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Trump is the Snowflake-in-Chief.

A particularly dismissive insult about to crash the Oxford English Dictionary is the term, “snowflake”. This innocent word, one that was formally bereft of any ability to insult or mock, has been appropriated by the Right as a standard forensic battle axe. It refers to anyone who is coddled or who demands special protections from any daily inconvenience or discomfort, particularly on any left leaning university campus. This is the world of trigger warnings, safe areas and the right to shout down or block those with differing or controversial ideas. It is the Pot-Kettle Republic and the Participation Trophy Regime.

It is a world where the unduly sensitive strap on bubble wrap from head to toe in the morning and are prepared to sue if their tenderly installed belief systems are jostled by any person or institution that fails to mop their fevered brows, assuage their self fanned fears or remind them that they are precious and special.

The Snowflake must be watched like a dinner for eight with the boss due to arrive, diapered like a two day old infant and reassured with warm hugs, hot cocoa and soft purrings of cozy reassurance in the ear. “Snowflake” is indeed a damning insult but its true scope can’t be appreciated or rightly processed until it is seen as projection, or the weaponizing of one’s own inadequacies and fears on to others. The first hail of snowflake culture occurred long ago. Tailgunner Joe McCarthy ushered in the blacklist era in the 1950’s with self righteous paranoia so onerous, it destroyed thousands of lives and careers with red tinged innuendo. Names must be named. McCarthy was the first American snowflake.

The great advantage of The Big Lie is that it requires no thought. A firm percentage of the population doesn’t process ideas. It only gives a lizard brained response to the worst of them. This is what McCarthy mortgaged then and it’s what the 45 President of the United States is doing now. Trump’s sickening CNN beat down video combines the Big Lie of a predator media corps with the added bonus of distracting the gullible from the president’s Constitutional criminality.

This is the Two Minutes Hate of George Orwell fame but Trump plays out the meme himself. The demagogue playbook is not thick but it is well worn. The video raises the fight or flight response and kicks basic reason aside for raw ancestral fear and hyper vigilance against the “other”. In this case, the other is any idea that does not match that of the demagogue.

In 2017 in America, the workers are not required to gather on the order of Dear Leader and hate on cue. There is Fox News for that now. As Trump makes an “enemy” of the media, he has actually harnessed and co opted it to control and distract those who should be holding him accountable for his obvious crimes. It’s even better for the current strongman when citizens appear to fight an imagined enemy with only their own ignorance to goad them. These Southerners salute and pine for the lost cause of the Confederacy at Gettysburg.

Living in an imagined past where the white man’s boot oppressed non whites while prospering by their unpaid sweat is hardly a high ideal but Trump’s “Make America Great Again” brand might as well appear on the tarnished face of the Stars and Bars banner. On many college campuses, the aforementioned liberal snowflake is seen in the wild every day.

In the not so recent past, Accuracy in Academia was a formal attempt to monitor speech from professors in the classroom by right wing students in response to speech that was seen as too liberal. In this now comic video, the founder of Accuracy in Academia bemoans the naming of a building at his alma mater after a “Communist” and his central idea for starting his organization is “Why the Left Hates America”.

This goes straight back to Joe McCarthy and the hits never go out of style. It’s only more snowflakery when people have so much fear of alternate ideas, they have to label, demean and attack them because they lack the stones and the wits to engage in an honest debate. When it comes to basic intelligence, the under endowed will opt to attack every time and why not? They have a lot to compensate for. When you boil them all down, every snowflake from either side of the culture war blizzard is exactly alike.

My kingdom for a snow thrower…

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Everything Nixon is new again.

In this criminally overdue post, your humble correspondent considers Donald T. Trump’s Watergate bonafides a generation after Tricky Dick Nixon was hounded from office over an alleged third rate burglary. Nixon was insecure and paranoid. Trump is a sociopath and a malignant narcissist. In 1973, Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox, a special prosecutor charged with digging into the Watergate mess. Richardson resigned rather than subvert the rule of law. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckleshaus to fire Cox. He refused and resigned. Solicitor General Robert Bork than took the axe in hand and canned Cox. Trump has just fired FBI ramrod, James Comey, who was just getting warmed up investigating Putin’s hack of the last presidential election and Trump’s possible role in that.

Most talking heads across the country are busting a gut to say that the Comey firing is nothing like Watergate. Dan Rather covered Watergate and in spite of his star dropping out of favor in recent years, his opinion is more qualified than the mass of blow dried gadflies clogging up your cable channels.

Trump has just shared classified information with a Russian ambassador in the Oval Office. The meeting was closed to the American press and it was a private photo op for Tass. According to the Washington Post, the information Trump offered up compromised foreign assets abroad. As Trump denies any connection to Russia during the Presidential campaign, he entertains Russian officials in the White House and gives up classified information. If you are a red hat wearing Donny fetishist, you are supporting a traitor who is unfit to be President. While you deny that, consider that the three branches of government are nothing more than kindling for our burning Constitution. The careful construction of checks and balances is gone in favor of the extreme right frat house that now occupies Pennsylvania Avenue.

On May 16, NBC News reported that during Trump’s private dinner with now former FBI director Comey, the President asked Comey to back off the investigation into former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, because Flynn was a, “good guy”. It was also reported that intelligence shared in the private Oval Office meeting with Russian officials involved Israel and the desire of ISIS to blow up airliners with laptop computers. Trump’s bitter defenders claim that a president can reveal whatever intelligence he wants to anyone at any time and they are demanding that the leaker be jailed. Fine. Trump is the leaker. Bullies are cowards and perpetual victims in their own eyes and Trump’s pity party at the Coast Guard Academy proved that maxim again.

The relatively few GOP clones willing to defend Trump is shrinking and the Midterms are not that far off. The GOP will take party over country and their own power over the public good and the national security of this country. If their ability to get elected again hangs in the balance, then impeachment has to be uttered by someone in D.C. and soon.

Our government institutions are now worthless. The damage Trump is doing will continue until enough damage to the job security of his enablers is done too. The comedians see the blood on the floor and it’s good for a laugh. Beyond that, we don’t have a country if the institutions that make it up can’t be filled with a bare minimum of men and women of sufficient will to save it. The wall around Trump is growing higher. The careful masonry rising around him may seal the country off enough in time to save it. It will depend on how quickly the mortar dries.

Barack Obama’s presidency promised a “post racial” America. Instead, the next inmate of the White House was propelled there by an undercurrent of white nationalism, voter ignorance, rage, alternative facts, Putin’s hackers, billions in private money and the rising tide of fake news that Trump consumes and creates in place of simple facts. The country is so far down the rabbit hole, there are few if any honest brokers left to point the way back. Which direction is “back” anyway? There may be a draft Jon Stewart movement yet. He has better writers anyway.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may have the itch to run and he is polling better than Trump now. Who isn’t? In Chappaqua, New York, Hillary Clinton must be choking on the irony. She was ruined by classified emails on her unsecured Blackberry while Trump gave classified information directly to an enemy state in the Oval Office. It’s a good thing he doesn’t wear pantsuits.

A special counsel was long overdue but any credible process can’t resemble Ken Starr as Captain Ahab in the Bill Clinton era. A foreign power colluding with Trump to rig an election demands more then his removal from office if proven guilty. It demands new accommodations for him in the nation’s prison system. Now that would be a reality show I would actually sit down to watch.

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In the Trump gulag, reality bites.

My coffee pot is gurgling, the milk, eggs and bread are hereby secured, a mid March Nor’easter roils outside my window and the Trump administration has failed to pin reality to the mat. Trump’s Putin aided ascension to ultimate power has apparently opened Continue reading

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A Republic in name only.

The shock is only fading now. On Election Night, the electoral map oozed red as every pundit, pollster, prognosticator and pretender submitted their credentials as paid fools, dupes and spittle spewing partisans for the media’s zombie Continue reading

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Code Orange and Bottle Blonde Ambition clash in Thunderdome 3

On the night of October 19, the national waterboarding known collectively as the three presidential debates came to an end. There are 19 days left before this nation chooses a spray tanned fascist with a satanic comb over or a stealth Republican with an ISIS itch for President. Donald Trump’s Mussolini inspired fragrance, “Il Duce”, has given Continue reading

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Mussolini and The Queen take their bows.

A new medical term needs to be invented describing an acute malady and no Jerry Lewis Telethon is likely to help. The symptoms are likely to feature writers hunched over keyboards, cold coffee in hand. The affliction features a bulls eye rash imprinted on the ears and retinas. It can only be treated by a prolonged vacation from all televised media, Continue reading

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The remains of the fray

Bernie Sanders has emerged with a much needed primary win in the Hoosier State, Ted Cruz’s electoral push shot has missed the “ring” and Donald Trump will be the first political zombie to win the nomination of a major Continue reading

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And a little bird shall lead them…

Nothing is more lame than a blogger offering excuses as to why he or she has not posted lately. Call it, “Trump Fatigue” in this case. Rule one for writing is not to repeat yourself and I had already devoted a post weeks ago to The Donald and his neo-Nativist movement. Trump has sucked so much air out Continue reading

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The Constitution comes a Courtin’.

Justice Antonin Scalia died on a Texas hunting trip recently, where hand raised birds were nurtured to the edge of maturity, only to be blown to smithereens on their maiden flights by the Judge who gave the world DC v. Heller. This decision affirmed that Americans have the personal right to keep and bear arms. As a Constitutional “originalist”, you would think that the Hammer of the Radical Right would have known that The Second Amendment was crafted to give the pre-federalist states the right to form militias for the common defense. This had nothing to do with blasting God’s defenseless creatures to atoms for a little R & R. It had nothing to do with high schools being shot up or with toddlers finding, and then firing, loaded weapons they spied beside the See and Say and the X Box controls.

Suddenly, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is the Great Populist and is calling for a national referendum on the man or woman who will refill Scalia’s capacious judicial robes. Scalia wrongly equated money with speech in the Citizens United decision and as a Constitutional “originalist”, he should have known that the Founders could have never have conceived of a vast, electronic, media infrastructure fed by the checkbooks of lobbyists and oligarchs.

The Constitution provides for the President to appoint Supreme Court nominees while the Senate “advises and consents” until the seat is filled. The document says nothing about balling things up until a GOP Presidential candidate can replace the sitting President, who is the only one charged with fulfilling his Constitutionally mandated role. At the base of this contempt for written law on the part of the GOP is the pervasive belief that Obama was never legitimate in the first place. He is a Democrat, he is black and in elephant eyes, he doesn’t understand who he is supposed to be working for. This is a nation of lobbyists, not laws. It is a nation of men, not Constitutional faith. As such, President Obama should use any means available to him to restore the Judicial Branch of government to nominal function.

Scalia and other Republicans have described the Constitution as dead. This “originalism” fetish of Scalia’s is bankrupt for this reason. In Colonial times, only white men who owned land could vote. By Antonin’s reckoning, he should have railed against the 19th Amendment. Women have only had the ability to vote since 1920 and as a white man with no land to my name, the vote should be denied to me as well. Slavery is referenced in the founding document too. Should that peculiar institution be revived to satisfy Scalia’s originalism? The Constitution is for those who live under it and as brilliant and visionary as James Madison and company were, they could not inscribe every eventuality onto parchment for all time. Precedent and the preservation of rights and liberties enshrined in the Constitution should guide The Supreme Court, not loopy “originalism”, that pays no heed to the growth of freedom from that first Constitutional seed.

The government is now beating up Apple to provide a reverse engineered back door to their encryption proof IPhone 5C. If Apple rolls over here, as it were, they will be little more that an ad hoc brick in the national security state. Get a damned warrant! Beyond that, it is not the duty of a private corporation to provide a skeleton key to Big Brother with every IPhone purchase. Below, Apple’s Tim Cook tells the insufferable Charlie Rose where he stands. This was before Cook refused a federal magistrate’s order that Cook provide a back door in to IPhones without a warrant.

Touching one last time on Scallia’s originalism, the 18th Century equivalent of the IPhone debate would be for the government to be given a copy of all of your letters, bills or other correspondence on demand and with no warrant in the interest of national security. Only technology changes. The right to keep information secure does not change and the Fourth Amendment’s language clearly covers anything that Tim Cook can dream up. Maybe Tim should include an app for the Constitution to keep the FBI honest. The Constitution is the most precious hand raised bird ever hatched. It did not gain flight only to be shot down by radicals wearing the camouflage of Constitutional purity.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.”

Originalism? There you go, Justice Scalia.

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Obama’s last bow, GOP zombies and Hill the Thrill’s conscription of spawn.

Apologies for the long delay between posts. As of this date, my Christmas tree is still up, the New Year’s resolutions were never made and the Christmas fruitcake is leading in the Republican polls. To make up for the time lapse, you lucky, topically obsessed Continue reading