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George Will: Trump must be removed. So must his congressional enablers

This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous. Since then, this weak person's idea of a strong person, this chest-pounding advertisement of his own gnawing insecurities, this low-rent Lear raging on his Twitter-heath has proven that the phrase malignant buffoon is not an oxymoron.

Presidents, exploiting modern communications technologies and abetted today by journalists preening as the "resistance" — like members of the French Resistance 1940-1944, minus the bravery — can set the tone of American society, which is regrettably soft wax on which presidents leave their marks. The president's provocations — his coarsening of public discourse that lowers the threshold for acting out by people as mentally crippled as he — do not excuse the violent few. They must be punished. He must be removed.

Social causation is difficult to demonstrate, particularly between one person's words and other persons' deeds. However: The person voters hired in 2016 to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed" stood on July 28, 2017, in front of uniformed police and urged them "please don't be too nice" when handling suspected offenders. His hope was fulfilled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on Minneapolis pavement.

What Daniel Patrick Moynihan termed "defining deviancy down" now defines American politics. In 2016, voters were presented an unprecedentedly unpalatable choice: Never had both major parties offered nominees with higher disapproval than approval numbers. Voters chose what they wagered would be the lesser blight. Now, however, they have watched him govern for 40 months and more than 40 percent — slightly less than the percentage that voted for him — approve of his sordid conduct.

Presidents seeking reelection bask in chants of "Four more years!" This year, however, most Americans — perhaps because they are, as the president predicted, weary from all the winning — might flinch: Four more years of this? The taste of ashes, metaphorical and now literal, dampens enthusiasm.

The nation's downward spiral into acrimony and sporadic anarchy has had many causes much larger than the small man who is the great exacerbator of them. Most of the causes predate his presidency, and most will survive its January terminus. The measures necessary for restoration of national equilibrium are many and will be protracted far beyond his removal. One such measure must be the removal of those in Congress who, unlike the sycophantic mediocrities who cosset him in the White House, will not disappear "magically," as Eric Trump said the coronavirus would. Voters must dispatch his congressional enablers, especially the senators who still gambol around his ankles with a canine hunger for petting.

In life's unforgiving arithmetic, we are the sum of our choices. Congressional Republicans have made theirs for more than 1,200 days. We cannot know all the measures necessary to restore the nation's domestic health and international standing, but we know the first step: Senate Republicans must be routed, as condign punishment for their Vichyite collaboration, leaving the Republican remnant to wonder: Was it sensible to sacrifice dignity, such as it ever was, and to shed principles, if convictions so easily jettisoned could be dignified as principles, for . . . what? Praying people should pray, and all others should hope: May I never crave anything as much as these people crave membership in the world's most risible deliberative body.

A political party's primary function is to bestow its imprimatur on candidates, thereby proclaiming: This is who we are. In 2016, the Republican Party gave its principal nomination to a vulgarian and then toiled to elect him. And to stock Congress with invertebrates whose unswerving abjectness has enabled his institutional vandalism, who have voiced no serious objections to his Niagara of lies, and whom T.S. Eliot anticipated:

We are the hollow men . . .

Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless

As wind in dry grass

or rats' feet over broken glass . . .

Those who think our unhinged president's recent mania about a murder two decades ago that never happened represents his moral nadir have missed the lesson of his life: There is no such thing as rock bottom. So, assume that the worst is yet to come. Which implicates national security: Abroad, anti-Americanism sleeps lightly when it sleeps at all, and it is wide-awake as decent people judge our nation's health by the character of those to whom power is entrusted. Watching, too, are indecent people in Beijing and Moscow.

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 12:03 PM (3 replies)

Pennsylvania GOP leadership knowingly hid the fact that a Republican tested positive for COVID19

That person then interacted with Democrats, possibly infecting them and their families. Someone needs to be arrested for this.

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Thu May 28, 2020, 08:47 AM (3 replies)

Donald Trump, the Most Unmanly President

Share this, or the information it provides, with the red hat men you know. Perhaps it will win a few of them over to reason, who knows.

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Mon May 25, 2020, 10:32 AM (6 replies)

Trump Praises Famously anti-Semitic Henry Ford's 'Good Bloodlines'

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Fri May 22, 2020, 06:04 PM (3 replies)

Some fool in SoCal tried to use a Klan hood as face covering at the grocery store


I am speechless. I have no speech.
Posted by Clash City Rocker | Wed May 6, 2020, 08:29 AM (0 replies)

San Francisco had the 1918 flu under control. And then it lifted the restrictions.

A cautionary tale, to which our government probably won’t pay any attention.

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Sun Apr 26, 2020, 11:32 PM (3 replies)

Navy Recommends Reinstating Ousted Captain Of USS Roosevelt

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Fri Apr 24, 2020, 05:36 PM (2 replies)

For everyone who needs some joy right now, here's Disneyland at Christmas

It’s A Small World, to be precise. I hope you enjoy it.

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Thu Apr 23, 2020, 04:36 PM (0 replies)

The Wuhan death toll has been revised up by 50%


How much do we trust any country’s numbers at this point? I don’t even trust our country’s numbers.
Posted by Clash City Rocker | Fri Apr 17, 2020, 12:58 AM (16 replies)

Alberta Hunter - My Castle's Rockin'

Alberta was one of the pioneers of the blues, a contemporary of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. After 40 years in the business, she left it to become a registered nurse for 20 years. Forced into retirement, she returned to music and enjoyed a surprising comeback in her eighties. I love this song.

Posted by Clash City Rocker | Wed Apr 15, 2020, 12:30 PM (2 replies)
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