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Trump Won the Supreme Court

As much as Trump likes to brag about his victory in November , as much as he has ignored the irony of his golf game and his immediate and deliberate use of executive power and as much as his general braggadocio has highlighted his complete disregard for the nuances of policy, he scored the biggest, and arguably the ONLY win needed to secure his legacy today.

The appointment of Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice has solidified not only the Trump legacy but also the legacy of the most underhanded republican leadership’s bad magic slight of hand. Its a power grab pure and simple, a power grab disguised as a courtesy to the “next president.” A power grab that could very well backfire in the vein of Anthony Kennedy but that will likely have repercussions throughout my lifetime at the very least. The financial wing of the party, I predict, won especially big.

Lets ignore the fact that the American people yet again failed to see past their partisanship through to the fact that it should have been Obama, not Trump and Garland, not Gorsuch but that by both denying the former president his right and mandate, and changing the senate rules to install a corporate friendly Justice, they have not only flouted convention, but have also caused irreparable damage to the foundations of American democracy. They have set up a situation that weakens the hand of any minority congress including theirs, and I’m sure when it does impact them, much whining will ensue.

 

Stream of Conciousness

I don’t do Facebook much. Every time I’m lured back by some innocuous post and I get sucked back into the insanity for a bit, I pull a little further away. On several occasions I’ve been worked into such a frenzy that I feel like my heart just might quit. Frankly, aside from a few friends and relatives, it really isn’t worth using anymore.

The ridiculousness of this past election cycle had me closer than ever to hitting “delete.”

When you hear friends you thought were reasonable, say completely unreasonable things, or friends you knew were unreasonable already, say things so outrageous you can’t believe they felt emboldened to say them “in public” it feels like time to pull away.

This whole planet has me concerned at the moment. Where the US is heading is very well a dangerous and potentially violent place. Some of us believed that having access, making information and opinion more democratic, would create a learned republic. One akin to the one the founding fathers envisioned, except more varied economically with women and Black folks included, effectively democratizing learning and making us all better voters and better citizens. HA!

It seems there is that little missing element that also exemplifies an egalitarian democratic republic, ignorance.

When you have no compelling reason to cooperate in the democratic process there is no incentive to educate yourself and its so very easy to just hit the nearest button that has written on it how you feel at that very moment. Not how you think, or have reasoned through, but simply how you feel.

Now feelings are great, they are great for creating art, for manipulating and coercing your kid to do their homework, great for schmoozing and wooing, but alone, they are terrible for democracy. Feelings betray biases, and generally biases are not reasonable, they may come from a vague place of reason, but they are not reasonable in and of themselves. Feelings should not be the sole reason you vote for a particular candidate, using feelings as a sole measure will always lead to buyers remorse.

So does this mean that democracy may not be the best way to go?

I really don’t know but as the days go by, I’m doubting American democracy more and more and that scares the shit out of me.

John Fucking McCain

Edited 10/20 for grammar, spelling and general wordiness.

So is this a case of the snake swallowing its tail or of it sliding its scaled head slowly past its sphincter?

What at one time was the only rational voice in the Republican party (save Chris Shays) has increasingly become one of its most insane, ego-driven, extreme, and sad relics.

In a story that surfaced early in the week but was swallowed in the shit-quicksand that is “all Trump all the time” media coverage, McCain preemptively vowed that the Senate (if it remains in Republican hands, that is) would block any Clinton appointee to SCOTUS.

Let that sink in, actually, let the multiplicity of fuckwadded assumptions absorb deeply…

First, the one time “moderate” senator from Arizona has already set the tone for the next 4 to 8 years, basically saying that the next presidency, be it Democratic, will be handled like the last one, as a slapstick pastiche of knee-jerk obstructions that will do nothing but further erode both national faith in our houses of government and do further damage to the Republican “brand.”

Secondly, he has all but admitted that there is no real way for Trump to win so when he loses, house and senate Republicans will do what they have been discouraging Trump from doing, inciting their base by not accepting the results of the election.

Thirdly, we are to expect the end of a distinguished and once respected (by Democrat, Republican and Independent alike) member of Congress’ career.

The death knell seems to have come sometime around 2008, when compelled by some demonic force, McCain felt the need to ditch his tough as nails but relatively fair persona in favor of the rabid base “base,” forgoing any rationality and grasping with two full hands, the hair of the tea party, wacko, “I can see Russia,” masses. Copulating wildly with them as they screamed about God, guns, and gays, slamming themselves back into the party that always seems to leave them hung over and unsatisfied the next morning, he shared the ticket with insane-hair-demagogue 1.0. It was all downhill from there.

So now, preemptively, he’s showing his hand for the next four years at the very least. A calculating gambit that could very well backfire but not soon enough to matter to his flagging career.

In his home state of Arizona, despite growing resistance from “patriots” the Hispanic population continues to grow, unabated by citizen patrols and Jan Brewer. The insanity that befalls kings and popes when they fail to understand that the people below them and the people they think are below them are becoming the same people is beginning to take hold on McCain and the GOP as a fever. It is destroying the last vestiges of rationality and common sense and immolating reason in a firestorm of racial fear and lost potential. It is obliterating the very same notions that supposedly underpin the party and the country. In this, the Great Defender becomes part of the Destroyer Class.

I used to have respect for Senator McCain. I still have respect for the man who survived a trial I couldn’t imagine going through myself, but I have lost any and all respect for this man who has abandoned his post as a standard-bearer of reason in a party that continues to slip off the silty cliff of moderation and into the murky waters of batshit insanity.

Mr. McCain, what the hell happened to you?

Random Observations on McCutcheon v. FEC

Random Observations on McCutcheon v. FEC. Care of The Rude Pundit. I couldn’t have said it better.

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