Wanted: A Few Good People — Must be Republicans

It is really up to the Republicans to end this dangerous farce of a presidency.

Jun 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm

In just one day last week, Donald Trump’s tweets attacked the mayor of London after terrorist attacks, his own Justice Department (!) for recrafting the Muslim travel ban to be somewhat less despicable, the media for being the media and others.

A day later, it seems Trump was feuding with his own attorney general, the uniquely unqualified Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. But of course not for dismantling civil liberties and attempting to again start the disastrous War on Drugs, aka War on Minorities and Taxpayers. No, it’s for not being sufficiently kowtowing. As if.

The Grifter Presidency continues apace, with Kushners selling visas, Ivanka peddling shoes and Trump Hotels planning a new type of hotel to fit in the districts he carried. Grifter Inns? There is no end of greed and crassness.

And does he name a career law-enforcement professional to head the FBI? Who does he name? Someone so obscure that some headlines identified him as “Chris Cristie’s lawyer.”

The beat goes on. When asked about the possibility of the “Comey Tapes,” which, a month ago, he himself hinted at in (of course) a tweet he said, “I’ll tell you something about that maybe sometime in the very near future. I’ll tell you about it over a short period of time. I’m not hinting at anything.” WTF?

Can anyone simply read Trump’s tweets and not conclude, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the person in charge of our government is (a) illiterate, (b) incompetent and (c) insane?

We all know this will not end well.

Charles Pierce, in his excellent column for Esquire, put it this way: “Washington these days is stuck in a kind of Cassandra Syndrome. Everybody knows the disaster is coming but nobody knows how to stop it, and too many people don’t want to because they figure they can get rich selling off the ruins.”

It is really up to the Republicans to end this dangerous farce of a presidency. Impeachment or resignation is the only solution. The vain hope that Donald Trump would change, or “grow into,” the presidency is long dashed. A man of 70, having lived a lifetime of narcissism, predation and prevarication, is not likely to change. He has been the boss of his own little distorted world. Now he is distorting our world.

As Republican President Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Ralph Flanders (R-VT) rose to smite Joe McCarthy (whose minion, Roy Cohn, later taught Donald Trump to screw the little people); as Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), Hugh Scott (R-PA) and John Rhodes (R-AZ) visited Richard Nixon to show him the door, history requires a few good people to stand up.

But the Republican Party is sadly lacking in that department. Republicans have been too busy making excuses. And they will not give up the chance to wreck medical care for countless millions of people to give tax cuts to people with countless millions.

Perhaps John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME) or Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) could lead the charge, but don’t bet the egg money. Courage, like sanity, is in short supply in Washington.