Thursday, August 16, 2018

Our country was attacked yesterday

“Trump's motto is: ‘I've got mine — Fuck everyone else!’”
Donald Trump
Wind is a bitch
United States President Donald Trump has accomplished something that Osama bin Laden could only conceive of in a fever dream. Our president has further shred our democracy while his enablers in Congress sit in silence.

Case in point is Trump's cancellation of the security clearances of his critics. The country be damned. Due process be damned. Thou shall not be critical of Emperor Trump. It was a brazen move. The White House admitted that John Brennan's security clearance was yanked because he was critical of the president. In no case did the administration cite anyone for an abuse or misuse of their security clearance. This was strictly political.

The security clearances of some former government employees are maintained for a reason. It makes them available for consultation when necessary. Of course that makes no sense at all to Mr. Trump. If someone needs a clarification or an explanation of something they can just pick up the phone and give him a ring. After all, who knows more about everything than the Great Trump, VSG (very stable genius)? An inquirer need only watch their Twitter feed for an authoritative answer.

If Trump actually listened to advisers (even though their intellects are no match for the VSB), one might have explained that Mr. Brennan has accumulated a mountain of information over his many years of service and has a vast network of contacts around the globe. Brennan is someone who should no be poked with a stick.

Thursday, in a New York Time Op Ed, Mr. Brennan explains (emphasis added):
The already challenging work of the American intelligence and law enforcement communities was made morae difficult in late July 2016, however, when Mr. Trump, then a presidential candidate, publicly called upon Russia to find the missing emails of Mrs. Clinton. By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent.

Such a public clarion call certainly makes one wonder what Mr. Trump privately encouraged his advisers to do — and what they actually did — to win the election. While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware — thanks to the reporting of an open and free press — of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services.

Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.
Who is next? Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence? After all, Coats openly disagreed with the VSG on Russia's meddling. “Warning lights are blinking red.” Yesterday Mr. Coats said that he was not consulted on the revocation of security clearances. Trump did not care. The only thing that matters to Trump is his eggshell-fragile ego. He requires a constant stream of approval to keep his insecurities in check. Criticism makes him increasingly irrational. Trump has no idea of the ramifications of nullifying security clearances. He does not know because he doesn't ask.

The best managers ask the best questions. Asking questions give people credit for their intelligence. When you give people credit for their intelligence they reciprocate, at least in the short term. This makes autocratic management unnecessary, builds trust and creates teamwork. It is a lesson that I learned the hard way.

Unlike President Obama, Trump trusts no one. He has no team and no one really trusts him. The VSG is a paranoid narcissist and that makes him very dangerous (not that Pence would be much better but at least he has some experience).

Trump has intentionally made the White House staff dysfunctional. Everything depends on the VSG. It's all about him. I doubt that Dan Coats is very afraid of Trump. He can always find something else to do. How about others? They have seen a president who is impulsive, irrational, vindictive and self-serving. Are there others who are now afraid to speak out.

We still have kids in cages; Trump's North Korea escapade made is less safe and Russia has been emboldened. Trump is like an emotional ponzi scheme. Each distraction creates more dysfunction requiring an even greater distraction. Trump's security clearance rescission list was created in late July. He waited until he needed a new distraction; this time from Omarosa, another self-absorbed C-list player in Trump-World who had less business being in the White House than Barney (W's beloved dog). She was there, at taxpayers' expense, because she praised Trump. It is like a warm-up to Idi Amin.

We cannot begin to appreciate the mess that Trump is going to leave his successor. Every government agency has been impacted and most have mediocre managers appointed by Trump. I cannot fathom, for example, the hideous creatures that have become of ED, HUD and Justice. DeVos has ceded her agency to for-profit education predators. Carson just rolled back the Obama-era rules that were intended to reduce segregation in housing. Sessions is a bigot who has decimated the Civil Rights Division (only Christians can be victims of discrimination). Sessions will end up working for an anti-LGBT hate group.

Trump's supporters are resistant to evidence. They are like people who subscribe to a conspiracy theory. Once wed to the theory, no matter how preposterous it is, people almost never come to their senses. Trump is still a birther and people believe that there is a deep state obsessed with child molestation. Many people believe that some mass shootings were  hoaxes perpetrated to advance gun control. Pizzagate! I would have to pay more attention to Alex Jones to consider the many conspiracies from which we suffer.

Trying to convince Trumpers is a waste of time and energy. Our only check on Trump is control of Congress. We need to convince everyone we know to get out and vote in November. It is our only hope to restore some measure of sanity and decency to our government until someone more rational and more decent takes over as commander in chief.

Nothing compares to the loss of life from 911. We are forever scarred. We rebuilt. We overreacted for sure and it took someone like President Obama to get us back to our roots as a society. Some of the damage that Trump has done may never be repaired and it will take decades before we are less cynical as a society. We are at a loss for rational and decent leadership and what we have doesn't care. Unchecked, Trump will continue to attack our country until it is unrecognizable.

Our president is supposed to be the leader of the free world. Trump is the leader of a small minority of people lacking judgment and critical thinking skills.

Trump's motto is: “I've got mine — Fuck everyone else!”

It is amazing to me that some people don't see through our reality TV president. They don't. The good news is that there are more of us than them.

At Passover Jews ask: Why is this night different from all other nights? Trump attacks American every single day. Yesterday was not different from all other days since the Orange Creature was sworn in.  He is attacking America where it does the most damage, our ethos along with our dignity and our decency.

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