Or rather, as the cartoon suggests, to sell US security secrets to any and all dictatorial regimes eager to harm the US. Does anyone, even in MAGA-land/Trumpistan, imagine that he would scruple to betray his country for $$?
Plungers only push stuff farther down. For pulling stuff up and out, you want an auger. And considering the temperament and disposition of him who s(h)at there, and the role of intestinal flora in such things, better bring a hazmat suit too.
Trumpies are correct that the execution of a search warrant targeting a former POTUS is unprecedented; but that does not mean anything’s amiss with it. The probable cause for believing this particular ex-president to be a criminal is likewise unprecedented. And per that Constitution thingy, “no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Thus it seems to me like the system is working properly in this particular matter.
But as Frank Wilhoit observed, “Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.” And per that principle, the raid on Mar-a-Lago is a gross violation, while cops’ killing George Floyd and Breonna Taylor is utterly normal and acceptable.
I suspect their backsides are individual, not collective. But the image of their sharing a wipe in common had me thinking that maybe some fecal transplants might do ’em all some good, reorienting their gut biomes so they can think and feel like human beings. But not from one another, no . . .
List away. I seem to recall a Bush-era (but depressingly bipartisan) bill trading a lot of liberty for a little security theater, acronymically titled USA PATRIOT (spelled out as “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”).
The image is based on the “Goddess of Democracy” figure displayed at the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests of 1989. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goddess_of_Democracy
Tendentious naming of bills (all too often involving some ridiculously contrived acronym) seems to me a thoroughly bipartisan vice. In other words, Pot, meet Kettle.
They are, however, far from first along the road all must travel, to “The undiscovered country from whose bourn / No traveler returns.” American slavery and anti-Black racism, like the wrath of Achilles, have sent many strong souls of heroes before their time to the house of Hades.
The supposed scourge of cannabis-impaired driving serves as cover for arresting and perhaps incarcerating the hungry. Sounds about right.