Week 4: February 12–18


Another one bites the dust.

Read of The Week

The Madness of King Donald

By Andrew Sullivan

Sully’s back, and his first piece is a magnificent look at our trip through the Upside Down.


This has been going on in the background for a couple of weeks. What we know:

This is very troubling, but it’s hard to say whether Congress will get do their job and investigate or stay in denial. It looks like the House is going to wait for more troubling information to come out. The Senate, which has fewer Trump allies, is likely to start some kind of investigation.

Watching Donald Trump Try to Puzzle Out What ‘Asset Forfeiture’ Means Is Deeply Discomfiting

By Jesse Singal

Paranoid hatchet piece or accurate examination of a 70-year-old President with no policy or governing experience? Either way, it seems to fit into the narrative of the Republican President as a potential pawn of both the White Right and Russia.
The fact that this isn’t some conspiracy website but NY Magazine shows how much this Administration has done to damage itself in just these few weeks.

This New Yorker piece by Sarah Stillman referred to in the article is also important reading even nearly four years later.

More Reports of “Extreme Vetting” in Action

First, this report of a growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing to Canada from the United States during freezing winter weather.
This is a direct result of the Republican Administration’s Muslim Ban and is not likely to either improve the image of the U.S. abroad or to help our relations with Canada. But 45 doesn’t care.

Another take on this from the NY Times:

Another report of a Canadian denied entry to the U.S. because of someone he may have known in High School. The CBC claims he was held for five hours and asked about his religion and his parents’ birthplace before being denied entry.

Immigration Raids Are Reported Around The Country

By Richard Gonzales

Another of the Republican Administration’s campaign promises partially delivered. The execution of these raids seems to be less clumsy than the Muslim Ban, which means the end result is only a cruel attack on hard working immigrants including the parents of many young American citizens.
Where ICE is going to keep all of these immigrants, how they will be treated, and will their rights actually be respected are also open questions which were completely ignored during the campaign.

The media and popular response to this was the reason why the policy changed under Obama and he was one of the more popular Presidents. I can’t imagine how bad this will play out for an Administration already on a rocky footing.
The protests reported here by the Washington Post may give us a clue, however.

Republican Lawmakers Propose New Law To Reduce Legal Immigration

By John Burnett

The bill as proposed is very unlikely to pass, but still a picture of where this Republican Administration, and the White Right lawmaker allies are wanting to take us. I’m already writing my Senators about this.

Republican state lawmakers push for restrictions on voting

By Kathleen Ronayne and Christina A. Cassidy

This is just more of the same Republican attacks on voting rights, nothing to see here! The good news is, these will all likely get struck down eventually, but they only need them to last through another round of close elections. Have you talked to your State Lawmakers lately?

Trump U.K. Visit Delayed to Avoid Parliament Talk, Guardian Says

by Stefania Spezzati

This is our closest ally, and it is a troubling picture of how Canada and Australia are likely to respond if the situation doesn’t change.

The Old Guard Is Slowly Waking Up

No, not woke

While this crisis has pushed many ordinary citizens into political action, the Old Guys in the Room are still trying to leave their state of denial at their own pace. Two interesting takes on how this may look from the inside.
Never Too Soon for a Functional White House by Jonathan Bernstein.
And this tweet thread: