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The hypocritical oath

January 28, 2020

So, the political party that two decades ago brought us (with a straight face) the blow job impeachment is now (once again with a completely straight face) saying “nothing to see here, folks” when confronted with a president blackmailing another foreign leader into creating some dirt on his political rival. Bravo. If the Emmies offered acting awards in reality TV, you guys would be a shoo in.

Apparently lying about a blow job is a high crime and/or misdemeanour worthy of a trial replete with White House documents (the Clinton administration released 90,000 pages) and witnesses. Whereas, denying military aid to Ukraine until its president announces an investigation into Joe Biden and acknowledges (the entirely debunked proposal) that Ukraine somehow interfered in the 2016 election is not.

Alan Dershowitz has an interesting take on what constitutes the grounds for impeaching a president. (Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr on Trump’s legal team? You could not make this shit up.) Here’s what he said: “It certainly doesn’t have to be a crime. If you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president and who abuses trust and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don’t need a technical crime.” Wow. That really does sum up the Trump presidency, doesn’t it? Oops. That’s what Dershowitz had to say about Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. Yesterday in the Senate he completely reversed himself in Trump’s defence.

It seems Trump’s lawyer (and Jeffrey Epstein’s and OJ Simpson’s and Claus Von Bulow’s) has had a rethink. According to Dirtbaggish, now you do need a crime and he can’t see one. Corrupting the office, abusing trust and posing a danger to liberty are no longer enough. Phew. That lets Trump off the hook. Carry on, Mr President. You’re good to go, according to one of the sleaziest legal minds in the world.

The sheer hypocrisy is breathtaking.

The Republicans might as well change their oath of office to: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the rights of rich people in the United States against all enemies, Democratic or independent; that I will bear bad faith and partisanship to the same; that I take this obligation with the assistance of wealthy donors and at the instruction of corporate lobbyists, paying lip service to anti-choice gun nuts, without any mental reservation; and that I will well and faithfully do anything and support any Republican president, no matter how mentally or morally unfit, to keep the Republicans in office. So help me God.”

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One Comment
  1. krysross permalink

    Your revised oath for Republicans is brilliant!

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