Winding Down Wednesday


Your country is on Life Support right now.

The system wasn’t supposed to work this way. The Founding Fathers deliberately devised a structure in which someone like Donald Trump — a vain, self-centered, mendacious demagogue — could never become chief executive, and in which the legislature could never be captured by a reckless, ideologically obsessed minority bent on overriding the majority interests of Americans. Those Founders labored to create an independent judiciary that was not captive to any single ideology or party. They carefully crafted a set of checks and balances in which no single branch of government could overpower another, and in which each held its own prerogatives dearly. In doing so, they thought they had provided posterity with a wise, cautious and magnanimous governmental operation that would serve the larger public weal rather than advantage any particular group or party, and that could withstand the gusts of any given historical moment.

It actually worked surprisingly well for 250 years, which is not to say that it didn’t have plenty of hiccups or that special interests weren’t often privileged. But it doesn’t work anymore, and though I am optimistic enough to believe that we will have a new president and Congress someday who will change policies and perhaps set us back on the road to rationality and common decency (“Make America Good Again”), the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress have nevertheless exposed the flaws in the system itself.

The prognosis isn’t good: These flaws are embedded in the Constitution and cannot be repaired without wholesale change, which isn’t coming. These defects are now openly visible for the next demagogue and the next gaggle of political hypocrites and power mongers to exploit. You can forget all the alleged fail-safes. The Constitution was supposed to protect us from this. It was expressly designed to do so. It didn’t.



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7 Responses to Winding Down Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    I found this essay to be circulating through the internets after I loaded it last night. It seems plausible however.

    Rich boy’s tax return from 2005? must have been a trump dump since they confirmed it so fast, personally I would like to see something newer than 12 years old, a lot can happen in 12 years.

    The MSM is making hay over it, another distraction to keep the eyes off the carnage.


  2. Den says:

    Pleasant distraction can be found HERE.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Down to the Old Post Office in a so-called light rain took a standard 24 minutes. River about the same as yesterday.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Return in the lighter rain for a daily total of 49 minutes despite not the slightest hesitation going up Maple Street Extension.

      Day 4: 120+49 = 169 minutes.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Talked briefly with Joan Swensen, now the executive chef at the Old Post Office. She seems to be taking the changes in stride.

      But the original Swilly’s was better.


  4. Den says:

    The furnace got partly rebuilt today, motor and burner, I fixed the loose cover, didn’t do much else, some cleaning, relax day.


  5. Den says:

    Gene Wilder returns from the dead just to comment on rich boy:


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