Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Delusion Is Great In This One

Delusional [dəˈlo͞oZH(ə)nəl] (adjective)

1) characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.

2) based on or having faulty judgment; mistaken.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has been in the news lately. His grandstanding, threats and all-around odd behavior has been increasingly troubling.

Clarke's response to the attention he has received was pure delusion:
In an act of political grandstanding, the political witch hunt continues by democrat politicians and operatives. This is nothing more than an attempt to harass and bully Sheriff Clarke. This is fake news. He remains undeterred and unfazed as he has been dealing with this for more than a decade. These fake news stories from the Sentinel Journal and their dweebs at the editorial board are so transparent that the casual observer can see this for what it really is.

The latest political stunt by County executive Abele is a waste of time. He does not have the authority to investigate the Sheriff’s Office, and the sheriff is making it very clear that personnel responsible to him will not be talked to by anybody from the county executive’s office. County executive Abele knows he does not have the authority, but can’t resist the opportunity to politically grandstand. This is the same little man who spent $263,000 of his personal wealth in an attempt to defeat the sheriff in his last election. Abele failed. Since he has failed, he has continued his political attacks. 
Abele supported Mrs. Bill Clinton for president and Russ Feingold for US Senate. These attacks have everything to do with the sheriff’s support and the role he played in helping Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States. The election is over. Donald Trump has been sworn in, and it is time for everybody to join Sheriff Clarke in helping make America great again, and to make America safe again.
So, Clarke harasses and bullies a fellow airline passenger and when he's called out for it, he claims he's being bullied and harassed? And, as always, Clarke had to include some Trump talking-points -- "fake news" and "make America great again".

He states that he has been dealing with "fake" news stories for decades and then resorts to name-calling the Journal Sentinel editorial board. What a dignified public servant. Can Clarke name even one thing he has done to improve the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department? Has he made the department greater? Has he made Milwaukee County safer? It seems over the last two years, Clarke has spent the majority of his time advocating for Donald Trump, not so much for Milwaukee County.

Clarke paints this investigation into his behavior and professional conduct as a political retaliation of County Executive Chris Abele's doing. Abele is a Democrat and has supported candidates other than David Clarke, therefore, that's the only story here for Clarke. Somehow, Clarke being called out for being a bullying jerk is really just Abele and Democrats being sour because Trump won? Is any sane person following any of this reasoning?

And, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. What topic or photo opportunity doesn't David Clarke turn into a partisan tirade? David Clarke couldn't be more of a tool if he had a hammer for a head. Clarke is the one making this (along with everything he talks about) political by trying to drag everyone around him into it. And, of course, he's full of all those Trump-esque platitudes. If anyone is making this a political stunt, it's Clarke. That's really all he's ever done.

The Republican party is always looking for a good little soldier to spout outrageous, reprehensible, attention-grabbing invective. Clarke has been more than happy to be that useful idiot.

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