Rachel Maddow, Trump’s 2005 Taxes, and a Reminder about Watergate
So, half the Internet lost its damned mind tonight, howling that Rachel Maddow didn’t produce the silver bullet that would bring down the DJT White House in the course of one broadcast.
It’s too early to tell whether DJT’s 2005 tax returns she obtained via Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston are part of a larger forthcoming leak, whether DJT leaked them to Johnston himself, or what, exactly, the deal is.
However, it’s worth highlighting and circling and writing in neon that Watergate entailed dozens of reports over roughly a year. Neither Nixon–nor Agnew before him–were brought down in one 60 minute segment.
Maddow did a fine job of underscoring why DJT’s tax returns from any year might or might not indicate whether he either colluded with the Russians or whether he is beholden to foreign banks and why all of this is a matter of national security.
I keep saying this, but it’s worth reiterating: the Boomers brought down Agnew and Nixon and ended the Vietnam War. This is our Watergate/Vietnam War and we’ll likely be at it for years.
It sucks SO hard, but that is the reality.
We either fight smart and hard and think longterm or the American experiment dies on our watch.
Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948) was one of the first prominent South Asian women to campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain and leader of the Women’s Tax Resistance League.
Born in London, she was the daughter of the exiled Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last Maharajah of the Sikh Empire.
In 1907, a visit to India made a striking impression on her, when she encountered the poverty and devastation left by her father’s abdication. It was then when she met with Indian freedom fighters. After she returned to Britain she joined the suffragette movement, and as a sign of dissent she refused to pay taxes. She also auctioned her belongings and donated the money to women’s rights causes. On 14 June 1928, she became the president of the Committee of the Suffragette Fellowship. It was during her term that women were granted the right to vote in Britain.
Trumpcare comes up for a vote yet again on Tuesday July 25, 2017, i.e. in two days from now.
As a person with a disability, I’m literally begging you to call again. As long as these codpieces keep putting it up for a vote, we have to call and make sure our Senators know: We don’t want to die.
And fuck this administration for making us beg.
Also? If you’re a tool who asks, “Why should we have to pay for healthcare?”, your idiocy is amusing. You’re paying for your own healthcare. Will you die at 105 in your sleep? No, you will not. Your body will do something beyond your control long before then and you will need help.
Welcome to adulthood and common sense.
Everyone else, we’re in this together and I hope you and your loved ones are as healthy as possible.