Friday, March 31, 2023

Literary Corner: Who Is Your Retribution?

Yoon Lee, "Retribution (Bud)", 2014, from a 2015 show at Pierogi Gallery, New York. 

You Remember It Just Like I Do
By Donald J. Trump, President of the United States (Semi-Retired), with Stephen Miller

This is Political Persecution
and Election Interference
at the highest level in history. From the time
I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower,
and even before I was sworn in as your President
of the United States, the Radical Left Democrats -
the enemy of the hard-working Men and Women of this Country -
have been engaged in a Witch-Hunt to destroy
the Make America Great Again movement.

You remember it just like I do:
Russia, Russia, Russia;
the Mueller Hoax; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine;
Impeachment Hoax 1; Impeachment Hoax 2;
the illegal and unconstitutional
Mar-a-Lago raid; and now this.

The Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen
in their obsession with trying to "Get Trump,"
but now they've done the unthinkable -
indicting a completely innocent person
in an act of blatant Election Interference.

Never before in our Nation's history
has this been done. The Democrats
have cheated countless times over the decades,
including spying on my campaign,
but weaponizing our justice system
to punish a political opponent,
who just so happens to be a President
of the United States and by far
the leading Republican candidate
for President, has never happened before.

Let's just say for starters he doesn't "just so happen" to be a President of the United States. 

In fact he isn't a President of the United States at all, at the moment, though I can't deny that he used to be, in a manner of speaking; and he didn't previously "just so happen" to be there, either, in the sense that he worked at it, to a certain extent, with the help of his thugs, as was the evident purpose of some of the crimes he's now charged with. I'm especially focused on the timing; it's the day after we saw the video of Trump's giggling about his uncontrollable kissing and pussy-grabbing, October 8 2016, that Michael Cohen moved to make the deal silencing Stormy Daniels, and this effort could well have been the crucial factor that averted Trump's collapse into a storm of lubricious jokes and feminist rage; as the prosecutors' sentencing memo said in asking the judge to give Cohen four years, that's what the campaign finance law is about:

While many Americans who desired a particular outcome to the election knocked on doors, toiled at phone banks, or found any number of other legal ways to make their voices heard, Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows. He did so by orchestrating secret and illegal payments to silence two women who otherwise would have made public their alleged extramarital affairs with Individual-1. In the process, Cohen deceived the voting public by hiding alleged facts that he believed would have had a substantial effect on the election. It is this type of harm that Congress sought to prevent when it imposed limits on individual contributions to candidates.

Trump (whose guilt in the case, as "Individual-1", was made completely clear at the time, uncharged only because of that stupid memo from the Office of Legal Counsel) isn't a "political opponent" of Alvin Bragg, he's a criminal in the Manhattan DA's bailiwick. Bragg is not "weaponizing" the system but doing his job, as he's done before in the past, one reason I was so pleased to vote for him in 2022:

Among the candidates for D.A., Bragg was perhaps the most battle-tested against Trump and his company. At the New York Attorney General's Office, he oversaw multiple aggressive legal battles with Trump entities, including a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation — which accused the president and his children of using the nonprofit as a "personal checkbook" — and another against the now-shuttered Trump University, which claimed the school used illegal business practices and made false claims to potential students.

And of course Trump has never been a "completely innocent person": he's repeatedly been rescued from justice by underhanded maneuvers like Cohen's in the Stormy case, as I remember "just like he does"—from Russia Russia Russia by Billy Barr's ruthless drowning of the Mueller report, like an unwanted puppy; Impeachments nos. 1 (Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine) and 2 (Trump's leadership of the January insurrection, which goes unnamed in the poem) by Mitch McConnell's Senate sticking its fingers in its ears and refusing to hear the evidence. Accompanied by the press's staunch denial that one side in a legal procedure could be right and the other wrong (they'd rather see attorneys as sports teams and talk about their "strategy").

Though the story is far from over; the House's 2022 investigation of the January insurrection was only the first half of what is now taking place in the criminal investigation under Special Counsel Jack Smith, and Trump's theft (he's really done the Millerian hat trick of "lied, cheated, and stolen") of the presidential documents found in the FBI "raid" at Mar-a-Lago (repeatedly found in federal court not to be "illegal and unconstitutional") should be resulting in a federal indictment any day now. And there's so much more to come, as you know, from New York State, Georgia, and hopefully the Internal Revenue Service (over Trump's habit, long ago signaled by Michael Cohen, of undervaluing asset to evade taxes, just as he overvalued them to cheat the bankers).

Recently Trump found himself using the word "retribution", which sounded pretty strange on his lips ("I am your retribution!"—I assume Miller supplied it). Perhaps he sees it finally coming for him. I'm not giving up hope, not at all. I was right about Bragg, I think, and I expect to be right about the others,

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