Respect for the Law is the Last to Go

I always wondered what it felt like, being an average guy in the wake of a revolution.  What was it like for Ivan Sixpack, say, in 1918?  The Tsar’s justice system wasn’t perfect — far, far from it — but the rules were there, and the people knew them.  Policies and procedures might’ve been quirky, and were undoubtedly stacked, but the usages of the court were hallowed by time, and everyone understood them.  But then one day you go down to the courthouse, to go about your routine business, and are confronted by some scruffy college dropout in a tattered longshoreman’s coat, who claims to be the People’s Plenipotentiary of Justice or something…

Germany in 1933 is probably easier to envision, since the same guys administering the Fuhrer’s justice were the ones administering Weimar’s justice, and often were the same guys who’d done it for the Kaiser.  And it was justice, at least in apolitical matters.  So long as your case didn’t impinge on the Party, you’d get real, objective, impartial justice, even from a guy wearing a swastika armband behind the bench…

The problem, of course, was that lots of stuff impinged on the Party, and the area that fell under the Party’s “prerogative” grew by the day.  An explicitly politicized bench will, naturally, start getting political with its caseload.  Imagine the first poor burgher in a civil suit getting told that yes, the law is on his side, but for reasons of state he loses…

Lots of us are finding out what that feels like, but even so we can’t seem to let it go.  I saw something on Ace of Spades the other day, debating the desirability, from the GOP’s perspective, of stringing out the President’s inevitable impeachment trial.  The reasoning was: Since the trial is held in the Senate, that means all the Senators have to be there.  Which means Bernie and Warren, at least, will have to cease campaigning in order to be on hand to hear testimony.

No, really — they said that, like they meant it.

See what I mean?  That’d be a pretty clever bit of dirty political pool, actually, if we still lived under the rule of law.  But we all know what would happen: The Senate Democrats would move to amend the rules to let their candidates off to go campaign, because reasons, and the GOP — you know, the party actually in control of the Senate — would all vote in favor, again because reasons.  It’s not like we don’t know how Sanders and Warren are going to vote anyway, right?  Does anyone, anywhere, think there’s a case so airtight that they wouldn’t vote to convict?  Since the only question is how many Republican senators are going to defect to vote with all the Democrats, why should they have to be there?  Hell, why bother with a “trial” at all?

This attitude is almost inescapable among the nominal “Right.”  Since we follow the laws, we assume everyone else does, too, despite Himalayan-sized mountains of evidence to the contrary.  These same folks, for instance, seem to think that Hillary’s not running again, because the deadline to file as a candidate has passed in certain states.  Once again, out in the real world she files a lawsuit, and some hack in black puts her on the ballot, because reasons.

We’ve seen this song-and-dance before.  Remember Mel Carnahan’s wife?  Carnahan was a Democrat senator from Missouri who died in a plane crash three weeks before the election, where he was running neck-and-neck with John Ashcroft (yeah, him). Being an honorable man, Ashcroft suspended his campaign.  The Dems didn’t — of fucking course they didn’t.  Missouri’s Dem governor said he’d appoint Carnahan’s wife in his stead if he, Carnahan, posthumously won.  She cut a campaign ad, and the Donks went into overdrive playing up the grieving widow to the rubes.

She won, natch.

That was back in 2001.

The fact is, American “justice” is whatever the Left needs it to be today.  Rules are just suggestions — the Constitution is a “living document,” which means it says whatever the Democrats need it to say at the moment.  These are people who claim to sincerely believe that women can have penises and men can have periods; you think the phrase “shall not be infringed” means anything to them?  At least Stalin and the boys had the good grace not to change the accusations right in the middle of the fucking show trial.  Watching the “impeachment,” it’s clear that, like Obamacare, we have to convict Trump in order to find out what he’s guilty of.

How do people not see this?  That, my friends, is why my daily pills are very, very black.  The “law” means whatever they say it means, at the moment they say it.  That’s all it means.  Or, like the man says: They hate you, and want you dead.  What’s so hard to grasp about that?

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13 thoughts on “Respect for the Law is the Last to Go

  1. Vizzini

    I came to the same conclusion myself a long time ago. Given that conclusion, the only sensible action seems to be revolution. However, I see nobody inclined to lead the troops, and nobody except random probably false-flagged crazies willing to go out and die for the cause. That’s the biggest black pill for me.

    1. Severian Post author

      These days, in my dark moments — which is nearly all of them — I hope they actually DO vote to remove Trump from office. Then he tells them lol get fucked, and the fun starts.

      It’s inevitable at this point — when the losing party in a national election announces their intention to impeach the winner before the winner even takes office, the Rubicon is far in the rearview mirror. Machiavelli says that war can’t be avoided, but only delayed to your disadvantage. Right now — somehow, someway, and even I can’t believe they’re this stupid, but they are — the Left thinks they hold all the cards. In their dream-a-dream-land, Trump gets impeached, Pence…. something something, and Hillary Clinton is appointed president.

      I know, I know, it makes my brain ache, too, but to the extent they’ve thought about the fallout from any of this — and 99.998% of them never have — that really does seem to be the fantasy. Trump gets voted out, and he…. goes, I guess, and then Pence… also goes, because hey, why not impeach him too while we’re at it? He’s gotta be guilty of something.

      That being the case… fuck it, let’s just DO IT. In my dream-a-dreamland, Trump tells them all where to shove their impeachment, then gives Schiff, Pelosi et al the helicopter rides they so richly deserve. Either way, though, I can’t see any way the tanks don’t roll through the streets at some point. So let’s do what Machiavelli says — vote him out, and let’s get it on.

      1. WOPR

        Now you sound like virtually every European country in 1914.

        Trump really is a boomer at heart. He sees America as it used to be. Honestly, I think he’s been surprised by how the deep state has responded. I am too. We aren’t going to get justice and #twoweeks is a bitter joke.

      2. Maus

        I’m with you. Imagine if the Senate actually convicted Trump on the articles of impeachment. Pence keeps the lights on at the White House; so the Dems are still driven bat shit crazy. Then the Deplorables and Dirt People re-elect the impeached Trump on November 3, 2020, in the greatest F**k You ever! Of course, nothing substantively better will occur; but the emotional satisfaction will be very, very satisfying. I’m getting to the point where, regardless of the cost to myself, I just want to rub my enemies’ noses in piles of dog turds. Indeed, I retired after a 20+ year career as a prosecutor in California two and a half years ago because I could already see then that the Rule of Law was unraveling. If the pros can’t make it work (and they can’t), what chance do regular folk have to get justice? Too many black pills and you end up with a black heart that seeks only to raise the black flag.

      3. contrariandutchman

        The democrats believe they have all the power, and as you note power is all that exists for them.

        The impeachment is an exercise in calling a deer a horse. Trump is the last republican president and will die in jail unless he can do an Octavian and end the republic.

        And now we wait and see if the republican senators are the spineless weasels the democrats think they are.

        1. Severian Post author

          @contrariandutchman,

          that’s why I say let’s just DO IT already. If this hasn’t woken Trump up, nothing will. With any other member of the political class, even getting impeached is no big deal — look at Alcee Hastings, for Christ’s sake (he was the uber-corrupt federal judge who was impeached and thrown off the bench — which has happened only a handful of times ever — who then ran for Congress and has been in the House ever since). But this is OrangeManBad — the minute he’s tossed out of office the civil suits begin, and soon after that, he’s going into GenPop at Attica. The Left will never, ever stop going after him — and anyone who ever said a kind word about him — because they can’t.

          Either Trump knows this by now, or he doesn’t. If he does, then right now he’s letting certain key commanders know where to be when the trial ends. If he doesn’t… well, then, he gets what he deserves for being that blind, and we get what we deserve for not standing up to this madness when we had the chance.

          I know which way I’m betting, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all in the reeducation camp.

          @Maus,

          What stories you must have!!!

          1. Pickle Rick

            I’m not going to camp. I’m going to go out like a warrior should. Like Sitting Bull told his warriors on the Greasy Grass…and I’m sure you all know what he said.

  2. WOPR

    Someone over at Ace today on one of the impeachment threads asked why the Republicans were even showing up for the “hearings” and instead weren’t basically doing the Congressional equivalent of rioting. One poster seriously answered that he didn’t the previous poster didn’t understand the rules. It’s simply another example of not understanding that the rules only apply when they benefit one side. Otherwise, they are discarded or abused to serve their purposes.

    It’s like Z-man has stated, the Republicans are simply part of the morality play.

  3. MBlanc46

    The Dems are entirely committed to the one thing that President Trump says he’s all about, but actually hasn’t been very good at: Winning!

    1. contrariandutchman

      Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.

      Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power

  4. MBlanc46

    There’s a lot to what you say, cd. And I wouldn’t bet the ranch against President Trump dying in prison, one way or another.

    1. contrariandutchman

      The future isnt written. The GOP senators may not be quite as spineless as the democrats think they are. Trump may well win the election next year with enough margin to make adequate fraud infeasible. And in a year the horse may learn to sing, especially when it has a fresh 4-year term.

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