S4 E22 — Now, Who Could Argue With That?

“Two hundred years of history teaches us the president of the United States uses the military the way he wants. Trump is mentally unstable,” he said. “He’s a narcissistic psychopath.” If the second impeachment didn’t work out, then what could be done?

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Every seed already knows how to grow itself. The planter’s job is to create the proper conditions and get out of the way. Trust in the process of life.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 22nd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 8th day of April in the spring of 2022.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Table of Contents

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E21Not Since the War of 1812; S4 E20Resiliently Living Through Domestic and Global ChaosS4 E19The Reason Character and Honesty Don’t Count Anymore

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E22What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?; S3 E21Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy Dog; S3 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal; S3 E19Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

Peril’s Woodward and Costa called the insurrection on January 6th, 2021 “The battle for the soul of the nation”.

Which prompts asking deeper, and more fundamental questions: 

    • What is your country? 
    • What has it become under Trump?

QAnon and 6MWE

Congressman Adam Smith described, sitting in the aisle seat in row 26 on the Alaska Airlines 5 p.m. flight out of Washington Reagan National Airport.

As the crowd grew loud, no one seemed to realize this man who looked like a friendly business traveler was a congressman. Ugly talk about conspiracies to steal the election from Trump filled the plane. So did chatter about the QAnon group, which passengers said with confidence was a bulwark against a cabal of cannibalistic, anti-Trump pedophiles who worship Satan and run a global child-sex-trafficking ring.

Several passengers also mentioned “6MWE,” an abbreviation which means 6 million weren’t enough — a reference to the 6 million Jews exterminated in Nazi concentration camps.

As the flight progressed across the country, white supremacist and anti-Semitic talk continued unabated. “The focus needs to be making sure that we don’t let a lunatic back into the White House,” Smith said. 

Smith went on to say, “Two hundred years of history teaches us the president of the United States uses the military the way he wants. Trump is mentally unstable,” he said. “He’s a narcissistic psychopath.”

If the second impeachment didn’t work out, then what could be done?

What about an independent 9/11-style commission formed to investigate, but with no members of Congress allowed on it.  They would investigate high crimes against constitutional democracy.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, and John Katko, Republican of New York—converged on an obvious solution: an independent 9/11-style commission made up equally of five outside Republican and five outside Democratic given equal subpoena power and charged with determining the events and causes of the January 6 riot.

Now, who could argue with that?

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy turned the Republican conference against the very deal the GOP had asked for.

Speaker Pelosi announced that the House would proceed on its own to create a thirteen-member select committee to investigate and would not allow the GOP to play any more games.

    • It would consist of eight Democratic appointees and five Republican appointees,
    • Republicans voted to oppose the select committee, with only Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger having the courage to break ranks and vote yes.
    • McCarthy named his picks, Speaker Pelosi accepted three of them but refused to approve Jim Banks of Indiana, and Jim Jordan of Ohio.
    • In retaliation, McCarthy pulled all his Republicans off the select committee,

The party against majority rule

GOP power brokers are making sure that our political institutions work at every turn against majority rule.

    • Republicans gerrymander Democrats into oblivion in congressional and state legislative elections.
    • Block Democratic efforts at redistricting reform in the Senate
    • Gerrymandered legislatures pass laws expressly designed to suppress voter participation,
    • Cement their hold on the whole system by packing the courts with right-wing judges to enforce all the exclusion. 
    • By Supreme Court decisions like Shelby County v. Holder (2013) and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (2021),

What do they have to hide?

By dismantling the Voting Rights Act they have left the majority of Americans caught in a vicious circle of anti-democracy.

Evidence

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’ve been impulsive in the past and now you see the benefit in being strategic. Like a poker player with killer cards, you’ll communicate carefully and your restraint will win you a premium prize. You’ll often join a fun crowd, though you’ll also find magic as you venture to places that are easier to get to when you walk alone.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Remember that sooner or later what you own ends up owning you, as possessions require attention and maintenance. The time to think about this, of course, is before you buy.” Taurus

Too little, too late.  Except for the staggering equity build up, owning a house means never having cash for anything else.

 “4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “You’ve made something. Whether you love what you made or not, it now has the virtue of existing, which makes it more useful than things that don’t exist, because existing things can be observed, built upon and revised.”  Libra

So, you’re saying there’s hope?  Repurposed knowledge nuggets? 

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “The road to becoming is paved in repetition. Be mindful of what you do time and again. For better or worse, what gets replayed will one day be a part of you.” Sagittarius

Mastering new skills and talents or healthier habits take 21 days, right?  So then what about habits lasting for four seasons and longer?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “As you look back, mixed feelings come up. Regret is an option, but there are prettier ones. The past is a big picture with a million framing options. Why not choose the ones that are more fun to look at?” Capricorn

Right, why not choose the ones that are more fun?  Wait, don’t I have something in queue which will take me through the 2022 and 2024 elections while the 21st Century version of our Civil War or WWIII beats climate change to the punch? Oh and there’s rabbits.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Every seed already knows how to grow itself. The planter’s job is to create the proper conditions and get out of the way. Trust in the process of life.” Pisces

Unless ferocious rabbits gnaw down to the dirty roots in patches of your lawn you so painstakingly replanted.  Or unless the sun sits and bakes those seeds before they’re ready to pop out of the ground hale and hardy.  Or, what was this all about?

Today’s Holiday Theme: 

Check in with your goals and purposes. There’s passion to be applied. Are you being as assertive as you can be? Note that wrestling with something a little out of reach won’t bring it closer. Get up and move to where the thing is. Go all in. Commit completely. Surround it, get on top of it, overcome it.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12458 this week to 12559 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 212 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  
    • “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa provides anecdotes, stories and inside reporting documenting the controversial last days of Donald Trump’s presidency, as well as the presidential transition and early presidency of Joe Biden. 

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