I’ve been a #Trump alarmist from the start, but what do I know…
Admittedly, I know not much about many things; but still, even with my unsophisticated eye I have been able to see the authoritarian writing on the proverbial [Mexican] wall long before Trump’s construction on it [deconstruction of it] will begin [had begun].
But who cares what a no name know nothing like me whines on and on and on and on and on about anyway?
Heck, I can barely hold my own attention so I have no expectation whatsoever of holding let alone swaying yours.
But you should be getting a little concerned when smart folks who do know a lot about a not-so-little thing called United States insider politics begin to worry about Trump’s authoritarian bent beginning to line up well with his well established bent toward authoritarian leaders.
For instance, David Frum, George Dubya Bush’s speechwriter, has also been a Trump alarmist from way back. If you haven’t yet, you really should read his latest piece in The Atlantic. It’s a long read with many complex and interwoven ideas, as well an occasional troubling compound and/or multisyllabic word; fortunately, for those of us who can only manage reads in nothing longer than a #Trump-sized tweet, there is an audio file accompanying it for us to listen to, and to which a link is provided for you right below the Orwellian photo that comes to us courtesy of the said article…
And then there are the serious concerns of Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative who knows a thing or two about authoritarianism from working undercover in authoritarian states on behalf of our American ideals, regarding the authoritarian tactics of Trump and his stooge (or is it the other way around?) propaganda-meister Steve Bannon.
Speaking of Bannon, have you seen the opinion piece by retired Admiral Mike Mullin, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, regarding the politicizing and weakening of our national security from Trump’s blatant authoritarian move of removing the CJCS and the Director of National Intelligence as fulltime members of his Principals Committee and adding said stooge Bannon as a fulltime member?
[NOTE: Several of Trump’s key advisors, such as Chief of Staff Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus, have tried to say that the JCS and the DNI have not been removed as fulltime PC members, but here is a link to the actual Executive Order and the following is an excerpt from it that specifically states that they are now included only on an as needed basis:
The PC shall have as its regular attendees the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, the Assistant to the President and Chief Strategist, the National Security Advisor, and the Homeland Security Advisor. The Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shall attend where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed…]
I mean, even John Yoo, the Justice Department lawyer during the Dubya Administration who authored the infamous TORTURE MEMOS believes that Trump has gone too far, and explicitly says so in his own opinion piece entitled “Executive Powers Run Amok.”
There’s a lot more evidence out there. To find it, just listen to Trump’s fake news blather du jour regarding whatever the negative news story du jour is being written about him.
So color dumb me an alarmist, just make it the same color as all the other not-so-dumb ones please.