Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Tuesday, October 11, 2016


via The Washington Post:

"HAS THERE been a more disturbing low in presidential politics?

 'If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,' Republican nominee Donald Trump threatened in the course of the second presidential debate Sunday night.

 'It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,' Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton responded.

 'Because you’d be in jail,' Mr. Trump shot back. 

 Mark the moment.

A major-party presidential nominee is officially promising to lock up his political opponent, despite the fact that an impartial federal investigation concluded that no fair prosecutor would have charged Ms. Clinton in the matter of her e-mails.

If anyone needed any more proof that Mr. Trump does not understand the meaning of rule of law as opposed to arbitrary rule of autocrat — that he would use the levers of the federal government in a vindictive, self-serving and corrupt manner — Mr. Trump provided it."


Skip around the internet and read the usual rabid right news sites and blogs and understand that a large section of the American people are okay with Trump's promise to act like a tin-pot dictator.

I've been astounded at how a man like Trump was able to get this far in American politics -- right up to the door of the White House. But when one reads the excuses his supporters give after each revelation about Trump's lurid sexual exploits and his dictatorial ambitions for America, that frightens and depresses me even more. When Trump is mercifully gone from presidential politics, those people with their lust for authoritarian strongmen will still be around, and they'll still have the power of the voting booth.  A horrible thought.

Talking Points Memo:

(TPM) "I don't think we can discuss this debate as citizens, take stock of it as a country, without noting that this is certainly the first time one candidate has openly threatened to jail the other candidate. Trump said openly that he would instruct the Justice Department to open a new investigation of Clinton and that he'd make sure it ended with her imprisonment. That's something we expect it kleptocracies and thin democracies where electoral defeat can mean exile, imprisonment or death. Such a ferocious claim, one that puts our whole constitutional order on its head, is not something that can be easily undone. That's the ranting threat of a would-be strongman and dictator."


Rational Nation USA said...

As the rest of the free world watches the amazing disintegration of one of our major political parties. A once great party of growth and accomplishments.

As we scratch our heads and continue to marvel at the distraction (s) tRump, his surrogates, and the Trumpbots continue to create.

Connie said...

I've been swimming in the Dominionist pool. Their plan to bring about the end times as described in the Christian holy book might have worked if not for the invention of social media. I've also been reading venerable bloggers who over the years shed light on the base who now back the Drumpf.

The only metaphor to pop into my mind is a group of rabid Dominionist preachers ready to grab the spoils of the USA only for the treasure to be snatched from their clutches by a childish outsider.

I must admit I enjoy the gnashing of teeth as Dominionists do their best to play the priceless game of Get the Toy from the Baby. (If you've never played this game here are a few little know facts. Babies come equipped with extend-o arms, slimed fingers that resist any attempt at capture, and a secret suction cup which firmly holds an object safely in the palm of their hand. Seriously - the military underestimates the power of babies.)

This misappropriation of a well laid plan may be scary as all get out but my truly terrifying thought is what if Drumpf hadn't come along?

Anonymous said...

just wondering, shaw, have they taken all the sharp objects and prescription drugs away from the goopers over at the stench trench and the other places where a few months ago they were gloating over the sure thing that was a drumpf presidency? ...redass and chucklenuts haven't been seen in weeks...are they in a fetal position with their thumbs up their collective arses?...they sure were counting on the American people to be as stupid as they are and elect dumbass drumpf...

Shaw Kenawe said...

PM Carpenter:

"Clinton for her part opted not to go for the kill shot [in Sunday's debate]. She mostly laughed off Trump's attacks and declined to bring up the sexual assault allegations against him, instead pivoting to her own vision for the nation's future. The lack of aggression irritated some Democrats who wanted to see Clinton knock down a staggering opponent.

But the high-road approach appeared to work with voters who declared Clinton the winner of the debate in multiple polls. And Clinton may have held back for strategic reasons, preferring to keep Trump alive rather than bait him into campaign killing moments that could drive him off the ticket in favor of Mike Pence.

To a cat, the little lizard is no fun if he's dead."

Dave Miller said...

Anon... most of the people of whom you speak that inhabit that place are one and the same person. Free must have about a dozen monikers and Shaw has shown some of the others to have MPD as well.

So maybe it will be a small group of people jumping off the nearest bridge if in fact Trump does lose, as now appears more likely everyday.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Hey! George Will and I are on the same page? That's how crazy Trump's candidacy has made this country:

From PM Carpenter's blog:

George Will preaches another sermon of profound lament

His latest propels me to a Hallelujah:

Mike Pence [is] a favorite of what Republicans devoutly praise as America’s "faith community." Some of its representatives, their crucifixes glittering in the television lights, are still earnestly explaining the urgency of giving to Trump, who agreed that his daughter is "a piece of ass," the task of improving America’s coarsened culture…. He salivated for the privilege of being Trump’s poodle, and he expresses his canine devotion in rhetorical treacle about "this good man." What would a bad man look like to pastor Pence?

Pastor Pence sold his Christian values to a political promise by a louche -- that the GOP could win back the White House -- and, therefore, the pious Pence sold out whatever moral authority he thought he had. He sure doesn't have it any more in many people's opinion.

Anonymous said...


Watching the Trump base screaming at each other about who's to blame for Trump's tanking.

How long have we been telling them that they are NOT what America is about? They really thought they were the heart and soul of what the American voters wanted. And they thought all they had to do is put up a candidate, any candidate, even an asshole, and the American people would follow them into victory? The country is not who they are, and Trump is not who they are. Do they get it now? Do they?

I'm enjoying watching the total collapse of the Trump candidacy. Really, really, really enjoying it.

Flying Junior said...

Love the graphic with the gold epaulets.

Wonderful Donald,
As the triumphant victor over hundreds of skirmishes in the 1980s with human females, with little heed or care for the possible transmission of venereal disease through your unhelmeted johnson, I bestow upon you, the humble Donald J. Trump, your true name as the great warrior king that you have proven to be. To your greater honor and glory, o wondrous hero, I hereby christen thee, Generalíssimo Juan Orlando Triunfo, Gran Salvador de Los Fascistas. ¡Viva Generalíssimo Juan Orlando Triunfo!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Generalíssimo Juan Orlando Triunfo, Gran Salvador de Los Fascistas. ¡Viva Generalíssimo Juan Orlando Triunfo!

esto es fantástico

Bluebull said...

All true but remember that these are mostly the same fools who tried to install Palin into the office of VP and who voted for Dumbya TWICE! Seriously, they should just stop voting - they're TERRIBLE at it.

Rational Nation USA said...

All I can say is, women better get out and vote in droves .