Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Past impeachment, what should be done about Donald Trump and his band of contemptuous stonewallers?

The late Helen Gahagan Douglas. Who was she 
and what does she have to do with all of this? 
Keep reading.
I promise, I’ll offer my answer to the question of what to do about Trump and his bunch in time. But first, let’s step back into history. 

Here are two quotes:

“Our people would again be polarized in their opinion.” And furthermore “Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough.”

Those seem to be the two best excuses that President Gerald Ford could come up with when he pardoned Tricky Dick Nixon, on September 8, 1974, for the various crimes known as Watergate.

Never mind that from the very beginning of his career, long before Watergate, Nixon was a merciless bully who, for example, thuggishly maligned the woman he ran against for the Senate, Helen Gahagan Douglas, an actress turned politician. 

The big smear

Nixon attempted to smear her, all but called her a subversive traitor “pink down to her underwear,” and had others launch anti-Semitic memes against her because her husband, the actor Melvyn Douglas, was Jewish. In fact, she was nothing more nor less than a New Deal Democrat. But the lies and innuendos worked. He beat her.

Never mind that during Watergate he tried to cover up a patently illegal burglary aimed at seeing what he could get against the Democratic party.

The poor baby "had suffered enough." And besides, prosecuting him for his criminal activity might polarize the nation all over again.

And so, Nixon retired in shame, but very comfortably, to his estates in San Clemente, California, and Saddle River, New Jersey until he died, meanwhile making a handsome living writing books. Like many depots and would-be despots, he never saw the inside of a prison, although he most assuredly belonged in one.

Have we learned our lesson yet? 

Except in times of World War, this nation is always polarized to a greater or lesser extent. And the cure for it is not to pretend it doesn’t exist, or that it will go away if only we don’t lock up the bad guys. The cure is to prosecute the people whose crimes caused the polarization, so that others will be less tempted to follow their example in the future.

It’s now looking increasingly as if the House will impeach Donald Trump, even if it knows the Senate is not at all likely to convict him.

What will happen
when the pendulum swings?

In time, the political makeup of the United States will change, as it always does. Whether it’s next year, or half a decade down the road, the pendulum will swing again. And when it does, the best inoculation against more of what we have today is to set an example by making sure that the petty thugs and bullies around Donald Trump, and Trump himself, do some serious prison time for the damage they’ve done to the United States of America and to the body politic.

With that in mind, in addition to impeaching Donald Trump, Congress ought to hold in contempt all the stone-wallers who contemptuously defied Congressional committes, starting with Corey Lewandowski. Maybe Attorney General Will Barr will refuse to enforce the contempt citation — grounds for Barr himself to be cited. But when the tables turn, perhaps the first step a Democratic attorney general might take would be to enforce the citation. Let that hang over their heads for a few years.

And when, whether by election, term limits, or a surprise removal after impeachment, Donald Trump is no longer President, let us not hear a word about how the poor baby has suffered enough. Instead, I hope, law enforcement should instead find a way to insure that he dies of old age in the slammer, along with the sycophants who enabled him and blocked for him.


Grung_e_Gene said...

Trumps different than W(worst POTUS Ever). 12 years ago Bush the Lesser and his Svengali Cheney were only second to Ronnie Raygun in the Rightwing Pantheon. Nowadays no conservative will cop to supporting Hillary Clinton's Iraq War and the letter W is stricken from the rightwing lexicon.

But, Trump... he embodies all that which is venal and vile in themselves. Conservatives can no more abandon Trump than they can abandon themselves.

The New York Crank said...

Thanks, Gene, but I hesitate to credit the Iraq war to Hillary. Like most others in the Senate and Congress, she allowed herself to be duped into believing that Saddam Hussein was building "weapons of mass destruction."

In fact, the fathers of the war were two members of W's administration: Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld who had the bright idea that they could invade Iraq on falsified evidence, grab Iraq's oil, and bask in the accolades of the Iraqis, who would strew roses in their path. There is a special place in hell for those two, and DumbDumb W can be given the task of stoking the fire under them.

Hillary was no saint in all of this, but she was part of the Senate mob, not the leadership.

Yours Crankily,
The New York Crank

Ed said...

WSJ Journo Shreds "Attempt To Take Out A President" After Transcript Release https://www.zerohedge.com/political/wsj-journo-shreds-attempt-take-out-president-after-transcript-release
Smoking Gun? Impeachment Blows Up In Democrat Faces...Again! https://www.bitchute.com/video/gLZiGnaDmGfi/?mc_cid=c2ed697371&mc_eid=5c1c78d2fc

Anonymous said...

Aware of Nixon's slander of his oppenents but whenever I her "pink Lady" in political terms I think of Rep. Patsy Mink widely known as Pink Mink even by her numorous supporters ( of which I was one)
Played crucial role on woman's rights (title IX)

Buttermilk Sky said...

Thanks for reminding me that Ford was not the "decent guy" celebrated by Beltway hacks. I always thought the pardon was a condition of being appointed vice-president. It certainly kept us from becoming "polarized," didn't it?

A reluctance to punish right-wing criminals after the Civil War and again in the 1970s led us to this mess. Show you mean business by criminalizing contempt of Congress as if Lewandowski et al. were the Hollywood Ten. At least we'll get more entertaining Trump/Giuliani histrionics out of it.

joejimtree said...

Its only my personal memory but I feel as though Nixon's impeachment came in considerable part because of the anti war movement. People were finally sick of war, the creepy lies and sneaky maneuvers that sustained it for so long, personified by the man who most peddled the unrelenting excuses for violence. Of course the legend will be that he was impeached because laws were broken, but it was the cresting cultural, liberal, sea change which supported justice.

Ford pardoning Nixon obscured the agency and power of this change, and disorganized the movement, which should have been continuing to expose the depth of corruption and greed. The country was ready to explore a new degree of liberalism, to question authority and especially the validity of war, but we sadly never solidified a pacifist ethic, a concept that is quite remote from us today. Under other leadership, it might have been possible to have grown and been changed by the lessons of Vietnam, but whatever resolve and wisdom we had gained, got chipped away, until finally the Bush dynasty got us back into the shame of war, big time, in their sneaky, creepy, lying way. A great opportunity lost on this front and similarly on many others.

Its not entirely unlike forgiving all the banks after the great recession. Everyone still in place.