Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Pence Dilemma

Dump Trump for Dense Pence
We need to face a few uncomfortable facts here, folks. Good news/bad news:

Donald Trump is not going to serve out a full, four-year term as commander-in-chief. That's the good news (and it's very good  news indeed!) I guess I don't need to explain to you what the bad news is - but I will: Mike Pence might be the next president of these pathetic United States. I say "might" because Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian sabotage of the campaign of 2016 is ever-widening. Pence seems to be on the peripherals of this scandal at the very least. Perhaps he's near the center. PERHAPS HE'S THE EVIL GENIUS WHO MASTERMINDED THE WHOLE SCHEME! Nah, that's giving the man way more credit than he deserves. Whatever the awful reality, we shall see.
This is only one of the good news/bad news scenarios that liter the American political landscape in the fatally amusing era that we now inhabit. There can be no denying the obvious fact that poor old Mike is dumber than a sack of purple yo-yos - that's beyond rational debate at this point;  and we also know that Pence is up to his teeth (if not the top of his head) in political corruption going back to his term as governor of my late mother's home state of Indiana - but at least he isn't bat-shit crazy. Forget the shameless corruption of Donald Trump and nearly everyone in his orbit, including his kids (although I'm sure Barron's clean) we now have to contend with the fact that the POTUS is suffering from serious mental illness. This is no longer a debatable issue. The Donald is nuts. This was patently obvious during last year's campaign. It has only gotten more so - excruciatingly more so - as the last nine months have transpired, and he has started to melt-down under the day-to-day pressures of being the leader of the most lethally powerful nation on the planet. That lethal power of which I speak should not be placed in the hands of a crazy person. Just a suggestion on my part. Pay it no mind.

Anti-hero Spiro
It's like 1973 all over again! In the autumn of that year the Watergate affair was rapidly imploding the administration of Dick Nixon. As young as I was at that weird moment in the history of this republic, it was obvious even to me that the Trickster was becoming unhinged by the pressure accumulating every day and from every angle. In fact it was in October when the old bugger really began to fall to pieces. That was the month in which it was revealed that his vice-president, Spiro Agnew, had been taking financial kickbacks while governor of Maryland several years earlier. Spiro  pleaded "no contest' and was forced to resign as VEEP. Agnew was such a babbling imbecile, no one in congress would have dared to force impeachment proceedings on Nixon while Agnew remained a smoking gun away from the White House. The moment that Agnew was replaced by Gerry Ford, it was all over for the president - and he knew it. Within less than ten months, Ford was sitting comfy cozy in the Oval Office while Nixon was living in rancid exile at his fortress in San Clemente.

1973 was an interesting time to be alive in America. Not unlike 2017. Politics can be that way, you know?

Mike Pence is about as warped and corrupt as Spiro Agnew was - maybe more so - but as unglued as Nixon became in the Autumn of 1973, he was the very picture of stability and common sense when placed in juxtaposition with the likes of Donald Trump. For all of his flaws (and Heaven knows he had scads of them) no one could ever make a rational argument that Nixon was not an intelligent man. In fact, let me venture out on the proverbial limb if you please: It is my educated opinion that Dick Nixon was one of the three smartest men to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the twentieth century (the other two being Woodrow Wilson and Jack Kennedy). In the last thirty-seven years it has become apparent that being smart is no longer a prerequisite for being president. Have you noticed that? Strange days indeed.

Donald J. Trump, on the other tiny hand, is....umm....let me be as polite and as gentle as possible here....Incurious? Every day, it is becoming more-an-more painfully obvious that Trump is completely out-of-his league intellectually and psychologically. In fact (the hell with politeness) if Trump is not the dumbest president in history, he's a cinch to be tied with Andrew Johnson - who served a century-and-a-half ago. In 2016, the American people (or enough of them to turn the tide) wanted to "experiment" with a "different" kind of president. Well, I think that by now it's apparent to everyone that their little experiment failed disastrously. Each day that this unhinged jackass and common pervert remains in power is a day that further seals the fate of that other "experiment" known as "democratic governance". Trump needs to be removed. The sooner the better. If nothing else, think of your children.

I was just thinking, many years ago I had a friend named Tom Pence. He died over twenty years ago at a depressingly young age. I sure hope that him and Mike aren't related. Something that strange wouldn't help Tom's legacy a bit.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

AFTERTHOUGHT: 10/20/17, 4:03 PM:

There is a rumor swirling about that the Donald is about to launch a crackdown on anti-Trump Facebook pages. I wouldn't put it past him. This is going to get interesting!



At 4:49 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

"Donald Trump is not going to serve a full, four-year term as commander-in-chief."

There it is, a full fledged prediction from the wizard of smart. Right along with the prediction that I had better get used to saying "Madam President".


Fewest Jobless Claims Since 1973 Show Firm U.S. Job Market
By Sho Chandra
October 19, 2017, 7:30 AM CDT October 19, 2017, 7:46 AM CDT

Filings for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level since 1973 as workers affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma continued to return to their jobs, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Majormajor shows the Obama recovery has succeeded.

Bannon and others agree Pence will the the Koch's puppet.

Stephen Bannon, the former White House strategist, worries that Pence would “be a President that the Kochs would own.”

The Danger of President Pence

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.
By Jane Mayer

Marc Short, the head of legislative affairs in the Trump White House, credits Pence for the Kochs’ rapprochement with Trump. “The Kochs were very excited about the Vice-Presidential pick,” Short told me. “There are areas where they differ from the Administration, but now there are many areas they’re partnering with us on.” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, who has accused the Kochs of buying undue influence, particularly on environmental policy—Koch Industries has a long history of pollution—is less enthusiastic about their alliance with Pence. “If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers—period. He’s been their tool for years,” he said. Bannon is equally alarmed at the prospect of a Pence Presidency. He told me, “I’m concerned he’d be a President that the Kochs would own.”

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Go figure, Major Clucky/Stivik/Bunker finds the irrelevant.


Pence is neck deep in the Russian scandal as well.

If trump is found to have colluded with Russia and it's proven they caused the "election" to go to the GOP, the entire thing should be void.

And we need to figure this out before Trump has us turned into a nuclear wasteland.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger woodenman1954 said...

Hey Chuck, the Repubs just voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid by a Trillion and half to give the super rich and corporations huge tax cuts.

Do you support this legislation? Will you be affected by this, I know I will be.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

This uranium one deal may be the real Russian story comrades.

Hopefully the Clintons can silence the FBI informant who knows the details before he testifies in court to save the Democrat Party.

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

Jimmy Carter Unleashed: Russians Didn't Alter Election, Obama Didn't Deliver, We Didn't Vote For Hillary

At 12:13 PM, Blogger The New York Crank said...

Hey Mozart,

What a great idea@ I'm delighted to call Donald Trump Madame President. Maybe we all should. The resulting meltdown might be worth recording for posterity.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

Not that this will be published by you,

Here are the seven facts about the Uranium One deal you need to know:
1. Peter Schweizer Broke the Uranium One Scandal in his book
“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and
Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.”
2. The New York Times Confirmed the Scandal in 2015
3. The FBI Uncovered Evidence that Russian Money Was Funneled to the Clinton Foundation
4. Congress Is Now Investigating
5. Bill Clinton Was Paid $500,000 for a Speech in Moscow
6. The Clinton Foundation Took Big Bucks from Uranium Investors
7. Senate Republicans Want an FBI Gag Order Lifted on the FBI’s Informant,
because he many have even more revelations about the case

Don't forget the Panama Papers scandal:

1. Hillary Clinton lobbied for the Panama-United States Trade Promotion Agreement, and WAS WARNED it would make money laundering and tax evasion easier for rich folks and bad guys.

2. Deutsche Bank was up to its eyeballs in the scandal.

3. After resigning as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton personally made $485,000 speaking to…..don't hold your breath…..Deutsche Bank. In fact, by giving just 12 speeches to Wall Street banks, private equity firms, and other financial corporations, Clinton made $2,935,000 from 2013 to 2015.

No nuances here. It’s really simple. Hillary Clinton did Deutche Bank a big lucrative solid, and they returned the favor when it was legally permissible.

Former President Jimmy Carter said in a recent interview that he does not believe Russia stole the election from former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes," Carter told The New York Times in an interview published on Saturday.

What's next, the race card or class envy?


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