John Bolton’s Checks And Imbalances, Or Down The Rabid Hole

Today’s GOP is defined by a powerful presentism. Its members are locked in a 24-hour news cycle of their own creation, which allows them the freedom to ignore their own shortsightedness. Talk about the elephant in the room. My blogvesary is a freedom guy, who just happens to blindly back a populist-tyrant. How the hell does that happen? How do you ignore our own country’s descent into a rogue state? Hell, Nazism rose as a direct result of the botched Treaty of Versailles, so what’s your excuse, my friend? Did someone try to provide you with healthcare? Awwwe, poor fella’. Republicans are like a Monkee with a gun. Last Train To Auschwitz? Zenwrongness in today’s rightwing politics marks their almost Bodhisattva-like ability to remain fixated on the wrong thing. It’s like meditating backwards, so your mind becomes noisier, more cluttered, and less disciplined. Blindfulness training? Let’s all go into the Rose Garden and focus on the sound of one of Hillary’s emails being deleted.

The Washington Post recently interviewed Peter King (R-NY), who equated negotiating with Trump to a pinball game: “It’s totally not on a straight line. It’s zigzagging, something like a pinball machine. But he does move [the ball] down.” The constant buzzers and flashing lights help our Republican friends move their cynical ball against all rhyme and reason. Trump has perfected my Zenwrongness theory, which is marked by the right-wing’s ability to drown out the truth each news cycle by bombarding it with unverified nonsense. Dharma Kaka? For the best results just add the bully pulpit to the Fox News bullshit, then Reince, Priebus, repeat. Sorry. I will retire that joke …someday.

Likewise, on a personal level, the average Republican voter also holds to an absolute commitment to discuss only the latest point/scandal/affront to the exclusion of all else. Have you noticed? For them it’s defend, defend, defend, defend, defend …and eventually, why are you Drudging up that old stuff? It allows everyone to forget the overall pattern, namely, how each of their points/scandals/affronts made little to no sense. Silent but deadly illuminations from our Cowdung Masters?

Meanwhile, the last of the talent wanders out of the White House while expressing their concern for our nation’s future. The ‘best’ people are apparently bigly concerned. Why listen to what the last of the adults are saying on the way out the door? Oh, that’s right they were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements, ha! Tyranny, what’s your policy? But an exiting Fox News contributor did say this week:

“Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers …a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

—Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

He’s wrong, of course. Yesterday, when he was a willing part of the lie machine, Trump was still an asshole and Fox’s tactics were the same. The channel has been blundering down the road less retracted for a very long time, but I guess he made his money. Today Fox is simply the authoritarian enabler channel, but welcome, Colonel, better late than never. Reality is lovely this time of year.

Drudge recently conducted a poll suggesting 75% of Republicans think Trump should fire Mueller. This is astounding, even by baseline Republican ignorance. Constitutional crisis? Sure, let’s do this thing! Whereas my blogvesary, Pokey McDooris, calls the FBI’s handling of Russia probe a competing conspiracy theory, I call it a false equivalence. We want to investigate something too! Yeah, I’ll bet you do. Let’s hire a very special counsel.

While Trump was on the campaign trail, the only thing I agreed with him on was his criticism of the Iraq War. So this week he fires General McMaster in favor of John “Let’s-blow-shit-up” Bolton? Wilford Brimley, off his psych meds? Why not? Bolton represents the essence of the Iraq War, with a dash of xenophobia. Can you hear the war drums, Fernando?

“Bolton’s belief in the U.S. power to make the world behave and eat its broccoli reflects what has been called ‘narcissistic policy disorder’ — the belief that whatever happens in the world happens because of something the United States did or did not do. This is a recipe for diplomatic delusions and military overreaching.”

—George Will (reformed Republican)

Trump is hiring more people who fit my old diagnosis of the Republican party, here. I don’t honestly believe Trump even realizes what a walking contradiction he is, that would imply some rudimentary level of understanding. The last of your man-child’s keepers are pulling an Elvis. What happens when General Kelly leaves? Hint: Trump gets to break what he wants, unimpeded. Do you even understand the threat? Of course not, you’re a Republican, so by definition you don’t understand anything. The blood of the next unnecessary war is on your hands, my friend, much like the last one. Same as it ever was.

“And Iran, Iran so far away…”

—Flock of Assholes



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Mick Zano

Mick Zano

Mick Zano is the Head Comedy Writer and co-founder of The Daily Discord. He is the Captain of team Search Truth Quest and is currently part of the Witness Protection Program. He is being strongly advised to stop talking any further about this, right now, and would like to add that he is in no way affiliated with the Gambinonali crime family. 

  8 comments for “John Bolton’s Checks And Imbalances, Or Down The Rabid Hole

  1. pokey
    March 26, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Perhaps if the Left would spend more time and energy developing a principled platform with a reputable candidate than trying to connect the dots for their conspiracy theory about the Russians and Donald Trump stealing the presidential election, maybe I would take them more seriously. I know, I know, the Left has no principles, nor do they have any reputable candidates so the only thing left for them to do is to demonize their opponents–Trumps a fascist, a tyrant, he’s stupid, he’s crazy, he’s evil, he’s a narcicist. He’s racist, hates immigrants, he’s hates the daca kids. He supports the NRA who is responsible for all the school shootings. Oh yeah, and did you here that Trump had affairs with women–10 years ago.


    I like talking about real issues, but if we’re gonna talk about Russia collusion, it’s important that we focus on the whole issue in context; not merely a politically motivated angle

    • Mick Zano
      March 26, 2018 at 4:28 PM

      What? Are we missing a Benghazi hearing somewhere? Dems have a principled policy, find out what republicans want to do and then do the opposite. Works every time. Here’s the context: there are no republicans at the FBI involved with this case, except Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and departed Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe and the former FBI director James Comey. No one is R, besides all the people heading or overseeing the investigation, past and present. Ha!

      • pokey
        March 27, 2018 at 8:40 AM

        It’s not about Republicans and Democrats (to me; it obviously is to you); it’s about loyalty and bias. Any individual who would find Clinton’s deleting of 30,000 emails not worthy of charges, yet find Donald’ Trump’s deleting of 100 emails as grounds for impeachment might just be part of the RESIST movement–that is Obama/Hillary loyalists intrenched in high level FBI, CIA, and DOJ. Can you explain to me this obvious contradiction in principle other than politics?

        • Mick Zano
          March 28, 2018 at 12:52 PM

          Yes, it’s an obvious contradiction, if I knew what the hell you were talking about, but nice job working the 30,000 emails in again. I don’t give a shit who Trump needs for a booty call, or even how unprotected his iPhone currently is. His mouth is probably much more dangerous to our national security than anything he could spell. I pursue what I see and then, when I am proven correct, we are always too busy investigating Benghazi to get around to the indictments or the executions. We will have your investigations, we always do, and they will be inconclusive, they always are. Then Mueller will bat 2 for 3, or 3 for 3 (what I have been saying all along). I don’t change my positions very often, I just link back to my original statements on the matter. Uh, you probably shouldn’t do that.

          • pokey
            March 29, 2018 at 4:15 PM

            Be honest. You would care if Trump refused to comply with a subpoena. I know it’s a hypothetical. So far Trump has been very transparent–unlike the Democrats and the FBI. But IF Trump were to delete information that the special council subpoenaed, what then?

            My point of course is that the special council is as partisan as you are.

          • pokey
            March 29, 2018 at 5:09 PM

            This seems a no brainer to me, but nobody on the Left seems willing to acknowledge it. While examining and comparing the known facts of how higher-up members of the FBI, DOJ, and CIA treated Hillary Clinton (with Kid Gloves ignoring the 30,000 deleted emails and not forcing her alleys like Uma and the Weiner to answer hard questions about her) and how the same higher-ups treat Donald Trump (aggressive, hostile, interrogate many associates for any level of misconduct connected to Russia or not), the objective observer must conclude that these law enforcement agencies were politicized at the highest offices.

            I repeatedly bring up the 30,000 deleted emails, because I know that if you were honest you would admit that if Donald Trump would do anything close to that (deleting subpoenaed emails), you would scream “FOUL” and consider that alone to be grounds for impeachment.

            That’s why I don’t trust your assessment, or the FBI’s, or the special counsel’s, or the fake new’s.

            • Mick Zano
              March 29, 2018 at 11:08 PM

              ug, write an article McDooris.

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