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Just Go
I don’t care if he’s actually crazy. I don’t care about his latest outrage. I don’t care that our country is under threat on all sides, including the inside, because of him.

I do care about all that, of course, and much more, but I refuse to spend any more time worrying about it. It’s exhausting. Who can keep up with the lies and the crimes and the runaway stupidity of this ugly charade? The obsessing and the rage always end up at the same place anyway, so why don’t we just cut to the chase?

We’ve got to get rid of this guy. Asap. I don’t want to hear the reasons he should go, or what he’s done, or what he might do. All that is already baked into that one, simple conclusion. There is no need to talk about the why anymore, only the how.

So let’s get to it. His death, of course, would be the quickest way out. I am not for assassination, however. If someone killed him, it would be worse for the country than he is. That leaves us with the option of death from natural causes. Considering his bloated, unhealthy look and his rapidly decaying mental state, that could actually happen — and soon. His increasingly erratic behavior in the face of the Mueller probe even suggests the possibility of an exploding aneurysm that would end the whole matter very quickly. We’re not looking for him to suffer, after all, just for an end to our own pain.

The idea of divine intervention is another interesting alternative. It isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine God finally getting fed up with all the bullshit and stepping in to end it. He wouldn’t necessarily have to go with a lightning bolt. A runaway bread truck would work just as well. Or a tiny, violent tornado in the oval office. He could even keep His fingerprints off the caper entirely by just having the President go extinct. That said, I would never actually pray for the death of another human being. I am open to a little light hoping, though.

There is also a chance that the President might save us all a lot of heartache and just commit suicide. He certainly doesn’t look happy in his new line of work, and he could be overcome by crushing despair. I wouldn’t invest too much hope in this option, however. He is too animated by revenge and greed and ego gratification to leave the field before he was done.

I’ve heard the suggestion that he might just quit the Presidency and declare victory claiming he was forced out by the media and Hillary and the FBI. That would certainly comport with his tendency to create alternative realities, but I just don’t see it happening unless he really starts to feel the heat. That heat might come in the form of legal jeopardy for Junior and Jared, but we’re not there yet.

By the way, if you’re counting on the Mueller investigation to save the republic, please consider the possibility that it might come up empty. Even if he can prove indictable offenses of the worst possible kind, Republican cravenness could carry the day and they would then refuse to impeach and convict. It would be appalling, shocking, and unacceptable…but what else is new?

Impeachment resulting in conviction would be the ideal outcome, of course. The idea of our system working well enough to rid itself of this blight would be a great ending to this sad chapter of history. The only problem with this feel-good solution, as I have said, is that it would require Republican votes in the House and the Senate. Right now, I don’t see that happening.

There could be a bright side to such dereliction, however. Even though it would prolong our suffering under the crook-in-chief, when his fall finally did come it would bring with it the collapse of the Republican Party itself. That would almost be worth the wait.

But I’m not greedy. He should just go…now.
Morality Test
Remember the Moral Majority? I do, and you know what? I miss those guys!

They were, of course, birthed under the fundamentalist guidance of Jerry Falwell back in the late 70s, and they were a force on the national political scene for over a decade, working for Republican candidates like Ronald Reagan and Poppy Bush. I don’t honestly miss Jerry himself so much as the morality thing.

Granted, the brand of morality they were pitching wasn‘t my usual cup of probity. Their agenda included such imperatives as school prayer, pro-life (before birth at least), and the squelching of homosexuality in all its manifestations. Farther down the list, however, buried underneath such towering Christian values as opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment and those despicable Strategic Arms Limitation talks, was a firm belief in the concept of “decency.” On that subject, at least, I confess some solidarity with the Moral Majority.

I suppose that the exact parameters of decency would have to be pretty broadly drawn for us to find common ground, but I feel confident that we could at least see eye to eye when it comes to child molesting. It is behavior that can ruin lives as surely as a devastating physical injury, perhaps even more so. It is ugly, it is detestable, it is immoral.

The Moral Majority, as an organization, no longer exists. I’d like to think, though, that its belief in simple human decency is still out there. Including in Alabama. Republican leaders in The Yellowhammer State are shamelessly backing Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate despite the allegations of nine women that he is a predator and a child molester. You might expect that from politicians, but I was surprised to see that a good number of local church leaders are also supporting him. Many “have no reason to disbelieve” his accusers, but they still encourage their flocks to vote for the man who preyed on little girls.

It is my hope that the normal people in Alabama still value decency above craven political advantage. Indeed, I am counting on a moral majority of them to come forward and reject the unrepentant moral ugliness of Roy Moore.

It may be a faint hope. Church and politics are deeply intertwined in Alabama. Jerry Falwell, Jr. his father’s successor as head of Liberty University, says that he believes Roy Moore’s account over the women’s. My guess is that Jerry Sr., if he could speak from beyond the grave, would probably agree. Their followers, though, are free to decide for themselves. Let them vote their own morality over party loyalty and spare us all the shame of a child abuser in the U.S. Senate.
God Help Us
You know, Paul Ryan might be right. Maybe prayer does work. For instance, we could pray that all the people slaughtered in our country with assault rifles and other weapons of mass murder be brought back to life. God could do that, right?

Maybe we could beseech the Lord to go back in time and do a tiny tweak on the Second Amendment. You know, just enough so that even an archconservative Supreme Court couldn’t find a way to twist the language to make it guarantee the gun madness we’re living with now? Surely God would be up for some light editing if it saved the lives of so many innocents.

We could even ask Him to destroy weapons of war everywhere. Assault rifles, nukes, poison gas, anything we use to murder each other in large numbers. Surely He’d be down for that if we really, really wanted Him to do it. Wouldn’t He?

Heck, as long as we’re praying big, maybe we could call on heaven to help Congress grow a pair.

Or is that too much?
President Moron
Yes, moron. I’m not saying that, mind you. I’m merely quoting Rex Tillerson, our current Secretary of State. Just to be clear, I am reporting that Donald Trump is a moron…according to the Secretary.

By some accounts, Rex even added the modifier “fucking.” That would get us to “Donald Trump is a fucking moron.” To many of us, this is not news. I just wanted to be absolutely sure that everyone knows the President is a “fucking moron” based on the opinion of someone who works closely with him.

“Moron” is a word that can get in the way of sober discourse. Name-calling doesn’t really help us find the common ground and mutual understanding we need to solve problems. In fact, it can often lead in the opposite direction. It is usually the last resort of someone for whom common sense and rationality are no longer working. Their frustration and anger spills out into the open. “Donald Trump is a fucking moron” would seem to be an example of just such a loss of control. It is certainly a chancy thing to say out loud about your boss.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee made a series of unusual proclamations of his own last week. First, he warned that our country was on the brink of chaos. Later, he said that the White House was being run “like an adult daycare center.” Though he did not say so directly, he seemed to be suggesting that the President is a spoiled-rotten toddler. That’s not quite the same thing as a “fucking moron,” but the two types do share some personality traits. Corker also said that the President is leading the United States “on a path to World War III.”

Drump is not Corker’s boss, but he is the head of the Republican Party. You don’t often hear a sitting President insulted by a respected member of his own party, especially from within the establishment wing of the G.O.P. Like the Tillerson diss, this one was high profile and very direct.

Recently, I’ve been asking people for a prediction: can you give me the exact date when the President will leave the White House, never to return? I’ve gotten a wide array of answers, ranging from this December to the end of his current term. For the record, my personal pick is February 22, 2018.

It’s hard not to let your hopes cloud your judgment here, isn’t it? I will say that the first and most popular answer I receive is “immediately.” I’ll admit I haven’t talked to too many Trump voters about this, but I’ll bet that at least a few of them are hoping for an early exit as well. Even if we screen out our personal pipe dreams, however, it’s not too hard to see that Drump’s political life expectancy is shrinking.

The comments of Tillerson and Corker are so stark, so unprecedented, that I am tempted to see them as bellwethers of a larger trend. Is it possible that more Republicans will find the nerve to challenge their leader? It would definitely take guts. After all, his base is their base, and if they stand up now they might take the fall later. I don’t know. Drump’s undoing has been projected so many times already, and all of those projections have been wrong.

Still, I get this feeling that things are moving. I know, I know…it’s probably just wishful thinking. But if the Rs in Congress finish the year with no legislation to show for it, then something will have to give. They don’t like President Moron any more than we do, and he is certainly doing everything he can to make a mutiny easier.

I’m sticking with February 22.
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