The choice was binging on the Netflix series Breaking Bad or watching the news and Trump’s latest attempt to distract from his Vote of Impeachment, which may be followed by his removal from office.
In the old black and white movies, on Turner Classics, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney used to announce, “Let’s put on a show in the back yard.” And a Busby Berkeley extravaganza would follow.
So Trump, playing out as Mickey Rooney, and Mitch McConnell, as his Judy Garland, are putting on a show of their own, not in their backyard, but on the other side of the world: Iran.
Instead of a Busby Berkeley production, they are using what President Eisenhower warned against as the Military-Industrial Complex or the Pentagon.
Already watched that production under President George Bush: 9/11, weapons of mass destruction, invasion and war in Iraq. Under President Lyndon Baines Johnson, it was the Gulf of Tonkin, straight into the Vietnam War.
Now, Trump is using war as a distraction by pulling the same dead rabbit out of his MAGA hat! This time the villain was General Soleimani of Iran who was gonna, would have, might have, planning to, maybe even thinking about, making a hit on the US.
Like Trump’s tax returns, no proof is forthcoming. (Maybe the proof is being audited? You think?)
On the other hand, Breaking Bad, about pretend bad guys, is playing, and playing, and playing on Netflix, but isn’t repetitive or boring, and no one really dies. The entire Breaking Bad series is a tenuous step into an original plot, memorable characters, long, long silent stares, with Saul, the lawyer, having the best lines.
Who would have thought, that the strongest nation in the world could have been sapped into electing a talk show host as president of the United States? Sure, he was Putin’s pick and won by a mere 70,000 votes, but in the forties and fifties, no one would have elected Mickey Rooney as president. But Trump’s in the White House.
The choice is Breaking Bad or MSNBC, CNN, and BBC. Thank goodness for Breaking Bad.
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