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  • MannyGoldstein (2286 posts)
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    A Toddler with Super Powers

    And nobody can stop him.

    That’s what this feels like to me.

    It’s the damndest thing – he can do anything he wants, no matter how insane, dangerous, or patently illegal – and we’re all powerless.

    He’ll appoint David Duke to run the Civil Rights division of DOJ. Feinstein will promise him a fair hearing. Schumer will drone on about something. The Clintons will claim they’re Sandinistas or some such @#$% and grab for your wallet. Pelosi will blame it on single-payer health insurance and Russia.

    And. Nothing. Will. Be. Done.

    He’ll appoint Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the Supreme court, and there will be much braying and gnashing of teeth, but Arpaio will don his robes, you bet.

    I’m continually reminded these days of Dr. Franklin’s closing speech at the Constitutional Convention:

    “In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

    Are we there yet?

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    • bemildred (5083 posts)
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      1. Well, it's more like a despotic government corrupted the people so they need it,

      and know nothing else, but otherwise, yeah. I mean, they worked hard, spent a lot of money, our money, to get here.

      It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
      • ThomPaine (4465 posts)
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        19. I see it differently. The people's of the USofA became spoiled after WW II.

        We enjoyed a relatively great life compared to the rest of the world because of our imperialism and exploitation of both the environment and peoples.  And we became complacent and allowed tyranny to creep in.

        aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
        • bemildred (5083 posts)
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          22. We certainly allowed it to happen.

          And we were warned too, plenty. “The Greatest Generation” took damn good care of themselves, and THEY were the driving force behind the imperial project. All that political and economic power and cred we had after WWII, and they threw it all in the crapper to pursue a puerile fantasy of eternal global domination or some such 6th grade bullshit.

          It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
    • nevereVereven (3374 posts)
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      2. Dang it, Manny! I clicked, thinking it was about an actual supertoddler!

      Imagine my disappointment. :sad:

      I pretty much agree with Bemildered’s comment above, that the populace has been conditioned to accept the current state of affairs, and blinded to the fact that better states exist.

      A hologram of a magnifying glass will also function as a magnifying glass, but a hologram of Sherlock Holmes won't solve anything.  
    • SurrealAmerican (965 posts)
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      3. There are plenty of people who could stop him…

      … but they have chosen not to. Our problem is a lot more than just Trump. Even if we remove him, we’re still stuck with people in elected offices who quietly share his aims.

      • ThomPaine (4465 posts)
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        19. He is being used as a distraction while our pockets are being picked.

        aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • Jan Boehmermann (4220 posts)
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      4. Wish him into the cornfield, Anthony!

      • MannyGoldstein (2286 posts)
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        5. Perfect. nt

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair
        • Jan Boehmermann (4220 posts)
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          7. That Billy Mumy Twilight Zone episode traumatized you as a kid too, eh?

          • HIP56948 (2969 posts)
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            9. An unsettling episode. The tension in the room was like flying razor blades.

          • MannyGoldstein (2286 posts)
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            23. It was epic.

            The later (crappy) Twilight Zone series did a Part II decades later, with Anthony all growed up. It was crap.

            But the original… classic.

             

            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair
            • Jan Boehmermann (4220 posts)
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              24. Agreed. Original ….the best!

              I just wish Billy Mumy could send all of the “Lost in Space” folks  into the cornfield as well!

      • rampart (110 posts)
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        16. that is the episode i thought of as well.

    • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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      6. He would never appoint Sheriff Joke to SCOTUS.

      The man is in his eighties. Repuke SOP for years has been to saddle us with young reich-wingers like Roberts and Gorsuch, who will infest the court for decades to come. 

      Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).
    • Segami (5538 posts)
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      8. Aah, kids will be kids……just wait till..

      …unexpectedly out of the blue, he surprises the world when he appoints Sarah Palin to a position in his administration…….its coming…. :rofl:

       

      • Jan Boehmermann (4220 posts)
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        10. Nah, Sarah Palin is too busy playing POTUS in "Iron Sky II"

    • davidthegnome (1155 posts)
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      11. Reminds me of an old SNL episode.

      When “Kerry” said to “Bush”: “Now I know why the American people love you.  You’re like a big retarded baby.”

      As for what will be done… if anything, your guess is as good as mine.  The stuff that he has already gotten away with is pretty incredible.  I do think that this most recent scandal has lit a fire under the ass of some dems – and some of the ones I know are saying that the republicans are screwed in 2018.  The thing that they often don’t seem to get is that it takes more than just not being republicans.  Run some real progressives, maybe we’ll make some real progress.  Elect people like Sanders, Ellison, even Warren – and maybe some good will be done.  On the other hand… give us more like Perez, Schumer, Clinton, Dean, Pelosi… well…

      As for who else the great orange toddler will appoint or what he’ll do in the future, who knows?  Should be one hell of a ride.  Maybe North Korea will finally give him what he needs to declare war – in which case, terrible ratings or not, he will be hard to get rid of.  I can’t believe he actually fired the FBI Director.  I mean, Comey was a shmuck anyway, but to literally fire the man investigating you?  Hmm… abuse of executive authority much?

      The question is what will replace Trump and this current breed of corporate trolls.  If it’s another bunch of syphilitic weasels, sycophants and idiots… well, it is hard to get excited about politics these days.

      “There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
    • Johnny Rash (966 posts)
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      12. … huh, he is not the "Golden Child"! That much is for sure!

    • Cleita (2645 posts)
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      13. The only thing we really have left are the courts and that means we have

      to find prosecutors willing to use the laws to bring those who operate outside the law to justice. At the Federal level my understanding is that would be impeachment. Besides Trump though I would also start with the Supreme Court. Clarence Thomas should have been impeached a long time ago and that would be a good start.

    • nxylas (284 posts)
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      14. How can you say that nothing will be done?

      I’m sure the Resistance are reaching for their pussy hats as we speak :sarcasm:

      "Slavery followed, even voluntary slavery; the weak eagerly submitted to the strong, on condition that the latter aided them to subdue the still weaker. Then there were saints who came to these people, weeping, and talked to them of their pride, of their loss of harmony and due proportion, of their loss of shame. They were laughed at or pelted with stones." - Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
    • Major Hogwash (2777 posts)
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      15. Watergate took 2 years to unfold.

      It’s still too early in Herr Trump’s term to say nothing will be done.

      Trump moya marionetka ~ Putin  
    • mossyfrog (509 posts)
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      17. I'm

      Confused Manny. You seem surprised. This is nothing new. Just look and remember all of Bushes term. Monkey at the helm who could do anything (and did) and get away with it.

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    • ThomPaine (4465 posts)
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      20. Impeachment is out. As stupid as the Republicans are (they let Trump win)

      they won’t drag Trump thru an impeachment.  It would be suicide for the party.

      What will happen is that James Clapper will explain to Trump that they have evidence enough to put his three oldest children in prison and it’d be best if he stepped down.  Malaria would be allowed to keep her beauty products corporation.

      aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
      • MannyGoldstein (2286 posts)
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        25. I wouldn't be so sure that threats to Trump's family

        would have any effect on that nut.

        And no picking on Listeria! She can pronounce Ljubljana – can you?

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair
        • ThomPaine (4465 posts)
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          27. Damn you Manny. I know deep down that it probably wouldn't have any

          effect on that  nutjob.  A guy can hope can’t he?

          “And no picking on Listeria! She can pronounce Ljubljana – can you?”  Of course, but it comes out more like “lubejob”.

          aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • ThomPaine (4465 posts)
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      21. I do have a question. Who is behind Trump? How did he win?

      I have a theory that the two major factions in the PTB, tried to out smart each other and Trump snuck in.  The Neo-Libs put effort into helping Trump and the Republicans maybe thought that since Hillary was a shoo in they might as well sacrifice Trump.  But that’s hard to believe.  Maybe there is a third faction in the PTB.

      aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
      • MannyGoldstein (2286 posts)
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        26. They underestimated how hated Her was

        They just wanted someone easy to beat who would draw a little blood.

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair