40 Years Ago Today, Tricky Dick Ran Away from Justice.

And America hasn’t been the same since. We have become cynical, our government and media have been largely taken over by Republicans who are still pissed off that their party’s crimes were uncovered. Really, though, they should be grateful that the GOP as a whole pretty much got away with it.

Shortly thereafter, Ford pardoned Nixon so the crooked bastard wouldn’t have to account for his many crimes, while the Repubs planned a takeover of the public and private sectors so as to ensure that they would never again be held to account for their illegal, immoral, unethical or anti-constitutional actions. With a few exceptions, that takeover has been a great success.

Today, politicos routinely resign rather than face charges, because Nixon set a precedent; and they are rarely prosecuted, because Ford set another precedent. Political crime and corruption have been legitimized to the extent that an illegitimate “President” (Bush II) could steal the Executive Branch, loot the Treasury, allow thousands of us to be killed, lie us into war,  kill thousands more innocent people in other countries…and face not one single consequence for such horrific crimes.

More than one commentator has bemoaned the decline in respect for the rule of law, the lack of trust in government, the rise of hyper-partisanship, and the general corruption and cynicism that plagues our society today. And justly so. But rarely do they trace these naitonal afflictions back to their root cause.

In my humble opinion, the reason our country has turned to shit can be traced back to 1974, when President Nixon shredded the constitution, committed and encouraged manifold crimes, lied to America…and was then allowed to walk away scot-free.

Crimes need to have consequences. Criminals need to be punished. Otherewise, a society will become a lawless, corrupt cesspool of neo-anarchistic social Darwinism. And that is what has happened in the past four decades.

Fuck you, Tricky. And fuck all those who allowed you to run away from justice.

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The Republican Party is Now Officially, Totally, Clinically Insane.

The four most recent Teapublican-related news items to hit my newsfeed (which draws from at least ten different sources) demonstrate that factual validity, accuracy, sense and indeed sanity no longer have a place in the party of my forefathers:

Michele Bachmann (R-Loony Bin) is conflating starving, traumatized illegal immigrant children with rapists and invaders:

“Foreign nationals that have come into the United States are between 300- to 500,000,” Bachmann told an incredulous Crossfire co-host Van Jones. “My heart is broken for a female college student in Minnesota who was raped, murdered and mutilated by a foreign national who came into our country.”

Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin is now accusing the Repubs of sabotaging his campaign because, well, I’m not quite sure, but Kray-Kray is clearly involved:

Former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin continues his comeback tour today with an interview with the Daily Caller, in which he blames his 2012 Senate loss on “the direct attacks of the Republican Party leadership on our campaign,” which he says were part of the party establishment’s effort to push an “anti-American agenda.”

Akin claims his own party sunk his campaign with “censorship of the truth” because they were afraid of the “elite liberal media.”

Akin, for his part, was apparently merely trying to generate “patriotism in the hearts of Americans” when he claimed that survivors of “legitimate rape” do not become pregnant.

Open Carry Texas, a load of Teabagging, seditious, racist fuckwits, is planning to march through a black neighborhood, brandishing their long guns at the law-abiding locals.

Open Carry Texas, a gun rights advocacy group, announced that they have scheduled their march through the Fifth Ward in Houston. The march, which was initially scheduled for Juneteenth but postponed at the last minute, will feature open-carry enthusiasts marching through the streets of the predominantly black Houston neighborhood carrying long assault rifles.

Open Carry Texas also announced that they’ll have a real-life black person marching with them, Maurice Muhammad. As Liberaland pointed out, Muhammad is a radical who promotes the killing of police officers on his Facebook page. He also is apparently the leader of a group that openly wishes for a race war. Liberaland also pointed out that OCT’s blog entry is more about Grisham’s own issues with the law than his concerns about the black community. While he talks a big game about unfair laws regarding gun ownership, and he positions himself as some kind of civil rights fighter, the reality is that he himself has a conviction on his record and cannot apply for a conceal-carry license.

And it turns out that Republican women think they themselves are too stupid to understand basic math, so men need to dumb down their speech so women can understand it:

““Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful…We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,”.

Four news articles in a row. Nary a one of them involving rational, substantive, fact-based foreign or domestic policy. All of them involving lunatics saying lunatic things. And honestly, I can hardly remember when this sort of psychopathology didn’t dominate Republican party discourse.

The lot of them need medicated, treated, and counseled so they can become productive, useful members of society. Because right now, the inmates have escaped the asylum and have taken over much of our government, and most of our media. Anybody know where we can get bulk discounts on Haldol and EST?

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We Actually NEED This Law? Sadly, Yes.

Democrats in the U. S. Senate and House (no Republicans as yet) have introduced legislation to keep our boss’s paws out of doctors’ exam rooms. This is necessary because the Roberts Court (including corrupt porn addict Clarence Thomas) decided that our employers’ “religious views” are more important than our lives and health:

Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Mark Udall fought back today against the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling with plans for legislation intended to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

Joined by fellow Democrats from both chambers of Congress and women’s rights groups, the senators urged Republicans to support the bill they have nicknamed “Not My Boss’s Business Act.”

“We are here to ensure that no CEO or corporation can come between people and their guaranteed access to healthcare,” Murray, of Washington state, said, speaking at the Capitol. “I hope Republicans will join us to revoke this court-issued license to discriminate and return the right of Americans to make their own decision about their own health care and their own bodies.”

Christ on Soap-on-a-Rope, are we really having this discussion? Has the “Supreme” court become such a load of Neo-Luddites, or perhaps just plain unhinged by greed, that they truly think that medical care for our wives’ and daughters’ uteri is somehow sacreligious? That clearing up endometrial irregularities will consign Hobby Lobby to a fiery Hell?

Apparently the “Justices” think so, and thus our tax dollars will be wasted on legislative measures to restore the rights we already had in the first place. For a party that claims to want a small government that spends less money, the Repubs sure are spending lots of coin peeping into our bedrooms and Gynecologists’ exam rooms. This law is needed, but it shouldn’t be.

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