BREAKING: Arrest warrant issued for Donald Trump, given until August 25 to surrender— BNO News (@BNONews) August 15, 2023
TRUMP BOOKING PHOTO COMING: Fulton County Sheriff says ‘we’ll have mugshots ready for you’ when President Trump is arraigned in election conspiracy case pic.twitter.com/3reh0CSKPV— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 15, 2023
Yes, they are gloating, putting their enemies in their place— Auron MacIntyre (@AuronMacintyre) August 15, 2023
Flexing is one of the most dangerous things power can do, rulers only do it if they’re stupid or so secure in their power that it can only demoralize their enemies https://t.co/SEJW19Qf4N
Guys, let’s stay calm. Don’t talk of scary regime-level alternatives. If we just stick to our principles, the Constitution will prevail and we can return to a classical liberal paradise where this could never happen. https://t.co/9QJQQ6jEfl— Nate Fischer (@NateAFischer) August 15, 2023
This appears to be another show of strength.— Nate Fischer (@NateAFischer) August 15, 2023
But I see it as evidence of the regime's fragility.
Yes, they seem to be escalating their attacks without serious challenge. There is no clear path for opponents to change this.
But these moves themselves are signs of increased…
The Ricky Vaughn case is proving to be a huge precedent for the persecution of the right in the US. Not only are they using the same statute (Title 18, USC Section 241) to get Trump as they used to get Ricky Vaughn, but they're also making Tweets a central part of the case… https://t.co/gGrN7XrCtJ pic.twitter.com/z7we4M7kyR— RAW EGG NATIONALIST (@Babygravy9) August 15, 2023
People like to knowingly say “it’s always been this way,” but it really hasn’t. Taken together w/the DOJ/FBI role in the Russia hoax, their coverup of Clinton’s textbook obstruction of justice rap (if smashing hard drives w/hammers after they’ve been subpoenaed isn’t obstruction,… https://t.co/5t1ayEfWE9— Martyr Made (@martyrmade) August 15, 2023
When neither side of the political spectrum trusts power in the other's hands, you are close to two events: 1) civil war or 2) secession. I pray we'll get the second. But we'd be foolish not to be prepared for the first.— J. M. Hill (@JMH12061951) August 15, 2023
Why should anyone be bored with our politics?
Sure, Donald Trump is running for president again and has been indicted again (we have seen it three times before), but we are at the point where you can begin to feel the pull of the waterfall ahead. History is speeding up. The 3,000 foot drop into the unknown is coming next year.
Driving the news: The 41 felony counts in the 98-page indictment include racketeering charges, conspiracy to commit forgery and perjury.
Trump is charged with 13 counts, including soliciting the then-Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to break their oaths of office with regard to overturning the election.
The defendants include former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was compelled to testify before the Atlanta special purpose grand jury, and former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, who was a part of the Jan. 2021 phone call to Raffensperger in which Trump told the Georgia secretary of state to “find” the necessary votes for him to win.
Also charged are former members of Trump’s legal team, including John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Jenna Ellis, Robert Cheeley and Sidney Powell. …
As I was saying about the Amren conference, we are going about our routines and everything feels normal. It was normal to go eat some wings and watch Barbenheimer. College football season is about to begin. Millions of people will be tailgating again and going to games with their kids.
Don’t be fooled. American politics hasn’t been this bad at any point in our lifetimes. Not in 1960 when JFK stole the election from Richard Nixon and he graciously let it go for the good of the country. Not during any of the assassinations, bombings and riots of the late 1960s / early 1970s when trust in institutions was still at a record high. Not during Watergate which was a coup by the Deep State against Richard Nixon. Nixon again graciously stepped aside and resigned for the good of the country.
The impeachment of Bill Clinton never summoned this level of anger, resentment and disillusion with the system. Bush v. Gore, which was settled by the Supreme Court, was a contentious election cycle but it doesn’t approach this level of breakdown of trust in institutions. The Crash of 2008 which gave us Barack Obama created more of a millenarian feeling around the Great Black Hope. Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was a shock to the system, but he never locked up Hillary Clinton. He tried to govern as a normal conservative president. The closest thing to this election cycle in the 2020 election when we had the COVID lockdowns and the George Floyd riots, but Trump again never had his Justice Department arrest Joe Biden in his basement. No sitting president has ever criminalized the other major party.
Going even further back, we could bring up the House of Un-American Affairs Committee or the Red Scare after World War I. Eugene Debs won 3.4% of vote as a prisoner during the 1920 election. Throwing Donald Trump in prison during the middle of the 2024 election is clearly in a different category of dysfunction. No one has ever tried to pull off this big of a power grab before. While politics in the Gilded Age was heated and violent, William Jennings Bryan was never arrested. None of the forgettable presidents of that time period like Cleveland and Harrison had their rivals arrested and incarcerated.
Polarization hasn’t been this bad since the War Between the States and Reconstruction. It is truly incredible when you think about it that our elites would put our institutions under this amount of stress in a time such as this, but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised after Iraq or COVID or transgenderism or now the war in Ukraine. Making foolish decisions is the hallmark of our current ruling class.
How many people have been radicalized by these four indictments? Is there anything that any of us could ever possibly do that is more destabilizing than this? We have seen the system weather assassinations, riots, bombings, mass shootings like they are mere thunderstorms in the news cycle. Violent people who lash out in anger are brushed off. They throw away their own lives without changing how others perceive the system. This feels like it is different. These show trials really are changing attitudes about elections. There is no coming back from this level of loss of trust in the system.
Elections are how the ruling class legitimize their rule in our system. The key thing is that both sides trust that the process is fair and legitimate. The loser has to feel like they are full participants in the next election. Defeats aren’t permanent defeats. They are torching that to own Trump.