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Thoughts on Events the Week of March 25, or thereabouts.

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on April 3, 2019

Mueller Speaks: The Special Counsel’s report is out, more or less. We’ll learn more about it over time, but based on what I’ve heard so far, I for one am ready to set aside the issue of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Mueller says there is insufficient evidence to prove this, apparently, and if he says so, I’m ready to accept his conclusion and move on.

The issue of obstruction of justice is murkier. Apparently, Mueller reached no definitive conclusion about it and is leaving this hot potato to the politicians. He is probably right to do this. It is obvious to any but the willfully partisan that Trump obstructed justice blatantly, but since impeachment, the only remedy available at present in Mueller’s view, is a political and not a legal process, and since a large chuck of the population – Trump’s base, mostly – doesn’t seem to care that he did, this one will have to be settled by means non-judicial.

This report, however, begs two unasked, or at least unanswered, questions related to Russia: What can we do to prevent Russia’s meddling in our elections, with or without collusion, in the future? And, if Trump wasn’t colluding with the Russians, why has he been so deferential to Putin?

These questions are interrelated. If we are going to change Russia’s behavior, we are going to have to get a lot tougher on Putin than we have been, and Trump doesn’t seem able or willing to do that. Putin is a tin-pot dictator of a second rate country rapidly trending toward becoming a third world one, and he is no friend to us. He needs to be dealt with accordingly.

The demographic divide: I read an article recently whose thesis is that the polarization in our politics is not on an axis of urban/rural or left/right, but generational, i.e. older/younger. If this is the case, the author opines, then “older” is going to dominate politics for a while because: older people vote more and, thanks to Baby Boomers, the older demographic is larger and growing faster.

I hope this is true on one level, because, as a senior I can attest that Social Security and healthcare are high on my list of priorities, and these are the programs that Republicans are waging all-out war on in an effort to pay for their tax cut for the very rich. This would seem, then, like a disastrous strategy for Republicans to pursue, and it couldn’t happen to a nice bunch of guys.

Status of the States: South Carolina gets the worst state cup this week. As long as there is a worst state competition, South Carolina will always be in the hunt because one of its senators is Lindsey Graham, extreme war hawk and winner of the Donald Trump ass-kissing contest.

But South Carolina wins this week thanks to another South Carolina deplorable – Mick Mulvaney – who talked our incurious president into joining a suit to repeal Obamacare entirely. This mean-spirited horse part makes Paul Ryan seem almost compassionate and smart, which are two important things Ryan is not. This is going to bite Mulvaney and vulnerable Republican legislators in the ass (see item above), and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

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