Monday, January 8, 2018

"The Powers That Be" Have Betrayed America

For those of us who thought our country was headed down a black hole, those thoughts were confirmed this past week.  The question is, how low can we go?  We saw a President, surrounded by all his administration, defend his mental stability and tell us how smart he is, even telling us he is a genius.   We heard a President bragging about the size of his nuclear button.  More disturbing, it became clear as glass last week that we have a self-serving Congress who has chosen to put party and their personal career above the good of the country.  In other words, we have a President who has demonstrated repeatedly he is unfit to serve, but the “powers that be” are unwilling to stand up for this truth.

ALL MY life, I have placed all my trust in the Constitution and those elected to preserve it.  Those people are called the “powers that be.”  I had faith that these “powers that be” would protect our Democracy and my role as a citizen was only to vote.  After voting, whether my party won or not, I could go about my daily life, never entertaining the thought that our Democracy, with so many checks and balances would be threatened.  As I watch every institution being destroyed and a President with little to no fear of war, I realize that we have been betrayed by the “powers that be.” 

BY NOW there is no doubt that our election process was interfered with by Russia.  There is little doubt that collusion by the Trump campaign existed.  The only way we will know for certain if Trump played a direct role in this collusion is to allow an unobstructed investigation.  The fact that Trump has tried so hard to circumvent Robert Mueller’s investigation gives any reasonably minded person cause to doubt.  All that is true, but now the “powers that be” have decided it is more beneficial to them to have an unfit President than to do the responsible thing for our country.

MANY THINGS happened last week that leads to that conclusion. An all-out assault has been launched by the “powers that be” that jeopardize our Democracy. Trump’s Justice Department turned over investigative notes, e-mails, and witness lists pertaining to the Russia investigation, to Representative Devin Nunes, the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.  You will recall last year Nunes side-stepped an ethics investigation by recusing himself from the Russia Investigation when he colluded with Trump and was caught.   Now Speaker Ryan has allowed him back in and he is large and in charge.  Don’t think for one moment that this information garnered by Nunes will not be couriered to Trump by Nunes immediately. 

THE CALL to investigate Hillary Clinton for the umpteenth time is back. Trump is obsessed with Hillary (and Obama) and would like nothing better than to see her in jail, simply because she is his political enemy.  Whatever the allegation against this Administration, Hillary Clinton is said to be worse.  If we had all the money that has been spent on investigating the Clintons over the years, we could substantially pay down the national debt.  Investigating Hillary is more important to the “powers that be” than our elections being controlled by a foreign power.  Just another distraction from Trump and Russia collusion.

FURTHER DISTRACTION was provided by Senator Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley, the epitome of the “powers that be”. They referred Christopher Steele, the author of the Dossier, to the Justice Department for criminal investigation in a very vague memo.  If there was any hope of Christopher Steele coming to this country to testify or explain his method, that will never happen now or he faces possible arrest for yet undetermined reasons.  Further, the Group that hired Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, has lost a fight to protect their banking information which will reveal any and all of their clients.  For a private investigation company, this will be the death knell for them. 

SINCE AN out and out firing of Special Counsel James Mueller would be difficult for the “powers that be” to ignore since they were very gung ho on his hiring, they have decided there are more ways to “skin a cat.”  They have launched a war to undermine the investigation from many directions and will provide Trump with defensive strategy to counter anything Mueller’s investigation may determine. 

AND WE wonder how Hitler flourished.  It started with propaganda and lies. The first thing he did was achieve full control over the legislative and executive branches of government.  Then there was systematic suppression of the political opposition.  Putin used these same tactics. He has jailed and executed his political enemies.  He jailed and exiled the media.  The only media left is his state-run television where everything is based on lies and half-truths.  Much like Trump’s controlled FOX News.  

YES, WE are in a dark time.  If Trump is left unchecked, we are well on our way to being an autocratic society, or the unthinkable, destroyed by nuclear war. We can no longer think the “powers that be” won’t let that happen.  We must not go quietly.  We must protect Mueller’s investigation and in November, 2018, the American people will be the “powers that be.” 

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