Politics

RIP GOP: State Sovereignty

Oh blessed irony in motion this week!

Trump’s campaign manager and regime capo, Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 7.5 years prison time for high crimes and misdemeanors committed at a federal level against the all of us. Not much time for the crime. But! in a New York minute after that sentence was announced, he was charged by New York prosecutors for crimes committed in violation of state law against the some of us.

And Trump can pardon Manafort’s his federal crime-time but he has no jurisdiction, no standing to pardon Manafort for NY state crimes. State sovereignty rules! And by rules, I mean laws.

And irony? As the GOP systemically dismantles, shrinks, and destroys the federal government, state officials assert jurisdiction and stamp out GOP shenanigans both administrative and individual. Governors of New Mexico and California have withdrawn troops from the border “emergency” and Paul Manafort can’t weasel out of New York justice.

Nationally, the Trump Regime appears to be doing fine. The Trump Crime Family Syndicate? Well, on a more local level, the state of New York could do Jared and Ivanka next.

And when Trump leaves office? Well, I’m sure New York will take all of a minute …


I was disappointed to read that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said “he’s just not worth it” when asked about impeachment. And pundits and publications made much hay of the whys and wherefores and defrauding voters and dump trucks full of angst and how-ever-could-she-say-that anguish. So in fit of due diligence, I pulled up the whole interview and here is the Speaker’s full response to the statement regarding impeachment:

There have been increasing calls, including from some of your members, for impeachment of the president.

I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.

Joe Heim, Nancy Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: ‘He’s Just Not Worth It’, The Washington Post Magazine, March 11, 2019.

But whilst reading my way to “… he’s just not worth it ...” which does make a great click-bait-get-me-lathered-up-angry headline, I read this:

For 2020, your goal is to keep control of the House and have a Democrat elected president.

And the Senate, the whole thing.


Joe Heim, Nancy Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: ‘He’s Just Not Worth It’, The Washington Post Magazine, March 11, 2019.

Impeachment? A tactical move in battle sure to be lost without bipartisan support.

Taking the Presidency, House, and Senate? Strategy.

And I hate that following this analogy through means winning the war. And the war is internal. Civil-not-civil. Ugh.


We were excited with the announcement that the Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, WI at the Fiserv Forum, July 13-16, 2020.

And we are here for it! (Post: Circus Maximii featuring the FiServ Forum.)


A reminder: If you live in the sovereign state of Wisconsin, mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 2, 2019. There is an election for a State Supreme Court Justice (Ballotpedia).

VOTE!


Footnote: These are links to sources supporting my statement that the GOP seeks to shrink and destroy the Federal government. Read at your own risk and don’t forget to breathe:

  • Defund the Federal Government: Daily Kos ” … abolishing the federal government in its entirety – including all agencies, acts of Congress, departments, and programs …
  • Overthrow Project: The Nation – “… government as an appendage to private enterprise”
  • Constitutional Convention: The Hill – amending the Constitution “… by another method, one that’s never been used in the nation’s history ...”

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