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The legality and morality of the Shayrat Airbase attack

In the previous post, I talked about how the Trump administration's airstrike on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria was wasteful and ineffectual. I withheld, or tried to at least, my own opinions on the matter. First off is the legally of the strike itself. The President of the United States has the authority to order a military strike as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. I believe they have to inform Congress prior to the attack, which the White House did. So on that front, the airstrike was legal. However, I still have problems with it. It's my own personal belief that unless there is an immediate danger to the United States or one of our formal allies, the President should not launch a military attack such as the one on the Shayrat Airbase without Congressional approval. Seeing as how the Syrians lack the capability to launch an attack on the United States and Bashar al-Assad is not fool enough to launch such an attack on the U.S. or any of our allies (like say, Israel or …
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An open letter to Donald John Trump

Mr. President, you must resign. You have shown in the past week a lack of moral firmness in denouncing the far-right and the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. Indeed, your responses have even been interpreted by that vile sector of American society as a defense and endorsement of their cause. By doing so, you lost any and all moral authority you had as both an individual and as the holder of the Office of the Presidency of the United States and can no longer, realistically, be the leader of this country. To remain would further tarnish and sully the office bring this country and its values into further ill-repute.

If you have any shred of common decency, good sir, some semblance of true patriotism and love country, you will recognize that you have failed as a leader and you would do the right thing. Leave, Mr. President and go to your Mar-a-Lago or your Trump Tower and let this country you claim to love so much a chance to move on and heal.

So anyways, Trump just compared George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Robert E. Lee

How far gone do you have to be both mentally and morally to compare the father of our great nation and one of the Founding Fathers to a man who was no less a traitor and fought his damnedest to tear the nation in two, all for the cause of preserving the vilest institution ever created by man - slavery?

That is a rhetorical question, because that's what Donald Trump did today during a speech in New York. Trump being Trump, he went off track and in the course of which, completely backtracked on his barely lukewarm "denunciation" of the far-right that he gave yesterday. Instead, he returned to the theme of his first response to the far-right rally and terror attack in Charlottesville, namely blaming "all sides" while making it crystal clear that he was really only blaming one side and the wrong side - the counter-protesters. It was also when he compared two great Americans to one bad one by asking if statues of Washington and Jefferson would be taken down next.

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Thought on the Charlottesville clusterfuck

Clearly we didn't do enough to grind fascism and Nazism into the dirt back in WWII. Probably shouldn't have supported right-wing regimes overseas during the Cold War and turn a blind eye to the ones at home. Hmm.

Take heart, though, in the knowledge that the forces of hate will ultimately fail. Humanity is growing too close together to allow to remain forever. It's not going to happen overnight and it might not even happen in our lifetimes, but it'll happen and our descendants will look back at what's happening now and wonder why it was ever allowed to happen to begin with.

No, we're not going to war with North Korea

Alternate title: Trump is blowing smoke up your ass and the media is lending a hand.

Possibly a more accurate title too, because all of this saber rattling Trump is doing right now is all smokescreen. Just like the airstrike on that base in Syria or dropping the MOAB on a cave in Afghanistan, the president's threats of "fire and fury" against North Korea is little more than an attempt at distracting the public from all of the negative attention his administration has been getting lately, ranging from Bob Mueller impaneling a grand jury to the six wild days of The Mooch to the FBI raiding Paul Manafort's house the other day as part of an investigation. Every time the attention gets to be too much, Trump tries to draw attention away via military action or as with North Korea, the threat of action.

But what of all these articles the news media is publishing about the escalation between America and North Korea? It's called collusion. These outlets are all keenly awar…

John McCain is a cur

Only in America can a sitting United States Senator undergo cancer treatment paid for by tax dollars, then fly to Washington, DC on a flight also paid for by tax dollars, just to vote to strip between 22 and 34 million of his fellow Americans human beings of their much needed health coverage. Coverage that they probably wouldn't have if not for ACA.

It's just stunning that a man who's hailed as a hero for not only serving his country, but for also enduring seven years as a POW would just so callously stab his countrymen in the back. For what reason? To secure an election that frankly he might not see because of his cancer? What happened to putting the needs of the nation first? He served it so ably in the past only to take a big stinking dump all over it in the name of politics.

With that said, I want to point out now that I'm not going to be one of those people I've seen that have been wishing for John McCain's demise because I just can't, no matter how mu…

The GOP has discovered that talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act is a lot easier than actually doing it

The GOP spent the last almost seven years talking about how they were going to repeal ACA and when they finally get into a position to do that, they can’t because of their own party! In a shocking twist, it turns out that actually governing is a lot harder than just talking about what you’re going to do.

I swear, American politics is the loopiest shit ever.

Hot take: Tim Farron resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats

Or, an American types a few words about British politics, g-d help us all.

Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, the fourth largest party in the British parliament since 2015, announced his resignation as leader ostensibly because he can't be a politician and a devout Christian at the same time.

Tim Farron resigned because he thinks two gay people having relations of a sexual nature (or just being, you know, gay) is icky gross. Man claims to be a liberal and was the leader of a left of center party and somehow, support for the queer community flew past him. I mean, he literally thinks that members and supporters of his own party are living a sinful life because they're not heterosexual.

I'm American, so my opinion on this doesn't matter much (at all, really), but I'd say replacing Farron is the best move the Lib Dems can make at this point.

Sunday Thinkin': We should have had a Counter-Terrorism Agency instead of DHS

Welcome to the first of what will hopefully be a new feature on The Whig. Sunday Thinkin' will, as the title suggests, feature yours truly dwelling on whatever subject comes to mind. Sometimes long, sometimes short, these posts won't be overly formal and meant to be just ruminations on different subjects.

So, as the title suggests, this introductory post will be about how there should be an agency dedicated to fighting terrorism as opposed to a department which seems to be all over the place. Let's begin.

I've long held to the opinion that the creation of a Department of Homeland Security was a mistake. Obviously, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and everything it seemed like a good idea at the time. But to me, it was a knee-jerk reaction and a mistake. Yes, we needed an entity whose sole focus was foiling terrorist plots bringing them to justice, but I just don't think we needed a cabinet-level department.

Also? Can we all be honest and agree that "Department …

"B-b-but...COMMUNISM!" I'm sure someone said while pearl clutching

It is the year 2017 and the California state government is just now getting around to dumping the last vestiges of the Red Scare.
California may end a decades-old ban on members of the Communist Party working in its government, after the state Assembly approved a bill that would delete references to the party from its employment requirements.

The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, said that California's laws should focus on individuals' actions and evidence rather than political affiliations and what he termed "empty labels."

Speaking on the floor of the Assembly, Bonta called the legislation a "cleanup bill that removes archaic and outdated references to the Communist Party in our state laws, specifically those stating that a public employee may be dismissed from employment if he or she advocates or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party." Amazing, but not as amazing as the fact that 30 legislators voted against the bill and several …