We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis | New Republic

I hate to pat myself on the back and strut around the kitchen crowing, I told you so! because Ma Femme hates it when I do, and she makes me pay for it in the worst ways possible. But, here is an article outlining the authoritarian ways of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and co. and the Repubes in general and the headlong rush they have with the electorate. It really is up to us to stop this shyte. Dems MUST take the Senate in 2018 at a minimum.

We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis

If Trump fires Robert Mueller or pardons himself, Republicans won’t do a thing about it—and our democracy will be changed forever.

There were many reasons to be alarmed by the transcript of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday interview with The New York Times, but if you drew back the lenses of time and context far enough, it foretold a deeper crisis than the text suggested—one that may be unfolding already.

The scope of that crisis is much clearer now that the Washington Post is reporting that Trump is discussing the possibility of pardoning himself, his family, and his closest aides to short-circuit the sprawling investigation of his campaign’s complicity in Russia’s subversion of the 2016 election. Trump’s team is also, according to the Post and another Times story, digging up dirt on the special counsel investigators in an attempt to discredit them.

In light of this dizzying news, it’s worth returning to the Times interview. Trump’s juiciest comments pertained to his attorney general, uber-loyalist Jeff Sessions, whom he resents for recusing from that investigation. But these grievances were already known, as was the fact that Trump has considered terminating Robert Mueller, the man leading the inquiry. What made the Times interview explosive was Trump’s suggestion that he would fire Mueller for delving too deeply into his finances.

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6 comments

    1. Howdy James!

      Thank you for giving me these links. Those were spot on. I’m always amazed when people can express complex ideas and still maintain a rhyme scheme and meter.

      Keep ’em coming!

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  1. what amazes and dismays me is reading the cheeto-in-chief’s statements…doesn’t it bother anyone else that a fourth-grade student making nothing higher than a D- speaks more eloquently than the president?
    How can anyone with a functioning brain think he could do the job? How can we take this guy seriously? How can the military, the senate and house…supposedly intelligent people, think this waste of air can be trusted with running the government? How is it that he has yet to be impeached? I feel as if we are all living in a truly awful episode of the twilight zone!

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    1. Howdy Suze!

      There is so much about the OPG and the media that I don’t get. His speech patterns reflect his thought process: jumbled. He can’t string coherent thoughts together to make it out of his mouth, how can he develop complex policy positions, legislative agendas, foreign policy, and military campaigns?

      This kind of thing really drives me crazy, and it really really does feel like an episode of the “Twilight Zone” (now streamable on Amazon Prime, BTW). The Russians? Really? And, not one GOP Congress person is alarmed enough by the close involvement of our archenemy to do anything to stop him. It won’t be until it threatens their reelection that they will move to do anything… just like with Nixon.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  2. if he continues his ( Trump) foray into lunacy and making it up as he goes, I think that the Secret Service and the other groups that form the protection for the nation, might just find a lovely ” loop hole”or even without one could find a way to hoist him on his own petard …..even to the point of finding some one willing to take him out ( there is probably a long line willing who would volunteer for that job) while I am not personally recommending that method, I am sure it has been brought up among many who are ready to see it happen.. He certainly appears to be ” certifiably ”
    non compus mentus” .

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    1. Howdy Francese!

      There are two options for removing a president from office before the end of the term: impeachment and the 25th amendment. Impeachment depends on the Congress and starts in the House. The 25th amendment option depends on the cabinet certify, i.e. agreeing, that the president is no longer capable of discharging the duties of his office. Neither one is going to happen as long as the GOP controls the Congress. It tells you how craven our politics really are.

      I am surprised no one took a shot at Obama. I thought for sure someone would him being black and all. I know there were lots more threats and secret service visits to people, though.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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