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https://www.ryanlcooper.com/will-no-one-defend-the-american-republic/

In a previous newsletter, I frankly discussed my view that the United States is careening towards a right-wing dictatorship that is highly likely to be either deranged or unstable or both over the medium term, thus threatening a chaotic collapse of the global economic system that might kill billions (especially in concert with climate change).

We see in the ethnic cleansing campaign that Russia, a comparatively poor and feeble state, is undertaking in eastern Ukraine the danger of that kind of government. Imagine the damage, say, Colorado’s mini-Trump Lauren Boebert (age 35) might inflict if she were to end up in firm command of the world’s largest military, second-largest nuclear arsenal, the global reserve currency, and the global financial plumbing, for 20-30 years, without any of the (insufficient yet still important) checks that stymied many of Trump’s worst impulses, and hence all the opportunity for permanent, total, unaccountable power to do what it usually does to corrupt imbeciles.

It’s not like this is some kind of subtle argument here. The upcoming putsch, just like the last one, is being planned right out in the open—this time possibly enabled by the Supreme Court. The Republican Party is not just currently led by grossly immoral (and increasingly, openly white supremacist and antisemitic) maniacs unfit to operate a lemonade stand, it is producing them by the thousands, and they are climbing the party ranks.

A truly odd part of all this, and I suspect one reason why there is such an air of despair in liberal circles today, is that the opposition party is currently in control of the government yet is largely just sitting on its hands. Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano, for instance, was up to his neck in January 6. Yet not only has he avoided any prosecution or even criminal investigation so far, he was also recently nominated for the upcoming governor’s race, where he will have vast authority over the state’s electoral machinery if he wins. So far there is not so much as a whisper that Trump is going to be prosecuted.

Any student of history considering the abstract chances of an opposition party attempting a coup d’etat against a sitting president without first obtaining firm control of the military would surely rate them low. But the awesome feebleness of Democrats raises doubts. Surely one reason it would be unwise to attempt to seize power against an established incumbent would be the high probability of getting arrested or shot. But not only are Democrats not locking up the insurrectionist criminals, this same party had the presidency stolen from them by a popular vote loser in 2000 (admittedly in a much less blatant fashion, but still at bottom the same behavior) and back then they just rolled over and took it as well.

What explains the helpless passivity of President Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the rest of the Democratic Party leadership? (To be fair, the January 6 committee has produced a lot of useful information and drama, which may even have shocked Garland into doing something.)

One hypothesis is often called “institutionalism.” In a recent profile of Dianne Feinstein, Rebecca Traister writes: “From her youth, Feinstein has been an institutionalist, with an institutionalist’s respect for structure, management, and hierarchy as means to manage the rabble of activism and protest. She seems unable to appreciate the possibility that partisan insurgents have overrun those institutions themselves.”

This is well observed but I think it is better called chauvinist cowardice. Someone who actually cared for an institution would notice when it was staggeringly, comically dysfunctional (the Senate) or under assault from fascists (constitutional government), and take action to fix or protect it respectively.

I think what Feinstein exhibits instead, along with the rest of the Democratic do-nothing caucus, is a sort of childish, willfully stupid faith in the crystalline perfection of American institutions—the kind of belief that manifests as denial whenever it conflicts with reality, which is to say all the time. The institutions do not work well or as designed, in fact they are terrible in a dozen obvious ways, but confronting this would mean facing the truth that America is not God’s chosen nation—that in fact it just another country like all the others, and indeed is far behind most of its peer wealthy nations in the quality of life (or life, period) enjoyed by its citizens. An insecure chauvinist cannot tolerate thoughts like these, and so resorts to desperate incantation that America is too the greatest country on Earth, so there.

I submit this kind of mindset is a key reason why Garland is letting Trump get away with trying to overthrow the government. Him and his party are too timid and cowardly, and too hypnotized by rah-rah grade school slogans, to touch off a massive controversy by arresting and prosecuting a former president. So they close their eyes, click their heels together, and repeat “It Can’t Happen Here, America is Actually Good,” hoping the whole thing will blow over and we can go back to pretending everything is fine. (I will apologize on bended knee if Garland actually does prosecute the January 6 ringleaders, and I hope he does it, but any well-functioning party would have done it on January 21 last year.)

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Oh, for crying out loud, we’re already run by a dictatorship. It’s called a craporate oligarchic police state. The fuse is lit, and it’s going to blow if not stopped in November! I’ve been following the pattern for 57 years, and this result has always disturbed me to the max. It’s a human mindset that has been repeated throughout recorded world history. The result is never good!

jcitybone

jcitybone

😭😭😭 and F Morton’s Freedom to Eat Dinner

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/3549907-mortons-condemns-abortion-rights-protestors-for-disrupting-kavanaughs-freedom-to-eat-dinner/

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, one of the conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade last month, was forced to exit through a back door of Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown Washington, D.C., by protesters who had learned he was there.

Protesters gathered outside the steakhouse on Wednesday night upon learning that Kavanaugh was inside and called the restaurant’s manager demanding that the justice be kicked out, according to Politico’s Daniel Lippman.

Morton’s condemned the actions of the protesters, writing to Politico: “Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant.”

“Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner,” the statement continued. “There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency.”

Kavanaugh was ultimately forced to leave through a backdoor exit after protests built outside the main door of Morton’s.

orlbucfan

Well, that’s a swanky spot. Didn’t Kavanaugh commit perjury during his confirmation hearing?

wi64

More like how many times did he commit perjury 🙂

orlbucfan

T and R x 3 and thanks, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 How are you feeling? Have your senses of smell and taste been affected? Please get well!! Man, between a death in the family and closing a RE sale, it’s been busy down here.

LieparDestin

jcitybone

But he had to leave the back way out of a steak house. Oh nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

orlbucfan

George Takei and William Shatner are still alive. They are part of the original acting crew for Star Trek. If you all get a chance, Bill Maher has an informal podcast/video called “Club Random.” He interviews Shatner who is 91, and sharper than a new razor blade. I highly recommend watching it. 🙂

wi64

As is Walter Koenig (Chekov) but i dont think he does much acting anymore.
Nichelle Nichols is alive as well but in decling health, She was in a nasty court battle a while back over family and a former friend on whom was going to handle her care and finances. Lawyers ate up a lot of her assets.

LieparDestin

orlbucfan

Yeah!! 🙂 Have the Webb site bookmarked. 🙂

wi64

The 6 better get used to it and long as thier no violence