Mister Tee wrote
So, no one appears to be responding to this. Not to say people are obligated to reply to things I post, but...isn't anyone else alarmed by this? 40 years ago, Nixon said "If the president does it, that means it isn't illegal", and the nation gasped at the imperial notion. Here, Trump's lawyers are saying the same thing, to a duly-appointed counsel, and it's no big deal?
I think we're already ankle-deep in the greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War -- beyond what we experienced in Watergate -- and it's likely to get much worse very soon. Is it simple despair that keeps people from commenting on it?
It's not despair. There's A LOT going on right now. Right now, people I know are deeply upset about the children being separated by their parents by ICE. Besides, the news cycle is moving insanely fast these day while Mueller is moving right on track. They can't be expected to jump on every whistle from this slow-moving train.
To the rest of your point: I think we're absolutely in a constitutional crisis. But before I speak further on it, I want to cite your middle passage.
Mister Tee wrote
For the record, a dozen sitting Republican Senators voted to expel Bill Clinton from office on a charge of obstruction of justice. I'd like to see each of them explain how they're now prepared to say such a thing doesn't exist.
So... I don't want to see each of them do that, and I'll tell you why. Because it won't matter. They're going to lie. Did you see Guiliani on Chuck Todd when they brought up a video of him talking about Bill Clinton? What did he do? He just lied. And I am WELL beyond the point of laughing at their hypocrisy because as far as I'm concerned, they're winning. The Republican party is the party of Trump and they've either partially or entirely brainwashed far too many Americans for us to entirely come back from. They have successively eroded the public trust with bullshit false equivalencies, crazy conspiracy theories, and the empowerment of human scum in a way I never thought I would see in my lifetime.
So, I guess here's my question: where's your faith in Mueller now? Do you think he's going to bring Trump to justice or not? Despite what you've said about Democrats enjoying the defeatist mindset (and please to that point: I AM NOT ENJOYING MYSELF!), I think we're in uncharted territory. Bill Maher has it right. Donald Trump is an authoritarian with no respect for power, and yes, he probably is above the law.
The Original BJ wrote
But the Republican party as an institution-- its leadership -- is basically a cult now, one that operates entirely in bad faith, thinks small-d democratic rules and norms should only apply to their opponents, and that seeks to protect their dear leader from accountability on everything. The idea that there is some red line that Trump just won't be able to cross with some of these senators and congresspeople is utter fantasy. I think any Democrat (or even never-Trump conservative) who is still in a state of denial about this needs to vacate that state immediately. (And some certainly still are, even after the last 3 years.)
You posted this as I posted my thoughts. Thank you for your volunteer work. I agree with much of what you've said but is it really the leadership that's a cult? I don't think so. The leaders know exactly the bullshit they are peddling. It's just a great big cash-grab for them. The cult members are the people who 100% believe that Trump won the popular vote but it was undocumented immigrants who threw it to Hillary. And you can't convince them otherwise because public trust has been so eroded.
The only people who scare me more than them are the empowered filth of the earth who are coming out of the shadows to run for office.