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Mueller Friday on My Mind

There’s been a lot of hype leading up to this day. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Mueller, Manafort and Cohen are expected in court today. Tonight, the Mueller junkies in the media and on twitter will be trying to see behind the big black horizontal redactions to figure out what’s going on. It’s like one of those cryptogram puzzles on the funny pages of the newspaper where you had to figure out what the sentence was from a few… huh?… what’s a funny page? Ok, never mind.

Let’s just read the expressions on everyone’s faces in the court room. Or have the artist sketch them. I guess we should feel grateful that there are no cameras in these proceedings. Too many selfies.

The bottom line is that shit’s about to get real.

To be honest, it’s been real for a long time now. It started getting real when Newt Gingrich enraged his base back in the 90s when the Republicans lost to Bill Clinton, who only won the plurality of votes instead of a majority (Thanks, Ross Perot!) Since then, it’s been hit after hit. The election debacle in 2000. The fact that George Bush was RE-ELECTED after 9/11 and that stupid Iraq War. The finance industry walking away with their bonuses after the Great Recession of 2008, the ubiquitous Gerrymandering post 2010 when the Obama DNC decided that nothing BUT Obama counted for anything and took its eye off the ball. The “election” of Trump in 2016. And now the GOP not recognizing simple things, like the voters don’t like it anymore and want to replace it. Republicans aren’t shoring up defenses. They didn’t win so they’re seizing power in any way possible.

Somewhere on Twitter yesterday I read that the GOP has become the main actor in our political theater. Everyone else is a supporting player. Republicans are the only ones with any agency, as written by the likes of the editors of The New York Times. The rest of us just react. It’s like reading The Lord of the Rings from Sauron and Mordor’s POV. How do the Orcs feel about what happened at the Battle of Pelanor Fields? Did they join the forces of Minas Morgul over economic issues?

Anyway, that’s the way it looks right now. But I don’t think Republicans should get too hygge about the fight they think they are winning. There’s a lot of pushback from the rest of us. The blue wave midterm is evidence of that. Sure the odds of reasserting our power are not in our favor. But we are beginning to see what we’re up against. It’s a ruthless, unprincipled party that is soaked in luscious donor campaign funds, doing whatever it thinks it can get away with in order to maintain power and separate the rest of us from the security and choice we thought we had all our lives.

The root cause is that Republicans did get away with it. We were told to be civil by an entrenched cohort of well heeled, embedded political pundits, to be gracious winners who lost, to let the baby have its way. And look where it got us to be nice. Wisconsin and Michigan voters are seeing their will overturned. North Carolina seemingly shreds absentee ballots, or has Republicans helpfully fill them out for the naive voters. And this is apparently O. K. because the justice system is willing to look the other way.

So now our fate is in the hands of a former FBI Director and a deputy AG who are fighting off Trump appointed zombies. The overall image of what is going on is coming into focus. There has been a coordinated effort to take over the country by power hungry guys from the south with the help of syndicates of the super rich and mafiosi posing as foreign governments.

The good guys are fighting valiantly. But maybe it’s time they stopped playing fair and just unredacted the court filings. Let us see the whole ugly thing so we are properly scared shitless.


And now for a little history lesson about our first Day of Infamy when we were attacked by a foreign power:

You learn something new everyday…


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