Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Well

Uh, well, you know how yesterday I was all kinda positive about stuff?

Then I read this:

Trial Balloon for a Coup?

Bit of an odd title. And it all goes downhill from there.

This is a list of the worst of the news coming out of D.C. from the past week, what it means, and why it means that we're fucked. Firstly, I was probably right about them trying to wear us out.

I see a few key patterns here. First, the decision to first block, and then allow, green card holders was meant to create chaos and pull out opposition; they never intended to hold it for too long. It wouldn’t surprise me if the goal is to create “resistance fatigue,” to get Americans to the point where they’re more likely to say “Oh, another protest? Don’t you guys ever stop?” relatively quickly.

Great. So our "victories" were nothing.

Note also the most frightening escalation last night was that the DHS made it fairly clear that they did not feel bound to obey any court orders. CBP continued to deny all access to counsel, detain people, and deport them in direct contravention to the court’s order, citing “upper management,” and the DHS made a formal (but confusing) statement that they would continue to follow the President’s orders. (See my updates from yesterday, and the various links there, for details) Significant in today’s updates is any lack of suggestion that the courts’ authority played a role in the decision.

Okay so they were REALLY nothing.

That is to say, the administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored. 
Yesterday was the trial balloon for a coup d’√©tat against the United States. It gave them useful information.



Now, I don't know if this Yonatan Zunger, theoretical physicist and engineer, actually knows what he's talking about or will be right about any of this. I mean, I mean, he's only a THEORETICAL PHYSICIST. Not a... politics guy.

We're fucked.

Anyway, it's a really great piece, and gives you an idea of what to expect in the next couple of years. Spoiler alert: It's all terrible. Other spoiler alert: It'll spoil your entire day.

I really am trying to stay positive and not depress the crap out of you but I can't just not try to prepare you for what's coming, either. At the very least, I don't want any of us to be caught off guard again.

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