In response to an FT article by Ed Luce on 17th May 2017, entitled 'Paralysis grips Republicans over Donald Trump'
“If America’s political system were working as it should, Donald Trump would be on his way out”
If America’s political system were working as it should, I.E. were it not riddled with cronyism and corruption - America would have had a contest between two honest human beings, instead of a choice between a snake and a baboon. The baboon won, despite the majority of the media cheering for the snake…and still there is nothing in the FT, the NYT or the WaPo about term limits, campaign finance reform, or the closing of revolving doors between Washington, the banks, the ratings agencies, and K Street.
“America’s government is at a dangerous impasse. Most people know Mr Trump is unfit to be commander-in-chief. But nobody with the power to redress it has found the courage to act”
America’s government has been at a dangerous impasse for two decades – which is why the approval ratings of Congress make commodities look like they’re in a secular bull market. Bird Flu is more popular than Washington.
“Trumpians are stoked by a closed ecosystem of news sites that presents the world in a radically different light to the rest of the media. Thus Mr Trump did not fire James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, last week. Mr Comey resigned, according to Fox News”
Fox News clearly has it’s attention focused in the region of it’s own posterior on that point
“Most of the sites ignored this week’s revelations and focused on the shooting of Seth Rich, a Democratic staffer who had apparently forwarded thousands of emails to WikiLeaks last summer. Readers were left in no doubt that Hillary Clinton, or people close to her, were involved in Mr Rich’s murder”
I have no facts on whether Hillary Clinton or the people close to her were involved in this unsolved murder. I do know that a search on ‘Seth Rich’ in the FT produces no mention of the man since April (a story about fake news in China), other than this article. I wonder how interested the FT would be, if a guy who had allegedly been ‘spilling the beans’ on Trump had been mysteriously murdered – you’d be all over it like a rash.
“Likewise, Mr Trump did not disclose vital intelligence to Russia’s foreign minister”
Neither you, nor Fox, nor anyone not in that room, knows what he disclosed to the Russians. If he gave away vital intelligence that is one thing. If he said – ‘your airplanes are in danger from X – I suggest you do something about it’ – that is entirely another, and you know it.
“The tragedy for America — and the world — is that this is likely to persist at least until next year’s US midterm elections”
Yes it will persist until the mid-terms, at which point, another crop of partisan idiots will arrive in Washington, fully cashed up to do the bidding of whatever corporation put them there. This will continue until the system is reformed. And that will not happen so long as supposed ‘quality’ outlets like this one keep braying for the donkeys or trumpeting for the pachyderms. The real tragedy is the nadir we have reached in analytical and investigative journalism.