The Tipping Point
Bullshit. That’s all it is. And not only is it bullshit, but bullshit is all it’s ever been, and bullshit is all it’s ever going to be. And we’ve known it from the start. From the moment he oozed his way down that rattletrap escalator in Trump Tower, we have witnessed not just a candidacy, and not even just a presidency, but an entire administration built solely of pure, unadulterated bullshit. The problem with pure, unadulterated bullshit though, is that it’s not a particularly strong and sturdy material. There were a couple of interesting sniglets in impeachment world today, ones that make my point. First, CNN came out and reported that anonymous Senate sources had confirmed to them that despite his best efforts, Moscow Mitch McConnell lacked the requisite 51 GOP votes to allow him to make the first motion brought to the Senate floor for a vote in the trial be one of dismissing the charges, making it possible for Donnie Depends to scuttle off with nothing more than community service. Apparently there is a limit to the tensile strength of bullshit, especially when everybody is watching you shovel it. A couple of hours later, CBS News broke with the story that not only did McConnell not have the requisite number of GOP votes to give Trump a free pass, but senior White House officials had already resigned themselves to the fact that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer almost certainly had not only enough GOP votes to get to 51 and force the appearance of witnesses in the trial, he likely had more than the number needed to reach 51.Not only isn’t the tensile strength of bullshit not much, but it also seems that it cracks and expands quite easily. You know, bad boys and bullies always have kids hanging around them, kids who love to watch the bad boy get away with shit that they can’t. That pretty well seems to sum up the Republican party in the era of Trump. The problem is that, after watching the bully skate so ma ny times, the other kids start trying it themselves, only to find that the invincibility potion doesn’t travel very well. And then they call for Momma. Trump’s summary execution of Soleimani was an act of pure, senseless, political bullshit. Right now, Trump is balancing on the tightrope, but the wind hasn’t really started to blow yet. But when it does, being Trump, he will do what bullies always do, try to tough it out. And when he starts trying to counter reprisals with escalating military force, then the bully is finally going to find himself in juvie hall. Trust me on this folks, this ain’t my first rodeo. In 1967-68, massive protests against not only the Vietnam war, but the stunning clarity of the fact that our own government was lying to us about both the war, as well as its progress, led LBJ to decide not to run for another term. Those protests dogged Richard Nixon, and ended up bringing on a generational split in this country that has never fully healed. As a 16 year old sophomore that ditched classes not for opening day at Wrigley field, but to take the el train downtown to protest, I know what a powerfully motivating factor war can be. Hell, in two more years, it would […]