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Though the stock market doesn’t reflect it, there is, in fact, much to be troubled about.
With the intentional help of a massive sustained attack by the former KGB, an unstable, incompetent, petty and petulant pathological liar, who for years kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside, came within just three million votes of a plurality in the race for President in 2016.
We all know the rest of the story, or at least much of it, as it has unfolded to date — we are soon to get GREAT health care at not just less than before, but at a fraction — no, a “tiny fraction” — of the cost. The crowd on the mall at his Inauguration — as anyone could see — was by far the largest in history . . . and his Electoral College win was the largest since Reagan’s. And now, as we go around the Cabinet, everyone confirms it: what a spectacular leader we have in this man. He’s a smart cookie, like Kim Jung-Un; a strong leader, like (journalist-murdering, kleptocrat) Vladimir Putin . . . and on and on.
These are dangerous, potentially dark times for our country. The folks who elected him were (mostly) not at all deplorable, any more than were the folks who elected a powerful German leader 80 years ago. They were bamboozled.
But are we now more than a few inevitable terrorist attacks away from his declaring martial law? Terrorist attacks that though tragic, for sure, might collectively cause loss of life equal to a week’s highway fatalities?
Might he actually fire Robert Mueller? And if he does, will the Republican Congress — that stole the Supreme Court by not allowing a vote on Merrick Garland, and that blocked the American Jobs Act that would have put millions to work at good jobs rebuilding our decaying infrastructure — will that Republican Congress stand up to him? Punish Putin? Did the Republicans not forever pride themselves on being staunchly anti-Soviet? Ah, but that was when Russia was communist. Now that it is an oligarchy run by and for billionaires, it may be a different story.
In a matter of months, the rest of the world has concluded we are not the America they could once look to. Russia and China are filling the gap. They are winning so much they may soon grow tired of winning. How much further will we slide before, somehow (how?) we awake from this nightmare?
Could the Supreme Court at some point — just as they installed Bush in a “one-off” decision they explicitly said was the product of exceptional circumstances, that should not be relied on as precedent — find a way to interpret the Founders’ intentions as not to have included victory for the KGB against the will of a plurality of the citizenry?
Quote of the Day
Many [managing agents of New York cooperative apartment buildings] promote arbitration and mediation. This would prevent cases like the recent one in which $130,000 in legal fees were exhausted to decide who should pay for window bars costing $924.~The New York Times, October, 1995
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