I don’t know what to hope for any more with the Mueller investigation — not that my hoping one way or another will change anything. But it’s clear now that Trump is a symptom of an ugly, xenophobic, white supremacist fervor infecting as much as 40% of the voter base in the U.S. Do I wish Trump gone? Yes. But I no longer have illusions that his departure will signal a return to something I recognize as “normalcy”. We have smarmy Pence, waiting in the wings, who wants the country to become a theocracy. We have next gen Tom Cotton, who thinks we should bomb Iran into acquiescence and automatically go after the families of suspected terrorists:
“Cotton’s record of extreme public statements on both foreign and domestic policy is no secret. But one particular episode from his past points to a potentially dangerous convergence of views with President Donald Trump. In 2013, as part of a bill sanctioning Iran over its nuclear program, Cotton attempted to introduce an amendment specifically designed to punish the families of sanctions violators, “to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree,” specifically identifying “parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids.”
No, taking Trump out won’t solve the problem.
But I must say I feel a sense of vindication watching Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI. Remember his leading chants of “lock her up” at Trump rallies, when he whipped Trump supporters into a vicious fervor against Hillary Clinton?
Now I’m hoping that jail time is a consequence of the plea bargain, and that locking Flynn up is the first of many surrounding Trump, and perhaps even Trump himself. “Lock them up” has a nice ring to me.
Then we’ll see where the country can go from there.