Monday, June 18, 2018

On Bill Maher Attempting to Persuade His Clapping Seal Audience that Trump Is the Most Dictatorial President In U.S. History

Maher makes a lot of stupid comments and so I'm not entirely certain if this is the stupidest, but it's gotta be right up there. The fact of the matter is that Jackson (the Trail of Tears, his absolute defiance of a Supreme Court ruling), Lincoln (his closing down of numerous newspapers, his targeting of civilians, his suspending of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, the deportation of Clement Vallandigham), Wilson (his insane level of war-mongering, the Sedition Act of 1918, his segregating of the Federal work force, the persecution of Eugene V. Debs), the two Roosevelts (FDR interning the Japanese, attempting to pack the courts, creating federal departments out of thin air, etc. - TR setting records for executive orders, starting the country on the path to imperialism) , LBJ (his incessant lies about Vietnam, his strong-arm tactics with Congress), Nixon (starting the war on drugs, expanding the surveillance state, the Watergate affair), and Bush Jr. (his enhanced interrogation and rendition policies, a monstrous expansion of executive power, preemptive wars) were all far more tyrannical than Trump (who's far from an angel, I grant) and for shits like Maher to be such a captive of the moment (as well as ignorant) does little more than sprinkle fuel an already out-of-control fire, I would argue.

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