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Color Me Shocked

So … the FBI Inspector General, a person who is supposed to be impartial, non-partisan, and just about the facts ma’am, finally released his long awaited report of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Apparently, the primary finding of the report is that some FBI agents may have played a bit fast and loose with the procedures and paperwork associated with the warrants they received approval for.

Wait a sec … law enforcement playing fast and loose with warrants and judges rubber stamping them anyway.

I am shocked!!! Just absolutely shocked that this could happen.

What’s that?

Oh. It happens all of the time?,

Well then.

Hmmm … I’m still shocked!

Okay. Never mind.

I just think it’s hilarious, to be honest. Now, wait. It’s not hilarious. It’s all so incredibly sad and yet more evidence that the end times are upon us.

After spouting that the FBI had committed treason for the last two years and that it was entirely a hoax and made up, Donald Trump now claims that the IG report is worse than he could ever imagined. Well, no. The IG concluded there was no political bias against Trump in the investigation (apparently, there were plenty of texts from agents who supported Trump and opposed Clinton), the Steele Dossier did not launch the investigation, the investigation was justified, Obama never wiretrapped Trump, etc.

But it was “all worse than [Trump] could have ever imagined”? Yeah, sure.

And now, we have the Attorney General and his handpicked investigator coming out with statements that they disagree with the IG Report. Because they claim to have more information than the IG had. This is the AG and his investigator speaking publicly about an investigation they are still conducting. Promising “facts” that they won’t reveal.

I remember when the IG investigation was launched, right-wing blogs and commenters were aflame with the possibilities. They were just sure that the IG would find evidence of the treason and rot endemic in the FBI. They could not wait for it. They were so sure of it all.

And now the IG report is out and it basically says what most rational people would expect. The FBI is like most law enforcement agents — made up of people with different political views, but who for the most part put those views to the side when doing their job. Because they are professionals. Unfortunately, that professionalism also comes with a bit of laziness that came out in how they handled the warrants in this case.

That’s it.

But those on the right and the President will continue to paint this with lie after lie after lie. Multiple coats of lies. It’s the only way they can keep fighting this.

Because, you know, “read the transcript.” It’s kind of funny, watching Trump and others keep spouting the line. To me, the transcript reads like a classic mafioso saying what needs to be said without actually uttering truly incriminating words. Remember, Republicans are the ones who criticized Obama for being caught on a mic telling the Russians that after the 2012 election he could be more flexible. That was it. Now, we have Trump asking for a favor in exchange for releasing the aid to Ukraine. A favor that involved investigating corruption. (I wonder why he doesn’t think Giuliani’s corruption needs to be investigated — I mean, here’s a guy with contracts with multiple people in the Ukraine, while he is also is serving as the President’s p of ersonal lawyer working primarily on matters involving … the Ukraine. I mean, seriously, you can’t make this shit up.)

No, Trump didn’t say “quid pro quo.” But that’s because he’s been doing this kind of thing for decades. You dance up to the line, maybe even dip your toe in the water, but you make sure you don’t take the polar bear plunge. The hard words and real language was used by others in conversations that were not recorded or for which notes were not taken.

Imagine if Obama had done any of these things, and you can imagine the heads of Republicans exploding in outrage.

But here they are, all in on this President and his lies and his lack of respect for American institutions and American democracy. Those who support Trump can no longer call themselves conservatives. He is the furthest thing from a conservative. Conservatives respect tradition and norms and institutions. They don’t tear those things down. Yet, they are supporting a man who is a gold-plated revolutionary, intent on destroying anything that stands in the way of his personal objectives.

This post could go on and on and on and on. I’m just so frustrated with the state of affairs in this country today. The level of corruption and hypocrisy at the highest levels of our nation are astounding and depressing.

How do we get out of this mess?


7 responses to “Color Me Shocked

  1. Sorryless December 10, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I don’t know that we get out of this mess, Mark. The processes have been scarred, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing IF future administrations are willing to take this period in time as a cautionary tale. What I fear is that Trump has laid the groundwork for something even more sinister down the road. And no, I do not consider those who still stand behind Trump to be of a party, but rather, an ideology that doesn’t give a damn about democracy.

    • Mark Paxson December 10, 2019 at 9:49 am

      As I just mentioned to a co-worker, Republicans are supporting a President who is arguing with every opportunity that he truly is above the law, that he has absolute immunity. The only difference between him and a King at this point is the existence of term limits and that the role is not hereditary. Although I wouldn’t be surprised to see somebody from the Trump family run in 2024.

      The precedent Trump is establishing is that he has no obligation to comply with a lawful order of Congress — and Republicans are supporting him in that endeavor. It’s just stunning.

      • Sorryless December 10, 2019 at 9:55 am

        I don’t consider anyone who still follows Trump to be Republican. They have morphed into something altogether different from what the tent used to speak for.

        I had a conversation with a Trump supporter recently. This guy has doubled down, and it’s very in your face shit. He used the standard line, “The democrat party is run by socialists”, so I hit back with “Well, the republican party is currently run by fascists”. Just because I’m done being nice.

        I understood the idea of Trump. But the reality is abysmal. And that’s not a party affiliation talking, its’ a human being.

      • kingmidget December 10, 2019 at 10:12 am

        It certainly ain’t the Republican Party of old. The tear down of institutions was somewhat minor for years, but it really started with Reagan and was accelerated by Gingrich, and has now exploded with Trump.

        I’m not willing to say they are fascists, but they certainly no longer respect the institutions, norms, and traditions of American democracy.

      • Sorryless December 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

        It’s been a creep, for sure.

        And I don’t care, I had to hit back with something. Even though I don’t feel connected to any party.

      • kingmidget December 10, 2019 at 10:13 am

        One more thing … it’s one thing to have voted for him. It’s a whole other thing to continue to support him as he tramples over anybody and everything.

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