The Trump Indictment
Anyone who thinks the Trump indictment represents the onset of holding our politicians accountable is a fool. Sorry, but there’s no other way to describe these people.
In fact, the Trump indictment will be used to avoid holding other politicians, like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or Barack Obama, each one accusable of the war crime of waging aggressive war, accountable. Already on Twitter, posts are available pointing out “my president, Barack Obama, was not indicted for multiple crimes.”
References to Watergate as an illustration of political accountability – limited by Ford’s pardon of Nixon of course – only underlines my point. Watergate didn’t represent the onset of holding politicians accountable. In the blink of an eye, the Reagan administration got away with the crimes of Iran-Contra and George H.W. Bush pardoned the criminals involved without suffering any political blowback to his reputation. Rather, Watergate was, as the most comprehensive account of that scandal put it, a Silent Coup. The right wingers, with the aid of left wingers, got rid of Nixon and, therewith, jettisoned his policies promoting détente with the USSR and Communist China, policies that are still an anathema to our oligarchs in D.C.
Trump has always been useful for redeeming what was an increasingly despised oligarchy run by the likes of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, whose policies were legitimated by Barack Obama. And, of course, Trump made his own contributions to this agenda by playing the fool, a lascivious, loud-mouthed arse, which made him so despicable. By being so despicable, Trump and his indictment obscures, obfuscates the need for accountability regarding our “mainstream” politicians. Trump has lowered the bar of respectability so much that even the likes of Bush and Cheney look respectable. And, of course, the mediocrity named Joe Biden looks to many like “a statesman.”