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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I was enjoying the plagiarism side show....

Too much?  I would have thought so at one point; more and more, I'm not so sure.

I'm not anymore.  I'm not because Josh Marshall is right:  Trump is dangerous.  Trump is not "outlandish" and "disruptive":  he is transgressive.  He is beyond the pale, across the boundaries, off the rails.  All the more reason he be repudiated as thoroughly as Barry Goldwater or George McGovern.  His defeat needs to be one for the ages.

Not least because of crap like this:

"These are values, Republican values by the way, of hard work, determination, family values, dedication and respect, and that's Melania Trump," Pierson told The Hill. "This concept that Michelle Obama invented the English language is absurd."

Girl, please.  And they just happened to express themselves in the very same words?

Events last night were the garbage fire we were warned about, and I don't mean one stupid and otherwise forgettable speech.  The sad part is that blatant act of theft that's getting all the attention.  The exploitation of pain and grief, the demands to incarcerate the opponent, the racism that creates an entire class of immigrants to fear because they are coming to kill us and nobody in government cares; that's going unmentioned now, or being accepted as what the GOP is doing and since the GOP is a major political party, this too must be normal.  When important enough people do it or back it or support it, it has to be treated as reasonable, or at least normative.

It isn't; it shouldn't be.  Honestly, it's becoming an object lesson on why you never argue with fools.  The problem here isn't the plagiarism; it's the transgressions of all norms, all boundaries, all decency and common sense.   The problem is the discussion is about how Trump's carelessness caught up with him, as if lifting two paragraphs was the worst thing about the night, was finally going to be Trump's Achilles Heel.  The discussion isn't about the racism, the exploitation, the fear-mongering, the sheer horror show that was on display last night.  These things aren't Nixonian; this isn't Goldwater; this isn't even Pat Buchanan.  We're way past that.  This is the garbage fire they warned us about.  Whether or not we realize that may be important, soon.


1 Comments:

Blogger ntodd said...

Obama wisely stole the words ahead of time knowing what would happen in 2016, just like he planted that birth announcement back in '61 to pretend he was American, knowing he'd run for preznit in '08. HE IS A CLEVER CRIMINAL! VOTE TRUMP!

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