Here’s what really bothers me as I follow impeachment, the Senate trial, and other political shenanigans in Washington, DC, right now: Aren’t any of these people protecting Trump thinking about their legacies?
Make no mistake about it: Even if Trump and his minions and enablers are successful in destroying democracy and making the U.S. into a haven for oligarchs, history is going to eviscerate him. And them.
I don’t know if our country will ever come back from the damage they’ve done. Like most people, I’m hoping the 2020 election saves us. But even if it doesn’t, even if these people keep winning, their legacies are toast.
I studied a lot of history. You see this over and over. I mean, what do you know about Caligula or Nero? And that was 2,000 years ago.
So why are they willing to lie — and many of them, including the lawyers, have been telling obvious, easily proven, lies — and make preposterous defenses on behalf of a man who should never have been allowed near the White House?
Given that I used to practice law, I do know that lawyers often take different positions for different clients, but the things being tossed around here are different from adjusting your arguments to your case.
I really don’t understand why someone like Rudy Giuliani, who managed to dupe a lot of people into believing he was a good major of New York after September 11, is willing to make such a fool of himself for this con man. I guess he’s making money out of it somehow and his divorces are expensive, but surely he knows that even if he doesn’t end up in prison, all the goodwill he once had isn’t going to let this go. In fact, a lot of people are starting to recognize that he was a lousy mayor and U.S. attorney, too.
I mean, there are a lot of historical figures who probably were assholes but did the right thing at the right time and we think they’re heroes. If you’ve done that in the past, why spoil it?
If you’re a respected law professor or a partner at a major law firm, why would you destroy the reputation you’ve made so far not just to defend that man, but to throw legal ethics (and no, that really is not an oxymoron) out the window while doing it?
For that matter, if you’re a U.S. senator, why do this?
Odds are all these people’s obituaries are going to focus on what they did for Trump. History certainly will. I find it hard to believe that anyone who has a respectable reputation wants that.
Though maybe I’m wrong. Maybe they don’t care as long as they have power now and as long as it doesn’t catch up with them before they die. Or as long as they’re rich now (I assume they know they can’t take all that money with them, but …).
I know some of them are willing to put our country in such a perilous position because they are getting judges and policies they want (even if they’re also getting a lot of nonsense they don’t). I assume that explains MoscowMitch.
I would not be at all surprised to find that some of these people have been blackmailed into their roles, particularly the ones who once took positions that are the absolute opposite of the ones they’re taking now.
Now there are some religious fanatics and white supremacists who find Trump a convenient vehicle. I’m not talking about them, because I assume it is their extremist belief that is motivating them.
But that still leaves us with people who don’t have any terrible skeletons in their closets, who aren’t extremists, and who don’t really need the money or the proximity to power.
Their legacy is the main thing they’ve got left, and they’re throwing it away on a con man out to destroy our country.
That makes no sense to me.