Our glorious Republic (if we can keep it)

“The bully pulpit was alive on CNBC today when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came in and made a few comments about how he plans to deal with Trump if he is elected president. Even though McConnell has endorsed the Republican Party nominee for president, he did say that he Donald Trump will not change the core principles of the Republican Party, which he cited most of the elected Republican officials to be just ‘right of center.'”
Republican Party will Change Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell Says, by Nick Younker, Inquisitr, June 1, 2016

You’re too late, Mitch, the transformation of the Republican party into a thing that can be led by a scoundrel like Donald Trump is a fact. And it will only get worse whether he wins in November or not because now there’s a precedent for a scoundrel worse than Trump (yes, it’s possible) to come along and “lead” what’s left of your party in the future, maybe the near future. The core principles of the Republican party went out the window when your party couldn’t find a Republican office holder who could beat Trump. I’d laugh and say you’re in a lot of trouble now if WE ALL WEREN’T IN A LOT OF TROUBLE NOW.

“Trump has said and done things that are utterly shocking by the standards of traditional political morality, but far from making him unpopular with the masses there is a sense in which he has become the toast of the people.”

“As well as trampling down the elite, Caligula was – like Trump – a conscious populist and sponsored chariot races and made a huge six-horse chariot for himself, which he would drive around Rome showing off.

“‘He did all the things that the people thought an emperor should do … they loved him for it.'”

“Treating the senate like dirt meant he was able to crush any conspiracy (and what was left of the republic [ed]) with ease.”
Donald Trump has ‘fascinating parallels’ with Caligula, says historian, by Mark Brown, The Guardian, June 1, 2016

It’s a good thing Caligula is dead or he’d sue for libel.

“For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”
An Open Letter to the American People, May 24, 2016

Bravo, writers. Don’t forget to vote in November.

In other billionaire news:
“But in interviews, former employees questioned Mr. Koch’s decision to hire Mr. Parsons in the first place, because he was suspended for five days after a 2009 Naval inspector general report accused him and his former boss of operating a ‘slush fund’ to pay for tailgate parties.

“Mr. Koch said he did not think Mr. Parsons’ record at the Naval Academy was a red flag because the government is ‘all screwed up.'”
Upheaval Amid ‘Alarming’ Revelations at William Koch’s Florida School, by Frances Robles, NY Times, June 1, 2016

“…the government is ‘all screwed up.'” Except when it’s not, as in this case.

Well, I’m registered to vote, so I guess I’ll pray because it makes me feel like I’m doing something.

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