Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Out Like Flynn

Okay, let's see a show of hands:
Whom among you still believe that sending an unhinged twit like Donald Trump to the White House was a really neat idea?
Idiot Nation.
Every day - in every way - the magnitude of the mass electoral blunder committed by the American electorate on Election Day 2016 compounds itself. If Watergate was a paper cut, this scandal will prove to be a bloodbath. The new administration is comprised of a collection of stooges, representing the interests of a hostile foreign government. This going to end very badly, campers - catastrophically so. Remember, you read it here. Our worst nightmare has come to fruition. The takeover of the American government by a cabal of deranged fascists, envisioned by Sinclair Lewis in his 1936 novel, It Can't Happen Here, has happened indeed.
Hunter Thompson once advised us, "Buy the ticket, take the ride". You won't need to purchase a ticket in order to take this sick and twisted ride; the revolution is being televised. All of us will have a front row seat. 
What did the Pervert-in-Chief know, and when did he know it?
Sally Yates
According to the administration's Ministry of Propaganda, the Donald found out that  former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed the Obama sanctions on Russia with Putin's representatives only in the last day or so. This conversation took place a month before Inauguration Day - a clear violation of the law. But according to Sally Yates, the acting attorney general (before she was fired by Trump), she informed the president that Flynn was susceptible to Russian blackmail weeks ago. The fallout from this latest detour in the Clown Car Show was that National Security Advisor Flynn was forced to resign from his post in complete and utter disgrace. And to think we're only entering the third week of this disgusting administration. It only promises to get a lot stranger as the weeks and months (and years) transpire. Brace yourselves for the shit storm. Pack a lead-lined umbrella.

There are heady days for me. Being from the area where I live, I have friends, too depressingly numerous to number, whom naively cast their destinies with man/child Trump in the last election. I'm not the kind of guy who would walk up to someone and gloat, "Don't say I didn't warn you". I don't have to. One former Trump supporter of my acquaintance walked up to me and asked, "How did you know?" My response sounded smug, which I didn't mean it to sound, but there is no other possible way of answering that question:

"I was paying attention", I told him

This ain't rocket science. The people who now find themselves ashamed and embarrassed for openly supporting this uncouth maniac should have known better. They should have been paying attention. And now, because of this inexcusable case of mass, civic irresponsibility, we're stuck with the gnarled son-of-a-bitch for, at the very least, the next two years. Cancel your reservations to Candy Land.

Way to go, America.

And the fact that he lost in the electoral college is as pathetic a rationalization as anything I've ever heard. It should have been a landslide. Those of you who were foolish enough to vote Republican in 2016 are going to deserve everything that happens to you. As for the rest of us, we'll just have to roll with the punches.

Enjoy your stay in Idiot Nation.

On that jolly note: Happy Valentines Day!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


I predicted the morning after the election that there would be no writers block in the Age of The Donald. There isn't. This nitwit is the gift that keeps giving. Life is beautiful.


It Can't Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis

It's happened here.

Idiot Nation


At 2:13 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Well said Tom. This is a train wreck in slow motion.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Hudson Valley Wine Folks said...


I admit that Flynn was a huge ass mistake but to condemn the whole administration is a tad premature I think. Every new administration has hiccups along the way and usually in the beginning. I say give him a chance we aren't even a month into this one yet.

Be patient we have at least four years and maybe more.

All the best,

Tom V

At 5:50 PM, Blogger T. Paine said...

Flynn is gone and rightfully so. He broke the law and he lied to the V.P.

That said, if he were serving under Hillary, I think they would circle the wagons around him.

I don't like nor trust Trump, but he was right to call for Flynn's resignation.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

"The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down.

The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America's democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn's ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn't the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.

Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result. "Finally," they say, "someone took a stand to expose collusion between the Russians and a senior aide to the president!" It is indeed important that someone took such a stand. But it matters greatly who that someone is and how they take their stand. Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community are not the right someone, especially when they target a senior aide to the president by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts, where the unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously.

Damon Linker


At 9:49 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Having one wacko "pizzagate" conspiracy nut gone is a good thing. Too bad his former boss is still a follower of Alex Jones.

But fear not, Dear Leader is a "man of the people". His cabinet of Exxon/Mobile, by Goldman Sachs, and for the Kochs is cranking up to speed. And his racist run Justice Department prepares to target dissent and opponents of Dear Leader.

Comey and Putin have decided on our presidency. Their actions and the antiquated electoral college have crushed the will of the people.

The Klan cheers. Authoritarian con-servatives gloat. Formerly reasonable people say "Give him a chance".

Yes, let's give Putin, Bannon, and Alex Jones a shot at determining the course of our nation.

Wonderful idea, isn't it? How can anybody NOT think that a corrupt cartel of authoritarian liars and corporate elites will make America great?

Welcome to Trumpistan.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger woodenman1954 said...

You know that American politics is falling apart at the seams when Dennis Kucinich, a far left Liberal is on record defending Flynn!
He is saying the NSA and the FBI is performing surveillance on Flynn and leaking information to the media and others. This means these agencies are interfering and affecting US politics and policies when that is not their job.

Politically we are turning into a third world country as we speak.

Now is the time to start making predictions on how long Trump will remain in the White House, I say he will be gone by June.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger T. Paine said...

The intelligence agencies need to do their job and stop surveilling government officials with whom they disagree unless there is probable cause and a warrant to do so.

If we turn our internal agencies against politicians and their appointees with leaks and fabrications, do we think that the other party will not do the same when the time comes? This undermines the rule of law and the stability of government.

Once again some damned fools who are upset about a valid election do not understand the ramifications of what they are doing for the long term.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Do you really want to exclude government officials from oversight by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, even if they acquire evidence of wrongdoing? I have to wonder how else you expect equal justice under the law.

If we turn our internal agencies against politicians

Look no further than direct interference by Comey and the anti-Hillary elements in the FBI.

That was some "valid election", Komrad TP. Russia, Wikileaks, and Comey, all interfered. But you and Trump probably disagree.


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