Has America Put A Con Artist In The White House?
Yesterday, two things happened that I thought were interconnected. And yes they have to do with the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump.
And yes, I made a promise to back off and curb my enthusiastic opposition to his presidency, and I will. But like I said a couple of things happened and I just couldn’t resist.
The Pitbull Growls
The first thing that happened was that I saw this update by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Party’s resident pitbull and MVP, where she pointed out that Trump has been inviting lobbyists from various groups and corporations into his inner circle of advisors, with an eye to appointing some of them to cabinet posts.
(I would post this vid, but it hasn't been uploaded to YouTube yet)
This behavior runs completely counter to the adamant “trust me folks” pronouncements he made all through the campaign, to clean up the pork barrel of bought-and-paid-for-politicians in Washington.
What he appears to be doing is creating his own private trough at which to feed, because wherever there are lobbyists, there are kickbacks. And if there are lobbyists in Trump Tower, you can only imagine how huge those kickbacks would be.
This is shaping up to be similar to the way Russian President, Vladimir Putin does business. He hands out government contracts to companies who will guarantee him an under-the-table kickback of anywhere between 7 and10% of the company’s revenues. It's estimated that this has made him weel in excess of $40 billion, tucked safely away in a Swiss bank.
So the fix already appears to be in, just a week into this transition phase.
Trump argues that he’s bringing these people because they know how the system works. But that, again (glorioski!) runs completely counter to his vehement campaign claim that “nobody knows the system better than me”.
What this very much looks like to Senator Warren and probably to a lot of people who are not Trump Koolaid drinkers, is a con. Pure and simple.
And it’s a con arrogantly being played out right in plain sight.
Trump Heart Trump
My opinion has always been that a narcissist’s only obsession is with himself. When you mate that with Trump’s fanatical desire to win at any cost, which he has proven to us all, you end up with someone whose only interest in America is how much money he can make off it.
I’m not saying this is true. But, to quote Bill Maher, “It sure as hell looks like it.”
The Second Thing
Yesterday I had a sauna and was leafing through my newly discovered stack of lyrics when I came across this. (below) It has no date on it, but I assume that I wrote it sometime in the late 1970s.
When I read it over, I realized that this metaphor could just as easily apply to Trump as it could to (pick a despot) anywhere in the world at any time.
It also goes to show you that my interest is justice has been pretty much a lifelong thing.
Guess you could call me a dove in hawk’s clothing. It’s a dirty job but there are a lot of us out there doing it. And the more the merrier
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