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I put the title in quotes because I am borrowing the title from another anti-Trump blogger I recently came upon. He had a post with that title following the recent Helsinki Summit. The post is HERE….
Quite honestly I tend to search more for right wing blogs with a Trumpian following with the idea that I can save them from their misguided folly. That never works of course, but I do generally get into more calmer exchanges once they realize I’m not going to curse them to hell or damn them into the abyss of Hillary’s 30,000 emails. For the most part they get frustrated with me and I get frustrated with them. I have yet to be booted off such a blog.. although I highly expect that to happen someday, somewhere. But the anti-Trump blogger in which I am referencing in this post seems to have it together… which for me means that he’s not about “screaming into the wind” rants… and more substance. You might want to give him a look-see for kicks and grins.
In any event… I agree with his post title, hence my using it here. There are a lot of Trumpsters who truly seem to worship the guy more than the country because to them Trump IS the America they want. I mean, if Abraham Lincoln showed tomorrow I’d never worship him that much. I suppose that should tell me just how bad the average right wing Conservative has felt for that last ten or so years. Globalization has not been a whoopee for everyone.
But Now We Are In Post-Helsinki…
…and what a mess it is. The odd part is that he, Trump, just may in fact be the catalyst for ending our national divide… as we all rally against him. Honestly, I think we witnessed Russian collusion right there at the podium. It might not be the “preferred” collusion that could lead to an indictment… but it still meets the description of a Russian collusion of some sort. Collusion isn’t illegal in all cases, but with a sitting (or standing) President it’s certainly “compromsingly” un-American and unpatriotic. Then on top of that he diss’s the intel community, casts doubt on our legal community, and makes himself into a complete embarrassment yakking about computer servers, Hillary’s 30,000 emails, and resident FBI anti-Trumpster, Strzok… at a summit with a world leader in front of the entire world. He was a buffoon.
Since the election the single issue that has haunted him more than anything… and for absolutely no reason… is somehow the Russian investigation was going to end up a threat to his legitimacy as President. That garbage is just eating him up.. and his base laments about it too. Since the election I’ve not heard hardly an echo about anyone challenging his legally being elected… in spite of it having been only the fifth time in our nation’s history where the popular vote was greater for the opponent. That, and his obsession with everything Obama… because psychologically he has issues with being outclassed by Obama in persona, appearance, demeanor, and verbal articulation. As I expressed HERE back during the end of the campaign, his psych-eval-from-a-distance revealed a lot about the man.
Now.. there’s one thing of which I will speculate… this is not fact… just my speculation. It’s not an uncommon speculation, as many have also spoke of it. Putin has something on Trump. The meeting was held in private because they were discussing issues regarding that leverage. Who knows if it’s those urinating Russian hookers, a business deal that went sour, Trump owes money, a new promise of a business deal in the future, it could be anything. Trump has favored Putin since the beginning. There is something there.. and Trump is scared as hell Mueller will find something. The interesting thing is not so much what that leverage is that Putin has over Trump, but rather Trump not telling anyone about said leverage as he became president. But.. again.. that’s all speculation.
So, now that the “Surrender Summit” is over… what happens now? Hard to tell. Certainly the GOP has woke up enough to not like what Trump did in Helsinki. But a lot of them are calling for apology platitudes.. as if Trump doing that will make things better. Some of that is also tied to Trump having to get demonstrably tougher with Putin. Not likely that will happen that I can see.
Oh dear.. there’s that word. A few months back I was starting to warm up to the idea that maybe impeaching the President out of office just might enrage some elements of his base to the point of civil unrest. Obviously that would never happen anyway until the Dems had Congress as a result of the mid-term election. At the time I suggesting perhaps biting the bullet and waiting until the next general election. I Thought that would prove more palatable to Trump’s base; less suggestion of political hanky-panky and conspiracy theories to fan the flames. But then Trump pulls this Helsinki stunt… embarrassing the entire country. Now I want him out of office any (legal) way possible, as soon as possible, before he does any more damage.
Well, as of right now, no one seems to know where Trump’s high jinx in Helsinki is going to take us. If he buys off the GOP with some lame apology to give them some false hope that things will get better… that will truly suck big time. In the meantime.. it bears watching what Putin might do now that he has Trump in his pocket.
I have made comments on a number of blogs lately that things are going to get far more worse before all this is said and done. I was just shocked something worse happened so soon. To borrow a phrase, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings… and I think she’s walking onto the stage.
Impeachment? It’s a rare occurrence.. but then again, a president like Trump himself has fortunately been a rare occurrence. I can’t imagine Trump doing a Nixon-resignation thing… Trump loves a battle. What would be the direct reason for impeachment? The Constitution mentions “high crimes and misdemeanors” but doesn’t specify what those might be. Technically speaking, the House can initiate articles of impeachment for any reason.. the trick is making the reason relative to some impropriety, specific, and meaningful for the trial in the Senate. The process is NOT a court of law.
I think it helps to think that impeachment is similar to getting a performance review from your employer… and if bad enough it can result in your getting fired. So one might suppose that Trump could get “fired” for cause; job incompetence. After Helsinki you could add aiding and abetting the enemy or collusion with the enemy.. the enemy being defined by our own intel services indicating who hacked our election process, thusly creating a direct attack on us (openly colluding with the leader of a hostile power). You don’t even need any Mueller investigation pointing a finger at Trump… (although that might add nicely to the case for Trump’s removal). Regardless, it appears we’ve reached a point where solidifying a solid case for articles of impeachment is not difficult.
Now.. will all that actually happen? When it comes to Trump I can’t predict a damn thing. Obviously I did anticipate his ill-suited behavioral issues and that they would cause future problems for the nation. But no one could predict any of this. We will just have to wait and see.. and in the meantime we should hope cooler and smarter minds surrounding the President will prevail.
There is a question regarding Trump’s political base; the folks who attend his mindless rallys and are devoted to his every lie and alternative facts. Maybe some will flip… maybe some will not let Trump go all that easily. Either way we need to remember, they are Americans too.
I leave you with the following from Sen, John McCain today… a traditional Republican much like myself.
“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.
“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.
“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.
“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”
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