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Sun. May 19th, 2019

Things Have Been Weird

Nearly half the Democratic party has declared their candidacy for president, the current president declared an unnecessary state of emergency, and the Supreme Court actually agreed on something unanimously.

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Photo collage from NBC News

Nearly half the Democratic party has declared their candidacy for president, the current president declared an unnecessary state of emergency, and the Supreme Court actually agreed on something unanimously.

But that’s not really too far off par for the course when you think about it. The last two years have been nothing if not a whirlwind of ludicrous headlines competing to stay on the airwaves for more than 12 hours.

One thing is for certain, though, and that is the undeniable fact that every day we continue to travel further and further down this road of insanity, the greater the danger becomes.

Once again, the country held its breath as the government struggled to reach a funding agreement to avert a second government shutdown right to the eleventh hour.

Sadly, no one could breathe a sigh of relief when the president signed the agreement, because he immediately launched into an erratic, unhinged declaration of a state of national emergency to fund his racist pet project on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there. And we will possibly get a bad ruling…And I don’t have to do it for the election; I’ve already done a lot of wall for the election…I asked President Xi, I said do you have a drug problem? No, no, no. I said why? Death penalty. The penalty is death. So that’s frankly one of the things I’m most excited about in our trade deal…Rasmussen, 52 percent in the polls. It’s my highest poll number…Ann Coulter. I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year…Sit down, sit down.”

Donald Trump, Rose Garden Address declaring State of Emergency

As the final touch, the president immediately traveled to his resort to play golf after sending the country and the government into a tailspin over a manufactured crisis of his own making.

The president’s increasingly erratic behavior may or may not have something to do with the excessive number of Democratic candidates announcing their bid for the presidency in 2020, including party leaders like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren as well as the wildly popular black sheep Bernie Sanders.

Concerns are mounting that an overly crowded Democratic field will splinter the vote in so many directions that Trump will win re-election virtually by default.

Equally terrifying is the possibility of a repeat of the 2016 election in which even a small percentage of voters turning to third party candidates could also insure Trump’s re-election.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has garnered immense criticism for doing exactly that by announcing his candidacy as an Independent and openly attacking the Democratic party.

In fact, the only bit of unity we’ve seen in this country over recent weeks has just come from an entirely unexpected source: the Supreme Court.

The normally divided judicial body ruled unanimously on Timbs v. Indiana, a case which brought into question the legality of excessive forfeiture, a practice which state and local police frequently implement to raise revenue.

The court ruled that such a practice is clearly unconstitutional, giving low-income communities and communities of color a powerful new tool against extortion and mistreatment and lessening the prevalence of what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg referred to as “debtors prison.”

All in all, it’s been a wild couple of weeks — but what else is new?

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