Freedonia On The Potomac

I was asked earlier this week if, after all we’ve learned this summer, I stand by the term Dipshit Insurrection. It was less random than originally thought BUT it was every bit as stupid. The center of dispshittery was the White House, which was where the “craziest meeting” of the Trump regime took place on December 18, 2020.

The description of that meeting at yesterday’s hearing emphasized the crazy. Cassidy Hutchinson called it “unhinged.” It reminded me of one of the funniest and most surreal movies ever made, The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup.

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free.

President Rufus T. Firefly was much smarter than the Impeached Insult Comedian, but he was equally unqualified and unsuited for office. In real life, Groucho Marx was a staunch liberal who would be appalled by Trump but, like Mel Brooks with Hitler, he’d recognize Trump’s buffoonery and use mockery as his weapon.

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free.

Hit it, Groucho:

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free.

Somehow Mike Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Patrick Byrne the Overstock guy were admitted to the West Wing en masse. I had forgotten about Byrne’s poor taste in women: he was involved with Russian spy, Maria Butina. How did he get within a mile of the Oval Office? I suspect it’s down to the Fifth Amendment guy, disgraced General Mike Flynn.

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free.

When Patrick Cipollone and his wing man Eric Fucking Herschmann heard these bozos were in the Oval, they showed up. It was a face-off between Team Normal and Team Crazy captained by then President* Pennywise. In her video testimony, Powell said that her foes should been fired and escorted out of the White House. Instead, they stayed to trade insults and even physical threats. I am not making this up.

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free.

Team Crazy brought a draft executive order allowing the military to seize ballot boxes and to appoint a special counsel who was specified in the order as “her.” That’s right, Sidney Powell created a job for herself.

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the free and brave.

We knew before yesterday that Trump planned to go along with the Kraken Lady’s scheme, but we now know that he *thought* he’d appointed her. P-Cip and his cohort ignored this “terrible idea” thereby sparing the nation the spectacle of Sidney Powell with power. She complained that P-Cip and company treated Trump with contempt. What else can you expect from intelligent albeit unethical people who work for a fucking moron?

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free.

I think Team Normal should be called Team Asshole. They enabled Trump, defended him in his first impeachment trial, and helped him appoint wingnut judges. Hell, P-Cip thinks that Mike Pence should be given the medal of freedom for doing his job on Dipshit Insurrection day. What can you expect from a Dittohead?

Hail, hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free.

We move from the unhinged meeting to how the crowd was summoned and turned into a mob, but first a musical palate cleanser:

Let’s change tone from silly to scary from farce to fierce. After the unhinged meeting ended, the Kaiser of Chaos brooded, then fired off this infamous tweet:

That was how Trump summoned the mob. The extremists saw it as their cue to mobilize to keep him in power. He had an almost supernatural hold on the crowd. Witness Stephen Ayres testified that he left the Capitol after Trump asked the mob to exit and would have left earlier if asked to do so. That level of mind control is frightening, especially when it’s exercised by a malevolent idiot.

Trump summoned the mob because he was out of options after Pence refused to go along with the coup plot.  The mob was the weapon that the deranged president* hoped would keep him in power. American carnage was the result.

Repeat after me: The mob was the weapon. American carnage was the result.

Speaking of American carnage, in his closing statement, Jamie Raskin threw that disgusting phrase back in Trump’s face:

“In his inaugural address, Trump introduced one commanding image: American carnage. Although that turn of phrase explained little about America before he took office, it turned out to be an excellent prophecy of what his rage would come to visit on our people.

American carnage is Donald Trump’s true legacy. His desire to overthrow the people’s election and seize the presidency interrupted the counting of Electoral College votes for the first time in American history, nearly toppled the constitutional order and brutalized hundreds of people,” he continued.

The Watergate break-in was like a Cub Scout meeting compared to this assault on our people and institutions.”

In 2016, I wrote a post about candidate Trump calling him worse than Nixon and followed up in 2017 with Still Worse Than Nixon. He was even worse than I thought five years ago. By 2020, I understood the full extent of his malevolent stupidity in a post that foreshadowed Raskin’s remarks: American Carnage, 2020.

The Dipshit Insurrection failed because it reflected the personality of the Dipshit-in-Chief who is delusional, self-absorbed, and stupid. There *was* a coup plot but it was poorly planned and rooted in wishful thinking and outright idiocy. If there aren’t severe consequences for the coup plotters, we won’t be so lucky if this happens again. The next authoritarian leader may not be a dipshit.

The last word goes to The Rolling Stones followed by Jefferson Airplane with songs from the Sixties that still reverberate:

Publisher’s note: Pulp Fiction Thursday and Album Cover Art Wednesday will return next week.

6 thoughts on “Freedonia On The Potomac

  1. If Groucho were alive today,. he’d be spinning in his grave. Suggest that you check out Double Dynamite, a black and white that he did during the last Ice Age. He sings with (who else?) Frank Sinatra, as they dance down a street. I’m talkin weird, here, as if there ain’t enough of that goin around already.

  2. I’m struck by the December 18 tableau, as Cipollone and Herschmann dash down to the Oval Office to see Team Crazy having a private little chat with El Presidente. In Cipollone’s testimony, he doesn’t seem surprised to see crazy randos in the Oval Office. His initial action is to ask Patrick Byrne of Overstock who he is. Nobody calls security to get these people out of the White House, and later Mark Meadows personally escorts Rudy Giuliani off the premises so that Giuliani doesn’t wander back into the White House. This is apparently a thing that happened with enough regularity in the former guy’s White House that Meadows did it apparently without being asked.

    Naturally, none of this has anything to do with the administration’s decision to stop releasing the White House Visitors Log in April 2017. For reasons of, uh, security, doncha know.

  3. DYK the song The Laws of My Administration in Duck Soup had lyrics about forced birth?
    It had jokes about the ruler getting a share of the graft, stealing from the treasury & killing those who disagree. But the part about increasing the population was cut.

    The population must increase,
    With great rapidity.
    We give a couple seven years,
    To raise a family.
    If, by that time, there is
    No branch upon the family tree,
    We stand ’em up against the wall,
    and Pop goes the Weasel.
    (lyrics by Bert Kalmar, 1933 Duck Soup
    If anyone gets fresh with me,
    I’ll show him who’s the boss;
    I’ll stand upon my dignity,
    and toss him for a loss.
    And this will be the penalty,
    For those who doublecross,
    We’ll stand ’em up against the wall,
    and Pop goes the Weasel!

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