Among the Hooligans

The worst part of all this is that there will be no justice.

A man was elected to the highest office in our land with the support — and perhaps collusion — of a hostile foreign government. Months into office, that man could not find it in him to simply condemn the murder of a woman in broad daylight. Two weeks later, he has pardoned a former sheriff who defied a court order to stop jailing people on the mere suspicion they were undocumented immigrants.

And there will be no justice.

The man is not acting alone. He enjoys the support of craven men, also elected to high office, who, whether through fear or venality, refuse to abandon him. And he enjoys the support of the party of those craven men, and the members of that party, who themselves cannot see him and his actions for what they are.

And there will be no justice.

This is the sad truth of America in 2017: In the face of evil, on the brink of tyranny, people who enable both will, in a few short years, shed their uniforms and badges, and escape blame for their action or inaction. They will not be held to account. They will not be shamed for their behavior. We will all act as if it never happened, and move on.

Just like last time.

The previous Republican president, also elected without benefit of a majority of votes, oversaw a regime that allowed torture, failed a major American city, and overlooked financial crimes that crippled the world economy.

There was no justice for that, either.

Justice would take the form of a reckoning, legal or civil. If laws were broken, trials would be held. Where no laws were violated, a shunning. Reputations would be ruined. Names cast into infamy. Reconciliation would be offered, but only if truth was revealed, and responsibility accepted.

This will not happen.

The party will recover — again — and politics as usual will resume. The major enablers of our nation’s current atrocities will not be held to account, but will continue in their positions of power and respect. And the public will let them, because a substantial number of our fellow citizens have lost their moral compass, if they ever had it to begin with. A woman died, and they argued about statues. They are complicit as well.

We had hoped it would be otherwise. We had hoped that events were so egregious that they could not be ignored. But we have been an adult citizen of this land for thirty-six years, and we should not be surprised.

For there will be no justice. There never is.


After Charlottesville and Phoenix, I thought Trump couldn’t sink any lower. I was wrong.

On the plus side, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is 85, so odds are we’ll be pissing on his grave sooner rather than later.

Also, racist extremists have basically destroyed the reputation of the RepubliKKKan party for generations, so it’s highly unlikely that the Latino Americans who are the future of this nation are ever going to vote for them under any circumstances.

@¡Andrew!: That gives me an idea what to do about those statues: Public urinals.

And as Houston drowns, Tangerine Twitler is tweeting about his election victory in Missouri and building a border fence.

@SanFranLefty: And the NYT is reporting he’s engaged — based on his tweets. Not even quoting anonymous sources with their tongues up his arse.

/eye roll at NYT/
It’s not about the engagement, any narcissist can be “engaged.” More like the actual follow up and actions.

None of this “hopes and prayers” bull shit but actual action.

BTW, I wonder if the NY congressional delegation will vote against funding to help Tejas as the GOPer Tejas delegation did for those affected by Sandy in 2012. I don’t think the mostly Dems would vote no because they aren’t heartless dicks, but if I were in their shoes then I would shove that into the faces of all those motherfuckers crying for money and voted No.

And for the record…
Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) -no shit
Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Roger Williams (R-TX)

@ManchuCandidate: There’s some chatter about that, and yes, Dems must vote for relief and attempt to shame the thugs. The attempt will not succeed — that’s the sad point of the post — but the fight must be waged.

It will not succeed because it will be cast as “playing politics with lives”, and we were all born yesterday.

That flammable, toxic cloud of organic peroxides from the chemical plant explosion is the smell of freedom.

@nojo: Speaking of the Grey Lady, I’m still in spasms over the fucking op-ed by Betsy DeVos’s brother Eric Prince (of Darkness) former Blackwater CEO about how mercenaries (not subject to international laws on crimes against humanity) will be the ones who win Afghanistan. I refuse to link to the piece out of principle, but I note that this is the same logic used by Koch Brothers to privatize every other government function, plus apparently Eric has never read his “East Asian” history to know that Afghanistan is the graveyard for empires. See, e.g., British Commonwealth, U.S.S.R.

@SanFranLefty: Bush and Cheney ignored that too, despite everyone reminding them of it at the time.

And, as the Onion observed — quickly borne out by fact — this is our first multigenerational hot war.

Didn’t expect Sean Spicee to be first out of the gate.

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