Making Tyranny Great Again-Trump Spends Week Assaulting Democracy.

Trump is a threat to our democracy.

Ever since the first few weeks that Trump took office, in which he created worldwide pandemonium by announcing via Twitter that citizens of seven countries were banned from traveling into the United States, America has seen itself disgraced by the conduct of its 45th president time and again.

Things have reached the point where it’s becoming normal. The bar of expectations set by our citizens for our leaders is having to be lowered by the day, and that is very dangerous to our democracy.

Most recently, it’s been his decision to start stripping people who criticize him of their security clearances, starting with former CIA director James Brennan.

Axios recently tweeted that Trump has become enamored with the unchecked powers of the presidency. “What he enjoys most about this job is finding things he has absolute power over,” said one source who’s worked closely with Trump.

Sources recently told Mike Allen that Trump  “got a kick out of pardons, that he could pardon anybody he wants and people would come to him to court him and beg him.”

60 former CIA officials have signed a letter responding to the removal of Brennan’s security clearance, pointing out that “The country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”

Of course it will, but that is not what Trump cares about.

Trump’s attack on John Brennan is meant to distract us from his crimes, starting with the fact that he and his crew are almost certain to be proved guilty of agreeing to conspire with a shady Kremlin plot to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

Even at this minute, he is aiding and abetting Putin’s attack on the election by denying it was happening. He’s still doing it.

Meanwhile, his old campaign manager Paul Manafort’s trial drags on, because the jury is still deliberating. Why? There is enough evidence against that guy to throw him in the can for a million years.

The jurors must be at least as aware of it as we are, which is what makes it fishy that they’re still in there arguing with each other about it. T.S. Ellis, the judge, who has been threatened himself, says they’re scared. Who can blame them?

All the while, Trump is talking about how sad it is that a guy who stabbed America like Manafort did is on trial at all.

Not very democratic of him, but that’s the kind of guy he is.

The bottom line is that democracy is an impediment to Donald Trump. He does not find it useful, so he holds it in contempt. To him, the natural order of things involves debauched old white guys on top of every power structure, shouting orders and bossing everybody around.

Democracy has been in the process of rejecting this worldview for more than a hundred years. So why respect it? It’s an albatross around his neck.

If he can manage to whip up a sort of spit-polished authoritarianism, some form of rule that would retain a veneer of democracy while skewing the contest to ensure its result, that would be ideal for Trump, and also for his right-wing nationalist buddies all throughout the world.
Trump wants Erik Prince to build him his own private army. he was talking about building him a private spy network a few months ago. They want to privatize the war in Afghanistan.
He’s been talking up his dictator buddies, like Putin and Kim and Maduro, right from the start. As long ago as 1989, he was making public statements deploring the “lack of control” the Soviet Union had over its people. He wants to do whatever he wants to do, and he can’t  completely disregard the rights of others because he lives in a democracy.
How then to get rid of it?
In the clouded and foggy mind of Trump, these notions are not well conceived. They are murky impressions at best, addled further by the dementia Omarosa says he’s got. But other authoritarian leaders, like Putin, understand them very well and would like nothing better than to see them take place here.
America is the center of the current, liberal world order that has given us everything since the conclusion of World War Two, a struggle over these same ideas that nearly finished us. In order for that to change, America must abandon its values. That is why Trump, a man who values nothing he can’t stain his T-shirt with, was so favorable a candidate for other despots to support.
Going forward, we have got to come together strongly to affirm that we will not give up our values for anyone or anything. That is what the Resistance is for. Preservation of all we have in America depends on our success.

Cronyism and Donald Trump- Russia, Roseanne, and Public Corruption.

Nasty Women?

Trump found time to call his crony Roseanne to congratulate her on her ratings. But on the ejection of sixty Russian diplomats, words failed him.

They’re not going to fail us, however. In fact, there is one specific word that describes the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications.

That word is cronyism. It used to be a crime.

There are many different examples of this taking place in the Trump administration; two exceptions are Jared and Ivanka. They’re family, so giving them jobs they can’t handle should properly be called nepotism. It is another type of corruption practiced by civil servants.

At any rate, it all comes back to the fact of Trump being the president.

If he were still just the slob king of Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower, it would be fine to fill the most important positions around with incompetents and the criminally disabled. Sad as it might be to watch, it is not illegal to run your life into the ground in America.

What remains to be seen is if the law will prevent him from running everyone else’s life into the ground as well.

Trump warned his personal staff to speak softly on the subject of the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle. He wanted to make sure not to upset Putin. He congratulated Putin on his sham victory and was furious that his national security advisers put the words “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in all caps in his memo.

Recently former CIA director John Brennan spoke strongly of his opinion that the Russian tyrant has something on him. And just earlier today, when his advisors said they want to see him take a tougher line on Russia, he made a point of saying he is unconvinced that is the way to go.

In related news, the Presidential Personnel Office is said to be overwhelmed. Their efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government has been badly curtailed.

If this agency is unfamiliar to you, don’t be surprised. It’s a completely obscure White House office. But it is responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of Trump administration political appointees. These have always suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff made all the worse by the fact of they themselves being cronies.

Every White House faces personnel challenges. But the shortcomings of this office and Trump’s appointment process, in general, are far and away the most pronounced in memory, according to presidential scholars.

No administration has done it as poorly as the current one,” said Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan group that teamed up with The Post to track appointments.

Cronyism, nepotism, and in our opinion treason. That’s what this administration is made of. Everybody knows it. The Trump voters too. They just didn’t care.

Ann Coulter actually admitted exactly that earlier this week, in an interview in which she expressed massive disappointment in the man she’s written hymnals full of praise about. “I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus,” she said. “I just didn’t care.”

The Roseanne revival is portraying Trump supporters as people just worried about their families or the country. Good people, mired in economic instability and desperate for any sort of change, voted Trump because he offered them hope. Plenty of white people in that situation did just that.

That is the biggest cop-out in the world.

Just like Ann Coulter, every one of Trump’s voters knew what they were getting themselves into. Like her, they just didn’t care. This is not like George Bush or Richard Nixon, who seemed like decent enough guys on the surface.

Everyone in America heard him boasting about molesting women, about grabbing them by their very genitals. But they turned a blind eye, for the chance to feel like they could go back in time, to a set of good old days that never even existed. That is deplorable. In every sense of the word.

At the end of the day, you can never go back again, for better or for worse. You can’t unmake bad choices. In the end Roseanne bullies Jackie into voting for Jill Stein, and here we are. As this was going to publishing, the real-life Roseanne was making headlines again, thanking the President for freeing “Children from Pimps.”

It’s looking like words are going to fail us, after all.