Monday, February 5, 2018

For the Record: Rant on Retroaction

Reporter from the Future, by Flickr/The People Speak. Via Sputnik International, I'm sorry to say, which may have meant for the picture to be taken as news.

I may be starting to repeat myself a bit, but Donald Jr. kind of got me going:

Really shouldn't have missed failing to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, from the endless sabotaging of the Affordable Care Act to blatant refusal to implement the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, signed into law by Donald Trump on August 2, though he called it "seriously flawed" in his signing statement, after votes of 98-2 in the Senate and 419-3 in the House.

That's for the constitutional crisis, but that "take down a duly elected president" bullshit struck me as illustrating a deep retroactionary confusion that is a big part of this Nunes idiocy.

The duly elected president at the time of the supposed skullduggery at the FBI was Barack Obama, and the person they would have been taking down (though as James Comey is said to have told Donald Trump three times, Donald Trump was not the subject of an FBI investigation, hold that thought) hadn't been elected yet. If the FBI's spying on people Trump says he hardly knew—Papadopoulos, Page, Manafort, and Flynn, with some funny business alleged by Nunes in the spying on Page—was intended to take Trump down, why didn't they just take him down, before the election?  Why, indeed, did FBI action take down Hillary instead? It's as if they felt they had to elect Trump first in order to carry out their insidious plans to bring him low!

Or, perhaps, they didn't—could it have been shock waves from the election traveling backward in time that got the FBI to act in October 2016 and start spying on Page (again, since they'd been studying him off and on for the past three years, but this time nefariously getting some of their information from a retired British spy who appears to have been some kind of liberal) in addition to Papadopoulos, Flynn, and Manafort? It was Peter Strzok's insurance policy!
REPORTER FROM THE FUTURE: Sir, I have bad news from this coming November—Trump's going to win.
McCABE OR SOMEBODY: Good God, man! We must do something to stop him from Making America Great Again!
REPORTER FROM THE FUTURE: If you don't mind me suggesting, sir... You're already observing several of the people on the campaign. Why not put some surveillance on a campaign worker who's left the campaign and who seems to be in it completely for himself and the love of Russia, name of Page, who's been trying to corner the brokerage of a sale of twenty percent of Russia's largest energy company and forgotten all about getting Trump elected?
McCABE OR: Of course, that's it! Only way to put an end to this ghastly development within a reasonable time frame, say a year or so after the inauguration! We'll get an Englishman to slip us some improperly sourced information and slap this lad with a 702 warrant!
The pathetic thing is that this is how Republicans, and possibly Glenn Greenwald. believe government really works, with or without time travel.

By "you", I mean Donald Trump Jr., the eager correspondent of Rob Goldstone."I love it!"
As I suggested above, I think Comey was telling the truth when he said Trump wasn't under investigation. It was the Comey firing that got them looking at Mister Duly Elected.

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