness  cannot kill. It may annoy or make someone reflect, but what the fuck is she going on about? Then she makes some bizarre reference to the Bible and Jesus. What the blazes does that have to do with Star Wars? Good and evil existed before his holiness hit the planet.

To top off this stupid sundae, Janine waves around the Constitution, thinking she understands it:

Turner said that she had found a clause in the Constitution (Article I, Section 10, Clause 3) that would allow “the states to take this back into their own hands.”

Because the states were facing “imminent danger” they could come together and form their own union to deal with immigration and other issues, she advised.

“We’re in clear and present danger, we’re beyond imminent,” Turner opined. “So the states can legally and constitutionally come together to defend the American people.”

I know, right? The sky is falling, the spooks are going to kill us, and decentralization of power is the cure for everything. Because that’s worked so well for us-when you let states decide shit, you get Jim Crow, slave states and free states, segregation and other modern problems that I won’t go into because it isn’t relevant. Again, what is she talking about? A new nation? Isn’t it contradictory to say that states should not be bound to the federal government, but we must come together?

Janine’s had a little too much Fox News. She’s an incoherent mess and an alarmist, like most Republicans. It’s sad, watching one of your earliest crushes become an idiot. Fox is slowly becoming the Love Boat of cable news; chock full of has-beens who toe the conservative line.

 

 

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