Do you recall the movie “Trial at Nuremberg?” There’s a tremendous scene where the Burt Lancaster character, a German judge who now sees the error of his ways confesses to the Spencer Tracy character, an American world court judge, what happened. “You have to believe me. I didn’t know it would get as far as it did,” says Lancaster. Tracy replies, “It got that far, Your Honor, the first time you sentenced a man guilty that you knew to be innocent.” Lancaster registers shock as the truth sinks in. This is a great moment in cinema.
Today Donald Trump suggested that the military take action to discipline Lt. Col. Alexander Vndman.
Trump says the military should look at disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Vindman, who gave testimony in impeachment hearings about the president pic.twitter.com/yX1ysfOMQ5
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) February 11, 2020
Vindman didn’t do anything except tell the truth and put country and honor first, which, as an officer, he should be doing. But apparently Mad King Donald thinks that Vindman should be disciplined by the Army for some offense — probably treason. And why? Because the GOP has enabled this farce to continue, just like the bought-off judges in Nazi Germany enabled the atrocities that took place on their watch. When the GOP enabled Trump to get on the ticket in the first place, as their candidate, they took an irrevocable step towards the dark side of government, towards fascism and away from democracy. They all knew what he was, as well as the Democrats. We’ve all seen many clips of Ted Cruz calling Trump a liar, or Lindsey Graham calling him a “race-baiting homophobic bigot.” But they all decided to roll over for Trump, when it was suggested to them that Trump as useful idiot could do the party a lot of good. So they muzzled their true feelings and entered the Cult of Trump, sworn to do his bidding, above honor, and above country.
Last week they ratified that position by acquitting Trump — a man that they knew to be guilty. They acquitted him because they felt it was in their interest to do so. Now, Trump believes that he is invincible and omniscient and he’s got a God complex. If he didn’t have one before, he’s got one now. So of course he wants to go after Vindman — some more — and of course he has already gone after Sondland. And he will go after many more people. He’s got an enemies list and he will tick through them one by one. Because he’s nuts.
This is what the GOP hath wrought. I hope that they are happy with this monster of their creation. This is Three A.M. in America. Even in war time our plight has never been so dark as it is right now with this madman at the helm, empowered by the most corrupt and venal group of politicians ever to be assembled, the current iteration of the GOP.
They created this monster and he knows that they won’t stop him. So he’ll go as far as he can, as unhindered as he is unhinged, a creature without morality, discernment or remorse. Wait and see.