Tag Archive | Democracy

A game within a game, within a game

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Trump’s  super Eastern, high back, buttercup yellow chairs. 

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Obama’s super Western,  low back, brown leather chairs with tacks.

Entertaining as the hearing today was, I can’t help but think that everyone is missing the actual point: The POTUS claimed to have been wiretapped to find out if he’d been wiretapped.

Weird as that sounds, it makes logical sense. Since the POTUS is not allowed to ask about information about current FBI investigations. The only way to find out if there was one,was is to create such havoc (via wild Twitter claims about wiretapping) that Congress asks the question for him, publicly. Then he gets his answer. So now, thanks to Congress, the POTUS knows, he’s under investigation.

A lot of what goes on in DC is games within games. For instance,  Trump believed his only route to the presidency was via Russian help that would discredit his opponent. So he took it. Republicans  thought the only route back to presidential power was Trump, so they backed him.

But I imagine that it was always the Republican view that once Trump had power, the GOP in Congress would find a way to knock him out of power, probably via the accusation of help from Russians. Hence all the leaks.

The POTUS thinks the leaks are coming from civil servants with Democratic (not democratic) leanings, the “deep state.” The reality, I suspect, is that all the leaks are Republican in origin and going to continue until he’s removed from office. Whether Pence gets dragged down as well, I don’t know. But it would make sense to remove the POTUS, his VP, and all of his confirmed cabinet appointees.

It’s possible we might end up with Speaker Ryan as the new POTUS. I expect the Republican party would prefer that. It does seem to be the end goal.

In the meantime,  look forward to more outrageous POTUS claims in a bid to attempt to extract more information about the investigation he is under. Because it’s all about him. Remember how long he spent saying he was legitimate president? Legitimate presidents don’t do that.

If the POTUS was innocent of collusion with the Russians, he wouldn’t worry about these investigations and would instead get on with running the government. That he’s obsessed with the investigations, just proves he thinks he’s guilty of something.

The upshot of all is that this administration is in trouble, deep trouble. People at home and abroad no longer see a POTUS, just an paranoid man who does nothing but diminish  American democracy and power. To quote the POTUS, “Sad.”

But I will say this. Without all this investigation, without all this revelation, I think the EU elections might have gone differently. If the scandal and mess that America has landed in has served as an alarm and a call to action and helped prevent other nations falling prey to fake news and Russian interference, that’s a good thing.

America is tough. Americans are tough. We can survive scandal and crappy presidents. We’ve done it before, we can do it again. America’s style of democracy is designed to be a self-righting. Political entities in Europe and organizations like the EU are way less resilient.

If having a train wreck like Trump in office, temporarily, helped save other democracies, it was worth it. Europe I think forgot what bad government really looked like, now they’ve seen it in action. They can save themselves.The Austrians and the Dutch heeded the warning and did the right thing. France and Germany will likely do the same.

Yep. It was worth it.

All You Need Is . . . Love?

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At a 4th of July block party with some neighbors, including the lesbian couple legally married in CA before the Prop 8 case went to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the conversation turned to recent Supreme Court events.

What the SCOTUS decisions mean is pretty simple. Basically, federal and state laws defining marriage as one man and one woman violate the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Translation, gay people have a right to be married.

Some states may wish to argue their law is legal still, but why waste taxpayer money and state attorney general and federal court time?

In the 9th Cir Court’s territory (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon) all states have  laws exactly like California’s Prop 8. Those states would all be appealing to the same 9th Cir Court California did. They’d use the same arguments. They’d get the same answer: not legal.

And then what? A state’s Attorney General would take it to the Supreme Court? The same court that just ruled the same  definition built into a federal law is illegal? It’s just folly for any state to pursue such a course.

Even more ridiculous? Putting gay marriage on a state ballot.  The courts have effectively decided the issue.

Asking people to vote on gay marriage state by state in 2013 is like asking people to vote on reinstituting slavery state by state in 2013. Slavery was outlawed by the 13th Amendment. It’s decided already. There’s no option to reinstituting slavery now just because 51% of voters in a state think it’s a good idea.

Smart states will vacate their illegal amendments immediately, saving time, money and fruitless labor.  And they’d do well to finish their work, by restoring democracy to marriage. Remember democracy? It’s where one US citizen equal with all other US citizens.

Happy 4th!