Quips, quotes, queries, qualms and quarrels regarding American politics, politicians, foreign policy and public accountability with particular attention to Drumpfen-putz Administration, the Drumpf Crime Family and the Mueller investigation.
Well, there it
is; the 'Helsinki Moment' - the turning point from which there is no turning
back. Donald J. Trump has chosen to side with a foreign adversary over the
government he swore a solemn oath to protect and defend.
If anyone still needs convincing that Trump is putting 'America First', that
person has drunk deeply of the poisoned Kool-aidand beyond hope of hearing the truth. Any palaver
about forging a better relationship with Russia is a feckless fiction, an irresponsible
prevarication. It's tantamount to suggesting that the rape-victim should just lie
back and enjoy the experience. There were also elements of Chamberlain's woe-be-gone
pronouncement of 'Peace in Our Times'.
One does not 'make nice' with dictators and despots, no matter the 'optics'. One does not suggest that Jack the Ripper should assist in exploratory surgery.
Trump has suggested as much publicly; Putin should help with the Mueller
investigation into Russian meddling in the American electoral process. (!)
We can only imagine with horror what transpired between the two inveterate
liars in the private two-hour meeting. As bits and pieces of that prolonged
exchange comes to light, we will no doubt be shocked and appalled.
It is long past time to end the travesty of the Trump presidency.
Protect the Mueller investigation.
Move to impeach the president.
has issued a new set of indictments through the Assistant Attorney General, Rod
Rosenstein. This time, a dozen individuals are named, all Russians and all
members of the Russian intelligence agency, GRU.
This is no joke.
This is not grandstanding for honors. This is not indicting 'ham sandwiches' as
a nuisance tactic. This is the Special Counsel, under the auspices of the DOJ,
asserting that the intelligence apparatus of the Russian Federation are
culpable actors in the concerted effort by the Russian gov't to undermine the
US presidential election of 2016 and more generally to sabotage the electoral
process and the democratic system in the west.
In a matter of
days, President Trump will meet with President Putin. Parallels to his specious
meeting with Chairman Kim Il-sung, are easy to draw. There is one aspect of the
Trump/Putin that sets it apart, however. Russia stands accused of attacking the
USA whereas the DPRK only made blustering bellicose threats of attack. That
might seem like splitting hairs, but it is not. It is the difference between
fantasy and reality.
According to all of the US Intel Agencies, Russia has waged sustained
cyber-warfare against the USA. Mueller indicted thirteen Russian nationals in
February of this year. As a result of that issuance, Alex van der Zwaan, a
33-year-old Dutch citizen pleaded guilty, was sentenced and is currently in prison.
Additionally, Richard Pinedo, a California man, pleaded guilty to identity
theft and is cooperating with the Mueller probe. Now, twelve additional Russian
individuals - members of the GRU, no less - are named in Mueller's indictments.
That makes a total twenty-five Russians indicted, so far.
To re-cap, five
people have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with the Mueller investigation;
Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Pinedo and Van der Zwaan. Mr. Van
der Zwaan, a Dutch national, is serving time. Twenty-five Russians in total
have been indicted.
Time for the gloves to come off. Time to squelch
any and all talk of 'fake news'. All the whinging about 'witch-hunts' by the
president and his supporters must be dismissed out of hand.
The recent Congressional hearings
were an uncivil grilling of a most respectable FBI agent, Peter Strzok. The
hearings were a disgrace as the Tea-bagger contingency of the GOP (Gohmert,
Jordan, Gowdy, et al.) sought to impugn the witness with personal attacks and
unfounded allegations and smears.
Thankfully, Agent Strzok remained
composed and did not take the bait of raw meat thrown at him by the Committee
This is what Congress has become; a
snarling junk-yard dog defending the indefensible.
The entire Intelligence Community of
the US gov't confirms that Russian 'actors' in the employ of the Russian
security apparatus engaged in nefarious, covert, cyber-actions with the express
purpose of perverting the election of 2016. This has been called an attack on
our system of government and an attack on democratic institutions, generally.
Trump has refused to address this
extremely important matter because he is disdainful of anything that might
appear to tarnish or diminish his election to the office of president.
Moreover, Trump has cosied up to Vladimir Putin, the very man purported to have
ordered the election interference. This is unconscionable and beyond the pale.
It must not be tolerated.
Now, to deflect and diminish the investigation into the averred Russian cyber-meddling,
Mr Strzok sits as the sacrificial goat, meant to answer for specious
allegations while the CEO, the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump,
plays fast and loose with the truth and the viability of the American election
Protect the Mueller investigation and its agents.
Impeach the Putz.
A letter I wrote to my government
representatives in Washington, DC; Jared Polis, Cory Booker and Michael F.
'As your constituent, I strongly recommend an article you should read and then
act upon; David Corn's article of exasperation re: the Russian hacking and
interference in US elections - in 2016 and on-going by the Congressional
testimony of the NSA, CIA and other various US intel agencies.
Mr Corn's concerns are bolstered and
verified by all the intelligence apparatus of the USA. Yet POTUS dismisses all
of it as sheer fabrication without any substantive evidence to back his preposterous
In the mean time, Mr Trump goes to
NATO - our closest, most trusted allies - and rails nonsense about energy
dependency and chastises member states for 'delinquency' as if he were a
slum-lord in Queens again.
Then, after spitting in the communal
well, he goes off to Helsinki for a secret meeting with the former KGB general
and ruthless despot of the Russian Federation, of whom he has said "Putin
is fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine. We’re people.” As if that makes a lick of
sense at all.
Pol Pot, Sukarno, Idi Amin, Papa Doc Duvalier; they were all 'people'. they
were most demonstrably not 'fine' people, no more than the alt/right fascists
of Charlottesville were 'very fine people'. The Nazis at Auschwitz, Buchenwald
and Bergen-Belsen were all 'people'. Murderous, debased, banal and evil people
for whom no excuse or rationale suffices to exonerate or absolve them of their horrific
Act to defend our Republic, our
fragile democracy, from enemies both foreign and domestic. One such enemy of
our system of government is Vladimir Putin. Another now resides at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump is acting as an agent of a hostile, contentious
foreign power - sowing discord and disunion amongst our staunchest, most
trusted and proven allies; Great Britain, France, Canada, and so on. Trump's
campaign to deconstruct the NATO alliance and cozy up to the dictators of North
Korea and the Russian Federation must be thwarted.
Protect the Mueller investigation.
Move to impeach the president.'
Last Saturday, I
saw the Eugene Ionesco play, 'Rhinoceros'. I'd never actually seen the entire play
before. As I watched, though, I remembered that the 'rhinoceros' was a metaphor for
fascism. I took the opportunity between acts to share that reading with my
theater-party of actors and writers. From then on, seen
through the lens of historical reference, the play became even more disturbing and
Slowly, the fright and disruption of the appearance of the
rhinoceros in the small French village became 'normalized'. Intellectuals - the
talking-head commentators of the day - rationalized the events, dissecting
every aspect, atomizing its elements and boiling down the phenomena into a
palatable, if bitter, stew for public consumption.
The towns-folk, who had
been stricken with fear and confusion at the impossibility of rhinos thundering
through the town harming, wounding and killing those who crossed their destructive
path, began changing into rhinos. Normal people, up-right people of rational
temperament and traditional up-bringing became rhinoceroses - became fascists.
confusion and altercations of the growing stampede of metaphorical ungulates passes
from being exceptional and outrageous and becomes everyday. The destructive
presence of the rhino herd is accepted as a simple, unavoidable fact of life;
justified and rationalized. Then, reconciliation and accedence follows with one
lone hold-out, Berenger, questioning his own sanity and the verisimilitude of
his life, even lamenting his inability to morph into a rhino/fascist himself
before reaffirming his humanity at the play's end.
The reality of 'Rhinoceros' is
what played out so murderously in the mid-twentieth century and lead the world
to war and conflagration. 'Rhinoceros' is the plague of monsters which was defeated,
denounced, de-fanged and disemboweled at the Nuremberg Trials. 'Never Again' -
was the watch-word; the cry of defiance.
But... here we
are again. AGAIN! Stunned to witness Charlottesville. Shocked by the election
of Drumpf and his less flamboyant counterparts in Europe and Asia who clamor
for authoritarianism, using racism, xenophobia and hatred to inflame everyday,
normal people to morph into the mindless rampaging beasts of destruction
represented by Ionesco's rhinos.
We cannot allow
this to happen. Not again. Never Again!
We must not
allow ourselves and our social partners to acquiesce to the herd mentality. We
must be ever on-guard and vigilant in a righteous struggle to preserve our
humanity; that ethos of social beneficence which has developed over the course
of human history.
must never be allowed to ravage our society.