Wednesday, February 07, 2018

I am a traitor!

"President Trump on Monday accused Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address of being un-American and even treasonous. ...
“Can we call that treason?” Mr. Trump said of the stone-faced reaction of Democrats to his speech. “Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
If merely not clapping him is treasonous, then I suppose it is immediate capital punishment for me, who has often referred to him with choice adjectives!

The Dear Leader made sure that it was not any slip of the tongue:
“Even on positive news, really positive news like that, they were like death and un-American,” he said, repeating, “Un-American. Somebody said treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess, why not.”
 Meanwhile, the Dear Leader has further consolidated his support among the registered party members, with 90 percent of them approving his performance on the job, which apparently includes name-calling people and sabotaging the Constitution!

As always, most Republican "leaders" have opted to stay quiet in response. Because, all they want is power and to get their agenda items ticked!

My favorite public intellectual, thinker, wrote about such leaders and parties and their madness for power.  "The object of power is power," Orwell warned in 1984:
 Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.
With every step down, people and pundits alike commented that it couldn't get any lower than that.  And then trump went down a step or two even further down.  And the Republican "leaders" continued to support him, the party base absolutely embraced him, and the evangelicals grew even fonder of him. It has been such an iteration over and over.

I, for one, am not ready to say that this cannot go on forever.  After all, it has already gone on like this for more than a year with him in office, and for almost three years since he announced his candidacy.  We are testing the absolute depths of everything that can go wrong.  Let us see when we will hit rock bottom, and how we will climb our way out of the mess that 63 million have created!


Ramesh said...

You really should stop reading every piece of garbage that the idiot spews. Unlike other politicians, what he says has no meaning - its just an alphabet soup. He himself probably does not know what he is saying. The best way is to ignore.

The American people should focus on

- Actual legislation brought into Congress and then support or oppose it as per their points of view
- Get out and vote at the next elections. The real treason would be somebody who sits at home in 2018.

Sriram Khé said...

Nope, it is not possible to ignore what trump says. Senator Flake explains why in his sharp, focused, criticism of the fascist that 63 million elected.

2018 elections might not overturn things much because of how much the GOP has successfully gennryamndered itself safe seats. But, it will be a start, yes.