atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7311: I don't care what Democrats think of Trump's actions

Look, I said it last week and I'm saying it now: the President has every right to nominate a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Obama had every right to nominate a replacement for Antonin Scalia in 2016. Neither case was unprecedented in American history and the prior occurrences had pretty much spelled out what we do in those circumstances: if President and Senate majority are of the same party, the nominee is installed. If President and Senate majority party differ--as was the case in 2016--the nominee is rejected. There's no hypocrisy there and it really is that simple.

It may have been the only right and proper thing he ever said, but Obama really did say it best: elections have consequences. The Constitution does not make exceptions based on the closeness of an impending election; Biden is just a candidate for the office and the election isn't going to be held for six more weeks. Regardless of the outcome, Trump is President of the United States until January 20, 2021.

The Democrats are trying to think of ways to stop it.

But it frames the debate nicely especially since Biden won't name his picks. He can't--his picks would give Trump more rope with which to hang him.

Funny thing is, Ginsburg herself opined on the matter.
When a similar scenario occurred four years ago, following the death of Antonin Scalia, the Republican-controlled Senate blocked Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. It was a controversial move, and Ginsburg had something to say about it: Ginsburg publicly called on the Senate to go through with the nomination.

"That's their job," she said in July 2016. "There's nothing in the Constitution that says the President stops being President in his last year."

"Eight is not a good number for a collegial body that sometimes disagrees," Ginsburg said on the issue a few months later during an event at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington.
Predictably, the Democrats are harping about "honoring her last wishes", but if Antonin Scalia had had the temerity to say something like Ginsburg's last words, Obama would have wasted no time on discounting them let alone even paying heed. Except that someone like Scalia wouldn't be so arrogant even to consider trying to bind the actions of a sitting President like that.

He had more class than that.

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The media can cry me a fucking river. The media complains about how Trump's rhetoric endangers them, how it encourages violence against media people.

I went to the link in the post, and found it chock-full of left-wing horseshit about "protests". The word "riot" is used twice: Once in a quote from a Trump campaign spokesman, and here:
During his presidency, Trump has repeatedly attacked the press and encouraged violent tactics used by police against anti-racism demonstrators and rioters.
Trump hasn't encouraged the use of "violent tactics" against mere demostrators, only rioters; and notice that this statement conflates the two.

This is America in the year 2020. Police do not fire tear gas and rubber bullets at "peaceful protestors" because they do not want to get sued. I can guarantee you that the most racist police officer in the United States won't fire anything at black protestors who are simply standing there chanting something, because unless he's a complete lunatic he knows that doing anything against a peaceful protest is a violation of civil rights and he'd be lucky to just get sued down to his skivvies.

But if those protestors are lighting fires and breaking windows and looting and throwing rocks at police and--in general--causing mayhem, that is not protest.

I think as long as the media takes sides like this, they're not press, not journalists, but advocates...and as such deserve no more protection than the people they support.

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By the way? Trump mocking the journalist that got hit with the riot-control measure, I think that's cast iridium AWESOME. A lot of people on my side of the aisle are giggling over that. Because we've had to listen to the press demean and disparage us for decades.

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BLM attacks a gay mexican and his boyfriend. You do realize that although Democrats lump them together as "people of color" there is no love lost between hispanics and blacks? In the lefty spoils system, the two blocs are competitors, not friends.

Any time the left seizes power, there is infighting until one group comes out on top. The losers get executed in the camps. Assuming they make it that far.

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At certain altitudes the atmosphere of Venus is slightly more benign than at the surface, and a balloon could hold a probe at 60 km altitude for months. 60 km is about 37 miles. Venus' atmosphere is so dense that nitrogen ought to be the gas of choice for the envelope; after all nitrogen does not easily migrate through typical balloon materials and it's lighter than CO2 is.

Very neat idea, though.

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Another ridiculously nice day today. It's already 3 and I'm not feeling too hot; the headache I had upon waking has receded but is still present. Original plan had been to hit the roof and work on the cupola base but I'm just not feeling it, so I'll probably go out in another couple of hours and check the status of the sheathing panel I stuck on around noonish. If it's stuck on pretty firmly then I'll rotate the piece again and stick another piece on. If not, leave it alone.

I've been trying to avoid snacking, and having sweets in general, but I indulged myself and ate a pair of Reese's peanut butter cups. Even that didn't help my headache.

And today is the first day of autumn. Whee!

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