Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bottomless Bottom

When Joe Biden responded to Kerry Sadler's remark about John McCain- "it doesn't matter, he's dying anyway," he remarked

People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday. John McCain is a genuine hero — a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable. As he fights for is [sic] life, he deserves better — so much better.

Given this White House’s trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it. Our children learn from our example. The lingering question is whose example will it be. I am certain it will be John’s.

I previously acknowledged the "White House's trail of disrespect," though I argued that Sadler's statement should not be elevated to the "epitome" of the crudeness and rudeness of the Administration.

Before becoming President, Donald Trump made dozens of statements far worse than those of his aide- but Biden specified "this Administration," so o.k.

However, when he maintains "people have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday," I have to call- well, you know.

Decency dies by a thousand cuts when the President of the USA continually misleads the American people. Donald Trump is aware that maintenance of his popularity depends on ignorance, and he continually works at spreading it.

During the first two days of this month alone, Donald Trump has tweeted dangerously misleading statements including

So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!
"Collusion" is not a crime; "conspiracy may be. The questions were leaked by one of Trump's attorneys (Jay Sekulow), not his critics. And it is not a "witch hunt."

It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened! Witch Hunt!
Because obstruction refers to interfering with an investigation, it is not hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened, especially if your name is "Donald J. Trump." And it is not a witch hunt.

There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt! 
The investigation is not a hoax  Obstruction of justice is not a setup and trap, but rather a criminal offense.  And it is not a witch hunt.

A Rigged System - They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal “justice?” At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!
The Justice Department does not want to turn over documents to Congress because they're part of an ongoing investigation and if they were turned over to Congress, it would be approximately 20 seconds before Devin Nunes grabbed an Uber or Lyft so he could hand them to you.  There is "so much redacting" in part to save the lives of informants. The "powers granted to the presidency" are not equal to the powers granted to Putin, Xi, el-Sissi, and the other autocrats he openly admires.  And the "rigged system" is largely comprised of gerrymandering and extreme voter suppression Trump and his Party have tirelessly pushed.

As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!
It would have been difficult for the Obama Administration to have gotten all three hostages released when two of them were taken on President Trump's watch.

And none of these was the worst- or the most indecent- Trump tweet of the month. That distinction belongs to his Wednesday message that

The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?

This is another of Trump's threats to press freedom and another in a series of hints about what he has in store for a second term, which would go far beyond revoking credentials. At least, however, Trump reveals to the American people his definition of "Fake News," evidently anythng about him which is negative.

If we believe that Kerry Sandler's statement is "rock bottom," we have to believe that what an aide to the President says (and not in public) is more important than what the President himself says (in public). We also must believe that anything someone in this Administration states, via social media or otherwise, represents "rock bottom." To believe that, we would have to believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and Robin Hood- and there surely is no Robin Hood in this crowd.

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