Imagine that in an NBA game, a player punches another player in the face. Knocks him down. The ref tries to stop him, and the player says that he is not subject to the rules. He can do what he wants. Other players support him.Some of the fans do too. Can the game continue? No. Does the sport suffer? Of course it does.
Now lets take a look at what is happening in Washington.
The other day, Donald Trump’s lawyers strolled into a federal appellate court and argued that the president of the United States is above the law. That he can do whatever he wants — even murder — and law enforcement is powerless to investigate let alone stop him.
It is a ridiculous argument, and yet it was presented in a US appellate court, masquerading as something serious. The lawyers humiliated themselves and they debased the court by violating ethical standards in such a high profile way. But there you have it. They just did it.
Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, a small group of GOP Congressmen forced their way into the secure room where an impeachment deposition was to take place. Why? They demanded that the deposition not take place without them in the room. The demand ignores that the GOP is represented in the room by GOP committee members.
It was an absurd stunt that violates House rules and the security of the process, masquerading as a legitimate call of transparency. But there you have it. They just did it.
See the danger? When Donald Trump took on the job of president of the United States, he agreed to play the game according to its rules. He and his cohort of clowns are violating those rules and saying “So what!” As in the NBA setting, the game cannot continue until this is sorted out. Let’s be blunt — as in the NBA context — it is critical to sort this out NOW!
And things are worse that that. Donald Trump has the trust of a certain segment of the voting population. These folks believe in him. They believe that he is acting in their interests. They believe it when he says he is a victim of a “lynching” or “witch hunt”. They are like the fans at the NBA game. Will they be persuaded to ditch the rules too?
The danger here is not just that these stunts might work. The danger is that they are happening at all. And this is just scratching the surface. We are just finding out about the stunts that Trump’s “three amigos” were trying to pull off in Ukraine. And we don’t know if there are more “amigos” hiding under their desks in the White House and various Executive Offices. And we do know of the seemingly endless list of scandals that the Trump White House has created from day one of Trump’s tenure. This pot has been boiling for some years now.
How far will we let the pot boil? That remains to be seen. Stay tuned. And be worried. These are dangerous times. More dangerous because one political party — the GOP — is not condemning these stunts. They even create the impression that they might condone them. Even if they do not end up dong that — which would be dreadful — their ongoing silence now is perhaps even worse than the antics of Trump and his clowns.Why? Because they empower it. Trump would not be playing these games UNLESS HE THOUGHT HE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT!!!!!
A quick follow – What is Trump thinking here? That is very simple. Trump believes that Americans want to be entertained more than they want to be governed. He believes therefore, that the solution to his various governing problems is to be more entertaining to the public. The more outrageous he is, the more entertaining he thinks he is, and therefore, in his mind, the more powerful he becomes. Governance as professional wrestling (a sport that he was involved in). Yes, this is “banana republic” thinking. And yes, that is where our president wants to take the nation. Do you want to go there? This may be where we all are headed.