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"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Forget Athens, we've got to get back to the Garden....

Halcyon days when reasonable people occupied the White House

Because, of course he does:

The president was pleased by the ambiguity of his position on Mr. Mueller, and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration.

Trump thinks Mueller's investigation, like Comey's, is a "witch hunt," and if he cuts off Mueller as he did Comey, it goes away.  But also, he doesn't care about the investigation except as it implicates him.  A "blanket public exoneration" is precisely what he demanded of Comey.  Obstruction of justice, in other words.  But he can't be obstructing justice if he's just getting a declaration that he's never responsible for anything, can he?

Of course, to Trump, the word means "just us."  He doesn't even care about the government.  He just cares about Donald Trump.

And away with the "Will he/won't he?" speculation.  He will, at the drop of a hat (the White House insists it can if it wants to.  Reasonable analysis says Trump will have to go through Rosenstein to get there, and there may even be a problem if enough appointed people refuse to play Robert Bork this time around.  Trump's incompetence in staffing may, in the end, prevent him from firing Mueller without a court fight.)  Recall, too, it wasn't the Saturday Night Massacre that did Nixon in.  Bad as that was, Nixon wasn't done for until the tape came out.

I don't need Nietzsche to explain this to me.  The good ol' Christian concept of sin, which has at its root human selfishness, tells me all I need to know.  That concept explains both Trump, and the willingness of some to see him as more sinned against than sinner.  I also don't care anymore who replaces him; this guy shouldn't be allowed in the White House for a public tour.

2 Comments:

Blogger trex said...

I've read the title to this post five or six times as I've bounced back-and-forth to this page and just NOW got the double entendre. Clever!

You've still got it....

3:29 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

We are stardust, we are golden.....

4:51 PM  

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