Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Having finally dragged people to see JW:FK, I decided it was an important event.

So I wore my "Blue Dino Claws" gloves and my "I Love Blue" t-shirt.

Back during the Yalta Conference at the end of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said he had forged a personal friendshiip with Josef Stalin, claiming that he "had the measure of the man". Stalin was a dictator and murderer, but Roosevelt believed that the two had become so close that Stalin could be trusted when he said he'd hold free elections in Eastern Europe.

Republicans excoriated Roosevelt, claiming him to be a "sick old man" who foolishly believed in "personal diplomacy" instead of "realpolitik" (realistic, pragmatic politics).

The GOP today has declared itself "disappointed" in Donald Trump's statements in Helsinki. But, you know, that's not really enough to oppose him. You know.
He must be very popular.

Jefferson Memorial at twilight

Jefferson Memorial sunset 005 - Washington DC - 2014-04-10

I think we are in a McCarthyite period. McCarthy made his claims about Commies in the government for FOUR YEARS before he was censured. The "red scare" lasted that long and the repercussions even longer.

In the 1950s, no Republican dated speak out against McCarthy for fear of looking "weak on communism". I think the GOP is in the same boat this time. They are terrified of losing office, and so simply will not challenge Trump -- at least, not until voters have already done so.
It's really the only way to get an underarm tan.

Monday, July 16, 2018

President Trump stood next to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Rather than defend America against those would threaten it, he attacked his own citizens and institutions while hailing the leader of a hostile power.

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant," Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, said in a statement.