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These posts reflect my original interest in American politics, history and political theory broadly cast. I’m interested in exploring the nexus between American Political Development (APD) and American Political Thought (APT) as well as American Studies and Africana Studies or all regional “studies,” including working with Gajo Petrovic a leader in Praxis published in the former Yugoslavia.

This was the reason I stayed in politics for my Ph.D. rather than leaving for law school, history, sociology or business school as faculty kept trying to convince me to do in undergraduate and graduate school after spending a gap year reading Heidegger’s Being and Time with University of Zagreb philosophy professor Gajo Petrovic, who spent time at IAS and working with the author of the former Yugoslavian Constitution, the one that stuck — written in the 1970s.  The latter scholar attended the Sorbonne in the 1930s and ended his career as the Dean of the best law school in Belgrade.  In the 1980s the Fulbright funded his scholarship on Jefferson at Claremont Graduate School.  I worked with him for my B.A. thesis on Marx, existentialism, phenomenology and Yugoslavian self-management supervised by Claremont Men’s College’s public law professor Winston Fisk.

Charlie’s Golden Ticket, or Articles of Confederation, Part II?


Is RBG* glaring outside my window on former Mayor Bloomberg’s scroll doing anything — 731 Lexington Avenue?  Will Trump’s nominee (will take me quite a while to name names here, especially since one ABC commentator went so far as to say nothing was her fault. She accepted the nomination, that is how it goes) recuse herself if it gets to the Supreme Court like Gore v. Bush (2000) (which is doubtful)?

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Trump thinks she won’t.  Had I been Trump’s Jared or Ivanka, I would advise him to hold up the Golden Ticket.  Don’t make the Senate Republicans pay the price (or should they, they should read Atlantic Monthly‘s A. Applebaum).

The Supreme Court is SO heavily conservative that do they even need her?  Well, I suppose yes they do, since with her nomination — the ol’ “foxes in chicken coop” approach — and Trump’s last card — we not only ensure women’s right to sovereignty over their own bodies is likely gone; universal health care, even if it varies a lot from state to state, is gone, and every conservative issue the conservatives in the Federalist Society has been preoccupied with since 2000 is gone.   

Watch the New Jersey election. If cannabis becomes recreational under New Jersey state law, we’re back in it — the Articles of Confederation, which caused the first government in the United States to fall apart less than 20 years in.  Governor Cuomo is not going to like all those New Yorkers taking PATH; think of all the state revenue he will have lost.  The tri-state area will become a tri-state mess.

The 2000 election did count (unabashedly shameful self-interest that contradicted the conservatives going for Bush, though they had long, long professed states’ rights, since it suited them as being anti-New Deal til they flipped), combined with the Seattle uprising, all over a year before 9/11, not only are we in partisan politics, but it’s the two-against-one game, not the Unitary Executive Branch that counts.  When the President and Congress work well together, bills become laws.  When the President and the federal judiciary get together, it leads to many different kinds of political equations.  No need to worry about Congress and the Supreme Court separating against the Presidency — 545 + 9  members means they never get along or move in a consistent direction.   

The U.S. Constitution has created only one national office and that is the office of the President.  

Separation of powers, federalism, states’ rights, different kinds of sovereignties are all variable and up for interpretation, depending upon the politician.  The definition of a politician is that they serve one constituency and harm another.  Is Trump doing anything different?  No, of course not. 

We’re in this jam, as what I used to teach as the “Theory of Rotting Republics.”  Most ancient political thought would tell you — you’ve got 250 years — and then it rots, from within.  I hate to say it but has American representational democracy been irradiated like fruit in the United States?  Bite into an apple in July, it’s not crisp.  Chances are the fruit experienced irradiation or is rotting from within, it’s only the skin that looks properly ripe.

* Written before we knew about Trump’s 750 dollar per year, at most, tax bill.

Repub “Hypo-Crits”

Hypo: a large animal that is ugly and looks like an American politician or a SLAM or SCAM — a “role model” (taken from MTP, allowing GOP from Wyoming to speak and allows him to keep propagating).

Hypo-cratic is not to be confused with Hippocratic oath — or is it?  Hippo is not a hypo. Or maybe Hippo-publican — the Equality State has a few too many of those.  Time for a new animal symbol for these forgetful elephants?

Gun Toting Patsy

Hypo-crasy is similar to fake crazy behavior, though in American English they say crasy in a Patsy Cline-like drawl.  Try singing it:  “Crasy, I’m crasy, American People,” A euphemism for the few people in the United States who vote.  Even more “crasy” is the Senate hypocrit from Wyoming that “Meet the Press” Chuck Todd was too weak to contain in his shallow pool. Guess the so-called neutral journal can’t deal with SCAMs.

Looking For Wildlife in All the Wrong Places

Getting away from it all (i.e. the GOP). Or are we looking for GOP game two years early. We’re scouts. No Dick Cheney here. And more importantly no shotgun to kill quails or shoot your friends in the face. This requires a bit of history. I remember laughing with the New Yorkers’ “about town” piece by Larissa Macfarquhar on shooting your friends in the face etiquette. Let’s hope Anti-Presidency President Trump doesn’t shoot Pence figuratively of course next week. I’d replace him, if I were him, to add a little jolt to their party.

Liar Pence’s VEEP Liar Test

Lie_detector_test.jpgVice President, Pence – Please.  I’m losing patience.  Let’s get it over with.  Out of 253 articles today, you and your willingness (along with your staff’s) to sit happily in this chair wins. You prevailed.

Hey you could be our VEEP preview.  Who said the dog wags the tail?  And how is this woman alone in a room with a “man?!*”

#TFA.  Thanks Omarosa!!  I “get-it” — the 25th Amendment, and Trump’s fear of fear or fear of his Cabinet’s fear gives me hope.  #hashtag Trump’s hopeful future #THF.

Of course this means Paul will be President when you fail.  Or some Speaker.  Hmm… this is even more hopeful.  The new Speaker will be President.   First Trump, then Pence, then — not Paul or Nancy — but . . .

Who said the Democrats needed to wait to 2020 to get there?