Monday, March 5, 2018

Trick Question

Booman asks a serious question here:

Let’s try to imagine, just for shits and giggles, what the right-wing response would have been if President Barack Obama had done these three things in one week:

1. Imposed tariffs on imported aluminum and steel without any consultation with Congress or allies.
2. Speaking to a bipartisan group of congressional leaders in the White House, recommended seizing people’s guns without worrying about due process.
3. Praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for consolidating his power and stated, “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

Now try to imagine that 30 members of Obama’s administration lost their temporary security clearance during this same week, and one of them was Michelle’s brother who was so flat broke that he was begging Qataris, Emiratis, Turks, Russians, and Chinese to give him a billion or so dollars.

I’m just scratching the surface here, as I am sure you know. I just want to know how loud you think the howling would be if these things were done during a single week of the Obama administration.

It’s a trick question because it would never occur to anyone in the Obama administration to allow anything like that to happen.  I’m having trouble imagining that happening in any presidential administration that I can remember, and was born when Truman was president.  (Okay, I was four months old when Ike was sworn in, but you get the point.)

What I find amazing isn’t that the reaction from the country — so far — is basically to shrug and go on.  I expect that from the Republicans; most of them are probably relieved that it’s Trump that’s coming up with this shit and drawing the attention if not the ire.  But we’re talking about the basic tenets of our constitutional democracy being threatened by a guy who gets his talking points from three people sitting on a couch in a storefront window in midtown Manhattan.

If we can get a nation paying attention to the kids who have had enough of gun violence that they can at least start a movement about guns and assault rifles and inspire corporations to reconsider their business model, what will it take to get us to do something about an administration that is actively eating away at the foundation?