More of that Us vs Them stuff

“If the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

So said Richard Nixon, to David Frost in 1977. Eric Holder, Barack Obama’s last Attorney General, was utterly dedicated to that idea; Donald Trump, autocrat that he is, has made similar noises.

Now Nixon wasn’t around for Twitter, but I am persuaded that his own little fan club would loudly support him; partisans, at least as far as I can tell, will happily endorse this idea if their guy is President, and will loudly reject it otherwise. To test this notion, I tossed off an ad hoc Twitter poll; obviously, it’s not at all scientific, and the sample size is tiny, but the numbers lined up almost exactly the way I thought they would:

Persuaded as I am that almost everything the government does violates the Constitution in one way or another — well, okay, they’re allowed to deliver the mail — I just wonder where the hell we’ve been getting all these farging megalomaniacs, and the lackeys to serve at their beck and call.


  1. McG »

    4 July 2017 · 8:35 am

    I just wonder where the hell we’ve been getting all these farging megalomaniacs

    From angry people who yell “Farg (or something similar) the megalomaniacs!”

    Sex education hasn’t turned out the way we were promised.

  2. fillyjonk »

    4 July 2017 · 10:04 am

    And from people who hope some day to BE those very megalomaniacs, because Of Course They Can Run Things Better.

  3. ETat »

    4 July 2017 · 8:32 pm

    …having visited today an old Rockefeller Estate in Kykuit, NY (4000 acres) I sort of understand where

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