A few days ago, my laptop crashed. I was able to resuscitate it, but the Bluetooth was completely dead, the pinned tabs on my browser were gone, and a few other minor issues. I’ve been nursing BD (Baby Dell) along for quite a while now, and I’ve known it was inevitable that soon I would need a new one. So, I bit the bullet and ordered one on Sunday night. It was delivered today. Sigh. I will bond with it eventually, but first off it weighs twice as much as BD, so it has already knocked a cup of coffee and an ashtray to the floor as I tried to pick it up with one hand and couldn’t. And, of course, I have spent the better part of my day today loading software, connecting to the internet, copying files only to lose them, installing a wireless mouse and disabling the touchpad, and various other things. Long story short, this is going to be a short post this morning, for I have a myriad of things I must get done before I can go to bed and I’m exhausted. But, one thing caught my eye today that I simply could not let slide …
In essence, Trump’s team of lawyers argued yesterday in defense of Trump’s phone call on July 25th that sought to trade U.S. aid to the Ukraine for the Ukraine’s public announcement that they were investigating Trump’s nemesis, Joe Biden, in order to help Trump’s bid for re-election. Their defense? That anything Trump did to aid in his re-election was in the best interest of the nation and therefore not impeachable. Mr. Dershowitz’ exact words were …
“Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest. And mostly, you’re right. Your election is in the public interest. And if a president does something, which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment. . . .
The house managers . . . never allege that it was based on pure financial reasons. It would be a much harder case if a hypothetical president of the United States said to a hypothetical leader of a foreign country, ‘Unless you build a hotel with my name on it and unless you give me a million-dollar kickback, I will withhold the funds.’
That’s an easy case. That’s purely corrupt and in the purely private interest.
But a complex middle case is: ‘I want to be elected. I think I’m a great president. I think I’m the greatest president there ever was. And if I’m not elected, the national interest will suffer greatly.’ That cannot be an impeachable offense.”
Excuse me, Messrs. Philbin and Dershowitz, but may I offer some clarification that you legal beagles apparently lack?
FIRST … Mr. Trump is the worst president, bar none, this nation has ever had. He is a danger to our Constitutional foundation, he is a danger to the 1st Amendment right to a free press, to free speech, and to freedom of religion. He poses a danger to the entire planet with his ignorant stance and policies on climate change, wildlife preservation, lethal chemicals and more. His re-election is in NO WAY in the best interest of this nation!
SECOND … it is up to We the People to decide who should be our next president. Election tampering is what put us in this terrible situation in the first place, and now you’re saying that it is perfectly fine for Mr. Trump to do whatever he damn well pleases to give him better odds on November 3rd, and that he cannot be held accountable for election tampering, manipulation, etc.
THIRD … You apparently fail to understand the precedent you set with your inane defense! It is bad enough that somebody along the way said a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, which is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard … or rather, it was until today! So, from this point forward, whatever a president does to keep his seat in the Oval Office is okay with you jerks? Well, guess what? If your supposition is allowed to stand, then you just signed the death warrant for the United States of America, for by 2024, Donald Trump will have declared himself to be the dictator of the nation and you will have handed him the keys to the castle.
Whew … I had to take a short break after that tirade, for I was out of breath from the typing. Folks, we have heard more ridiculous bullshit in the past six months out of Trump & Co, than I have heard in the entire 68 years before. We cannot let this creepshow continue … and yet … how do we stop it? I’m not sure, but I am planning to draft a letter outlining my three points above and send it to each and every republican senator later today. And then, I think I’ll go out and break the law … since there is no longer any law and justice, why … I can do anything I please, right? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.