When an actor got elected by turning the Republican Party towards Christian fundamentalism?

Do you remember when the President illegally traded arms and facilitated cocaine smuggling to fund a secret war and destablilze Central America?

Do you remember when the Secretaty of the Interior pled guilty to rigging HUD grants to favor contributors to the President’s campaign?

Do you remember when the President’s Chief of Staff and Press Secretary were convicted of lying and illegal lobbying?

Do you remember when the President’s “elimination of loopholes” in the tax code led to the collapse of savings and loans? It has been called “the largest and costliest venture in public misfeasance, malfeasance and larceny of all time.”

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Do you remember defense contractors convicted of bribery?

Do you remember that in 1983, it was revealed that Reagan had Carter’s prep materials in advance of one of their debates?

Do you remember when the President ignored the AIDS crisis, leading to untold suffering and death?

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Do you remember the abandonment of public mental health resources?

Do you remember that the Reagan administration experienced the investigation or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any U.S. President? They teach my kids in school that he was a hero.

Do you remember when the President of the United States of America nominated 11 individuals for 10 different federal judge seats who were not processed by the Democrat-controlled Senate judiciary?

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Do you rembet when the US Treasurer went to prison?

Do you remember when the President pardoned five people convicted in Iran-Contra?

I assume you remember the President sexually harassing an intern.

Do you remember inhumane “welfare reform”?

Do you remember the growth of industrial prisons and the targeting of black youth as “superpredators”?

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Do you remember DOMA?

Do you remember don’t ask, don’t tell?

Do you remember when China got involved in Democratic Party fundraising during the 1996 election to gain influence in the Clinton administration?

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Do you remember NAFTA and GATT?

Do you remember when CIA agent and KGB mole Aldrich Ames compromised Agency sources and operations in the Soviet Union, leading to the arrest of many CIA agents and the execution of at least ten of them?

Do you remember WMDs?

For God’s sake, do you remember Cheney and Rumsfeld? These guys were way scarier than Steve fucking Bannon. He ran a website. They ran the world for decades like evil little puppetmasters.

All of this has happened in my lifetime.

Trump has a long way to go to match the shit his predecessors from both parties got up to. Frankly, he is an amateur at corruption and evil.

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Trump just got his tiny hand slapped by the federal courts because this is the fucking United States of America, not Nazi Germany. We have had a lot of assholes of all stripes at the wheel, but we continue. Let’s have a little faith and not call this the end of the experiment quite yet.

I don’t care if you are a Democratnor a Republican, and I don’t care how you voted. If we meet, I will engage you as a fellow human traveler, and would like to buy you a beer.