Note to Tony Blair, when you’re partly responsible for the needless deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis, thousands of soldiers, the rise of ISIS and the de-stabilizing of an entire region, “Sorry” doesn’t really cover it.
Like, that’s something you say when your friend lends you her expensive top and you get a red wine stain on it. Not to make amends for mass death.
…wants to take Iraq’s oil. …is making enemies lists. …is calling his critics “enemies.” …is keeping his own security force. …wants the Army to target civilians. …would make the Army target civilians. …wants to expand domestic surveillance. …wants to make it easier to sue the press. …wants to cut back our intelligence agencies. …thinks security takes precedence over privacy. …is undermining the legitimacy of the court system. …is threatening journalists for unfavorable reporting. …is threatening to enact martial law in American cities. …thinks the 1st Amendment offers too much protection. …needs the names of people working on climate change. …needs the names of people working on gender equality. …offered to “destroy the career” of a Texas state Senator. …is undermining and telling lies to delegitimize the media. …only supports transparency when it’s working to his benefit. …is banning a religion from immigrating to the United States. …will prevent administration officials from appearing on CNN. …is going to publish a list of crimes committed by immigrants. …is appointing unqualified cronies to national cabinet positions. …is seeking the ability to purge the government of non-loyalists. …is freezing federal agencies from communicating through twitter. …is dismantling anti-discrimination protections for at-risk students. …is showing no regard for the handling of delicate classified information. …his chief advisor is using her position to push Trump branded products. …is using his position as President to make money for his businesses. …needs the names of State Department employees working on extremism. …is demanding apologies from news organizations that report on WH leaks. …has fired the acting Attorney General for “betraying the State Department.” …is completely ignoring communications from the Office of Government Ethics. …is allowing his chief strategist to destroy or prevent a White House paper trail. …is presenting “alternative facts” (lying) to the American people. …is frustrated that he is unable to govern the same way that he ran his businesses. …is only taking questions from pro-administration news agencies at press conferences. …wanted to oust all inspectors general to remove ethics oversight over government agencies. …his policy advisor is warning that the President’s national security policy “will not be questioned.” …withheld important national security information from the Vice President and the rest of his team. …his campaign may have been working with another nation to effect the outcome of a democratic election. …has removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s permanent seat on the National Security Council. …has given Steve Bannon, an alt-right white nationalist, a permanent seat on the National Security Council. …insulted Australia, an ally of the United States, and may have threatened to invade Mexico, also an ally of the United States. …has planted hand picked supporters in his crowds. …has given cabinet positions to his campaign donors. …has undermined the legitimacy of protesters. …fired advisors who don’t fully support his policies. …considering quitting the U.N. Human Rights Council. …rejected intelligence reports that don’t fully support his policies. …went a full week without attending the Presidential Daily Intelligence Briefing. …asked the FBI to undermine news reports on the administration’s ties to Russia. …asked intelligence officials and key Republican lawmakers to counter Russia stories. …has blocked CNN, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, the BBC and the Guardian from participating in a press conference.
Captain America is an example of how patriotism and hyper-masculinity can deeply turn you on...in a fantasy movie world where the good guys are always 100% nice and lovely and honourable and want to do the right thing. Meanwhile, the mean, sexist, horrible Donald Trump is the *reality* of how patriotism and hyper-masculinity works in the real world.
Last year’s biggest movie, American Sniper, was billed as the story of the US army’s deadliest soldier, which must have felt pretty galling for the guy who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. It was basically Star Wars from the point of view of one of the stormtroopers, and the director (Clint Eastwood – I’m not even joking) encouraged us to get behind the idea that you should take moral decisions when women and children are in your crosshairs, rather than long, long before. You got the feeling that the clunky scene explaining that sniper Chris Kyle’s unit painted skulls on their gear as a tribute to The Punisher was necessary in case viewers made the more logical supposition that it was a tribute to the Waffen-SS.
No. Texas does not want to leave the United States. Texas wants the Constitution to be followed and for federalism to occur. The federal government needs to do its duty as required by the Constitution and the 10th Amendment needs to be applied as written:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
If the federal government continues to grab authority and threaten the Constitution (specifically the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments), Texas and other states are likely to tell the federal government to go to hell and if they wish us to do their bidding to come down here and enforce it themselves. It will be a political civil war.