“Let there be chaos.” As said in one of my favorite movies, Lord of the Rings, “And so it begins.”
From the womens’ march on Trump, to his insistence on signing a dozen executive orders a day and holding them up in the air like he’s showing off an Olympic medal, to firings and absurd tweets, the Donald has started his tenure with a thunderous bang. And it hasn’t even been two weeks.
It has been said that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Republicans have unqualified power in Washington DC and the ringleader seems to be out of control.
Where does one even begin when it comes to politics in America? Let’s start with Trump’s ridiculous claim in a private Jan. 23rd meeting with congressional leaders that between three and five million undocumented immigrants illegally voted in November’s election. Really Donald?
So it is OK for the President of the U.S. to say whatever foolishness he wants without evidence? Trumps exaggerations and lies are unethical and really unparalleled in American politics
And of course there is more – how about the baloney coming out of the White House after the inauguration? The President and his minions claim that the crowd on the Mall for his inauguration was bigger than President Obama’s crowd.
If we could simply ignore photographic evidence, police accounts and transportation authority numbers, then Trump’s accusations might make a little bit of sense. But no, he and his flunkies are wrong and they know that they are wrong. This is a new world where facts don’t mean anything.
Trump’s team has coined the ludicrous term of “alternate facts” or another word for lie. That’s an interesting term, but Trumps alternate facts are simply lies or falsehood or dishonesties or fabrications or even deceits or let me just keep it real – it’s crap – straight misrepresentations of the truth.
And the fun doesn’t stop with the falsehoods. Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates this week for “refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” said the White House.
Maybe the Donald could learn from General Douglas MacArthur who said,
“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”
So why wouldn’t an acting AG not enforce a presidential executive order? Well, probably because many lawyers and constitutional scholars agree that by banning or limiting entry in to the U.S. based on religion is unconstitutional. Forget the constitution for a moment – it’s just not right and to hide behind this notion of “protecting the American people” is nonsense.
It is amazing how we forget the history of our great nation. “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists,” said President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
And there is more.
Last week, the entire senior level of management resigned from the State Department. This was a part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior Foreign Service officers who don’t want to stick around and work for the Donald. And by the way, these are officials that served under Republicans and Democrats.
I have been writing for over a year about Bizarro World. It’s real and it’s here in America. For those who aren’t DC Comic or Superman fans, Bizarro World is a fantasy world where everything is opposite the way it should be. Superman is Bizarro and is actually a bad guy. You get the point.
Donald Trump is like that lying always exaggerating uncle that constantly has some tall tale that no one believes.
At the family reunion he says that he’s been traveling the globe, but everyone knows that he’s been in jail for three months. He just doesn’t know that everyone knows. But because he is family and some like him and some do not, everyone tolerates him. He is not a liar; he just presents alternate facts.
At some point my “Don’t blame me I voted for Hilary” article will come out, but in the meantime I am going to hold on for the ride. Man, Barack Obama is looking better and better every day of the Trump administration.
Signing off from a Florida ACLU office,