Sunday, February 19, 2017

Amen, Brother Pitts — Tell It Like It IS (Now & Forever)

Ol' Pitts spoke truth to power in today's Op-Ed essay. The salutation is a traffic-stopper. "Dear Mr. So-Called President" is kinder than this blogger would be. Dear A$$hole-in-Chief would be a more likely salutation from this quarter. This idiot would be the APA's NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) Pin=up Boy for 2017. The A$$hole-in-chief flew to FL on Air Force One (on our dime) to be greeted by his adoring Stupids at a campaign rally that is so 2016. The A$$hole -in-Chief is a one-trick pony. He can run for office, but the office runs him. If this is a (fair & balanced) description of our national nightmare, so be it.

PS: This post marks the end of any dignified reference to POTUS 45, He will be referred to in the most appropriate language (for the likes of him).

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To Our So-Called President: I refuse To Shut Up And Obey
By Leonard Pitts Jr.

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Dear Mr. So-Called President:

So let me explain to you how this works.

You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bottom line is, you were elected.

And this does entitle you to certain things. You get your own airplane. You get free public housing. You get greeted with snappy salutes. And a band plays when you walk into the room.

But your election does not entitle you to do whatever pops into your furry orange head without being called on it or, should it run afoul of the Constitution, without it being blocked.

You and other members of the Fourth Reich seem to be having difficulty understanding this. Reports from Politico and elsewhere describe you as shocked that judges and lawmakers can delay or even stop you from doing things. Three weeks ago, your chief strategist, Steve Bannon, infamously declared that news media should “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”

Just last Sunday, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller declared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

What you do “will not be questioned?” Lord, have mercy. That’s the kind of statement that, in another time and place, would have been greeted with an out-thrust palm and a hearty “Sieg heil!” Here, however, it demands a different response:

Just who the hell do you think you are?

Meaning you and all the other trolls you have brought up from under their bridges. Maybe you didn’t notice, but this is the United States of America. You’ve heard of it? Nation of laws, not of individuals? First Amendment? Freedom of the press? Any of that ringing a bell?

Let’s be brutally clear here. If you were a smart guy with unimpeachable integrity and a good heart who was enacting wise policies for the betterment of all humankind, you’d still be subject to sharp scrutiny from news media, oversight from Congress, restraint by the judiciary — and public opinion.

And you, of course, are none of those things.

I know you fetishize strength. I know your pal Vladimir would never stand still for reporters and judges yapping at him like so many poodles.

I know, too, that you are accustomed to being emperor of your own fiefdom. You tell people to make something happen, and they do. You yell at a problem, and it goes away. Nobody talks back. I can see it would be hard to give that up.

But you did. You’re no longer an emperor, Mr. So-Called President. You are now a “public servant” — in effect, an employee with 324 million bosses.

And those bosses are unruly and loud, long accustomed to speaking their minds without fear or fetter. And they believe power must always answer to the people. That’s at the core of their identity.

Yet you and your coterie of cartoon autocrats think you’re going to cow them into silence and compliance by ordering them to shut up and obey? Well, as a freeborn American, I can answer that in two syllables flat.

Hell no. ###

[Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2004. A former writer for Casey Kasem's radio program "American Top 40," Leonard Pitts Jr. was hired by the Herald as a pop music critic in 1991. By 1994 he was writing about race and current affairs in his own column. His column was syndicated nationally, and his latest book is Grant Park (2015). After the attacks on New York and Washington, DC on 11 September 2001, Pitts wrote an impassioned column headlined "We'll Go Forward From This Moment" that was widely circulated on the Internet and frequently quoted in the press. In the column, Pitt bluntly expressed his anger, defiance and resolve to an unnamed evil terrorist: "You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard." Pitts received a BA (English) from the University of Southern California.]

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