We are seeing an escalation of the attacks on our democracy. However, you cannot place all of the blame on trump himself. His administration is just as dangerous, maybe even more so, than he is. I am really beginning to wonder if there is a single brain cell collectively in the entire group put together.
The media isn’t helping very much either. With a few exceptions, our media is trying too hard to “legitimize” this idiot that happens to sit in the West Wing. This became very apparent during the last week.
First, after his so-called speech on Tuesday night, most of the media raved about how “presidential” he looked and how much lower the tone was. They obviously didn’t listen to the words he said. They were the same vitriolic hate filled words he has used over and over since he started running for the office.
Besides, I do not consider a moron like trump standing in front of Congress reading a speech he obviously did not write acting like a six year-old reading in front of the class for the first time. Every time he reads from his teleprompter I see a six year old reading “See Dick run. See Jane run.”
That is not being presidential. That is being a moron. How is it that we consider that he gave a “great speech” just because he was able to read a speech someone else wrote. Hell, he was video-taped practicing it in the car on the way to Congress. And, in my opinion he still did a shitty job. And before you ask, yes I have given many speeches to various sized crowds in my life. I know a bad speech when I see one.
Right after his speech, his administration announced that the Travel Ban, which was supposed to be signed the very next day, would be delayed for a few days to let “the speech breathe”. Say what? They were so shocked that it went kind of well that they needed it to “breathe”?
Remember, this is the same travel ban that was so necessary in order to keep all of those “bad dudes’ from getting in the country. Our beloved leader even said after it was stopped by the courts that “they were pouring in”! Yet apparently it isn’t so necessary or vital after all. Otherwise, they would not have waited so his speech could “breathe”.
But, on the day he was supposed to sign his new Muslim Ban, it was reported that his Attorney General did in fact have contact with the Russian Ambassador during the campaign and transition period. This, after he said at his hearing that “I had no contact with any Russian official.” Oooopps!
Then on Thursday, Sessions announced that he would recuse himself from anything to do with any investigation about Russia and their involvement with our elections and/or the campaign of trump. He said it was the “right thing to do”.
Then we were told that Jared Kushner and Mike Flynn met with the Ambassador in Trump tower! Only, no one saw him enter the building which is under constant watch for such people coming. He obviously came in the back door. Why? What was trump hiding?
On Friday, trump supposedly went ballistic. Reports say that people said “I have never seen him so angry”. There was even video shot through the window of the West Wing showing a very heated argument going on inside. That was supposedly over Sessions recusing himself, which trump did not want him to do.
So, trump set off for another vacation weekend to Florida mad at the entire world. Then, before dawn, his thumbs took over his brain again. He claimed that he just found out the President Obama “tapped my wires” in Trump Tower.
That set off a shitstorm like none other so far. Naturally, he offered no proof of this abuse of power other than his tweets. But, there is proof. Only the proof lies with Mark Levin and Breitbart. Mark Levin is a right-wing conspiracy wacko that makes up more shit that a cow on laxatives. And, we already know what Breitbart’s motives are.
Throughout the weekend, and even this morning, the White House and their talking minions have not backed down. Nor, have they shown any reason for anyone to believe them. On top of that, they are showing their total ignorance of how things work in the real world.
First off, Clapper and Comey both have said the wires were not tapped in Trump Tower. Clapper was the head of DNI at the time and clearly said he would have known if any FISA wiretap was authorized. Comey wanted the Justice Department to state clearly that the accusation was wrong. He was rebuffed.
Secondly, the President cannot “order” wire taps without a court order. And, there are only two ways to get a court order. The first is for a criminal investigation which requires that the government show that there is probable cause that laws are being broken. The second, and most importantly in this case, is under a FISA order. Only, to get a FISA order against an American Citizen, the requirements are even stricter.
What all this means is that if anyone in the government got a court order to wiretap Trump Tower, there was something that showed probable cause or even more that something was seriously wrong in Denmark. Which also means that trump and/or members of his campaign were seriously suspected of committing a crime up to espionage.
Does anyone in this administration understand that simple fact? Why are they trying to put light on a possible fact that trump and/or his associates were committing crimes?
They are also saying that trump must have classified information that we don’t have. That is possible, but there is also one fact they are ignoring. If trump was a suspect in these investigations that led to a wiretap, he would not be given that information even though he is the president. No law enforcement agency or intelligence agency would “read into” the investigation the suspect in that investigation.
So, if his tower was the subject of a “wiretap” he would not be given that information. Unless his Attorney General is breaking the law and all protocols in properly handling an investigation.
Then we have the so-called travel ban that he just signed. The only real difference is that Iraq was removed from the list of countries. But, that doesn’t mean a damn thing.
Right now at LAX, there is an Afghan family being held by Customs. This family came to the U.S. the other day on a “special visa”. The man worked for the U.S. in Afghanistan and was properly vetted to get this “special visa”.
Yet, when they landed in Los Angeles, they were taken into custody and have been held for at least five days without being given access to an immigration lawyer. Remember, Afghanistan wasn’t even on the original list of countries. So, why are they being held at LAX? And, the man worked for our government!
Ever since trump was elected to be our president, he has gone off on rampages trying to destroy the very fabric of our democracy. He has claimed that 3-5 million “illegals” voted in the last elections. Remember that? Still no proof that ever happened and no “investigation” into it either. He attacked our intelligence community even comparing them to Nazi Germany. Then he attacked our media calling everyone but conservative organizations Fake News. Then he attacked the FBI. Then he attacked Congress. Now he is attacking President Obama.
He has done nothing else except relax environmental laws and banking laws designed to protect our air and water and our finances and economy. If you are part of the upper 1 percent of the wealthy, you are in for great times. If you are one of the rest of society, you are screwed.
We have seen our public education placed under attack. We have seen science placed under attack. We have seen LGBT rights under attack. We have seen immigrants under attack. About the only thing we haven’t seen under attack are the white supremacist domestic terrorists. They are loving all of this.
But, this is all part of the fascist playbook. The only way a fascist can take power is to make things so chaotic and bad for everyone, they can come in and say “I alone can fix it”. Sound familiar?
Then they hope that everyone is so afraid that they won’t resist when the real power grab takes place. Our president has sown the seeds to start his power grab. The only question is when will he move to seize power?
Stop kidding yourself. There will be no “pivot”. There will be no trump being presidential. There will be no easing of the innuendoes or accusations without proof. That is what he is banking on. He is banking on the idea that we will get tired of it. He is banking on us falling asleep because of all the chaos he is spreading.
The mouthpieces he has put in place are all helping make him our first dictator for life. They are spreading all of the falsehoods and treating them like facts to confuse the general public.
They have all their code words in place like “Make America Safe Again” in order to keep non-whites out. They always talk about “double standards but only when their leader gets caught in another lie or his hand in the cookie jar. The only “double standard” is the fact that trump sprouts his filth to the public and needs to prove nothing while his opponents are called “professional protesters” getting paid to take to the streets.
We need to start wondering when the purges will begin. When will we see the Muslim Ban take full effect? When will we see the Muslim registry take effect? When will we see the “need” for national papers? When will we see “travel papers” to visit another state than the one we live in?
When will we see the detention centers sprouting all around us for “illegal immigrants” become internment camps for anyone opposed to trump? If you think all of this sounds ridiculous, you haven’t been paying attention.
Everything that has taken place are NOT distractions. The accusations and innuendos are part of the game plan. Travel bans are just the start of all kinds of bans. Detention centers, or more precisely the “private prisons” trump is opening are just the beginning.
All of this chaos is planned. All of this unnecessary “constitutional crises” are being plotted in the White House. Steve Bannon is a self-proclaimed Leninist who wants to tear down completely our government and replace it with something else. He has said so in public.
All of this has been choreographed. And, the choreographer is none other than Steve Bannon. Why else would he be so crucial as to be placed on the NSC Policy board with a permanent seat while the Joint Chief of Staff lost his?
All we can do is fight back as hard as we can. We cannot let our Representatives and Senators fall in line with this dangerous attack on our values. And, our wishy-washy media must wake up and smell the roses. They are the one institution that can be our voice of opposition. But, they have to grow a backbone and report the facts and stop giving trump excuses.
Do not give up, we can and we will win in the end. Americans are too good, too smart, and too strong to allow this to go on until we lose our country.
It is time to call a fascist a fascist. Trump, Bannon and their puppets are fascists or at least fascist wannabes. We can beat them by peaceful protests in the streets. We can beat them by having our voices heard in the halls of Congress. And, most importantly, we beat them it by voting out the fascist abettors.
It is time to stop the shirts from marching along!