has been talk of impeachment of Donald Trump for nearly as long as he
has occupied the Oval Office, for unending offenses against the
people, the government, and the planet, and the latest reckless
threat he has made is that he'll shut down the government if he
doesn't get his southern border wall.
Trump, shutting down the government is just as easy as winning a
trade war and we know how well his “trade wars” have been
going. He hasn't won one, yet, but he keeps trying to spin the
outcomes as a win for him and a defeat for the rest of the world.
The North American Free Trade Agreement remake, for example, when
analyzed, shows it to be a bit of tweaking here and there, but it's
pretty much the same old NAFTA and still lacks protections for the
workers on all sides, for the environment (including healthy food),
and for health and safety for all concerned.
said he would be “proud” to shut down the government if
he doesn't get his border wall, never giving a thought to the
approximately 600,000 federal workers who might be left for an
undetermined period without a paycheck. He doesn't care about that
because he doesn't care about federal workers or their families or
the agencies of government that he has attempted from his first day
in office to throttle or eliminate. Examples are the Environmental
Protection Agency and Department of the Interior and any number of
agencies that protect the quality of air, water, and food. It just
doesn't matter to him.
he has never had to go without his diet soda and Big Mac or anything
else for that matter, he just doesn't care about the reality for the
families left without a paycheck. He is the only candidate in the
2016 Republican primary elections who said that American workers are
paid too much and, therefore, they are not competitive in the global
economy. No one at the time asked him what level of hourly pay would
be “competitive” in a global economy and he wasn't
forthcoming. Even though his base contains a large percentage of
wage working men and women, his disdain for them and their financial
problems doesn't stop them from supporting him in anything he does or
fails to do.
comment about America's “high wages” shows him to be just
another run-of-the-mill Republican politician whose instinct is to
protect the power of the rich and that of Corporate America. He's
doing a great job at that, especially in the wake of his tax cut
scam, most of which accrued to the two power sources just names.
He's included, of course, in both of those groups and is a direct
beneficiary of his actions as president. There are many other
personal financial benefits to his being president. The money being
paid at his establishments (hotels, clubs, and golf courses) by
foreign governments and their lobbyists and well-heeled citizens is
exactly what the nation's founders were talking about when they
included the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution (Article
I, Section 9, Paragraph 8) that generally prohibits federal
officeholders from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of
value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or
president never gave up his effective control of his businesses, his
corporations, his properties, or his accumulated wealth by turning
over their operation to his sons, with whom, he wants us to believe,
he never discusses any of his
private affairs. His hush payments to a porn star during the
presidential primaries also was a private transaction, not a breach
of election or any other law, he wants us to believe. In other
times, presidents and holders of lesser official positions have been,
in effect, run out of town for such behavior.
behavior in 2016 and since, however, seems to have become acceptable
to his evangelical base, who claim to believe in the literal reading
of sacred scripture, which seems to forbid having “congress”
with porn stars. The convolutions of evangelical leaders and
preachers who are wedded to Trump and defend him without limit should
have their congregations laughing them out of their pulpits, but
Trump persists and they continue to honor and fawn over him. He
requires that and will appear to do their bidding, even though they
simply provide cover for some of his more egregious acts. Also, they
vote...and they vote for him.
the snake oil salesmen of the nation's horse-and-wagon era came into
a new community (usually for a very short stay), they could salt the
crowds with some of their own paid shills, who would start off the
purchase of the bottled elixir, even though they didn't know what was
in the bottle. Soon, the supply of the all-purpose curative was
exhausted and the snake oil salesman was off to the next community.
Trump has tapped into the psychological knowledge of the manipulation
of a population and has been a success. Reality television, from
whence he came, taught him much about manipulating audiences.
Reality TV is about the lowest form of entertainment (cheapest, too)
and Trump has shown himself to be the lowest form of presidential
material. In his view, however, he is a success in that he is making
money and controls much of the power of the most powerful nation the
world has seen.
every cut in government programs that provide for the most vulnerable
among us, Trump and his Republicans will continue to move the wealth
of the nation upward, toward the top 10 percent. Already, the
disparity in wealth between the top 10 percent and the bottom 90
percent is alarming even those at the top of the income scale. What
do they fear? The same thing the snake oil salesmen of old feared:
The people might find out that the bottles contained little or
nothing of value and would begin to tear apart the wagon, set the
horse free, and ride the salesman out of town on a rail.
Trump's contempt for working people hasn't reached the
tar-and-feather stage yet, his time may be coming, as the Mueller
investigation of Trump and his campaign seems to be drawing to a
conclusion or conclusions and it doesn't look good for salesman
Trump. The president has said that he has done nothing wrong,
nothing that would bring impeachment, he is arguably the greatest
liar that any nation on earth has ever seen as head of state. Just
about nothing he says can be taken at face value, so the world has to
wait to see how his irrationality plays out. That's no way to run a
snake oil wagon.
he is obsessed with his wall, which would cost tens of billions of
dollars and not keep people out. For Trump, the wall seems to be a
mythical IUD, designed to keep out all of those people who come here
for asylum and to work (and, they will reproduce themselves, one of
his great fears). His racism knows no bounds and his useless wall
would be a monument to himself: Ugly, forbidding, destructive of the
environment, and costing untold amounts of money that could provide
schools, hospitals, clinics, and programs for the people. Wage
workers deserve much better than Trump and his cult followers.