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Rep. Ryan Rips Republicans

Here’s what Trump has to look forward to today: Losing, weakness, humiliation.

There’s no support for the border wall in the Senate. Trump either has to sign the CR to keep government open or he doesn’t sign it and it closes and the markets tumble even more.

The sensible thing would be to sign it. But the minute he does that, his hard core base of right wing crazies will accuse him of weakness. Right now, those crazies are the only ones keeping him in office. Once he loses them because he can no longer deliver and placate them, and Republicans are no longer afraid of them, Trump will be in serious trouble. Pelosi will have beaten him. He will be beaten –by a girl. An old, unfuckable girl. One who has a lot of power right now but a girl nonetheless. She’s not even Speaker of the House yet, the Republicans are still in charge of everything, and she beat him. She set him up last week and he took the bait.

And no one is chanting “Lock her up!” about Pelosi.

How does that look on Trump? Yep, he looks like the big orange limp dick that he is. Not only that but our global allies are pissed off at him, the market is collapsing and his defense secretary ripped him a new one in his resignation letter.

So, he’s boxed into a corner he didn’t even see coming because he thought he could make himself look big and scary and the Democrats would quake in fear when in actuality, the election of so many determined and resolute women has stiffened their spines. The bill goes to the Senate where it’s going to go down because Republicans haven’t got their own shit together to fund this stupid border wall. They’re waiting on Democrats to do the dirty work for them. But Republicans own the place right now. If it doesn’t get done, either because they don’t want it themselves or they failed to negotiate with Democrats in good faith, it’s all on them.

But why should Democrats help Republicans after 2 years of Republican swirlies when a.) they think the border wall is a stupid, ineffective idea that’s bound to line Trump’s pockets in some way and b.) this is a perfect opportunity to crack Trump wide open and expose him to his base as the tiny, weak, ineffectual infant that he really is who is throwing a tantrum and threatening to take the whole world down with him.

Let’s not forget that there’s something seriously wrong with his administration that was present from its inception. Its legitimacy is increasingly being questioned. A federal judge has used the “T” word this week. He’s seen what’s underneath all that redaction in the documents. We don’t know what it is yet but it sure sounds serious. That right there would get any other president escorted off the premises in normal times. No legislative branch would tolerate it. And we’re not even talking about how the TREASURY department was infiltrated by Russians through a Gmail account in 2016. That hardly got a mention yesterday and it should have alarmed everyone. What were the Russians looking for in our tax returns and finance information in 2016? Who did they succeed at compromising?

We don’t live in normal times. Before today is over, we may see the justice department decimated by a lackey and a new, even more infamous Friday night massacre. But the damage to Trump is done.

He will release his sound and fury and the walls will come a-tumbling down.


This one’s for all of us who’ve been holding on and not accepting the “new normal”. Hold hands, look both ways before crossing, take care of each other.

Winter Solstice 2018

‘As the ray blends with the sun and water merges with water,
so blends the human light with the Supreme Light and becomes totally perfect’

— Guru Arjan

Ik-oNkaar sat naam kartaa purakh nirbha-o nirvair akaal moorat ajoonee saibhaN gur parsaad.

— From the Japji Sahib