Trump's War Intensifies
Dr Evil has a New Crew.
Trump's War on the Republican Party
Friday I wrote a scathing article detailing how I continue to blister the supporters of Trump, 'jockstraps' I have labeled them and the evil activities of the GOP, the 'pooplicans'. (Trump I have renamed 'toddler'. If I am really angry with him he becomes 'toddler in potty training). I am losing hope. I am losing hope that Trump's 'pooplicans' will not be defeated in 2018. My reasons are three: first, Trump's supporters, even while he is cutting off their insurance, increasing their taxes and not providing them with the jobs he promised still support him. That boggles my mind. I can not fathom why seemingly normal people, some people that I have known for years, will support a White Supremacist in the White House. My blogging during the campaign of 2016 and in the first months of his presidency was staunchly noting that I believe Trump was using Hitler's model as his own. From the Beerhall Pustch to the fighting style of the Brown Shirts, I could hear in this Nationalist, populist copy, Hitler almost word for word. However, I seemed to be somewhat alone in this prognosis and the discussion of Hitler's influence on Trump was making me ill, physically and mentally. The evil of these men is palpable to me. I had to focus my writing differently.
A Short Aside
I had to find a way to generate income from writing. I have loved to write ever since my youth walking paper routes and toiling with my thoughts racing through my brain.
My violent dislike of the man and all that he was doing to our country demanded a response. My thinking was that while I couldn't go to the protest marches, or to donate bucket loads of food, I could at least call attention to this evil man and his 'treasonous' actions. I the early days after the election I felt pretty much alone. I had only one other friend that shared my Hitler's connection to Trump. We didn't correspond as to what we were going to write in Facebook on our Friends pages but every now and then we would correspond to what Trump was assaulting our senses with this week.
Last Friday my anger exploded. After I savagely faulted his supporters for bringing this guy into our everyday consciousness, I felt refreshed. Every day he goes deeper and deeper into the divide he is creating in this country. Every day his 'tweets' deride, humiliate and pour gasoline on the fires he creates.
Better Men than He
The occasion of my tirade was brought on by four events. First, Senator John McCain R-AZ was awarded the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center and presented to him by a friend, for Vice President Joe Biden. He used a few moments of this occasion to obliquely call out Trump and the damage he is doing to the US. Next, Senator Jeff Flake R-AZ boldly to the floor of the Senate and announced that he was not running for reelection because he believed it would cause him to give up his integrity to follow Trump (I purposely do not leave any acknowledgement of Trump's title or even the polite "Mr." in describing him. I cannot bring myself to give him any sign of politeness or stature.) Senator Bob Corker had been sliding a remark in here and there for weeks. He finally came out an unloaded on Trump. His remarks were a sharp rebuke to that 'august' body. But they are now only 'august' in their own mind. Their actions in the last few years have proved that they are ready for a major debacle. And this is it!
The last event that occasioned the diatribe. All five former presidents had gathered for a fundraiser to assist all those damaged by the hurricanes of the past season. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. Bush, and Barack Obama. Three of them gave refreshing talks on what Trump was doing wrong. (They didn't name names of course.) But when I see them on a stage, whatever disagreements I had with their policies paled as I viewed the current tenant of the People's House.
Saturday morning I woke ready to post again. I just can't keep up with his antics and horrific actions. I don't even know how to categorize them and the fallout they cause. Today, the first article I read spelled out the long term consequences of his actions in the realm of international politics. Our allies are leaving us. Since Trump pulled out of TPP(Trans Pacific Partnership), and publicly downgraded his opinion of NATO and our longstanding support of those we fought with in WWII to get rid of Hitler are now saying that they can't trust our long-term commitments and are just going to let us float away from our relationships with them.
His foreign policies are scary. He is pushing our staunch allies to our arch enemies, Russia and China. He openly supports the dictator Putin. When he cancelled TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) he gave China unopposed rights to take over our sphere of influence in the East. What of all our men and women that gave their lives to earn that influence?
Trump outlined a world in which 'foreign relations are collapsed into a zero-sum game. They gain, we lose. As in: "For decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries" while depleting our own. And most provocatively, this: "The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world." (Trump's Inaugural address January 20, 2016).
His policies are disconcerting. They go against everything I have believed in. They are never supportive except for the huge tax breaks for the already rich. His plans are to cut healthcare for the poor and raise taxes on the middle to low income people. If you are black or Hispanic you are only a blip on his radar. If you are a woman you lose your right to make decisions for your body. Birth control options are gone. With the support of the 'Christian' far right, your chance of being returned to the early 1900's are excellent. No birth control, no civil rights. None of the rights that you had finally earned by the end of the 20th century exist anymore.
The fact is that the middle class has been destroyed by Republican whores who have given themselves to the rich and richer. With the 'trickle down theories' of Ronald Reagan and again with those same policies of George W. Bush the middle class has been eviscerated. The guts of the one differentiation between the oligarchies and the rabble of chaos has been the one major democracy in the world. And our guts are now being spilled again. With Trump's 'tax reform' even those earning $100,000 to $200,000 are going to move their income from 'aspiring to be rich' to 'give mine to the rich please'. The ground of even the upper middle class is pulled dug out from under them.
What is Wrong with this Picture?
Trump is openly threatening the Republican Congress that he will trash them too. Even if they don't stand in his way they will be gone. Steve Bannon, Trump's former Chief Strategist (although former is a great misnomer in my mind) is openly recruiting extremists to run against those who are just 'going along to get along'. If they are not ardent supporters of Trump they will be replaced in 2018. The groundwork will be laid to make another run in 2020 for another four years. At the pace and status of his current government he will also run again in 2024. Everyone is assuming he will quietly step down. Why? He has gone against EVERY fundamental principle of past American democracy. Emoluments clause? Who has to follow that? Nepotism? Not a problem just ignore it. Allies? Spit in their face! Take care of your supporters? Vomit on them and they will love you even more. AND NO ONE IN THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS STANDS UP TO HIM EXCEPT THE TWO MEN THAT ARE RETIRING!
What is wrong with this picture? Except that it is not a picture. He stands next to McConnell and Ryan laughing heartily. Two men that are charged by the Constitution to protect and preserve our rights are in the illegal swamp with him.
DO THE RIGHT THING!
© 2017 Craig Martineau