What a week
I think it would be instructive to pause and consider just how momentous this week was in unraveling the attempted fascist takeover of our Republic.
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered several raking broadsides to the SS Trump. (Pun intended.)
First he let Trumpworld know that he knows they were, to put it bluntly, trying to ratfuck him, and that he was miles ahead of them. No doubt both Donald Trump and Paul Manafort were totally wrongfooted when Mueller rescinded Manafort’s plea deal for continuing to lie for and collude with Trump. People like Trump and Manafort are used to dealing with easy marks whom they can con. They can’t conceive that anyone can see through their scams, so are completely unprepared for someone like Mueller, even though, logically, they should know better.
Then came the Michael Cohen plea deal, which came out of nowhere. Trump was advised of the impending deal on Wednesday night, which probably prompted his hasty retreat from the tree-lighting ceremony. The fixer is done fixing Trump’s problems. Maybe he feels remorse, or maybe, since he’s facing jail time no matter what, he wants to bring down with him the man who got him in his mess. Whatever the reason, and too coincidentally, the plea deal was followed by raids on Trump’s bank and at Trump’s tax attorney’s office. Again, coincidence is not causation. And, like Garak on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I believe in coincidences. I just don’t trust them.
But Thursday wasn’t done with us yet. Buzzfeed came out with a story that said that as part of the Trump Tower Moscow deal, Russian president Vladimir Putin was going to be given the $50 million penthouse. In common parlance, this is known as a “payoff”.
The SS Trump is taking on water and sinking fast. He’s now in Buenos Aires, watching dictators Putin and Mohamed bin Salman yuck it up as they compare notes on how many people they’ve had killed, and it must rake at him like fingers on a chalkboard that he can’t do the same thing to his enemies. But that’s the strength of our country, and what will save us. There are too many centers of power for one man to try to dominate the entire Republic. A president has power, but it is nowhere near absolute. It’s constricted and hemmed in, even when Congress abdicates its co-equal status. (That’s about to change in a month.) And much power resides in the states, and in the courts. Today news came out that Hungary’s dictator Viktor Orban is consolidating even more power. How envious Trump must be. How fortunate that we remain the United States.
So head into the weekend with this bit of confidence: we will win. We’ll be bloodied. We’ll be wounded. But our experiment is far from over.
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