This Unholy Mess

If the Ten Commandments don’t really do it for you but you can’t quite stomach Dr. Phil either, then why not dip your mental big toe into This Unholy Mess? I can sound as authoritative as Oprah, as enthusiastic as Joel Osteen, and as esoteric as Ron Hubbard—and I can do it all without the terrible burden of wealth and notoriety that might risk infusing my writing with a bit of legitimacy. Much of what you will find on the blog is political, if only because I am a fan of tragi-comedy; but there are plenty of offensive religious and social topics to disturb just about anyone with a reasonably closed mind, a slight chip on his shoulder, and a desire to confront people belligerently from the safety of a computer keyboard. Enjoy!

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So the sad story goes on. Now, after revelations of glaring, show-stopping abuse of presidential power involving Ukraine and the 2020 election—stunning even in terms of the prior outrages dumped on us by our “president,”—we find ourselves mired in a multi-layered national tragedy. It is not just about the first, the obvious bit, the stunningly unethical acts of a man using the power of his office in a lopsided show of intimidation and economic muscle, leaning on the leader of a small foreign power to help himself out in an election. It’s about his response after the revelations, too. He didn’t deny what happened, mind you, because it’s all too clear in the rough transcription of his July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president. Instead he set out to legitimize and normalize what he did. It was a “perfect” phone call, he says. Sure. It was so perfect, so normal, that his alarmed minions did all they could to hide it. But forget that, he says, in effect. Two weeks after the revelations broke, he stood on the White House lawn insisting that China too should investigate the Bidens. Right. Now that it’s normal to use the office of the President to investigate political opponents, why not put out a Presidential APB to every country in the world, asking for help in uncovering—or concocting, rather--whatever dirt they can about the Bidens? Certainly lots of small countries like Ukraine, with an economy about the size of Peru’s, would jump at the chance to curry favor with the leader of the U.S., a huge potential source of financial and military aid. And it only costs us the total compromise of American foreign policy and the shredding of federal election law. Cool! Even beyond the actual crime, though, there’s the equally depressing spectacle of his glazed-eyed followers completely buying into this sleaze-o-rama, people willing to toss the Constitution out the window in some twisted display of loyalty to an unprincipled, opportunistic demagogue. It is chilling and extraordinarily sad. It forces an observer to accept the idea that America’s foundations, the roots of our republican democracy, are now at risk. There is a well-worn line that is often employed in explaining the attitude of many of these Trump supporters. We are told that...   Read more

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