Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fascism Means Democracy Is Dead And So Is The Rule of Law There Is No Reason To Pretend Now

I have gone from thinking the idea was stupid to being in favor of Barack Obama issuing a blanket pardon to Hillary Clinton if she wants one.  In his issuing of it he should be clear that he is not implying that she broke any laws but that he is doing so in light of the quarter of a century of the endless investigations that the fascists of the Republican Party have used in an attempt to destroy her and how they show no signs of stopping that now that there is no reasonable expectation that she will ever again run for the Presidency that she, in fact, did win but has been denied by the anti-democratic features embedded like congenital syphilis in the United States Constitution. 

The Republican Party is a complete and utterly undeniable fascist party now, even a presidential pardon won't keep them from smashing any of the constitutional traditions that always depended on people of honor to stay in place.  If I were Hillary Clinton, I would expect that within what remains of my lifetime, I would be arrested.  They would illegally arrest her and subject her to a show trial,  I would expect that because there is, literally, nothing the Republicans would not do with the support of the American media to distract people from the horrors they are obviously intent on unleashing.  If you doubt that, read what was published by Steve Bannon at Breitbart, the implementation of which, I am certain, as recently as two weeks ago our media would have dismissed as an impossibility.  Now that Trump is installing him as his primary adviser, anyone on NPR or CBS or CNN or FOX who is trying to white wash that filth is the equivalent of Axis Sally.  Only probably not a single American soldier ever believed Axis Sally, the TV and current media trained American population has tens of millions who believe or profess to believe lies as obvious as the ones she told.

I am prepared to set the defection of Mike Lofgren as the official date of when the last decent Republican left.  Here is how his 2011 piece at Truthout starts

Barbara Stanwyck: "We're both rotten!"

Fred MacMurray: "Yeah - only you're a little more rotten." -"Double Indemnity" (1944)

Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America. Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot. The main reason the Democrats' health care bill will be a budget buster once it fully phases in is the Democrats' rank capitulation to corporate interests - no single-payer system, in order to mollify the insurers; and no negotiation of drug prices, a craven surrender to Big Pharma.

But both parties are not rotten in quite the same way. The Democrats have their share of machine politicians, careerists, corporate bagmen, egomaniacs and kooks. Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP.

To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.

I will note that some on that list of people who should be too insanely fascistic to be in a democratic government are watered down sewage to what is coming in with the Trump regime.  

I would recommend that you read what he said in that piece, considering his criticism of Democrats seriously because they were a part of the problem.  

I think Hillary Clinton might have been the last chance to save American democracy from what the Republicans have been building for the past fifty years,  I would say that Lofgren might have noticed that before he did but that's all in the past.  

I strongly suspect that Hillary Clinton, fully aware of the necessity of walking a narrow way over the corruption that the Supreme Court created, using all of the weaknesses that are part of the Constitution and the Court's own traditional superimpositions on it, the empowerment of the oligarchs and the billionaire sociopaths, I believe she was engaged in a gaming of that corruption to try to get the presidency to start to dismantle that corruption.   I believe that the Republican-fascists, the corporate media and the billionaires suspected that was her motive, why she stuck to trying when any other politician would have given up long ago.   I think if she could take what her winning the popular vote should mean, the presidency, she would have appointed Supreme Court justices who would end corporate person hood, who would overturn Citzens United and Buckley vs. Valeo and other court rulings made by courts, Republican fascist such as under Roberts and Rehnquist to foolishly and allegedly liberal, such as under Warren, which have fatally damaged American democracy.   Our failure to amend the fatally flawed Constitution when it installed previous losers of elections has resulted in this disaster.   

If you think that is over the top, I am afraid you are going to find out in the next few years it is probably a moderate estimate of what a disaster is about to befall us.  If not under Trump then in whatever horrors a party and government under the advice of Steve Bannons will produce.  

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