Monday, October 30, 2017

Don't Tease The Lion

One thing we know about Trump is that he gets revenge when he feels wronged. Apparently, today's indictments from Mueller were against Paul Manafort for tax fraud and other odds and ends, but that's not the point. If Trump decides he's had enough and it's time to go nuclear on the Democrats, there is practically no limit to what a team of prosecutors can find to indict Hillary and her goons. It would be a fire that swept through the Clinton allies, the DNC and all their cronies to rival the one that scorched central California recently.

I've seen those Tom Steyer ads running in prime time, agitating for impeachment and they seem as tone-deaf and ill-considered as the NFL protests. Trump runs the Justice Department and all its prosecutorial powers. The Democrats are up to their fascist, little necks in massive crimes including bribery, racketeering, voter fraud and improper handling of classified materials. Trying to indict the Trump team seems like jumping head-first into the lion's den. I'd have a good time watching the Democrats get incinerated, but I can't understand why they'd keep trying to trigger it.

My other thought is how sad this all is. From Trump himself on down, it's like we've got a particularly catty pack of high-school, popular kids running the government. The only thing getting done is Jimmy pointing at Susie and blaming her for Jeremy dating Alisha who was two-timing Rashad who was sleeping with Maria. Tax reform and repairing the ObamaCare mess is nowhere to be seen.

Meanwhile, the normals are getting up and going to work and doing a great job of it. Dig the economic growth, employment and business confidence numbers. Imagine what we could have if the teenagers in DC would just shut up and do their jobs.

Oh yeah, this is going to end well.
Update: Well, that didn't take long to blow up in everyone's faces. Here are more details from CNN, who are not known for their pro-Trump stance.
Federal investigators' interest in Manafort and Gates goes back well before the special counsel was appointed. For about a decade, Manafort worked for Yanukovych and his Russia-friendly Party of Regions. Manafort's work spurred a separate federal investigation in 2014, which examined whether he and other Washington-based lobbying firms failed to register as foreign agents for the Yanukovych regime.

Gates joined Manafort's lobbying firm in the mid-2000s and handled projects in Eastern Europe, which later included work for Yanukovych.

Yanukovych was ousted amid street protests in 2014, and his pro-Russian Party of Regions was accused of corruption and laundering millions of dollars out of Ukraine. The FBI sought to learn whether those who worked for Yanukovych — Manafort's firm, as well as Washington lobbying firms Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group — played a role. The Podesta Group is headed by Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta, the former chief of staff of the Obama White House.
Emphasis mine.


Mostly Nothing said...

The best (only good) thing that can come from the Trump admonistration would be the FL of the Democratic and Republican parties. Unfortunately, their are no third parties that represent anything but fringe causes.

Mainstream America is not represented at ally anyone else in politics.

The biggest threat to our freedom is politics

K T Cat said...

Amen, brother.

tim eisele said...

"I'd have a good time watching the Democrats get incinerated, but I can't understand why they'd keep trying to trigger it."

I think it is a classic case of hating the republicans so much that they're perfectly willing to go down in flames themselves as long as they can take the republicans with them. And the republicans appear to have felt that way about democrats for some time now.

And while Mueller is nominally a republican, he's evidently staked a lot of his career on being non-partisan, and he's probably more than willing to oblige the self-destructive urges of both sides in this case.

Ohioan@Heart said...

Tim - Bingo! Both sides have come to see their jobs as ‘beating those bums in the other party’ and have lost sight of their actual jobs to represent the people.