Few things feel as good as righteous indignation, moral condemnation, and schadenfreude as an opponent gets her well deserved comeuppance. And, this story certainly feels that way to me. It is an I told you so confirmation that does the battered egos of progressives and liberals in Fascist America some good.
Does anyone remember the opening months of Obama’s administration in 2009 when a lot of his political appointees had to withdraw over tax problems. They went ahead and paid their back taxes whether they were for nannies that they paid under the table
We don’t punish white-collar criminals in this country. Not really, and certainly not by comparison to how we punish poorer, less white people for less severe offenses.
or taxes they hadn’t paid on other transactions. I remember at the time realizing that this wasn’t a problem peculiar to Obama and his appointees. For this many of his appointees to have these problems, it had to be systemic: people in that upper echelon of social class not only legally evaded taxes, they illegally did so too, and did so with impunity until the harsh light of federal confirmation hearings were shone upon them.
I’ve often called the 2016 election the Great Civics Lesson, and in this sense it continues. It used to be that the upper class would hide their extravagances and not flaunt their advantages until forced to in open court. Now, the Congressional Republicans and the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s administration are not even trying to hide their naked self-serving agenda.
They believe that their will be no consequences for their wholesale looting of the US and circumventing of our democracy and Constitution. Unless they are voted out in November, there won’t have been. And, with a recent poll showing cracks in the blue wave: 28% of young adults 18 – 29 saying they are absolutely certain they will vote in 2018; less than a third of Hispanics saying they are certain to vote; and just over half of Blacks saying they are certain to vote, they may not be held accountable.
While the Repubes may feel that they are immune from any accountability, they are committing a grievous error: they are not listening to any dissent; they are committing groupthink.
Worse, than committing groupthink and all the incumbent disaster that it brings, they believe that they will survive the next economic crisis and resulting damage to the country unscathed. And, they don’t even consider the possibility that their actions can directly lead to the destruction of the US. They are oblivious to any negative repercussions of their actions.
Donald Trump and the crisis of elite impunity
The Russia scandal is about more than collusion. It’s also about the corruption of America’s elites.
As seemingly every national political figure not already hopelessly in the tank for President Trump rushed Monday to denounce his disastrous press conference with Russian despot Vladimir Putin, few condemnations received as much attention as this one from former CIA Director John Brennan:
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
I don’t know why Trump and his team accepted, and at times actively solicited, the help of Putin and Russian intelligence in winning the 2016 election, and why they have appeared at times to actively serve Putin’s interests once in office. Maybe they were just taking whatever help they could get; maybe the pee tape is real; maybe Jon Chait is right and Trump has been a Soviet/Russian agent for three decades.
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