Journalists routinely interpret Trump’s mad rants for their readers, trying to pick out tidbits of policy, announcements. Newsy stuff. But the real story is the mad ranting itself. When President Blowhard babbles, report the babbling. Kudos to Peter Baker.
“Obama has the thing that Trump has always craved but never achieved, and that’s respect. I’ve always thought that … is something that just eats Trump alive inside.” ~ Matthew Miller, former Obama Public Affairs Director, quoted in Trump’s latest attack shows endless obsession with Obama, The Guardian 5/16/20
“Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” ~ Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (Essay, 1852)
If Marx was right, then Trump’s repeat of Clinton’s infamous wag the dog tactic in the face of impeachment would be at the tragedy stage. And that’s what it certainly is. It will inevitably lead to yet more tragedy. But we’re dealing with Trump here, so there’s always an element of farce at play.
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At times, when the Sociopath gets me seething, I turn to graphics for some venting. Some people knit, apparently. That’s good, too. That’s how we got all those hats.
I was inspired to put this simple graphic together (maxing out my skill set) by an idea my partner Steffy had for a July 4th decoration. We own two small American flags. She thought they could be attached to a sign that showed a Sherman tank and the words, “No tanks”.
Ideas like this are one of the many reasons I love her.
One other piece of inspiration behind this graphic was reading about the moving sand sculpture called “Liberty is Crumbling”, created by Damon Langlois. Damon Langlois was the master solo winner at the Texas SandFest this year. Yes, sand. Plain old beach sand. Damon has a Zazzle store with “Liberty is Crumbling” merch. Go buy something.