Tainted Apathy

There is a class of Americans (by some accounts 40 % of the population) that just plain doesn’t give a damn that a president of the United States would pay off a porn star to conceal the fact of a philandering liaison―an encounter that took place shortly after his wife gave birth to the couple’s only son. This is hardly a surprising development when one considers the fact that Donald Trump took his first wife to a ski resort for the purpose of continuing an affair with his second wife, Marla Maples. Nevertheless, Rudy Giuliani confirmed what most people suspected when he appeared on Fox News and admitted that Trump lied to the American public when he denied knowledge of a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels to buy her silence prior to the 2016 presidential election. The Trump base of supporters―racists, fascists, Republicans and Evangelicals―could care less.

First, it should be noted that the contract signed by Stormy Daniels, a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) which underlies the payment, is probably void. Agreements for using corrupt influence in procuring government jobs, titles or honors fly in the face of public policy. The leading authority on contracts, former Yale law professor Arthur Linton Corbin, informs through his treatises that contracts against public policy are unlawful, and therefore not enforceable.

Donald Trump exposed again his long-standing attitude of racial animus―utter contempt for all people of color―in the aftermath of Charlottesville. His “good people on both sides” declaration earned the adulation of the likes of David Duke, former self-appointed Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Following the Central Park Five debacle in which Trump demanded the death penalty for people of color who had been proven innocent, one has to wonder why Trump did not send HUD Secretary Ben Carson a DVD copy of “Chattanooga Shoe-Shine Boy” as a shithole Christmas present.

In addition, it should not be forgotten that the Chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Ronna Romney McDaniel, gave a scandalous endorsement and financial support to credibly alleged pedophile Roy Moore in the recent Alabama U.S. Senate race. The party of Lincoln is no longer the Republican Party…it is the party of Trump and his Russian allies; the sooner it is put out of business, the better for the American people.

Indeed, self-styled “Republican” members of the United States House of Representatives are carrying water for Russians and for the fascists who marched at Charlottesville.  Working on behalf of fascists, Russia and Donald Trump, House Freedom Caucus members Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan drafted an impeachment article against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because he refused to reveal redacted contents of an ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Meadows and Jordan are bound by oath to oversee the conduct of the Executive Department of government, but Rosenstein and others have determined that the information sought after by the wayward legislators would be delivered to the targets of the investigation. If and when Democrats take over the House, Meadows and Jordan would be proper subjects for subpoenas to explain their treasonous conduct.

Finally, we are witness to self-righteous Evangelicals wallowing in, and justifying the utter filth indulged by Donald Trump. There are the “dossier” claims of Trump arranging “golden showers” by prostitutes at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton―allegations which become more believable with each passing day.  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders knowingly spews forth a litany of falsehoods each time she appears. One Evangelical claims that it is her “faith in God” which gives her confidence to stand before a crowd of reporters and lie.  Moreover, the so-called “Family Research Council,” headed by conservative Evangelical Tony Perkins claims that Donald Trump deserves a “mulligan” on his sordid sex life and Stormy Daniels because he is delivering what Evangelicals want. In other words, the end justifies the means.

Now that lying, pedophilia and golden showers have been revealed as Christian values…what next?  It appears that Evangelicals are doing their best to resurrect values that brought extinction to the Roman Empire. In any event, a church pew is the very last place to bring your children on a Sunday morning.

Ship of Fools

During a recent hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein rejected partisan Republican complaints over how Special Counsel Robert Muller is conducting the investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Contrary to Republican claims, Rosenstein declared that the investigation is “not a witch hunt.”

These same congressional representatives were fawning over Muller when he was first appointed, but now that the investigation has resulted in a guilty plea by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, along with Flynn’s agreement to cooperate with Muller’s investigation, Trump’s Stepford Wives have sprung into action in a delusional attempt to shield the President from impeachment and possible criminal charges.

The Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are largely from the House Freedom Caucus, a group with fascist-Libertarian leanings. Thus, it should come as no surprise that an attempt to cover up the condemning facts of a guilty plea by shooting the messenger (in this case, Muller) would arise. The loudest of these fools was Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Jordan demanded that Rosenstein disband the current investigation and appoint a second Special Counsel to investigate Muller for relieving agent Peter Strzok after it was discovered that Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page had exchanged text messages which, among other things, referred to Trump as an “idiot.” Muller dismissed Strzok from the investigation as soon as he was made aware of the messages. Now, Jordan disingenuously suggests that Muller is tainted for having done so.

Needless to say, Trump’s mental acuity has already been revealed by his top advisors.  Rex Tillerson referred to the President as a “moron,” and H.R. McMasters more recently called Trump an “idiot.”  Nonetheless, if an investigator or prosecutor must act like a robot with no persona to be a legitimate entity, there would be no law enforcement in this country.  After all, sixty per cent or more of America loathes Donald Trump, and any improprieties that occur during an FBI investigation and prosecution are subjects for a jury trial and appellate process–and not the sycophantic whims of a fascist legislator. These “congressmen” are simply making public displays of obstruction of justice in their malign attempts to thwart the progress of the Special Counsel. One can only wonder what the public might think if texts between Jordan and other members of the Freedom Caucus were released.

Probable cause is the Fourth Amendment standard by which authorities or a grand jury believe that a crime has been committed, which in turn makes the individual under scrutiny subject to arrest. Since no man is above the law, this standard can also be applied to Donald Trump.  The narcissistic element of what some armchair psychologists refer to as Trump’s “illness” –unconscionable attention seeking–tells us that he has most likely already given the last of America’s vital secrets to Vladimir Putin during any one of the four secret meetings between our president and the Russians (meetings first revealed in every instance by Kremlin sources).  Otherwise, Trump’s propensity for self-aggrandizement would have him seeking hyperbolic publicity from American media outlets concerning these events. Thus, there is every indication–as alleged in the infamous Steele “dossier” –that Trump was groomed by the Russians for the position he now holds. Moreover, the Republican congressional representatives on the House Judiciary Committee seem oblivious to the fact that America executed Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in 1953 for much less.

Unless there is a destruction like that accorded the Library of Alexandria, or a fascist book burning like the one that took place in Germany in 1933, the pages of history will record Congressman Jim Jordan and the rest of his Freedom Caucus hit men as traitors and the most colossal fools who ever lived.