A moronic Enabling Act
Well well well.
A New York Times story from last night details how Trump and his minions are trying to go after Joe Biden for ties with Ukraine. And who is spearheading this inquisition? Why, none other than Rudy Giuliani:
Mr. Giuliani has spearheaded the effort among conservatives to publicize and encourage the new investigation in Ukraine.
Mr. Giuliani said he got involved because he was seeking to counter the Mueller investigation with evidence that Democrats had conspired with sympathetic Ukrainians to help initiate what became the special counsel’s inquiry.
Of course, this has nothing to do with the fact that Biden is now the frontrunner among Democrats for the party’s presidential nomination. And this has nothing to do with the fact that, at the moment, Biden is trouncing Donald Trump in polling for the 2020 general election. No, of course not.
What we’re seeing is the Trump regime starting to go after threats to its power. And of course it is. It is an illegitimate regime, with no real power base, hanging on by its fingernails. Any competent Democrat will be able to put together a coalition to topple it next year. So the obvious solution is to topple them first.
As others have said, the Republican Party is no longer a political organization, but a mob outfit. It treats any threats to its power as existential. Like the Party in Nineteen Eighty-four, it now exists solely for the purpose of holding power. There’s no other reason for its existence. And we’d be foolish to think that it won’t do everything to hold on to this power. This includes persecuting political enemies. This includes ginning up a war in Venezuela, headed by one of the few dictators of whom it doesn’t approve.
Knowing it can’t get an Enabling Act passed as the Nazis did in Germany, the regime is as usual striking out in haphazard fashion, trying to achieve the same result by skulduggery. But, as I am often at pains to remind people, the US in 2019 is not Germany in 1933. One cannot make a historical comparison which makes any logical sense. Germany in 1933 was on the back heel, mired in depression, sick of the democracy enforced on it by the victorious Allies. The US, for all of its faults, is a far different beast.
What the US is facing is the chickens coming home to roost, for ignoring and papering over the inconsistencies enshrined since the Republic’s founding. We have to acknowledge the fact that this was a country founded by white men for white men. Women and people of color need not apply. Until we deal with those facts, and refashion the Republic for the 21st century, we’ll keep having to suffer Trumpism, with or without Trump.
But for all that, again, we are a democracy, on the ropes, yet fighting back. Trump and his cabal bought into the lie that, oddly, Hitler believed: we’re a pleasure-seeking population which would roll over for an authoritarian. However, we’re made of sterner stuff, as they’re finding out.
As the pamphleteer wrote: These are the times that try men’s souls. Men and women have to be up for the challenge. So far, we are.
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