Inspection Time

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by American businesses have surged by almost 50 percent in the past month.

Meanwhile, Trump implied that he'll pardon Roger Stone by tweeting that Stone can "rest easy" because he'll never spend a night in prison.

If Trump loses in November I expect he'll pardon virtually everyone just as a final 'fuck you' to voters. He's gonna go back and pardon people prosecuted under Obama and maybe even further back than that.

Finally, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis finally spoke out against Trump by comparing him to Nazis and saying he's a threat to the Constitution.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” Mattis, who resigned as Trump’s defense secretary in 2018, wrote in a statement published by The Atlantic. [...]

As he called for unity, Mattis even drew a comparison to the U.S. war against Nazi Germany, saying U.S. troops were reminded before the Normandy invasion: “The Nazi slogan for destroying us ... was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’”

Mattis also took a swipe at current U.S. military leadership for participating in a Monday photo-op led by Trump after law enforcement - including National Guard - cleared away peaceful protesters.

He criticized use of the word “battlespace” by Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Milley to describe protest sites in the United States during a call with state governors this week. Esper, Mattis’s successor in the job, has said he regretted using that wording.

Mattis isn't wrong, but none of this is new, either. Trump didn't suddenly become terrible. Mattis should have spoken up when Trump gave the order to militarize our southern border with Mexico which is a racist policy, not a national security policy. We still have troops on the border doing nothing but serving as campaign props for Trump. Trump is more cavalier today because no one in his regime said 'No' before.

  • Aynwrong

    This might be a dangerous suggestion but I’m wondering if a new Attorney General in a Biden Administration (God willing) should consider looking for ways to claw back presidential pardons. The answer is probably no and this is one of the few areas I would be worried about Republican escalation down the road.

    I’m not sure how to gauge the value of Mattis’ words. He’s mainly stating the obvious and I’m certain had a Democratic president behaved even a tenth this way we would have heard this from him far sooner. But it’s out there and maybe it helps.

    Patton himself could rise from the grave and tell the country to “fuck Trump” and it wouldn’t mean dick to the MAGA fools and I doubt it would mean much to any other Republican voter either. I’ve watched people I’m related to put their heads in the sand in real time over Trump’s depravity. I don’t even know what to call it. Cognitive dissonance doesn’t feel strong enough.

    What’s happening to small businesses is tragic. If their lucky, they’ll be dealing with a Biden administration this time next year (God willing).

    • Draxiar

      I do not know if pardons can be nullified- it’s likely they can’t. However, these bandits have a history of terrible activity and I’m pretty sure something else would come up and Agent Orange won’t be there to protect them or tell them to ignore subpoenas. Also, accepting a pardon is admitting guilt.

      • Aynwrong

        I know… I just want these criminals to pay so bad….

        • Draxiar

          Me too, Aynwrong, me too. I truly believe it’s the only way the country can actually set the right course for this democracy and the rule of law. If they walk free no one but high dollar crooks can have any faith in this system.