Sunday, February 19, 2017

Day 30, 01 Year: Trumpland: Stuff to Worry About

Holy Cats! I don't even know how to create a cognizant blog about my thoughts today. So let's try a shot gun approach. It's all a mess today. Or maybe I am. Or both. I've also turned into a news junky since the election. So let me share the agony. 

1. Here's the headline: Trump Supporters Rally In Downtown Atlanta With Semi-Automatic Weapons.

Hey, wait, WHAT?! Yep. I read that right. While followers gathered to hear the great words of their leader yesterday, pro-Trump followers gathered in At"rally in downtown Atlanta armed with semi-automatic weapons." Of course the boys with the guns also provided their own security, carrying guns, of course. Keep an eye on these folks. They call themselves the Three Percenters.

2. Self induced crisis in the White House. Lil' Donald fired his National Security Adviser. The Labor Secretary nominee was forced to drop out due to reports of domestic violence regarding his ex-wife. Lil' Donald had to deal with reports of contact with Russian officials during his campaign. Congressional Republicans began to distance themselves from from the President and investigate his team's ties to Russia.And don't forgot Lil' Donald's disapproval rate topped out at 55% this week (thank you, Meet the Press for this short list today). ARG!

3. The President called the media the enemy. In his speech, Lil' Donald said: They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda. I find that statement chilling. Just what is "your agenda"?

4. At least seven Republican led investigative committees have started to investigate issues related to Russia, Michael Flynn, or the handling of classified information. Repeatedly pressed about these issues in his news conference, Lil' Donald refused to answer if anyone on his team anything to do with Russia. He also claimed he had no deals there, but his son bragged about Russian money. No, he has failed to complete any business deal in Russia. Yes, according to Vox, he has partnered with Russian investors to help with credit problems due to his bankruptcies. Hmm...may that's what led to his bromance with Putin?

5. The President of the US "does not have the moral authority and express the openness for a free press in other countries. A free press is being challengd in Turkey and Russia. With the President of the United States trying to delegitimize the American press does that not undercut his ability to spread freedom and advocate for press freedoms around the world?" (From Meet the Press). Reince Preibus was rather unconvincing in his response. (See my refutation of Lil' Donald's comments to this effect yesterday.)

6. "We don't have problems in the west wing," according to Preibus, and he wonders "what alternative universe they're reporting on". Huh. Talk about alternative realities. Mr  Preibus is full of it. The mess with the travel ban makes the problem clear.

7. John McCain states he's worried about the National Security Counselor because there has never been a political adviser as a permanent member (Steve Bannon-champion of the alt-right and a man who believes a war is coming). The duel role threatens the safety of our nation.

8. What role did Russia play in the 2016 election? And my thought, not spoken in the news, is who are the moles in the White House and Senate/House of Representatives?

9. The President believes the press is the enemy. The press helps preserve our liberties. The first thing dictators do, as McCain reminds us, is shut down the press.

10. Our government is in complete disarray. Of 696 jobs that require Senate confirmation to run our government, 692 remain vacant. The civil service has opted out because Lil' Donald has deeply offended them. The court system is blocking executive orders because they are poorly written illegal documents. And the intelligence community fears giving Lil' Donald information that might lead to war. Foreign officials are watching, and it makes them fear the US (Meet the Press).

11. On Tuesday, Leon Panetta told The New York Times: "I've never been so nervous is my lifetime about what may or may not happen in Washington...I don't know whether this White House is capable of responding in a thoughtful or careful way should a crisis erupt."

12. Speaking of crisis. Lil' Donald's statement yesterday about a terror attack in Sweden was completely false, like KellyAnne's Bowling Green Masacre and Sean Spicer's claim that Atlanta was attack by terror. These conspiracy theories are dangerous, not just because they demonize Muslims, but also because it endangers our foreign relationships. Sweden, by the way, was not amused:
13. Many believe North Korea's Kim Jong Un’s ordered the death of his half brother in Malaysia. They recently tested a ballistic missile. Pyongyang is highly unlikely to moderate his stance on a nuclear weapons program. This is a problem.

14. Can't figure out why someone would salute a cardboard cutout of Lil' Donald every day? The Cult of Trump in Melbourne, FL understands. My partner found an awesome article on Lil' Donald's cult appeal written last August. It's well worth the read. Here's a quote I found interesting:
That reality distortion field is in full force with Trump’s supporters. Despite his bankruptcies and spectacular business failings (Trump Vodka, anyone? No?), the notion that he’s a successful businessman who would bring the same acuity to running the country is one of the pillars of his campaign. And though nearly 80 percent of the things he says are outright lies, he manages to pin the blame on the “dishonest” and “biased” media. Many of his followers, already distrustful of mainstream news outlets, accept whatever rationalization he provides, no matter how outlandish.

I don't know about you, but I'm not sleeping well. Neither are a lot of people. In October 13, 2016, an APA Survey Reveals 2016 Presidential Election Source of Significant Stress for More Than Half of Americans. Since that article came out, the Washington Post had come out with one about concern for where our country is headed:
While Democrats surveyed were overwhelmingly more stressed about the election outcome than Republicans (72 percent to 26 percent), a majority of people from both parties, 59 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats, said they are stressed about the future of the country.
At least I'm not alone.

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