Batten down the hatches, comrades.

Okay, so, it seems Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring this summer.

Well…Bitch McCandlehead has already established that the Senate can sabotage the president’s ability to appoint a Supreme Court judge if some of them don’t like the president, so I see no reason why we must accept Trumpty Numpty’s idea of a new justice simply because Justice Kennedy has had enough. Trumpty Numpty isn’t really a president, anyway. The US currently has no president. This is not 45, this is the missing administration. Trumpty Numpty and his cronies are squatting in the White House. So he shouldn’t have the privilege of filling a SCOTUS seat.

So…everyone with Republican Senators, lobby the fuck outta them to deny a hearing to any of the non-president’s choices for the new SCOTUS justice. And in November, we vote for Dems and make both houses of Congress super-extra-blue. When the Senate is majority-Democrat, Bitch McCandlehead can no longer be Senate Majority Leader. And then we lobby the fuck outta the new Senate to hold up a giant middle finger at any of the non-president’s choices for the SCOTUS seat. Keep on holding up a giant middle finger until the non-president accidentally pukes up the name of a liberal judge or until he’s no longer squatting in the White House.

The new Congress doesn’t have to impeach Trumpty Numpty. It’s cool if they do, but that doesn’t need to be our goal in this November’s elections. They just need to stonewall the non-president until 2020.

In 2020, we can make a fresh effort to elect a real president, and meanwhile Bitch McCandlehead can be sent home to cry in his wife’s lap following the unceremonious end of his career in public office.

In the meantime, I will ready my couch for women visiting from out of state to get abortions in Maryland.

The Electoral College is worse than useless.

One of the tall tales we were told in Civics class is that the Electoral College was created as a sort of escape switch in case a clearly unfit candidate manages to win the popular vote.

Which is malarkey. The EC was developed for the benefit of slaveowners, by emphasizing the number of residents per state over the number of votes per state. Basically, it allowed slaveowners’ votes to count for themselves and for all the human beings they owned. Post-slavery, it accommodates low voter turnout and thus incentivizes voter suppression.

But anyway, what they told us in school was that we needed the Electoral College to protect us from ourselves in case we voted for a Presidential candidate who had absolutely no business in the Oval Office. The people get hoodwinked by a dumpster fire in a suit, and the Electoral College says nah, we’re going with someone who isn’t terrible. That’s what we’re supposed to believe about the EC.

And what happened to us in 2016?

The popular vote went to the candidate who would have made a totally decent President, and the Electoral College went to the incompetent fascist puppet of a hostile foreign power. There were even some faithless EC voters who added to the incompetent fascist puppet’s electoral count. They were expected to vote for Hillary, and instead they chose Trumpty Numpty.

So…more than half the voters said, “We want the smart lady who knows her way around and knows what she’s talking about.”

And the Electoral College said, “Nah, you’re getting the crooked racist/rapist who talks about his dick on stage, picks schoolyard fights with North Korea on Twitter, and has all his strings attached to the Russian government.”

The EC is anti-democratic AND untrustworthy. Time to let it go.

 

Vote Those Choads Out: Action Plan

If there’s a single issue we should be voting on for the foreseeable future of US politics, it’s voting rights. This goes for conservatives as well as liberals. Do you care about democracy? Then you should care about voting rights. If you care about voting rights, whether liberal or conservative, then you should be voting for Democrats. Not forever! But for the next several years. Hear me out.

When voter turnout is high, Democrats do better in elections. When voter turnout is low, Republicans do better. This is because the demographics that favor Republicans are more reliable about voting. BUT ALSO the demographics that favor Democrats are more vulnerable to voter suppression.

I’m not saying the Democratic party is perfect. I’m just saying they’re the party that is actually interested in governing. It doesn’t have to be that way forever. That’s how it is now. Furthermore, since their candidates have better outcomes when voter turnout is higher, the Democrats are the party with a built-in incentive to maximize voter turnout and abolish voter suppression.

For the foreseeable future, the US democratic process depends on Democratic politicians.

There’s a reason why Trumpty Numpty recently disbanded his Voter Fraud Commission. It’s because even when they were utterly determined to find evidence of voter fraud, they couldn’t find it. The US does not have a problem of people voting fraudulently. It simply isn’t happening. We do, however, have a problem of people being unfairly kept from voting, and it will continue to be a problem as long as Republicans are in power. This is not a moral judgment, it’s a question of incentives. When more people are kept from voting, Republicans have an easier time winning. Thus, Republicans have no reason to address voter suppression.

For an example of how this happens: voter ID laws. Ostensibly, the purpose of a voter ID law is to make sure nobody votes more than once, or in the wrong district, or without the legal right to vote. However. If the voter ID law were actually intended to make sure every vote is valid, then the same jurisdictions instituting voter ID laws would also be making it much easier for all citizens to get state-issued IDs. The demographics that are mostly likely not to have state-issued IDs are also some of the demographics that most reliably vote Democratic. Not limited to, but especially including African-Americans. Many don’t have state-issued ID, but they do have the legal right to vote. Realistically, the way these laws work out is that a state says everyone needs to show ID at the polling place, and then the same politicians in the same jurisdictions also start cutting DMV hours in the areas with the highest concentration of African-Americans. Shorter DMV hours means it’s much harder for someone who doesn’t already have an ID to get one. That’s because the real purpose of these laws is not to prevent fraud, it’s to make it harder for certain populations to vote.

Again, this cannot be overstated: the US does not have a voting fraud problem. You could round up every single person in the US who votes fraudulently per election cycle, and you could bus them all to my house, and I could take them out to lunch at one of our local restaurants. They’d fit. I could afford to pay the bill.

So, again, we have one party that is actually interested in governing and which benefits from higher voter turnout. And we have another party which is more interested in fucking everything up, which benefits from voter suppression, and which paved the way for Trumpty Numpty to squat in the White House. At this point, a one-party system would be better.

So here’s the plan I propose for fixing the democratic process:

  1. Vote for Democrats in 2018. Paint the House bright blue. For those Senators up for reelection in 2018, turn their seats blue. This part alone is simply damage control. We should not expect Congress to accomplish anything major as long as Putin’s Pup and his enablers have their paws on the Executive Branch. The purpose of Congress, between the 2018 elections and whenever we evict Trumpty Numpty (hopefully no later than 2020) should be to refuse to give the Commander-in-Cheeto what he wants.
  2. Vote for Dems again in 2020, for both houses of Congress, and also for POTUS. Send Bitch McConnell home to cry in his wife’s lap. After all the shit he’s pulled as Senate Majority Leader, he should not have a career.
  3. Once the Dems are in control of Congress and the White House, we start lobbying the fuck outta them to fix voting rights. Such measures would include, but not be limited to:
    1. Abolish voter ID laws. Fuck that noise.
    2. Abolish gerrymandering. Set up a bipartisan redistricting commission to redraw the districts to be compact and contiguous.
    3. Enable weighted voting. This is where you can vote for first, second and third choices of candidates, rather than just choosing one. This is the sort of thing that would allow third parties to get some traction.
    4. Abolish the Electoral College. Please note that I’m not suggesting this because it would mean more Democratic presidents. For instance, Clinton won his second term despite losing the popular vote. We need to chuck out the Electoral College because it gives states a disincentive to maximize voter turnout. Whether a state has 90% of its eligible population vote, or 9% (or less!), it gets the same degree of electoral power. This is a problem.
    5. Make sure all districts have lots of polling places, so voting is easy. The longer people have to stand in line, the more people end up not voting. The districts that tend to get fewer polling places tend to be—surprise!—areas whose populations favor Democrats. Ergo, the Democratic party is the one with the incentive to fix the problem.
    6. Require all states to restore voting rights for ex-convicts. You finish your prison sentence, you should regain the rights of citizenship.
  4. Once we have our electoral shit together, the Republicans are going to lose again. This is fine.
  5. They should keep on losing until they change their platform and their attitude in such a way that a majority of the population can actually be convinced to vote for them. How many years the Democrats have a monopoly on the government depends on how many years it takes for the Republicans to get their heads out of their asses.
  6. Once we get to a place where Republicans can get elected without undermining the democratic process, then the Democrats will have to change their attitude to something more productive than just “You don’t want THOSE assholes to win, do you?” This will be a good thing for everyone.

 

We let this happen.

There’s an excerpt at NY Mag from Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

So…this is what happens when we let a reality-TV star go straight to a Presidential nomination with no prior political experience. I feel like we’re living in a satirical dystopian novel.

Even though the numbers in a few key states had appeared to be changing to Trump’s advantage, neither Conway nor Trump himself nor his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — the effective head of the campaign — ­wavered in their certainty: Their unexpected adventure would soon be over. Not only would Trump not be president, almost everyone in the campaign agreed, he should probably not be. Conveniently, the former conviction meant nobody had to deal with the latter issue.

As the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win. “I can be the most famous man in the world,” he had told his aide Sam Nunberg at the outset of the race. His longtime friend Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News, liked to say that if you want a career in television, first run for president. Now Trump, encouraged by Ailes, was floating rumors about a Trump network. It was a great future. He would come out of this campaign, Trump assured Ailes, with a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities.

“This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,” he told Ailes a week before the election. “I don’t think about losing, because it isn’t losing. We’ve totally won.”

And then as soon as the electoral victory actually went to him, Trumpty Numpty started thinking he totally deserved to be President. Not that he became any more interested in doing the work of running the country. Just thinking he’s entitled to have that power.

Seven Hells.

I think “political malpractice” should be a working concept. I think the Congressional GOP is continuing to perpetrate malpractice on us by giving Trumpty Numpty what he wants.

The way I see this administration is, we don’t really have a President. Trumpty Numpty is squatting in the White House. The Executive Branch is basically treading water now.

While I still can’t say for sure that impeachment would be a good thing, I must admit that I’m making my calculations differently since reading this excerpt. I’m open to discussion of whether letting Mike Pence be President until 2020 would be better than letting Trumpty Numpty keep on squatting until then.

Either way: vote more Democrats into Congress in 2018. Vote even more Democrats into the Senate in 2020. Vote the entire cast of this goddamn reality show to oblivion in 2020. Vote those sorry choads out.

The Republicans are the party that says the system doesn’t work, and they get elected and prove it.

The system works if we want it to work.

More specifically, the system works if it’s under control of people who want it to work.

Those who insist on telling us government is inherently toxic and dysfunctional, should not be elected to positions of power within the government.

 

There are ways to respond to this.

For the wealthy people who were not in favor of the GOP tax bill AND who will get more money from the new tax structure, one way to protest the fiscal fuckery is to send lots of money downward.

If I had a few million dollars under my control, I’d use it to make my friends’ lives easier: pay off a mortgage, settle someone’s student debt, someone else’s credit card debt, pay someone’s legal fees, someone’s old medical bills, and on and on until all my peeps don’t have to spend valuable energy on trying to have enough money for the month.

For our “please raise my taxes” fellow citizens, I suggest doing something similar. Buy houses for low-income families. Pay off younger folks’ student loans. Set up a fund for medical coverage for poor children. Set up another fund to provide housing, meals, health care, incidentals, and counseling to homeless people. Keep on buying vacant houses and keep on giving it to the poorest people until there’s no one begging on your city’s streets anymore. Not because they’ve all been forced out to the suburbs, but because they’re not homeless anymore and they don’t need to beg.

And then in 2018, donate tons of money to the campaigns of Democratic challengers to current GOP legislators’ seats in Congress. Lest the pigs in charge say your generosity vindicates the myth of trickle-down economics, pull the financial rug out from under those fuckers. Donate every election cycle until every single shithead who voted Yes on the tax bill is out of office.

It looks like pretty soon, the rest of us won’t have as much money to spread around.

Some legislators don’t want to be re-elected.

I haven’t done a full accounting of the fuckery that’s about to start raining down on us from the new tax bill, but it sounds like a hell of a lot of GOP congressfuckers either don’t want to be re-elected or they assume they’ll keep getting re-elected no matter how hard they fuck their constituents with a chainsaw.

Those who voted Yes on the tax bill because they don’t want to get re-elected, should get their wish. Vote them out of office in 2018. Vote for Democrats or, where applicable, Independents for their seats. Those who voted Yes because they assume their districts will keep on electing them no matter how reprehensible they are, should be proven wrong. Vote for Democrats or viable Independents for their seats in 2018.

I mean, we’ll still have Bitch McConnell stinking up the joint until 2020, but if the Senate becomes majority-Dem, then he can’t be Senate Majority Leader.

Same thing with SCROTUS Cheeto Hitler. We still have his sorry ass squatting in the White House until 2020*, but if there’s a majority-Dem legislative branch, then there’s a lot less damage he can do with those two years.

*I actually don’t want him to resign, and I don’t want him to be impeached. At least, I don’t want anything to happen that gets us President Mike Pence. If we can get Cheeto Hitler out of the way at the same time as Pence and all the rest of their rogue’s gallery of fried dog assholes in the line of succession, good. Otherwise, just keep that toxic gas cloud contained until the next election cycle.