Plausible deniability is a crucial component of any ongoing violation of laws or norms. If you’re going to intentionally engage in nefarious deeds, you have to have your story straight for when the eventual scrutiny (such as, let’s say, impeachment) comes.
That which you are straightening is indeed a “story” because
it is, by definition, not a true reckoning of whatever
drug deal you’re up to. It is at best a quasi-believable
version of events that counts on the listener giving you the benefit of the
doubt. At worst, it’s a thinly veiled lie.
In the past few weeks, we’ve gotten to see first-hand what
happens when we replace a political party
with a cult
of personality. Every standard, once etched into stone in our memories
and conscience, becomes malleable to fit the behaviors of the leader.
To paraphrase more intellectual commentators, we’ve
discovered that one man in our country can literally do anything he wants and will suffer no consequences…as long as he can
retain the support of any 34 members of the United States Senate.
Let’s say you’re a supporter of a professional football team. We’ll call them the Orangemen. Not the Syracuse Orangemen, since they’re just the “Orange” now. Same state though, just for consistency’s sake. The New York Orangemen.
A flamboyant, rich businessman sees an opportunity, swoops in and buys the team. His name is Ronald. Ronald Chump. Continue reading