I tried to sit down and write about what the hell is going on but then I saw that Rebecca Solnit was on it and I'm just gonna share her words here below. Especially this: "I don't know what's going on, but people: get ready."
Also, here's an #ACTION: CALL YOUR HOUSE REP AND TELL THEM THAT NUNES HAS TO GO! Echo Nancy Pelosi's call to remove him immediately. He's a lying scheming fool at best, a treasonous criminal co-conspirator at worst (and these days are pretty much the worst). He is making a mockery of Congressional process and posing an enormous threat to the shreds of order and dignity that remain. NO MORE NUNES!
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So everyone's clear that what's going on is an attempt to remove all power that does not issue from the president and turn the USA into a kleptocratic Putinesque regime? By both covering up and killing the investigation of specific crimes but also undermining all independent federal agencies and purging all independent federal workers or those whose loyalty is to law and science and fact rather than the regime.
SOTU: “I call on the congress to empower every Cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers—and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.”
The diplomatic corps is gutted, many agencies are hemmorhaging employees who are distressed by the new conditions, and I suppose they think that they will take over the whole thing rather than that it will collapse on them, but yeah, I think it's a civil war-ish constitutional crisis-ish attempt to turn a republic into a despotic regime. Oh and also, the refusal to sanction Russia or protect elections or address the cyberwar going on just makes everything weirder. And the propaganda war has many on the right convinced that the Mueller investigation is a coup itself.
I mean, they are incompetent buffoons, but they have their hands on the wheel and wresting it from them will not be uncomplicated or easy.
This is a very good time to remember that they govern by the will of the governed, and that we can withdraw our consent, as many have in other times and places. What that looks like we will have to invent: there are many blueprints, but no clear, predictable route out of this morass. (We will exit by nonviolent means, I might add, because they work better and because violence is kind of their thing, not mine, probably not yours.)
I don't know what's going to happen but people: get ready.