Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. We are in the midst of the WH crime spree and it must end. Michelle Goldberg worries about it in the NY Times.
Democracy Grief Is Real
Seeing what Trump is doing to America, many find it hard to fight off despair.
“Left to fester, [democracy despair] can lead to apathy and withdrawal. Channeled properly, it can fuel an uprising. Democracy grief isn’t like regular grief. Acceptance isn’t how you move on from it. Acceptance is itself a kind of death.”https://t.co/6Ufspq18eB
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 13, 2019
The entire Trump presidency has been marked, for many of us who are part of the plurality that despises it, by anxiety and anger. But lately I’ve noticed, and not just in myself, a demoralizing degree of fear, even depression. You can see it online, in the self-protective cynicism of liberals announcing on Twitter that Trump is going to win re-election. In The Washington Post, Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush and a Never Trump conservative, described his spiritual struggle against feelings of political desperation: “Sustaining this type of distressed uncertainty for long periods, I can attest, is like putting arsenic in your saltshaker.”
Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans are often incredulous seeing the party of Ronald Reagan allied with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, but the truth is, there’s no reason they should be in conflict. The enmity between America and Russia was ideological. First it was liberal democracy versus communism. Then it was liberal democracy versus authoritarian kleptocracy.
But Trump’s political movement is pro-authoritarian and pro-oligarch. It has no interest in preserving pluralism, free and fair elections or any version of the rule of law that applies to the powerful as well as the powerless. It’s contemptuous of the notion of America as a lofty idea rather than a blood-and-soil nation. Russia, which has long wanted to prove that liberal democracy is a hypocritical sham, is the natural friend of the Trumpist Republican Party, just as it’s an ally and benefactor of the far right Rassemblement National in France and the Lega Nord in Italy.
The nemeses of the Trumpist movement are liberals — in both the classical and American sense of the world — not America’s traditional geopolitical foes. This is something new in our lifetime. Despite right-wing persecution fantasies about Barack Obama, we’ve never before had a president who treats half the country like enemies, subjecting them to an unending barrage of dehumanization and hostile propaganda. Opponents in a liberal political system share at least some overlapping language. They have some shared values to orient debates. With those things gone, words lose their meaning and political exchange becomes impossible and irrelevant.
Thus we have a total breakdown in epistemological solidarity.
If the House Judiciary Report includes Trump's obstruction of the Mueller investigation, as well as congressional investigations that began in 2017, I expect it to be informed, in part, by this Brookings Report on Presidential Obstruction of Justice: https://t.co/B7lwpKCip0.
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) December 14, 2019
Mitch McConnell says he going to coordinate lawyers again on what evidence to introduce and whether or not witnesses are called pic.twitter.com/AQ9Up2iLzS
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 13, 2019
Donald Trump whines ‘it’s not fair I’m being impeached’ https://t.co/V7ESNxp3vk
— Thomas Kaine (@thomaskaine5) December 14, 2019
To serve as Trump’s lawyer, Giuliani left a firm where he was making $6 million a year.https://t.co/QCtAgg2BNV
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) December 13, 2019
-Manafort worked for Trump for free
-Giuliani works for Trump for free
-Trump works for US for free (waiving his salary as he claimed
These people who are connected to the most corrupt state/private mafia figures would never do anything for free
They all work for the same person https://t.co/KiPyyV0NcX
— Olga Lautman (@OlgaNYC1211) December 13, 2019
Liberal pundits say the lesson from Jeremy Corbyn's defeat in the UK is that Democrats shouldn’t move left. They’re wrong: Labour’s policies were their strongest pull—especially their most socialist ones. https://t.co/1m2Yk4Cl4I via @davidrkadler
— In These Times (@inthesetimesmag) December 13, 2019