The Apotheosis Of Presidents
The truth is that man harbors an atavistic fascination with power, left over from our pre-human days when the alpha male ruled the tribe with a big stick. Unfortunately, such a fixation is not conducive to the health of a Constitutional Republic. Although I later grew up, I was raised a Democrat. My father, a staunch union man, thought Franklin Delano Roosevelt was god, an opinion not uncommon among working men weathering the great depression. Yet, if one asks what Roosevelt actually did to deserve that deification, one is hard put to come up with an answer. After eight years in the White House, he had not succeeded in lowering unemployment below 15%, and it was only the horror of World War II that finally brought us out of the depression. To be sure, Roosevelt “did” a lot of stuff – unfortunately, it was all counterproductive. Franklin Roosevelt was a Hamiltonian, who imagined a fictitious demarcation between himself, as the representative of the aristocratic class, and the plebian masses, whom he believed were dependent for their existence on his superior leadership.
Unfortunately, Roosevelt was also a socialist, imbued with the impracticable pipe dreams of British socialist John Maynard Keynes. How then does one explain the fact that such a dismal failure at government inspired such adulation among the American public that Roosevelt garnered 442 electoral votes to Wilkie’s 82 in the 1940 election? Part of it, of course, was Roosevelt’s charisma; he was an accomplished speaker and he exuded an aura of compassion that convinced many people that he was honestly trying to help them. Charisma, indeed, has been a component of many of our most popular Presidents. However, since even such bland characters as Ford and Carter were afforded the halo of omniscience and the scepter of omnipotence once they assumed the Presidency, it would seem that charisma is not the whole story. The truth is that man harbors an atavistic fascination with power, left over from our pre-human days when the alpha male ruled the tribe with a big stick. Unfortunately, such a fixation is not conducive to the health of a Constitutional Republic, since it obscures not only the mistakes of the man in power, but his deliberate theft of our freedoms. The tendency to apotheosize even such destructive Presidents as Johnson, Carter, and Obama has contributed greatly to the decline of the greatest nation in the world. As dangerous as this effect may be, perhaps even more dangerous is the feeding, in the President himself, of the Nero neurosis. Modesty is not a major component of the character of any man who aspires to be President of the United Sates to begin with. It is incumbent on a free people – if they wish to remain free – to resist the apotheosis of our chief executives.
I support censure because President Clinton didn’t order the break-in of a building. He didn’t use the IRS, the CIA, and the FBI against American citizens. And he didn’t lie to Congress about selling arms to a terrorist state. Chairman Hyde allowed a vote on censure in the Judiciary Committee last week. He allowed the members of his committee a conscience vote on censure. We thank him for that. The House leadership must allow a conscience vote for all members on this question. In 1995, Republicans shut down the government. In 1998, they refused to pass the Patients’ Bill of Rights, they refused to pass campaign finance reform, and they refused to pass an increase in the minimum wage. Imagine what will happen next year if the House approves articles of impeachment. With a Senate trial, the people’s government virtually will be shut down for another year. In their zeal to undo two national elections, the majority has trampled on the notion that this impeachment process should be bipartisan and fair. I urge my colleagues to allow a vote of censure against the President. Our intelligence officials are the best in the world, and when one of them raises concerns about our national security, I take that very seriously. No one is above the law, and it’s important we get to the bottom of what happened.
The Connecticut Post became the first newspaper in the United States to call on Donald Trump to resign from office. This is an impeachable offense. Republicans spent Wednesday arguing there was no explicit quid pro quo, but there is seemingly no line the president can cross that would inspire them to put the public good ahead of politics. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, joined by the entirety of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, has called for impeachment proceedings, and that process must now begin in earnest. He should resign. He has repeatedly proven himself unfit for office and appears to view the presidency as a position meant to benefit himself personally, not as one that must represent the interests of an entire nation. Because there’s almost no chance he is going to step down, Congress’ work becomes that much more vital. The truth is that Trump has been breaking laws and norms with impunity from the beginning. America’s big corporate newspapers, like The New York Times and Washington Post, wouldn’t dare to take such a brave stand as to call for Trump’s impeachment. The dirty little secret that big media corporations who sell themselves as opposing Trump don’t want to tell their audiences is that Donald Trump has made them a ton of money. Trump has been great for giant corporate media. He elevates them and gives them a license to print money. The calls for impeachment are going to have to come from big and small newspapers all across the country. The Connecticut Post is right. The crimes aren’t going to stop. Trump doesn’t love his country enough to quit, so the best thing that citizens and media who want to protect their country from the Trumpian threat can do is to support House Democrats in their impeachment investigation.
With so many local and national news stations across the world, it’s hard to separate one from the other. Machinima was one of the ideas that some news stations have been playing around with for a couple years. It’s used mostly for reenactments, but some use it to show diagrams and maps. Whether the news is serious or hilarious, journalism and animation can bring various points of view to life with any story. Regardless if they just do it for one segment or the entire broadcast. Machinima news has been around for a few years, but it has a strong presence in Japan and other parts of Asia. Reenactments are the main subject, but other networks take it further to make their newscast more interesting to watch. Elsewhere around the world, other digital artists create podcasts and blog posts for the same reasons. However, most of the news stations choose to use live or recorded footage rather than animation. However, there is more variety when it comes to animated news on the web. From sports and entertainment to commentary, you can find a podcast or web series covering current events.