Happy Inauguration Day! 😁

The 20th of January will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:
“We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!”

Today, we celebrate our Inauguration Day!

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I’m going to admit, four years ago I thought “OK, this sucks, but how much damage can one president really do in four years? That’s why we have Congress and the courts.”

I was so fscking naive. So, so stupid.

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Same. “The adults in the room will keep him from destroying things.” Wow, that was wrong.

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The depressing thing is what this says about our entire system of government. As cheesy as it sounds, Madison’s system relies on people of virtue. And it assumes that sometimes there will be individuals lacking that virtue, but that the checks and balances will reduce their ability to do damage. Turns out you can have the leadership of an entire party lacking virtue of any kind–he definitely didn’t forsee that. This is Van Buren’s theory of professionalization of politicians definitely isn’t working, either. It’s really depressing to see how a couple of key players (Trump, McConnell, and one or two others supported by some media outlets and popular opinion among a vocal minority) can bring the entire thing down.

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This has truly been a happy day for all. Although it does not make up for the last four years (nor does it return things to the way things were before that), I am left with a sense of hope that I had all but forgotten. Let us remember where we were on this red-letter day, when the firefighters finally arrived to start putting out that garbage fire.

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We just had our lefty-redneck fireworks jamboree. Big booms for a happy day!

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  • President Trump is furious that top A-list celebrities are performing at Biden’s inaugural, the Washington Post reports.
  • Tom Hanks is hosting an inaugural special on Wednesday featuring Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, and more.
  • Dozens of top singers and celebrities refused to perform at Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

Hollywood et al… twisting the knife. And they know it. So good.

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There was a simple solution to this that could have been implemented decades ago: be nice to people and do things for them.

Given Donald’s upbringing and horrible character throughout most of his life, the solution would have entailed Fred Trump Jr. taking his own immediate family away at the start from Sr. and other influencers in the family. A rotten apple can’t be saved.

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I’ll drink to that! Cheers!

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Worst civics crash course ever.

And now here’s a unicorn chaser…

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