Trump Under Oath … hostile liar & potential felon … The Retconned Presidency

 By ann summers
At some point, “retroactive continuity” was shortened to “retcon”, reportedly by Damian Cugley in 1988 on Usenet. Hard evidence of Cugley’s abbreviation has yet to surface, though in a Usenet posting on August 18, 1990, Cugley posted a reply in which he identified himself as “the originator of the word retcon”.[8]
Cugley used the neologism to describe a development in the comic book Saga of the Swamp Thing, which reinterprets the events of the title character’s origin by revealing facts that previously were not part of the narrative and were not intended by earlier writers.”

Trump knows all kinds of people, some he often claims not to know when the going gets tough, like not knowing Steve Bannon before the campaign or Felix Sater while he served as Trump’s “senior advisor”. He supposedly had no deals with Russia(ns), much to the surprise(sic) of his sons. And he never apologizes or utters falsehoods, claiming that he only tells “truthful exaggerations”, because that’s the “art of the deal”.


I’ve been saying for weeks that once you drain the swamp, all you are left with is the scum. Now we know what that scum will look like, with the biggest chunk of it being the man we call President. So hold on, because the next four years is going to be nothing but putting Trump’s business interests first and leaving the rest of us behind. Now we know Trump’s definition of “great.”

The Trumpian tendency to lie, as a pathology, is to be in a constant state of revising not unlike some diseases associated with aging.

Trump is now bargaining with a sense of a history which has survived over 3000 lawsuits, that his lying has no real personal consequence. He knows he will never go to jail, and doesn’t appreciate that for the safety of the nation, he must be removed from power, even if to him, it is an “alternative fact”.

Like reality TV analogies so often cited, he is unscripted on the basis of lies and pathological as so often diagnosed in the media. He is now the instrument of those who have the greatest hold on him, and democracy will suffer because of them. Like Leslie Chow, Donald Trump is madness.


The president’s insistence that he would, under oath, gladly discuss his private interactions with Comey could pose a risky proposition.

  • At best, Trump could be forced to answer all kinds of politically inconvenient questions.
  • At worst, he would be at risk of committing a felony.

Sworn depositions have been a problem for Trump in his pre-presidential life. Faced with the dilemma of admitting he had lied previously or committing perjury, he has lashed out at lawyers deposing him and walked back dozens of statements that he only admitted were untrue after being sworn in.


But it’s far from clear that Trump will ever actually follow through on his Friday boast. Congressional Democrats quickly seized on the statement and invited him to give sworn testimony. But Trump—or at least his legal counsel on all things Russia, Marc Kasowitz—surely recognizes the pitfalls.

“He did it,” one senior Trump aide told The Daily Beast this week, praising the president’s ounce of exercised self-control in the face of Comey-week. “Now let’s see what happens in a few hours when he’s bored and alone and the TV is on.”


The first published use of the phrase “retroactive continuity” is found in theologian E. Frank Tupper’s 1973 book The Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg:[6]

“Pannenberg’s conception of retroactive continuity ultimately means that history flows fundamentally from the future into the past, that the future is not basically a product of the past.”

A similar concept is that of secret history, in which the events of a story occur within the bounds of already-established events (especially real-world ones), revealing different interpretations of the events. Some of Tim Powers‘s novels use secret history, such as Last Call, which suggests that Bugsy Siegel‘s actions were due to his being a modern-day Fisher King.

Alan Moore‘s additional information about the Swamp Thing‘s origins – revealing that Swamp Thing was not actually scientist Alec Holland converted into a plant, but actually a plant that had absorbed Holland’s body and consciousness so that it merely thought it was Holland – did not contradict or change any of the events depicted in the character’s previous appearances, but instead changed the reader’s interpretation of them. Such additions and reinterpretations are very common in Doctor Who.[3]


(“There would be nothing wrong if I did say it.”.)


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4 Responses to Trump Under Oath … hostile liar & potential felon … The Retconned Presidency

  1. Follow the embedded link for the full story.

    • Terry Welshans says:

      If I were to do so under those circumstances, I would make a very visible performance of setting up a recorder with a microphone directly in front of him

    • ann summers says:

      Shades of defining what “is” is, it’s the only way short of enhanced interrogation that the real complexity of the 2016 election might be revealed

  2. Terry Welshans says:

    For a really good look at what Eric Garland thinks about this and how it happened, read his analysis ‘tweets’ here.

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