House Democrats Aren’t Waiting for Robert Mueller to Hold the President Accountable – GQ

Credit: AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Well: I’ve cancelled my Netflix subscription. Season One of “Checks & Balances” is shaping up to be a stompingly good show.

Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms. Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee. We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power.”

~House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler

From news articles here and here.


Q: Is Trump Really That Incompetent as a President?

Full disclosure: this is not a question that was put to me directly or personally. It’s one I elected to answer, so you, Dear Reader, may prepare yourself for the partisan revulsion that follows.

A: No.

Asking whether Trump is “really that incompetent as a president” is to inappropriately restrict the scope and extent of said incompetence.  Continue reading

National Emergency? National Schmergency

Well, it seems that even post-shutdown (Pelosi-owned shutdown of the Tangerine Toddler, not the latter’s shutdown of government), Trump’s acolytes are still holding out hope for a southern monument to their xenophobia.

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Jim Wright’s “Clockwork Patriots”

If [the illusion of respect] is what matters to you, then you’re not talking about freedom or liberty. You’re not talking about the United States of America. Instead, you’re talking about every dictatorship from the Nazis to North Korea, where people are lined up and MADE to salute with the muzzle of a gun pressed to the back of their necks. ~Jim Wright


Attribution: Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

Whether by some contemporary magick (which I’m informed these days is called an “algorithm”) or by sheer serendipity, this piece on Colin Kaepernick and the idea of respect appeared in my social media feed.

The author, Jim Wright, is a freelance political essayist and retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer. As a veteran, his assessment of the reasons for his service is first-hand, and crystalline. Continue reading

Charlottesville, Virginia: Statement from a Former Trump Business Councillor


White nationalists confront anti-fascism protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia (photo credit: Joshua Roberts / Reuters)

Professional networking site LinkedIn is not generally a go-to source for news, so in light of the recent violent racial disturbances in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in one fatality, I thought this statement from CEO and Chairman of the Dow Chemical Company, Andrew N. Liveris, an insightful addition to the almost formulaic post-tragedy commentary we are accustomed to receiving from the mainstream media. Continue reading