On the Brink of a Constitutional Crisis, the Nation Goes Numb

From The American Prospect:  http://prospect.org/article/brink-constitutional-crisis-nation-goes-numb

There is a psychopath in the White House and his administration is being assessed through the norms of political coverage.

Adele M. Stan
July 26, 2017

In Washington these days, a simple question once regarded as a mere pleasantry has become quite loaded: “How are you?”

“Well, you know …” comes the answer, and it falls off right there, sometimes with a weary roll of the eyes or a downward glance.

Yeah, I know. I know how it is to want to scream or cry as the republic slips away and you’re still trying to do your work, trying to stop some small part of it from happening while the nation seems oblivious to the consequences. I know.

We have sunk so low that we must defend a racist, sexist, homophobic, lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key attorney general from the president’s attempt to push him from power—apparently so that the president may find a new attorney general better situated to shut down an investigation by a special counsel into whether he colluded with a foreign adversary to rig the last presidential election.

Because if that were to happen—if that special counsel investigation should be shut down—the rule of law itself unravels.

I know.

At the same time, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are trying frantically to deliver a legislative victory to the president—one that, by the accounting of the Congressional Budget Office, would increase by 32 million the number of the nation’s people without health insurance of any kind. That’s in addition to the 27 million who currently go without coverage. That’s right: a total of 59 million. All without any input from the opposition party, which has been blocked from participating in the bill-writing process.

I know.

Then there’s the increasing distemper of the president himself, revving up his base with attacks on the veracity of the media, as well as on the integrity of immigrants, the value of cooperating with other nations, and decency itself.

On Tuesday evening, at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, President Donald Trump treated his audience to a bit of snuff porn involving high-school age girls and some bad hombres.

After painting all the people currently under deportation orders as drug-importing gang members, the president described their purported crimes. “So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15—and others—and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before any die,” Trump said. “And these are the animals that we’ve been protecting for so long.”

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