I’ll say one thing about this election cycle, nothing is as it is or as it should be, up is down, circles are squares, the literal anchors, the bollards and cleats we use for grounding are missing and no compass today points to the north star. The comforts of falling back on opinions of trusted (in the past) pundits, those that validated that little voice in your head and gave you clarity, they are now spouting utter nonsense. Time after time, I read opinion pieces by folks who had never let me down in the past, now they are all speaking Mandarin, telling me that every instinct I had for conservative thought has now been placed on it’s head, I just don’t get it.
It drives me absolutely nuts that valued sources, many used in the past to calibrate my own right-thinking, have abandoned every conservative principal known to man and drank the kool Aid of Trump. I can’t say it hasn’t been amusing, but disconcerting to the nth degree, like that old movie Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, who is real and who is a pod taking on that new identity.
And because my political world has become unmoored I will link to the unthinkable;
Maher is still a cockmonkey (some realities still exist today) but General Hayden is right out of the Petreaus mold, an honorable patriot who walks the walk. Water boarding will not be brought back, and nobodies family will be targeted. Trump blusters, says stupid non practical and highly illegal things almost daily, this “torture” rant was one of them. But note the clear distinction between candidate Trump and President Trump, I would place the actions Trump wants done to those actually feasible at less than 10%.
And don’t think for a minute that The Donald gives 2 shits about civil liberties;
“One of the things I’m going to do if I win… I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” Trump said during a rally in Fort Worth, Texas.
“We’re going to open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected,” he said. “We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before.”
Write a press item critical of Trump and you will get hauled into court to divine your “purpose” for the article, analogous to Hate Crime legislation where thoughts can be criminal.
I know, it’s all rhetorical since the closest Trump will ever get to the WH is when Hillary invites him over next year to bring his check book.
Those that still trumpet America’s greatness must ponder this unsavory fact; in a few short months the people will choose the next president………..from 2 of the most disgusting, dishonest, unlikable, bereft and devoid of any honor, courage, or character befitting the most powerful person in the world. Not that it would alter our course over the cliff, but I am rooting for a brokered convention, just for the theater of it.