Friday, May 12, 2017

Is This The Essence of America?

"Don't forget, when Jim Comey came out, he saved Hillary Clinton. People don't realize that. He saved her life, because -- I call it Comey won. And I joke about it a little bit. When he was reading those charges, she was guilty on every charge. And then he said she was essentially OK. But he -- she wasn't OK, because she was guilty on every charge."
"Director Comey was very, very good to Hillary Clinton, that I can tell you. If he weren't she would be, right now, going to trial."
"FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony .... "
" ... Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?"
"We'll see what happens."
U.S. President Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump soaks up the crowd at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
By Win McNamee/Getty Images.
So what happened is that the man who absolved himself from any awkward responsibility in shaping the final outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, feeling so badly that some might conceive of his having interfered with it, that it made him feel slightly 'nauseous', is now ready to join an unemployment line. He was indiscreet. He was careless. He made extremely questionable decisions. He was unprepared to defend the assertions he made at the very highest level, for the level of their unquestioned content. And now he's out.

Could he have been surprised? Hillary Clinton indulged herself in a little bit of scattering blame for her loss. Nothing to do with her own flawless performance as a candidate whose value to the American people no one but an utter dunce [your cue to stand erect, Mr. President] could possibly deny, but those awful Russian propagandists, and above all, the unwarranted intervention of someone who should have known better, the director of the FBI making news just before the election, casting doubt on her suitability....

That's the best she can do now, as a failed candidate; whine about the forces arraigned against her, from anti-feminists to Vladimir Putin's spite, to James Comey's unsurpassed traitorship. On the other hand, there is someone else who has incredibly to the point of utter incredulity on the part of most intelligent onlookers, inveigled his way into the vacated position of President of the United States of America, whom James Comey has pursued an investigation against, to determine the depth and extent of his relations with Moscow and Mr. Putin.

Not directly, granted, but tangentially, through his trusted lieutenants. Of course, in the process implicating Donald J. Trump from his dainty feet to his orange mop. On the other hand, what's so wrong about Washington conferring with Moscow? Two world powers, one ascendant the other descending; sometimes it's hard to know which belongs where. Those two leaders, Putin and Trump, after all, have much in common. Both intemperate, arrogant, unrepentant, ignorant narcissists. Grandly entitled to hold the world ransom to their ambitions.

Hillary Clinton demonstrated more than fulsomely that she was not a desirable candidate for the presidency. An entitled elitist, egotistical and self-assured that this was her time and she would be celebrated as the first woman to break the barrier as a female president of America the Great. Her ineptitude as Secretary of State was legendary, her tantrum over Benghazi as telling a sign as any even without her illegal use of a private email server leaving her position vulnerable to the kind of security breaches she accuses the Kremlin of.

Some choice the American public had; cutting the personalities down to their most elemental essence, a liar or a braggart, each of whom, excepting those monumental faults, being unequal to the gargantuan task of administering the affairs, internal and external, of a great nation. But Trump is what they opted for, and Trump is what they got. Former FBI director Comey appears a man of scant caution in publicly airing the FBI's investigations of these figures. He appears to have subconsciously wooed his own unemployment status.

Clearly, he too was inept. But is his ineptness, even given his status as FBI director, anything near comparable to that of the current President of the United States? Who has through his bungling incompetence roiled the world in concern over his erratic performances. A corrupt, thoroughly thuggish character, unfazed and unaware of his great moral and intellectual failings, but thoroughly convinced of his entitlements as President and Commander-in-Chief of his nation, to issue directives harmful not only to the United States but to the world at large.

It is as though he has set out determinedly to prove that there are no boundaries for him to wreak havoc on, that there exist no realities other than those he fabricates, that justice is whatever he considers it to be because he is, above all others, infallible. Venal and self-assured, he has set out to prove that gross stupidity and charlatanism becomes its own reward.

A Donald Trump supporter holds a copy of a 1990 Playboy Magazine with Donald Trump and Playmate Brandi Brandt on the cover at a rally Cincinnati, Ohio, March 13, 2016. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times

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