This Is Not Normal: December 5, 2017 – December 11, 2017

This is your weekly reminder that this is not normal.

  • It is NOT NORMAL for a high-ranking member of the current administration to deceive Congress under oath about communications between the former national security adviser and a Russian official.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for a member of a presidential commission on “election integrity” to be forced to file a complaint in court to learn what the commission is doing.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the presumptive national security adviser to text a business associate on Inauguration Day to say that their business project could move forward because sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up.” I do not think the Founders anticipated that a presidential administration would be basing the nation’s foreign policy on personal business incentives.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for a candidate for the Senate to insinuate that he believes a prominent Jewish donor to the opposing party is going to hell.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for a member of Congress to ask his female staff members to be a surrogate for his child.He offered one staff member five million dollars to carry his child and left some with the impression that he wanted to wanted to impregnate them via intercourse rather than via in-vitro fertilization. I . . . am at a loss for words.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to reduce a national monument by 85 percent in response to lobbying from a uranium firm.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to publicly attack a journalist for a post the journalist made on his own private Twitter account. It is NOT NORMAL, and not in keeping with the spirit of the First Amendment, for the president to publicly call for the journalist to be fired.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the governor of Michigan to refuse to call a special election until the November midterm elections for the seat of a congressman who resigned, effectively leaving most citizens of the state’s largest city without representation for nearly a year. By contrast, the special election for an Arizona congressional seat is being held in April.

Political protest is patriotic. And if you don’t think there’s anything worth protesting, you’re not paying attention.

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