Are We Worse Than Than That Song By Prince?

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The Interim President of Michigan State University resigned this week. He, John Engler, was brought on to replace the former President Lou Ann Simon, who resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual assault disaster, 30 years in the making. Simon, I should note, has been charged with felony crimes for her alleged role in Nassar being able to sexual assault over 100 women while he served at MSU. Engler was forced out because he made disparaging remarks about the victims of Nassar’s crimes. The Board of Trustees told Engler to go.

Engler made me think of our current President of the U.S. and the failure of the Republican controlled Senate to care enough about that President’s conduct to focus in any manner on how he is conducting (and has conducted his affairs). I am speaking, in this instance, about the new revelation that the current President allegedly ordered his lawyer to lie to Congress and commit perjury. If this is true, this should be the end of his Presidency because if the President of the United States has ordered his lawyer to tell lies to the official governing legislature of the country, the person has to go. No country can function in a real way with any sense of order and respect if the governing body of that country doesn’t find that insane.

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Like MSU, the U.S. is an entity. MSU is educational; the U.S. is political governing entity. Like MSU, it has rules of conduct that governs the actions of everyone inside the country. Telling your lawyer to lie to an official government entity like Congress is a felony. To allow a President to do what the President has allegedly done and not remove that President is the end of the country as we know it.

We have been here before. Richard Nixon. Remember him. And the country, as flawed as it might be, took action. Nixon was removed. He tried to be King and the country said — no you aren’t. It cannot be more clear. This is that moment. We all knew it was coming. Do we want a King or do we want a country?

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People say, white supremacy is a hell of a drug. I agree. It is blinding (and has blinded) many of what is going on. However, if the Republicans prefer white supremacy and party loyalty over the rule of law and the facts, no one need obey any more laws because the country is kaput. Done. Over. There is either a constitution or there isn’t. Hit it Prince.

Numbers runner. Cigar smoker.

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