Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Time Already for the I-Word?

So the guy is going to build the damned wall anyway.  Ronnie Reagan gained sainthood in conservative theology by demanding that a wall be torn down.  The new guy aspires to something higher than sainthood — god — and aims to get there by building a wall.  Go figure.

Bob Reich wrote that he had lunch recently with a former Republican congressman — still well connected in the House and Senate — who said the leaders there are just biding their time, licking their chops, panting to trigger Impeachment.

Let me suggest the grounds for doing so right now: mental incompetency.

Face it, America: your president-elect is crazy as a loon.

I know a young man who is rising rapidly in the ranks of the Border Patrol.  He has worked in three border states — Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  He has chased down coyotes and their clients.  He is intimately familiar with the existing sections of wall.  He says walls are useless on this border.  Too expensive to build, diverting money from technology that actually works against illegal immigration and drug smuggling.  He says it’s too expensive to maintain, distracting Border Patrol officers from more important duties.  He comes from a long line of Republicans.  But this new guy is, he thinks, totally loco.

First he insults the entire U.S.intelligence community.  Then he goes to CIA headquarters, ostensibly to make peace and pledge his fidelity  to all our spooks, but he brings along a claque of toadies and ensconces them in the front row to turn what should have been a sober session into one more circus act. The pros were not amused at this desecration of the memorial wall they have erected to honor comrades who gave their lives to gather the kind of intelligence data that he denigrated in his campaign.

Then he insists on raising again the canard that he’d have won the popular vote if only those three million illegal immigrants hadn’t been allowed to cast ballots.  Not even Paul Ryan or Lindsey Graham could stomach more of this insanity.  Either show the evidence you purport to have or shut the hell up, they told him.   Telling this guy to shut up is like telling the fox not to eat that chicken.  

Now he’s ordering the damned wall to be built.  The media continue to be so obsessed with his crazy tweets, twiddles, whims and what-nots that they paid virtually no attention to an important and dangerous new wrinkle in foreign affairs that his administration has already caused: China has deployed inter-continental ballistic missiles near Russia, positioning them to be able to reach targets in the United States, Canada and Europe. The DF-41 missiles (range: 9,000 miles) are in northeastern Heilongjiang province bordering Russia. International weapons experts say that selecting this area for deploying the missiles clearly indicates that they are not  meant to target Russia. Konstantin Sivkov, head of a geopolitical studies group, said, "If that were the purpose, the missiles should have been stationed deep inside mainland China or on its southern border.” He added, “This is China’s response to threats pronounced by the new US president. These Chinese missiles would be able to use a more advantageous northern strategic route for approaching targets in the United States, thus bypassing the US missile defense.”

A symptom of mental incompetency is divorce from reality.  Obsessions with minor annoyances frequently preoccupy MI victims to the neglect of far more important matters.  Many MIs are prone to middle of the night rants (alcoholics who indulge in such behavior are called “telephone drunks.”)

So we’ve got Chinese ICBMs pointed at us and this guy is going bonkers about building a useless wall along our southern border.

Impeachment, anyone?

1 comment:

  1. I believe you are confusing impeachment -- a process to convict a president of high crimes and misfemeanors -- with the 25th amendment, which enables his replacement if he is deemed incapable of fulfilling the duties of the office. Such a process was considered, but not invoked, when President Reagan began to manifest some of the symptoms of his Alzheimer's disease late in his second term.