This blog was never intended to be so heavy with politics, but my intentions are not the only ones that have been side-tracked these days.
How many Trump voters realize that the US intelligence services are said to be “holding back” sensitive information from this administration, because they are afraid it would go on a direct shuttle to Vladimir Putin’s desk? The Director of National Intelligence has denied it, but the president is now dispatching a billionaire crony, one Stephen Fienberg, to conduct a top-to-bottom review of American Intelligence, in advance of what sure looks to be a big purge.
Heroic Imagery in Moscow
Do the great patriots of The Trump Train understand that Michael Flynn is not the first but rather the third guy forced to leave this administration because of improper ties to the Kremlin? Google Paul Manafort and Carter Page. Our new Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, received a special “Best Friend” medal, personally awarded to him by Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump built a political career out of insulting the hell out of anybody and everybody, liberal, moderate or conservative, foreign or domestic, EXCEPT FOR ONE GUY. For the blank-faced dictator of Russia it has NEVER been anything but lovey-dovies from Mr. Trump. It is flat out WEIRD how sweet he is to that despotic monster.
How many Americans know that Trump has been chumming up to the Russians going back as far as the Gorbachev era? According to Donald Junior, the Trump businesses receive significant investment from Russia. In 2008 he said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” More recently his father declared, “I have nothing to do with Russia! No deals, no loans, no nothing!”
Other reports say the Russians have been “cultivating” Trump as an asset for years. This is all in the public domain; who knows what the scene looks like behind closed doors. The latest, as of this writing, is that the Trump admin has tried to enlist FBI officials and law-makers to suppress the news stories of his Russian connection.
Right-wingers will swallow any ridiculous Alex Jones conspiracy theory, hook line and sinker, but cannot imagine there could be any reality to the long, sturdy chain of particulars linking the new administration to the dictator of Russia.
We went through years of investigations about Benghazi. Should we investigate Flynn? I would hope so, yeah! Then investigate Manafort, investigate Page, and investigate the entirety of the Trump-Russia connection(s). And it will have to be an independent prosecutor, not Republican hacks in Congress.
Senator John McCain has dropped some zinging one-liners on Trump recently, saying things like his banning of certain news outlets from the White House is “How dictatorships get started,” and that the White House is currently “dysfunctional.” We probably don’t need John McCain to tell us that the Trump regime is dysfunctional. It has been a mess from Day One. Executive Orders are so unconstitutional and badly written they get tossed out of court. Supposedly Bannon writes them and Trump signs off without reading them. That’s a rumor, of course, but an easy one to believe given how Trump skips out on his intelligence briefings because he’s “a smart person.” Supposedly Bannon got his permanent seat on the National Security Council by writing it into an EO, which Trump dutifully signed off on. Leaks are pouring out of the White House about how unstable this POTUS is, that he flies off the handle over nothing, and sits up until 3 in the morning poring over show biz gossip websites, and tweeting about how great he is.
Otherwise, the beat goes on, as Sonny Bono liked to say. We the People get to pay for his “Great Wall,” of course. Not Mexico. Not that Trump’s devoted base was fazed in the least by this news. And not that The Wall will ever be built the way it was described in all those big rallies. Designs are only just now being drawn up for this thing. It would rank among the biggest constructions in human history. Why have they waited until now to start the planning? It’s not like we’re talking about building a wall alongside a casino.
This is to be hundreds of miles (over 1,500 miles?) of concrete wall, going through the most inhospitable terrain on the continent! Shifting sands, for hundreds of miles. Soft riverside lands. Steep, almost vertical mountain sides. Canyons. Gullies. Flash flood zones. Private lands – lots and lots of private lands to seize under Imminent Domain. And since the Trump Wall will have to be built on the American side of the Rio Grande River, it will wall off cattle herds in Texas from drinking in the river. Native American Tribal lands are involved, not that anybody in power has ever cared about them.
But above all, the main problem is the sheer immensity. Although the number one problem will come when the Umpteen Billion Dollar Great Wall is finally completed, and somebody in Mexico walks over and leans a ten dollar wooden ladder up against it.
The biggest problem for the American people comes when this erratic president decides his popularity has sunk too low to get his agenda done, or perhaps he has some other set-backs that leave him feeling particularly paranoid.
It was eighty-four years ago today that the German Parliament building, the Reichstag, burned in Berlin. This was the pretext Adolph Hitler needed to clamp down on Germany in absolute power. The Nazi era began with that fire. Many believe the Nazis lit the fire themselves for just that purpose, but the identity of the arsonist is irrelevant to what followed.
What is relevant to us is the fact that this new regime in Washington only needs one medium-sized terrorist attack, or some other such serious incident, to declare a state of emergency, suspend the Constitution, and turn the lights out on Democracy in America.
Would they really do so?
Would you put it past them?