Thursday, July 19, 2018

For The Record...

It was bad enough that Donald Trump called the European Union a foe, and pissed off other members of NATO, and insulted the British Prime Minister. Then he goes to Finland...

You know what? One thing about the Republican Party that had been unwavering as far back as I can remember, in fact, as far back as the start of the Cold War, was the hard line it took against Russia. Always. Twenty years after the Soviet Union went belly up, Mitt Romney said our greatest geopolitical foe was Russia. Barack Obama belittled him for not giving Al-Qaida that distinction at the time, but turns out Romney was right. I should have caught that at the time, and Obama certainly should have. At worst, al-Qaida was a serious security threat to America; Russia, on the other hand, in the past was an existential threat to America, and...

Well, after a few days of crapping all over our long-standing allies, Trump placed Vladimir Putin's "No we didn't" claim concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the entire American intelligence community's declaration of "Yes they did" on equal footing. He threw what might have been the GOP's most reliable and irrefutable argument under the bus.

Then...

Trump tries to say he misspoke. He said "would," he meant "wouldn't."

Yo. Forget about what this guy meant or what he said, not just this past week but going all the way back to when he learned how to talk -- and forget whether you're all in, all out, or all mixed up when it comes to Donald Trump. This guy is the exact personification of the weather here in New England. You don't like it this morning, wait until this afternoon -- and chances are real fuckin' good you're gonna like it even less.

As a cab driver, I meet the whole range of folks over time. This includes a couple of self-proclaimed, yet confused progressives who have told me President Trump should be shot. Both times, I've gotten in their faces for that. First of all, anyone who feels that way needs to watch who they say that to -- unless they want the Secret Service to drop in unannounced. Second, Trump not living through this term for whatever reason means we end up with President Pence, a prospect which gives me great pause. Fuck that -- I'll take Putin's not-so-secret bromantic lover over his not-so-secret kindred stunted spirit all day, every day.

My two cents? If anyone in this story deserves to be shot, it's Vladimir Putin. Wash that down with your Smirnoff.

And to any Russians who somehow stumble upon the Medley and have an issue? Get your own election processes straightened out before you fuck with ours from now on. We celebrate monuments to Abraham Lincoln, you fuckin' morons celebrate monuments to Joseph Stalin. If I were Russian, I'd drink enough vodka to kill every bear in Asia too.

Way to go, comrades....

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