Crime and Punishment, post-insurrection edition

In less than 48 hours the U.S. will have a new occupant of the White House. For the past four years it has been occupied by a sociopathic grifter. Do I have to invoke other descriptions of this person’s particular shortcomings? It’s now a quite commonly noted compilation of not-so-flattering appellations. On January 6, 2021, he added insurrectionist to his arsenal of antipathic behavior. It may be debatable as to whether his precise words “fight like hell” are protected by the 1st Amendment, but clearly there was cause and effect that played out graphically not long after he addressed his followers amassed near the Capital steps.

Hmm. That attempt at overthrowing our democracy took place almost two weeks ago. For those not among his faithful followers, there was an immediate sense that this man must be held to account. However, given that 140 or so Republican House members still voted against counting electoral votes on January 6th–a vote that took place AFTER the insurrectionist mob had dispersed from the Capitol–might explain why the outgoing president is still able to be accorded the powers of the presidencyright up to the moment the new guy is sworn in tomorrow around noon, eastern time.

What is wrong with this picture, as that expression goes? An angry and ugly throng of seditious acolytes ransacked offices, stole personal property–some with possible sensitive national security implications–shortly after listening to their “leader” egg them on, and he has yet to be removed from office? He is still thus entitled to Secret Service protection? It makes you wonder if our congress is infested with its own breed of questionable characters. Spineless. Cowardly. Corrupt. Collusive. Timid. Assholes. That goes for both sides of the isle, party-wise.

It appears that if he is to be held to account, it will be well after he leaves office. If ever. Maybe he’ll flee the country. Who knows? The fact that he isn’t already in custody of some goddam law enforcement agency begs the question of what, exactly, would it take to hold this guy to account for his most egregious offense of all his offenses against civility and the common good?

Me, I have my doubts about him being convicted of anything, given that George W. Bush has yet to be held to account for starting an illegitimate war that cost over a hundred thousand deaths, mostly to Iraqi civilians. George is–according to the War Crimes Commission–guilty of “crimes against humanity”. Big deal. W. was asked to chime in on what he thought of our disgraced current president. George did not approve. What irony. What hypocrisy!

Want to be president of the United States? Hey, apparently, it’s quite the secure gig. Seemingly that office makes it impossible to be held to account anymore. And Nixon resigned for a cover up over a botched break-in at the Watergate hotel. Ha! How quaint!


In the meantime, according to the Guardian, a former civil servant has been jailed for 43 years for insulting the Thai monarchy. How did she insult this country’s royalty? She evidently posted some audio clips to–what else?–Facebook and YouTube that were critical of the regime. Oh, and the woman accused of such insensitivity and lack of social media comportment is in her 60’s. Talk about being held to account! Do the crime, do the time.

At this point, it is not certain if she has been banned from those social media sites. That would be adding insult to injury. Just ask our outgoing Commando-in-Chief about being excommunicated from Twitter and other digital soap boxes. If only he could take the place of the Thai woman who dared to speak ill of others.

Perhaps our soon-to-be new Big Tuna in D.C. can cut a trade deal with Thailand. Him for her. Like I said earlier, he may be wanting to find another country in which to reside. Then our new Big Tuna can make her the head of the FCC.

Or something.


About jharrin4

mass communication/speech instructor at College of DuPage and Triton College in suburban Chicago. Army veteran of the Viet Nam era.
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