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Memo to America: WE’RE GONNA HAVE TO FIX THAT TO.

There’s a huge pile of shit we’re going to have to clean up if we survive the end of the Trump administration, whether that comes sooner or later. And one of those things is going to be a massive recalibration of how we value people.

This week brought two more examples of this in the form of James Comey and Nikki Haley, two objectively bad people who we’re praising and turning to as allies because they’re marginally better than Trump and they’re taking small notches out of Trump’s hide.

And this is a problem, because eventually, Trump’s not going to be president anymore. And if that’s not because we’re all dead, that means we’re going to look at the Comeys and the Haleys and the Rosensteins and even, to a certain degree, the Sessionses and the Romneys and we won’t remember how bad they were because they said something mean to or about Trump once.

James Comey was so bad at his job even Kellyanne Conway let slip that he swung the election to Trump. I still blame America First, because it never should have been close enough that Comey could swing it, but still. Now he puts out one of those blue and white with tiny stars on it covered books with an American Values title and a lot of people have a really tough time with the idea that the enemy of my enemy isn’t my friend, he’s a useful tool for right now but never forget he’s an asshole.

And what the hell did Nikki Haley do? I mean, in onse sense, yes, what she did was impressive, in that she got one member of the Trump administration to walk aback a harmful lie. That almost never happened. But she didn’t do it for America. She did it because the lie made her look bad. They were trying to blame her for Donald Trump’s impetuous, probably pee-tape fueled reversal on the latest Russia sanctions.

Literally as I was writing this, I saw the Daily Show audience from Wednesday applauding Alan Fucking Dershowitz for mildly chastising Sean Hannity. Jesus fucking christ, people. I know everything’s awful, but when you’re drowning, the guy who throws you an inch-diameter life presever ISN’T A HERO. And you might as well start recalibrating now, because if things go OK, you’ll need to, and if things go badly, at least you’l go out with hate in your heart for the right people.

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