Sunday, November 20, 2016
The Majority of Americans Did Not Vote for THIS
Since the election, I have been experiencing grief. Last week, I was in the first stage of grief--denial. This week I have moved on. Moved on, that is, to stage two--anger. Since all people do not adhere to the five stages of grief we hear so much about, I will not allow myself to experience the other stages; three being bargaining, four being depression, and five being acceptance. I will never accept bigots, racists, homophobes, xenophobes, anti-Semites, and Communists taking over my country. As long as I stay in the anger stage, I will be motivated to stay involved and take action to expose these horrible people.
A “coup” has taken place in our country! No, not the kind of coup where they come in with guns blazing. This coup was legal for the most part, unless you don’t count Russia’s interference with our election and the role the FBI played. It started with a con man so skilled he convinced half a nation that white was black and black was white. Now our Government is being over thrown by one bad appointment after another by Trump. With each successive appointment, we are moving closer to a country we will no longer recognize.
Let me introduce the men who will be running our country and deciding the policies of this Administration. These men do not have to go before the Senate to be confirmed. There is no background investigation to determine if they can qualify for a Security Clearance. It’s handed to them and all the government’s most sensitive secrets.
Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus. He will be irrelevant surrounded by all the extreme alpha males in Trump’s inner circle. They will eat him.
We have the leader of the white supremacy movement, Steve Bannon, as White House Chief Strategist. I hear that title is being changed to Chief Alt-White House Strategist or Chief Anti-Semite.
Most recently, Lt. General Michael Flynn was named by Trump to be his National Security Advisor. Flynn served as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama. He was forced out of this agency due to his chaotic leadership style, his extreme right-wing views and opposition to the Administration’s policies. His subordinates referred to Flynn’s repeated dubious assertions as “Flynn Facts.” He became a lobbyist for anti-America Turkey and Russia, although he never legally registered as a foreign agent required by U. S. Law. He stood on the stage at the Republican National Convention and led the chant, “Lock her up!” He was a commentator on Putin’s state run television. “Russia is an evil empire.” Not my words, but the words of President Ronald Reagan.
In most books and movies depicting coups, it’s always the disaffected General, isn’t it?
When I was a teenager, I read my first political thriller; a book called Seven Days of May, written by Fletcher Knebel, in 1962. It’s still fresh in my mind. It was based loosely on a real-life character, General Edward Walker, a disaffected General during JFK’s Administration. In the book, a plot was uncovered to over-throw our democracy by a fictional General, but for the opposite reason than we are seeing now. General Walker and the fictional General were “anti-communist.” Disaffected General Flynn is “pro-communist.” President John F. Kennedy read the book and said, “This could actually happen.” I bet he never fathomed THIS could happen!
Trump as President. I recall Ohio Governor John Kasich stating that when Eric Trump offered him the Vice-President position, Trump said, “You can be in charge of all domestic and foreign affairs policies in the Trump White House.” That’s pretty much everything of the presidency, except the pomp and circumstances, red carpet, “Hail to the Chief” and fancy State dinners. And, don’t forget the large rallies he vows he will still keep having. Trump, thrives on the adulation received from large crowds. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has mass rallies and parades, not U.S. Presidents. Trump does not want to govern; he wants to entertain, make more money, and be adulated.
It is comforting, in my angered state, that people who agree with me won the popular vote 63,045,266, topping Trump’s 61,607,950. Trump received 47% of votes cast. Not a mandate! On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, I will be thankful for this.
Don’t miss the Presidential pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey this week. This tradition dates back to President Abe Lincoln, but it may be the last you will see for a few years. Trump is still calling for the re-incarceration of the five minority teenagers convicted in the Central Park rape and murder case in 1989, that were later exonerated by DNA evidence and a confession from the actual murderer. That leads me to believe that he will not pardon the turkey, but send it to Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) instead.
Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you make a memory!