Two dysfunctional systems

Since the start of the year, much of the world?s attention was focused on two trials on opposite sides of the world. In one, a brave truth-teller was persecuted by a vengeful administration after stirring up his patriotic followers in protest against tyranny. In the other, Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate.

Throw the book at them

Peggy Noonan in the WSJ: “On the rioters: Find them, drag them out of their basements, and bring them to justice. Use all resources, whatever it takes, with focus and speed. We have pictures of half of them; they like to pose. They larked about taking selfies and smiling unashamed smiles as one strolled out with a House podium. They were so arrogant they were quoted by name in news reports. It is our good luck they are idiots. Capitalize on that luck. …

“As for the chief instigator, the president of the United States, he should be removed from office by the 25th Amendment or impeachment, whichever is faster. This, with only a week and a half to go, would be a most extraordinary action, but this has been an extraordinary time. …

“The president should be removed for reasons of justice—he urged a crowd to march on Congress, and, when it turned violent, had to be dragged into telling them, equivocally, to go home—and prudence. …

“It is not too late. Removal of the president would be the prudent move, not the wild one. Get rid of him. Now.”

The politicians who egged them on should also be made to pay a heavy price.

Winter is icumen in … Lhude sing Goddamm

Fauci is wrong about one thing. Trump is not looking at this from the perspective of “the economy and reopening the country.” He’s looking at it from the perspective of his own re-election.

Top scientist predicts a long and potentially deadly winter as infections and hospitalizations spike across the country.

Excessive self-confidence isn’t necessarily a virtue

“[T]he macho allure of Mr. Trump is undeniable. He is forceful, wealthy and, most important, unapologetic. …

“They liked his strong style, his apparent confidence in his own opinions.”

I can’t help but be reminded of Carlyle’s portrait of Robespierre: “Of incorruptible Robespierre it was long ago predicted that he might go far, mean meagre mortal though he was; for Doubt dwelt not in him.”