Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Midnight Meme Of The Day!


by Noah

The comparisons between SeƱor Trumpanzee and Richard Nixon have been coming in pretty steadily these days. For sure, both men are crooks and both will go down on the same list in history as more than a little crazy, more than a little corrupt, and more, much more than a little bigoted. We see that in Nixon's famous tapes just as we see that in Trumpanzee's tweets and at his lunatic rallies. There are differences in the two men, though. Nixon knew and understood the U.S. legal system. He tried to circumvent it on an hourly basis, but, in the end, he accepted the consequences of his actions and left. Hence, the famous photo that tonight's meme parodies. For all his faults, Nixon had an awareness of the rational. Say whatever you want about Nixon, but under it all, he had a streak of patriotism, too. He considered himself an American. The same cannot be said of Trumpanzee.

Nixon had his own treason. It involved his undermining of the Paris Peace Accords and the resulting additional unnecessary deaths of Americans and Vietnamese that followed. He did it to win the 1968 election and it worked. Trump's treason seems to be unfolding daily and it seems to involve his efforts to win the 2016 election.

However, it's hard to imagine someone as far gone and completely devoid of any sense of rationality or patriotism going on national TV and resigning like Nixon did in August of 1974. I never thought that I could hate a president more than I hated Nixon, but then Trump came along. It just goes to show you should never say never.

There is another similarity between the two men and it is this: As I've said before over the years on this blog, I always felt that the job of the special prosecutors looking into Nixon and his Watergate was to just throw us, the public, a few small bones, leave the worst stuff covered up, and make a deal with him to go away to sunny California with a pardon and live out his days on a taxpayer-funded pension. Let's just say that I will be very pleasantly surprised if anything different happens in the case of Trump.

Letting Nixon off with a get out of jail card was a huge mistake in American history. A crook of a new president named Gerald Ford pardoned him, famously saying that no one wanted to see the president go to jail. Utter bullshit of course but that's what the congressmen, courts, and senators of the day gave us and it has us led directly to the situation we are in today. Every politician operates in the dark thinking that, if Nixon got away with what he did, then he or she can too. It's a farce, of course, and it destroys American morale. I'd like to be wrong but I don't see the Chuck Schumers, Mitch McConnells, and prosecutors of our time being any different than those who gave Nixon his sweet deal in 1974. Washington takes care of its own. Even if, by some miracle, those in charge had the honor and morals to drag Trump and his entire crime family, plus his accomplices such as Paul Ryan and his David Nunes-led treason caucus, out of the White House and Congress and hold righteous modern day Nuremberg trials... Oh the hell with it. Why should we expect those in Washington to do the right and patriotic thing? But if they don't, we can kiss this country goodbye.

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At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Frank Taylor said...

buhahahah nice nice meme Noah

At 3:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nixon, from his special place in Hell, sends encouragement to Trump and muses, "If only I had a Congress full of Republican idiots...."

At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That graphic is more true than I want to admit. Trump is getting away with incredible crimes against this nation and the world, and no one does anything about it but aid and abet him in making things worse.

At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noah... it would appear you've had your epiphany... I mean, you just posited exactly why we need a new left party... because the 'craps aren't going to do shit... you said so yourself...

So... why is this site still stumping for democraps? I mean, you just SAID that the 'craps aren't going to do shit... and if nobody does shit, we'll kiss our country goodbye... You not only defined the problem, the cause and the consequence (death), by process of elimination, you also infer the ONLY solution.

So, I look forward to your next post which calls for and begins the process of coalescing around a truly left movement/party. Please don't dawdle. As you point out yourownself, it's kind of time-critical.

I'm truly relieved you finally figured this out.

"...that's what the congressmen, courts, and senators of the day gave us and it has us led directly to the situation we are in today."

Wisdom that is true all the way from LBJ failing to prosecute Nixon for treason to trump being 'elected'. You can draw a straight vector through all the data points. If any data point is eliminated, the vector ends.

Again, I'm truly relieved and gladdened by your obvious epiphany. Please, let us proceed.

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:30, You obviously haven't been reading Noah for very long. You can go back in the Down With Tyranny archives or googles and see that Noah has expressed the same attitude many times for many years. His previous posts about the still going Watergate coverup and the shortcomings of Obamacare at the hands of Max Baucus stick in my mind.

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is correct about Baucus (and his lobbyist chippie of the time).

My post was kind of a taunt. How can someone be so often correct, but so constantly clueless? Only Noah knows... perhaps.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Skeptical Partisan said...

"I look forward to your next post which calls for and begins the process of coalescing around a truly left movement/party."

There's qualitatively no difference between starting a party from scratch versus fighting for control of an existing party. In the end, a small number of people hold the power to direct the party. The major power brokers pay little attention to third parties because they no power. If a minor party ever achieved significant numbers of followers, an/some elite(s) would involve themselves in party development and work internally to change the flavor of the party to their means. Progressives fighting for power are attempting to replace establishment Democrats with more progressive leaders. But power itself corrupts; even if progressives take over the party, there's no guarantee they will remain faithful to their supporters.

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nixon: The intellectual version of Nixon. Trump:The dumb down version of.... .Go get him Mueller!


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