Jul. 22nd, 2017

So, this is a decent message and set of ideas.

But part of me wonders about where this idea was back in the 90s, when the norms were taken out and trampled upon... when the GOP decided that it was okay to refuse to do their jobs, because they saw a way they could gain a partisan (and political) advantage from it.

And where was it when the GOP invented causes for war with Iraq, and never paid any price for having falsified intelligence, much less torturing people? Where was it in repeated brinksmanship over keeping the government running, and the debt ceiling? Where was it when a Supreme Court nomination was literally stolen? When the GOP engaged in deliberate witch hunts, and as a whole, told lies about the criminality of Hillary Clinton?

If people are shocked, shocked to find that there's gambling going on here a refusal to abide by the rule of law, to abide by norms and ideals, they haven't been paying attention.

What's worse, that lack of attention over the past 20 years (yes, literally!) is what led us to a situation where Trump might just get away with unlawful behavior, conspiring with an unfriendly power against the United States, because he might continue firing investigators, pardoning people, and the like, and, the GOP might decide they don't want to impeach him.

Sure, the Democrats might retake the House - but if they do, impeachment will be claimed to be an unwillingness to accept the results of the 2016 election - or maybe revenge for Bill Clinton (whichever polls better). People will protest that Trump was attacked from the moment he took the oath of office, over all of this "Russia" stuff, you know, like his campaign (at the absolute least) conspiring to work with a foreign government to try to swing the election, like his release of classified information to Russians, and his admission that he obstructed justice, in spirit, even if it's not sure a prosecutor can meet the standard of proof.

And, alas, a lot of people will believe this.

I'm glad that there are people who are recognizing that the lawlessness of the Trump administration is unprecedented - but I'm really a bit miffed that the lawlessness of the GOP over the years has been ignored to the point that there was an opening for a Donald Trump.
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