During each and every tilt further away from democratic norms over the past three years, many of us have tried to send out the alarm that Trump is not stupid, and that things are going to get much worse than people think. We have been ignored and disregarded as alarmist Cassandras.
Today is no different.
Trump stood on the south lawn of the White House and openly declared an invitation to the People’s Republic of China to “investigate” Joe Biden and his son.
Amidst all of the tisk-tisking there is again no shortage of pundits nearly giddy with surety that Trump has finally overstepped: ‘Surely this is it’. They say. ‘Surely the Republicans in Congress will start to abandon him now!’
Whether they will is unclear. But what I know, is that this move by Trump is no miscalculation. No, it is yet another step in the numbing of our country to his corrosion of democracy.
Time is not our friend, it is his.
While we dither over procedure, the American people are being further anesthetized into a torpor from which they may not emerge.
This is an audacious gambit in the style of not only Roy Cohn, but in the style of the burning of the Reichstag, to seize more more power while America Slept.
“Trump is relying on ’20 treasons are better than 1′. If you can no longer deny a crime, boast about it, try to normalize it. That’s why the law must be the law, not politics.”
-Garry Kasparov 10/3/2019