The latest SNL Skit nailed it. Alec Baldwin, as Trump, freely admits he fired former FBI Director, James Comey, because of the Russian Thing. The interviewer looks surprised and asks as an aside: ‘Wait, did I finally ‘get’ him on flagrant obstruction of justice’? Only to realize: “No, it doesn’t matter – nothing matters anymore”. Trump/Baldwin then further demonstrates his absolute power by beckoning his lapdog, Paul Ryan, with a little bell to serve him ice cream. Unfortunately, The parody is spot-on.
The Republican majority has given Trump a blank check to run roughshod over our Democracy. There appears to be no act that is too outrageous, unlawful, unconstitutional, self-serving, embarrassing or cruel for Trump to be held accountable by the Republican’ts.
Trump has been given free reign to spew his incendiary lies and tweets; to obstruct justice; to use his position for profit; and to flaunt his outright contempt for our Constitution, our laws, the media, the judiciary and civil rights. We tell our children that actions have consequences; yet that is clearly not true for our Tweeter-in-Chief.
Democrats, and much of America; are relegated to the role of bystanders watching a catastrophic runaway train wreck playing out in front of us in slow motion. Despite our screaming and waving our arms, donations, appearing at town halls, signing petitions and other energetic forms of resistance–the casualties continue to pile up, and the stench increases.
I was a teenager during Watergate. While I had little political consciousness at that time; I remember being affected by the message that even the President has limits to his/her (still hopeful) power; no one is above the law or the Constitution. We are now at an equally critical crossroads in our democracy. Is our democracy still stronger than a corrupt President? Will checks and balances finally kick in–or will we continue our slide down a dystopian slope?
While we don’t know yet how this will end; We do know that without an active, engaged and vocal resistance, things will get far worse. While it sometimes feels like spitting into the wind, we must continue to fight — putting up as many roadblocks as possible against the runaway Trump train.
Trump must be stopped. Our Democracy and way of life depends on it.