President Donald Trump. Saying the name is a joke and an insult all at the same time. Not since Richard Milhous Nixon has the nation faced a more direct and vile threat to its existence.
Of Nixon, upon his passing, Hunter S. Thompson opined, “He was the real thing -- a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family.”
It isn’t a stretch to imagine this as a description of President Donald Trump.
Firing FBI Director James Comey has brought back memories of firing special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the “Saturday Night Massacre,” and it has frightened Trump fans and emboldened Trump’s foes alike.
Kellyanne Conway said the move had nothing to do with the Russian investigation. Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged us to move on. Sean Spicer apparently had nothing to say and avoided eye contact Tuesday night.
Despite whatever spin his surrogates have placed on this move – it comes one day after testimony on The Hill called into question Trump’s role in Russia’s involvement in our election.
Further, it apparently comes after Trump tried for a week to find a way to can him - enraged by Comey’s insistence on continuing the investigation into Trump’s election and mere hours after the Justice Department issued subpoenas for friends and associates of General Mike Flynn.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his assistant attribute Comey’s firing to bungling the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but few are buying it.
For those of us old enough to remember the Watergate Scandal, this is déjà vu all over again.
Democrats wanted Comey booted after the Hillary Clinton investigation and now the GOP rowdies are using that as a means to taunt them since the president sacked him.
But all of this high wind in the trees is negated by the reality facing us in this country: We have a president and members of Congress who have no respect for the Constitution.
There are members of the Democratic and Republican party who put their party ahead of country.
We have a president who puts his own self-interest above anything else.
His business dealings are questionable. His abuse of the emolument clause is well documented. His collusion with foreign enemies is worthy of further investigation. His budget proposals prey on the dispossessed and the least of our brothers.
His interior department is engaged in raping and pillaging the landscape.
His justice department is without credibility. His attorney general wants to prosecute low-level drug dealers and considers anyone who smokes marijuana “A bad person.”
After school meals to the poor are going to be canceled because the meals didn’t help the poor kids get better grades, “As promised,” according to budget director Mick Mulvaney.
We’ve bombed two countries and are sending more troops to a third. The president has proposed two travel bans which have been stymied by court action.
He has fired everyone investigating him.
He is at a dark place in the American psyche and a darker place in history than anyone other than Nixon. But Trump can say this – he got there in record time.
His will be a text book case in human treachery, hubris and deceit unparalleled since Caligula.
Nixon famously said that it isn’t illegal if the president does it. Trump and his crown prince of bible thumping acrimony – Mike Pence – (a real life Race Bannon look alike for fans of Johnny Quest) have taken their disdain for those who disagree with them to a level not seen since the Inquisition.
While it is important that appearance is not always reality and while we must remember post hoc, ergo propter hoc, we must also be aware of motives, desires and the devious nature of the man currently running the White House.
He is entitled to be thought of as innocent of any nefarious act. He deserves the respect due a president, and we all deserve a thorough investigation into the actions of this president, his connection to the Russians and if he is exonerated then so be it – and if not so be it.
I’ve heard it said if you don’t like the heat then get out of the kitchen. But, you usually don’t fire the cook.