Scattered sunshine this early Monday on California’s north coast, with semi-clear skies, chilly temperatures, and changing weather.
Supposedly, our first big rain coming late Wednesday and Thursday, ‘heavy at times,’ and subsequent storms keeping us wet until the middle of next week. We could get maybe two-plus-inches of rain off the first one, indicating a fairly-strong system.
Also potent, but in the smell-test category, was the second presidential debate last night. Despite the caricature-creepy theme: ‘“I didn’t think I would say this, but I’m going to and I hate to say it. But if I win, I am going to get Mike G Law experts to help me and I am going to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation…”‘
Worse than a dick-head…
And into a way-deeper ugly:
Clinton didn’t address the statement directly, but said Trump’s personality was not a good fit for someone directing the criminal justice system.
“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Clinton said.
“Because you would be in jail,” Trump shot back.
This the way-real-bad take-away from the event — even beyond the sick brush-off of shitty behavior to “locker-room banter” — and an expression one would hear/see in a banana republic, or from a wanna-be menacing, tin-horn dictator.
Creating a debate not funny. A theme of vulgarity overwhelmed any sense of politics, even. A way-weird, hulking T-Rump, walking around the platform, carrying a stern, cruel face, babbling near-incoherently at one point trying to merge sexual assault with ISIS — throwing all kinds of dumb-ass shit at Clinton, despite how the audience, and the moderators, knew it was shit.
As if the joker is not in on the joke…
Threatening to incarcerate an opponent, though, is real-life scary.
Some points — via Fortune this morning:
While some Trump supporters dismissed the Republican nominee’s remarks as a joke, members of both parties said such behavior would blatantly contradict the ideals of a democratic government.
The jailing of political opponents has long been decried as antidemocratic throughout the world.
“Winning candidates don’t threaten to put opponents in jail. Presidents don’t threaten prosecution of individuals. Trump is wrong on this,” said Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.
“Be afraid of any candidate who says he will order DOJ/FBI to act on his command,” said Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General under President Obama.
“This is dangerous/so is @realDonaldTrump-he’s not qualified.”
“In the USA we do not threaten to jail political opponents. @realDonaldTrump said he would.
He is promising to abuse the power of the office,” Holder added.
A legal background per Bloomberg:
The point of these restrictions is simple: to avoid a president using the special prosecutor’s office as a tool to go after political opponents.
That matters for a functioning democracy.
As political scientists have long observed, democracy depends most basically on political alternation: When parties change places after an election, the winners allow the losers to stay in business, operate as an opposition and run for office again.
That alternation means winners don’t put their opponents in jail.
If they do — or if the opponents fear that they will be jailed — then the incentive to accept defeat evaporates.
Losers in that dire position instead will turn to wide-scale popular resistance or military coups.
That’s only rational if the losers think they won’t be free to run for office again.
Alternation is thus what distinguishes stable democracies from weak or failing ones.
Prosecuting opponents is the hallmark of democracy-ending dictatorship. Egypt offers a recent and clear example: Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has relentlessly prosecuted the elected leaders he displaced in his 2013 coup.
No one has any illusion that the Muslim Brotherhood will be back in future elections.
And no one doubts that democracy in Egypt is over.
It may seem extreme to say that Trump’s promise to prosecute Clinton threatens alternation in the U.S.
After all, American democracy is pretty stable.
But other presidents have bent over backward to avoid such prosecutions — even to the point of condoning illegal behavior.
T-Rump is our first up-front country killer…America as we’ve known it will is go quickly-bye-bye if….