When you’re bumping into the trees — and that’s all that “President” Pussygrabber has us doing, bumping into the trees — it seems that you’re going to be doomed bumping into trees forever.
But ah, there is the forest. And the forest exists not only in space — there is a lot more forest than you can see from your poor vantage point of bumping into trees — but the forest also exists in time, and, busy bumping into trees, you’re rather too consumed with the present to gain perspective from the past.
This is the bottom line: Pussygrabber’s approval ratings are below 40 percent in most nationwide polls. It has been a month and a half since he hit even 40 percent in Gallup’s daily tracking. Fivethirtyeight.com right now puts his average approval polling at 36.9 percent.
That is the forest through the trees. Well, part of the forest, anyway.
This is a presidency in crisis. The problem is that we don’t have another nationwide election until November 2018 and don’t have another presidential election until November 2020. But we have to think beyond the next two election cycles, too.
True, when you have a shitty president/“president,” he (or she, someday) can hang on to the Oval Office for a rather long time doing that shitty job, and it seems that you’ll be assaulted with his daily-or-almost-daily utter bullshit interminably.
But everything catches up to you eventually. And nothing lasts forever.
Pete Wilson, a former Repugnican governor of California, is widely credited with turning California into a blue state when he advocated the ugly, anti-brown-skinned-immigrant Proposition 187. Wikipedia explains:
As governor, Wilson was closely associated with California Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot initiative to establish a state-run citizenship screening system and prohibit illegal immigrants from using health care, public education, and other social services in the … state of California.
Voters passed the proposed law as a referendum in November 1994; it was the first time that a state had passed legislation related to immigration, customarily an issue for federal policies and programs. The law was challenged in a legal suit and found unconstitutional by a federal court in 1998 and never went into effect.
Passage of Proposition 187 reflected state residents’ concerns about illegal immigration into the United States and the large Hispanic population in California. Opponents believed the law was discriminatory against immigrants of Hispanic origin; supporters generally insisted that their concerns were economic: that the state could not afford to provide social services for so many who entered the state illegally or overstayed their visas.
Opponents of Proposition 187 cited its passage as the cause of long-term negative effects for the California Republican Party statewide. Noting a rapid increase in the Latino participation in California elections, some analysts cite Governor Wilson’s and the Republican Party’s embrace of Proposition 187 as a cause of the failure of the party to win statewide elections.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the only Republican to win a California gubernatorial, [U.S.] senatorial, or presidential election since 1994, [becoming governor] in a unique 2003 recall election. Schwarzenegger was also re-elected [as governor] in 2006.
Schwarzenegger was an outlier; he took advantage of the embattled, charismatically challenged Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in the bullshit gubernatorial recall election of 2003 and won because he had been a Hollywood action-movie star and because politically he was a blank slate, since he’d never held elected office before. Whatever he promised to do, the voters couldn’t be sure he’d do because he’d had zero track record in elected office. He promised to “clean house” and “blow up the boxes” and the voters fell for that bullshit, much as they did the “Make America Great Again” bullshit.
And, being an immigrant himself, Schwarzenegger certainly didn’t make anti-immigrant sentiment a centerpiece of his moderate-Repugnican politics.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has been at the helm since January 2011 and is termed out in January 2019, and no one who is sane and who knows anything about California’s voters believes that a Repugnican has more than a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming the state’s next governor. California may never go to another Repugnican presidential candidate in our lifetimes, and it’s pretty much a given that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein one day will be replaced by another Democrat.
So the anti-immigrant bullshit might have been a cheap, convenient, immediate political boost for Pete Wilson, but the damage that he did to his party in California — where Latinos now outnumber whites! — endures and will persist, probably forever.
Ditto for Pussygrabber’s anti-immigrant bullshit, such as his insistence on a “Game of Thrones”-style Great Southern Wall to keep out the hordes of supposedly murderous, raping, brown-skinned wildlings (who, when they’re not too busy murdering and raping like to vote illegally, because, you know, those bad hombres really love to vote) — and such as Pussygrabber’s recent pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of federal court for disobeying a federal court order to stop violating Hispanic individuals’ constitutional rights.
… On October 11, 2016, federal prosecutors announced that they would press criminal contempt of court charges against Arpaio. On October 25, 2016, such charges were officially filed, though Arpaio would not be arrested and no mugshot would be taken. The charges were filed just two weeks before an election in which Arpaio was running for re-election. [He lost that election, by double digits, to a Democrat, lest you think that Arpaio is still a big hit among all of Arizona’s voters.]
On July 31, 2017, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton wrote that Arpaio had “willfully violated an order of the court” by failing “to ensure his subordinates’ compliance and by directing them to continue to detain persons for whom no criminal charges could be filed.” Arpaio was scheduled to be sentenced in October 2017.
And then Pussygrabber pardoned him, because surely Pussygrabber is going to want a pardon himself in the future. The members of the elite criminal class — to whom their oaths to uphold the U.S. Constitution mean less than nothing — must protect each other.
Note the leniency that Arpaio has been shown all along in our two-tiered “justice” system: he didn’t have to suffer the indignity of being arrested or having a mugshot taken, something that you or I could not escape, because we’re just commoners, and then, when he was convicted, it was just a fucking misdemeanor conviction, even though he had violated many, many individuals’ constitutional rights over a period of many, many years. You or I would have been convicted of a felony had we done what he did (repeatedly), I am confident.
And then, even a misdemeanor was too much for poor old Joe to suffer; he had to have a “presidential” pardon.
This is fine. Let the stupid old white men have their last gasps of abject abuse of power, because the world is changing.
Arpaio, at 85, will be dead soon enough, and his long-standing right-wing white-male privilege won’t be able to get him out of death.
And “President” Pussygrabber, who also won’t live forever, of course, is doing to the Repugnican Party on the national level what Pete Wilson did to the Repugnican Party in California: planting the seeds for its inevitable ruin.
The U.S. Census Bureau in March 2015 projected that in 2060, Latinos by far will be the nation’s largest non-white racial group, growing from 17.4 percent of the U.S. population in 2014 to 28.6 percent of the U.S. population in 2060. During that same time period (2014 to 2060), non-Hispanic whites are projected to drop from 62.2 percent of the U.S. population to 42.6 percent of the population.
If we’re talking about walls, well, the writing is on the wall; the white supremacists who scream, “You will not replace us!” already are being replaced and will continue to be replaced.
And just as California’s Latinos remember what the Repugnican Party did to them, the nation’s Latinos remember.
“President” Pussygrabber perhaps is getting some cheap political thrills today, but he is Pete Wilson-ing the Repugnican Party nationally.
Don’t despair; from high above, the forest looks beautiful.