Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Vital Viewing (Disturbing the Peaceful Transition of Power Edition)

 


 Stories vary. Some say it was when George Washington relinquished control of the Continental Army at the end of the Revolutionary War. Others say it was about 15 years later when he decided not to run for a third term as president. Either way, the man was voluntarily giving up power at a time when such a thing, however laudable, was thought to go against human nature. When word of Washington's decision got back to George III, the British monarch is said to have remarked, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man alive."


As the events on 1/06/2021 have demonstrated, this is NOT the greatest man alive.




Contrary to popular belief, an impeachment in and of itself doesn't remove a president from office. If that were the case, Mike Pence would have been president for the past year, as Trump was first impeached at the end of 2019. Also, the previous century would have ended with a President Gore in the Oval Office. No, according to the Constitution, an impeachment is simply the House of Representatives charging a sitting president of high crimes and misdemeanors, followed by a trial in the Senate. Sure, it seems unlikely that any such trial would conclude before January 20, when Joe Biden is suppose to assume the duties of president, but remember, removal from office is hardly the only punishment for sedition. What about this 25th Amendment they keep talking about? That calls for the removal of a president, temporarily or otherwise, if the vice-president and the majority of the cabinet deems that person unfit to serve for some reason. So far, Mike Pence has signaled that that's not going to happen, but who knows, he could change his mind if Trump, says, orders an air strike on the Palm Beach headquarters of the PGA. Finally, a president can just decide to take an early leave from office, as happened some 45 years ago:


How dignified he looks. Such poise. Such grace under--WAIT A SECOND! What am I saying? This is Tricky Dick we're talking about!


Compared to last Wednesday's criminality, the Watergate break-in might as well have been a parking  violation. And remember, it happened after-hours, when everyone had gone home for the night. So it was much less lethal.


 Let me get back to George Washington. On a visit to Mount Vernon with France's President Macron, Trump is said to have wondered aloud why Washington didn't name his home after himself. Trump, after all, was always naming things after himself. Towers, hotels, casinos, golf courses, even at one time a brand of vodka. And while he denied asking that his face be added to Mount Rushmore, he nevertheless tweeted that he thought it would be a good idea. George Washington, on the other hand, never asked that a city on the Potomac or a state sandwiched between Oregon and British Columbia be named after him. Nor did he ask that his face be put on Mount Rushmore, or the dollar bill, quarter, or on a postage stamp. With the exception of the city on the Potomac (he chose the location), all those things had been named and images of him placed after he died. Washington was content to let his achievements speak for themselves. Trump was incapable of such contentment, and had no such accomplishments. In the final analysis, Trump is neither a conservative or a liberal, a right-winger or a left-winger, a Republican or a  Democrat. His only ideology is--well, I'll let Irene tell you:


OK, that's a bit unfair to Ms. Cara.

As for Donald Trump, instead of fame, I suspect from here on in, he will have to settle for infamy. Baby, remember his name.

14 comments:

  1. The problem with Trump is that before the population can work up enough indignation to act on one of his crimes (say incarcerating and torturing children) he is off to do something even more egregious and distracting, without the previous hideous crime being in any way resolved, or even discontinued.

    When I say "the population" I of course am not referring to the readers of this blog, who knew exactly what to do with him at any point in time.
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, Trump never won the popular vote. He's always been a minority president (ironic, considering his views on minorities.) He got away with so much because of a mathematical quirk involving the Electoral College (another irony, as Trump's follower's tried to upend the College once they realized the math wasn't going to go their own way this time), and a Republican base that, despite Trump, Bush, Bush, Reagan, Ford, and Nixon serving a total of 32 years in the last half-century+2, sees themselves as--this is what the media is always telling us--"powerless" (the final irony.)

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  2. Exactly. He wants to be remembered and he will be. The worst American president in history. A traitor. Treasonous, corrupt liar. Mentally unstable. He should be so proud.

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  3. "Mr. Trump, I served with George Washington. I knew George Washington. George Washington was a friend of mine. Mr. Trump, you're no George Washington."

    Hi, Kirk!

    Where's Richard Nixon when we need him? He certainly does look and sound 100X more presidential than Teflon Don. Trump makes Nixon look like Mother Teresa.

    Ever watch Trump as he addresses his adoring masses? Somebody needs to tie his hands behind his back to prevent him from gesticulating so much. Whenever he speaks to a friendly crowd, he looks like he's playing air accordion.

    Millions of Trump supporters still believe the election was stolen, and Fearless Leader is not about to tell them the truth. As you know, Trump appropriates popular songs that serve his purposes. Yesterday at his Texas border wall photo op, along with "Macho Man," he played the following song promoting his "Stop the Steal" rallying cry.

    (Think Mad Magazine now.)

    Sung to the tune of "Ghostbusters":

    Somethin' strange in your neighborhood
    Who ya gonna call?
    (VOTE-busters!)

    Countin' won't stop, an' it don't look good
    Who ya gonna call?
    (VOTE-busters!)

    I ain't afraid o' no VOTES
    I ain't afraid o' no VOTES

    If your early lead slips away next day
    Who can you call?
    (VOTE-busters!)

    An invisible man with a ballot in play
    Oh who ya gonna call?
    (VOTE-busters!)

    I ain't afraid o' no VOTES
    I ain't afraid o' no VOTES

    Conspiracies runnin' through your head
    Who can you call?
    (VOTE-busters!)

    Ballots mailed in by the livin' dead
    Who ya gonna call? That's right...
    (VOTE-busters!)

    I ain't afraid o' no VOTES
    I ain't afraid o' no VOTES

    Mmm, if you've had a dose
    Of a CNN host (Don Lemon)
    You better call
    (VOTE-busters!)

    You get the idea.

    "But as I leave you, I want you to know— just think how much you’re going to be missing. You won’t have Trump to kick around anymore."

    Buckle up and get set for another fun-filled day in America, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. Now that you mention it, Shady, Trump does kind of resemble the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

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  4. There's part of me that thinks Trump may resign right at the end so President Pense can pardon him, since there's legal doubt about whether Trump can pardon himself.

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    1. Maybe at the very end, Debra. We could end up with a fifteen-minute Pense Administration, a la Andy Warhol.

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  5. Trump is a monstrous force in American politics. I agree that he is not liberal or conservative, but he has authoritarian written all over him.

    I am a buff of The American Revolutionary Era. Washington's relinquishment of power was unique and special.

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    1. Brian, I'm not one to get too sentimental about our nation's past, but we were lucky to have Washington when we did.

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  6. For the ignorant such as myself, the explanation of impeachment was very useful.

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    1. Andrew, if will probably be less so in the future now that we've had three in the last 22 years, but even in this country people routinely confuse "impeachment" with "removal from office". I did it myself in one of my responses to the comments on the previous post, and I already knew the difference!

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  7. Donald Trump sure did earn his Place as the worst president in history

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    1. And without putting in any overtime, Adam.

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