Instead of Accountability, Committees and Investigations

August 6, 2021

By Karen

So we have yet another example of yet another powerful politician — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — investigated by the state’s attorney general and found to have “violated federal and state” laws against sexual harassment.

Cuomo denies all of it and remains governor while the state legislature conducts ANOTHER investigation before impeaching him.

If you or I “violated federal AND state law,” we could scream our innocence until our lungs burst while we were thrown in jail to await trial, with the certainty of a guilty verdict.

But if you’re an old white guy who wears ties, it’s OK to commit felonies willy-nilly. The only consequences you’ll face are a harsh speech and some hand-wringing while the so-called “authorities” form a new committee to confirm their already-completed investigation into the misdeeds the world already knows you committed because you yourself left a complete, bloody trail of video and audio we’ve all seen, as well as written evidence and a queue of witnesses eager to rat you out.

What I’d like to know is, who kidnapped accountability, and how do we get it back?

Five members of Trump’s Cabinet were referred to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution, yet they all walked away unscathed with their fresh taxpayer-funded fortunes to write their lying memoirs.

Despite being suspended from practicing law, raided and having his electronic devices seized weeks ago, Rudy Giuliani is still blathering threats on TV that anybody who dares to hold him accountable for any of his myriad crimes — for Trump and side gigs purely for profit — is a liar and will pay for it in heaven, whatever that’s supposed to mean.

While the Trump Organization itself and its chief financial officer Alan Weisselberg are under indictment, life goes grifting along for the other culpable executives, Trump’s demon spawn, Junior, Eric and Ivanka.

And Trump himself, the most hardcore, inept crook ever to befoul the Oval Office, has proven every day, on multimedia, beyond all doubt, that he’s a thief, cheat, mass murder, seditionist and traitor. Yet nearly seven months out of office, he’s still being treated like a monarch who answers to no law.

So, Trump merrily plots Phase 3 of his coup. Phase 1 was to overturn the election. Phase 2 was to dispatch his crazed MAGA cult to kill Congress.

This dementia patient is going around proclaiming himself our once and future dictator, and what accountability does he face? State, federal and congressional committees and investigations grinding at a pace to make even snails lose their shit.

Meanwhile, the halls of Congress reek from the stench of Republican vermin who commit daily treason by lying and aiding Trump’s coup attempts when they should be rotting in cells for engaging in sedition.

The only conclusions I can draw from all this stonewalling and inaction are:

1. Prosecutors (I’m looking at you, Merrick “Molasses” Garland) intend to foot-drag until statutes of limitations kick in and render certain crimes moot.

2. Prosecutors are waiting for the perps to die of natural causes before they’re brought to trial so nobody has to be the one to blame them for anything.

In the meantime, while Trump Republicans foment chaos and anarchy, Biden, bless his heart, ignores it and gaslights us with happy talk about bipartisanship and what a great country we are.

You know what would REALLY make this country great? The swift and safe return of accountability.

Our Definition of Treason Needs Updating

January 4, 2021

By Karen

As Trump and his Republican toadies try to overthrow Joe Biden’s legal election (by a 7 million popular vote majority and a 74 vote Electoral College majority) it feels to anyone who isn’t a brain-dead Trumpist as if we’re seeing treason in action. Here’s a straightforward explanation of treason…

Here’s treason explained at in the U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 3…

“…shall consist only in levying War against them [the U.S.], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”

It goes on to say…

“Article III, Section 3 authorizes Congress to set the penalties for treason, but not to change the definition or create degrees of treason. The federal treason statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2381, mirrors the Constitution’s language and imposes minimum penalties of five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. A conviction bars the defendant from holding any federal office and carries the possibility of the death penalty.”

So, Trump’s unexplained and constant devotion to giving aid and comfort to Russia isn’t considered treason because the United States has not declared war on Russia, and Congress isn’t authorized by the Constitution to call out Trump’s treasonous behavior because it doesn’t fit the definition by a hair.

Republican members of Congress enabling Trump also can’t be charged with treason for essentially declaring war on the United States government — making THEM our “enemies” — because we didn’t first declare war on THEM.

Trump and his traitorous scum in Congress are engaging in a coup. They would install Trump as dictator for life over 81 million Americans who voted against him. I say “for life” because elections would become meaningless. From now on, it would be whatever Trump wants.

And we seem to have no laws against this, or anyone willing to enforce ANY legal means we might still have to stop it.

But what about sedition? It’s not in the Constitution, but we did have the federal Sedition Act of 1918, which defined as…

“…the federal crime of advocacy of uprising or overthrow against the government or support for an enemy of the nation during time of war, by speeches, publications and organization. Sedition usually involves actually conspiring to disrupt the legal operation of the government and is beyond expression of an opinion or protesting government policy. Sedition is distinguished from treason, which requires actual betrayal of the government, or ‘espionage.’”

The Sedition Act was repealed in 1920 because it existed only to beef up The Espionage Act of 1917, which “prohibited obtaining information, recording pictures, or copying descriptions of any information relating to the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information may be used for the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation.”

Both acts were passed specifically to protect U.S. military efforts during World War I. Punishments included “a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.”

The convenient loophole in sedition is that people usually get away with it because courts rule they have a First Amendment right to free speech against the government.

So, let’s just chalk up the concept of sedition to a Catch-22 clusterfuck that doesn’t help now.

What we know is that Trump and his enablers are self-declared enemies of the U.S. government. They’re openly violating oaths they swore to uphold the Constitution. They’re gleefully committing treason AND sedition without consequences because they’re doing it of their own free will from the inside, not as helpers of foreign adversaries trying to bring down our government.

That is beyond fucked up.

Trump is openly calling for mob violence in Washington, D.C., on January 6, urging his armed MAGA zombies to descend on the city en masse and do their worst, just to show him how much they love him. This alone would get him arrested if we weren’t treating him like a deity.

Bottom line is that Joe Biden becomes president on January 20. Trump’s direct power over us ends. As Biden and Harris begin to repair the monumental mess Trump leaves and purge the government of the incompetent garbage people he’s infested it with, his whiny voice and orange clown face will fade as criminal indictments and civil lawsuits bury him so deep, all he’ll care about is staying out of prison.

In the meantime, the damage he and Republicans traitors in Congress are inflicting on this country are unimaginable and should never be forgotten — certainly never rewarded with reelection.

If Congress had even half a ball or one iota of integrity, every one among their ranks who participates in this travesty would be immediately expelled.

PS CAT UPDATE: Tony and Max are still stuffy but sneezing much less. Max is now addicted to Gerber baby food with a two-jar-a-day habit, which we’ll indulge as long as he lets me sneak his meds into it. Roc is totally recovered.

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