FBI Director Comey’s testimony to Congress just now was predictable in all that he wouldn’t say. He “can’t speak to that in a non-classified setting.” He “doesn’t think it appropriate to comment on specific individuals.” I didn’t watch the whole thing. I doubt that he was asked about his releasing a letter about Hillary Clinton’s emails eleven days before the election, or if he did that he commented. A few points that he did make clear are as follows:
An FBI investigation has been going on since last summer into Russian tampering with the 2016 election.
There is zero evidence to back up Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped his telephones.
Russia interfered in the 2016 election, in order to “hurt our democracy.”
Russia wanted to “help Trump, hurt Clinton.”
Russia worked to aid the Leave side in Brexit, and wants more dissolution of European unity.
Russia prefers a “businessman in the White House.”
That last one is something you hear sometimes in the United States. “Run the country like a business!” Except that the country is not a business. It has a budget, but the analogy doesn’t hold up much beyond that. And our past experience with businessmen presidents have not been auspicious. George W. Bush was a businessman. He ranks among our least popular presidents, and apparently cannot attend Republican National Conventions. Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover, and Jimmy Carter were successful businessmen, but not successful presidents.
There will never be any consequences for wrongdoing by this administration from the Republican Congress. Despite some strong statements from Lindsay Graham and John McCain, it is hard to imagine anything actually happening. You will see people listing impeachable offenses on Twitter sometimes, but it seems pretty clear that there is nothing Trump could do, up to and including his infamous example about “shooting someone on 5th Avenue” that would draw any noticeable response from this Congress. The one last hope we have for mitigating some of the damage done by the election of Bannon/Trump is to increase the number of Democrats in Congress.
This would require something unprecedented, something almost unimaginable. It would necessitate something that borders on the miraculous, and would mark an accomplishment that would resonate in the annals of history for generations to come. It would mean nothing less than – Democrats getting up off the sofa and voting in a mid-term election.
Interstellar space travel with laser-pulse engines, by contrast, is merely unlikely. What we are talking about here is nothing less than Democrats, possibly even young people, showing up to cast a vote in a mid-term, non-presidential, Congressional election.
Is it remotely possible? Granted, much will depend on what’s on TV that day.
If these snarky lines leave you feeling annoyed – Great! Mission Accomplished! Because something like 45% of eligible American voters were No-Shows in 2016. The Republicans took Congress in 2010 and 2014 for the same reason. Millennials, and Democrats in general, have the numbers to easily roll over any election. When they show up, that’s it. Game over. But they just cannot be bothered. And no, the voter suppression efforts of the Republicans would not be enough if the Democrats showed up in force. Besides, does it not enrage you to the core that Republicans are trying to make it harder for you to vote??? Why would that alone not galvanize you to get as many of your friends and acquaintances registered and transported to the polls???
Often you will hear people say “My one vote doesn’t matter.” I once saw a political cartoon that showed a vast multitude of thousands of tiny dots, and they were all speaking as one, saying “My one vote doesn’t matter.” Of course it matters, and it is a cop-out to say otherwise. The proof is clear in the amount of time and money and effort these politicians put into swaying your one vote. Voting is not the only thing you need to do to have a worthwhile country, but it is a big part of it. It’s indispensable.
People sometimes say, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between politicians.” If you can still believe that, where we are right now, I can have nothing more to say to you.
The time to start paying attention to the November 6, 2018 Congressional election is March 20, 2017. You counter this Putin/Bannon/Trump nightmare by electing Democrats. Not Green Party, or Keen Party, or Spleen Party, or any other tiny party that does nothing but splinter the opposition vote. You learn about the Democrats in your local area (because big names start out locally) and you work for the candidate you like. Do something! It might even make a nice social activity. Show up. See what is going on. Later in 2018 you may be able to do phone banking, which is calling people, in your state or others, to ask them to vote for the Democrat, and answer questions they may have about the candidate.
In 2018, make it Democrats, not Plutocrats.