Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Let me see if I have this straight.
Our President, in a fit of petulance about losing face after a speech even some of his detractors thought impressive, surfs through a few owly, right-wing websites, hauls out his phone, and bangs out a half-dozen tweets that charge his predecessor with criminal wiretapping of Trump Tower, a charge that, if true, makes Obama into Nixon, even though for forty days and forty nights it's been Donald Trump who's drawn that comparison. Do I have that right?
It's complicated, so give me some space. If the POTUS is right, then the former POTUS had to have cause to wiretap, since it's illegal for any POTUS to order wiretaps without getting a court order. So if 45 is right about 44, there was more nefarious Putin-neering going on at Trump Tower than we have been led to believe because there had to be probable cause. Isn't that true?
But if it is, why would 45 even say it?
Now a certain percentage of the electorate hates 44 enough to believe that he would go over-and-above the law, send his operatives into Trump Tower disguised as a cleaning crew or whatever and get the job done anyway. Illegally. That's what some believe, I'm sure.
But then, they're also the ones who would love 45 even if he shot a man dead on Fifth Avenue (the most famous line ever spoken in Sioux Center, Iowa). They also believe 45's inaugural crowd was bigger than anybody else's, and that three to five million votes cast for Hillary were undocumented workers bused from Massachusetts to vote illegally in Delaware. I would imagine they also believe 44 is a Muslim born in Kenya and that Trumps's PI's are still snooping around Hawaii, where they're finding unbelievable stuff. Remember that one?
I'd rather not know how many people believe all of that.
But this madness is complicated by the fact that 45 is the POTUS. Therefore, he could simply call in Attorney General Sessions and ask him if there is any truth to the charge. By 6:00 a.m., if not before, Trump could know if Obama is a "sick" crook and should be indicted. It's within his power to know, but he chooses not to exercise that power.
Do I have that right?
Instead, he wants to embroil a congressional committee with the task, He demands they investigate 44's illegal wiretapping to determine the veracity of a charge only his true believers think is anything other than madness.
Really, do I have this right?
And when it's all over and the truth is out, the truth as verified by the National Security Council and the FBI, both of whom claim Obama did not wiretap anyone, what's going to happen? Will we all just go on our merry way again and wait for the next round of madness? Doesn't he get some slap on the wrist for lying? Or that all okay these days of alternative facts?
I suppose that's how it's going to go.
Sorry, I can't help saying it. Sad.
Posted by J. C. Schaap at 6:42 AM