Are You Kidding Me: Donald Trump and the Willing Blindness of Michael Cohen & the Boston Globe

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Are You Kidding Me: Donald Trump and the Willing Blindness of Michael Cohen & the Boston Globe

Reminder: In 2009, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama “Joked” About Audit­ing His Enemies.

Glenn Reynolds Instapun­dit (repeated meme)

On Sun­day Morn­ing as a perused the net while Daw­ife resisted wak­ing, I saw this head­line at Meme­o­ran­dum
globetrump

In an age where CNN hon­estly fact check­ing Hillary Clin­ton draws a “Wow!” an opin­ion piece at the Boston Globe hit­ting a pre­sump­tive GOP nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent as a poten­tial author­i­tar­ian is prac­ti­cally evergreen.

Nor is the sub­stance of Mr Cohen’s argu­ment inco­her­ent as it is, of par­tic­u­lar note. After all you can’t lead a piece talk­ing about the Trump flips and flops, describ­ing a man whose words can’t be taken seri­ously and then tell us we should be con­cerned about Trump as an author­i­tar­ian thus:

But there’s a good rea­son why Bezos might be con­cerned about Trump going after him, if he became president.

Trump said he would.
Doesn’t “Be afraid because he said this”, this con­tra­dict that whole open­ing “You can’t believe a word Trump says” meme that he started with, or is it just me?

What caught my eye about this par­tic­u­lar piece, what makes this some­thing beyond the redun­dant, “GOP is Evil”, “Trump is Evil” media line was his big fin­ish warn­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple about the oppres­sion that would come under a Trump presidency:

What he’s hint­ing at is that he would use the anti-​trust divi­sion of the Jus­tice Depart­ment to go after a news­pa­per pub­lisher who writes sto­ries that he doesn’t like.

This is a direct threat. And even if Trump has no inten­tion of fol­low­ing through, he is clearly try­ing to intim­i­date Bezos and in turn The Wash­ing­ton Post from run­ning neg­a­tive sto­ries about him. Indeed, Trump is try­ing to get Bezos to use his posi­tion as owner of the paper to influ­ence the Post’s coverage.

Trump, who is run­ning for an office in which the oath for that posi­tion demands he “pre­serve, pro­tect and defend the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States,” is actively call­ing for a mea­sure that would vio­late the spirit if not the let­ter of the First Amend­ment. In an ordi­nary democ­racy, com­ments like these would prac­ti­cally be dis­qual­i­fy­ing for a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. In Amer­ica 2016, they barely gar­ner notice. If any­thing, Trump is using it as a cam­paign sell­ing point. Per­haps he should cre­ate a new tab on his cam­paign web­site titled “Planned Abuses of Power.”

It is easy to become inured to Trump’s obnox­ious­ness, crude­ness, and know-​nothingness. But, make no mis­take, a man who so casu­ally sug­gests using the awe­some pow­ers of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to inves­ti­gate news­pa­per own­ers is a direct threat to our democracy.

I’m sorry but ARE YOU KID­DING ME?
Didn’t we have the fed­eral gov­ern­ment sell­ing guns to mex­i­can car­tels and then using those sales to attack gun rights?
Didn’t we have the IRS tar­get­ing the Tea Party over their polit­i­cal beliefs, and the pub­lic spec­ta­cle of Lois Lerner take the 5th before con­gress rather than answer ques­tions with­out any­one being punished?
Are not Catholic nuns being sued by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to be forced to vio­late their Catholic beliefs?
Didn’t we see an elected offi­cial in Feb­ru­ary jailed for dar­ing to insist on her reli­gious free­dom of conscience?
Aren’t we see­ing AG’s across the nation ready to prac­tice law­fare against any­one dares point out the holes in the entire Global Warm­ing meme?
Are we not see­ing the full force of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment being used against North Car­olina for dar­ing to decree that bio­log­i­cal real­ity is in fact reality?
And in the last seven days did we not see this very gov­ern­ment com­mand by fiat that every pub­lic school in the nation must allow stu­dents to choose their own gen­der as if they were bid­ding on a flight on Priceline?
And only now, does Michael Cohen, whose columns seem oddly lack­ing in con­tent about the abuses listed above, have wor­ries about author­i­tar­ian pres­i­dency. Only now, when the tar­get of poten­tial gov­ern­ment abuse shift from con­ser­v­a­tives to an indus­try like the press, almost entirely a haven for lib­er­al­ism, is the oath of office for a pres­i­dent a seri­ous and sacred thing worth wor­ry­ing about.

Unex­pect­edly.

In the end this proves one thing: lib­er­als are never wor­ried about author­i­tar­i­an­ism as long as they are the authorities.

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Reminder: In 2009, President Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

Glenn Reynolds Instapundit (repeated meme)

On Sunday Morning as a perused the net while Dawife resisted waking, I saw this headline at Memeorandum
globetrump

In an age where CNN honestly fact checking Hillary Clinton draws a “Wow!” an opinion piece at the Boston Globe hitting a presumptive GOP nominee for president as a potential authoritarian is practically evergreen.

Nor is the substance of Mr Cohen’s argument incoherent as it is, of particular note. After all you can’t lead a piece talking about the Trump flips and flops, describing a man whose words can’t be taken seriously and then tell us we should be concerned about Trump as an authoritarian thus:

But there’s a good reason why Bezos might be concerned about Trump going after him, if he became president.

Trump said he would.
Doesn’t “Be afraid because he said this”, this contradict that whole opening “You can’t believe a word Trump says” meme that he started with, or is it just me?

What caught my eye about this particular piece, what makes this something beyond the redundant, “GOP is Evil”, “Trump is Evil” media line was his big finish warning the American people about the oppression that would come under a Trump presidency:

What he’s hinting at is that he would use the anti-trust division of the Justice Department to go after a newspaper publisher who writes stories that he doesn’t like.

This is a direct threat. And even if Trump has no intention of following through, he is clearly trying to intimidate Bezos and in turn The Washington Post from running negative stories about him. Indeed, Trump is trying to get Bezos to use his position as owner of the paper to influence the Post’s coverage.

Trump, who is running for an office in which the oath for that position demands he “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” is actively calling for a measure that would violate the spirit if not the letter of the First Amendment. In an ordinary democracy, comments like these would practically be disqualifying for a presidential candidate. In America 2016, they barely garner notice. If anything, Trump is using it as a campaign selling point. Perhaps he should create a new tab on his campaign website titled “Planned Abuses of Power.”

It is easy to become inured to Trump’s obnoxiousness, crudeness, and know-nothingness. But, make no mistake, a man who so casually suggests using the awesome powers of the federal government to investigate newspaper owners is a direct threat to our democracy.

I’m sorry but ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Didn’t we have the federal government selling guns to mexican cartels and then using those sales to attack gun rights? 
Didn’t we have the IRS targeting the Tea Party over their political beliefs, and the public spectacle of Lois Lerner take the 5th before congress rather than answer questions without anyone being punished?
Are not Catholic nuns being sued by the federal government to be forced to violate their Catholic beliefs?
Didn’t we see an elected official in February jailed for daring to insist on her religious freedom of conscience?
Aren’t we seeing AG’s across the nation ready to practice lawfare against anyone dares point out the holes in the entire Global Warming meme?
Are we not seeing the full force of the federal government being used against North Carolina for daring to decree that biological reality is in fact reality?
And in the last seven days did we not see this very government command by fiat that every public school in the nation must allow students to choose their own gender as if they were bidding on a flight on Priceline?
And only now, does Michael Cohen,  whose columns seem oddly lacking in content about the abuses listed above, have worries about authoritarian presidency.  Only now, when the target of potential government abuse shift from conservatives to an industry like the press, almost entirely a haven for liberalism, is the oath of office for a president a serious and sacred thing worth worrying about.

Unexpectedly.

In the end this proves one thing: liberals are never worried about authoritarianism as long as they are the authorities.

It’s been a tough year for Datipjar

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