Continuing my series of silent protests against the murder of America I was undecided about my title – continuing in the style of previous posts or more the thought on my mind: broken promises. During the campaign Dear Leader often was able to contradict himself between the beginning and end of a sentence in the word jumble that flowed like vomit out of his mouth. He was slightly more consistent in “policies” (hard to apply that word to him) but even those he frequently flip-flopped, even denying what he’d said that was recorded (I loved the SNL joke about the rigged press being rigged because it played videos of what Donnie himself had said).
So with no real policies (just pure ego and narcissism and revenge) it’s not surprising that Donnie would continue to contradict himself. He had even downgraded ‘wall’ to ‘fence’ earlier, which is amusing since he attacked others in Repug debates that absolutely he was talking about a wall not a fence. Of course no one, except his most stupid supporters, actually believed Mexico would pay for the fence (even if they got to build it). So the cry of “Build the Wall” is being forgotten almost as quickly as it arose. It is hardly even on the map of all the stuff Donnie wants to do, but especially Congress wants to do (it even slightly contradicts their Ayn Randian wet dreams anyway and probably not much graft they can extract from it).
And the “Lock Her Up” chants seem like they’ll go unanswered too as Donnie seems to have flip-flopped on that. After all Hillary has disappeared into the twilight and most likely Donnie has some business dealings with the Clintons anyway and he wanted this office primarily to enrich himself (courtesy of Bush Senior it appeared conflict-of-interest may not apply, very much, to presidents, so Ivanka can follow Donnie around taking the actual bribes), Strangely I find myself agreeing (a bit) with Ann Coulter (a shock to me) except that her context is entirely different. She actually complained that the president shouldn’t decide who is prosecuted or not, instead it should be left to relevant parts of the government to decide (where I disagree is naturally Ann thinks Sessions and Comfy will still go after Hillary). But what do rednecks in Ohio or Michigan really care whether Hillary is locked up in Club Feb they might have to pay for (not to mention the huge cost of investigation and trial).
In many ways Donnie scares me (and will screw his base) more by the fact he has little policy or actual interest in government and thus will leave the crazy Repugs in Congress to do the dirty work. So I found it interesting that in their rush of deciding which policy to repeal first they had zeroed in on Obama’s expansion of overtime regulations. Killing those (and later minimum wage) would be a real gift, mostly likely often to themselves. One claim of the rigged press was that 20 million Trumpkins would be impacted (so much for “winning”, at least when it comes to money in their pocket). But Donnie was saved by a judge (just as he reversed another promise and settled his TrumpU lawsuit which he said he’d never do). Instead of the president killing overtime a judge did it and it’s unlikely the Department of Justice (or Labor?) can refile the lawsuit before the Trump purge of those agencies begins. So bye-bye better wages you sucker. You didn’t get your wall or Hillary in jail, but money out of your pocket hurts you where it counts.
Now not for a second do I believe Donnie’s most recent notion he’ll reconsider climate change and/or torture. This is just window dressing. What he’s probably learned is that the Paris agreements don’t mean much anyway, so why bother creating a ruckus when you can just ignore them anyway. It’s probably just part of his PR campaign to get out of the broken promises to coal miners. Donnie couldn’t do anything about the decline of coal even if he wanted to (which he doesn’t) so it’s nice to have a scapegoat when coal jobs decline. But he (or Congress) will abolish safety regulations so more coal miners will die but with fewer jobs and less pay. As to torture Donnie didn’t so much renounce it as to simply recognize what the intelligence community has long known (and proven empirically) that it doesn’t work. To stop the torture the bad guy will say anything and we waste tons of resources chasing down lies (KSM was particularly good sending us off on wild goose chases). But one promise I don’t recall him making he will do and that is to vastly expand Gitmo and put all sorts of people there on even the most vague suspicion (that is, unless they spend their sheikhs money at his hotels). But these are both much too complex issues for Donnie’s base to understand and in the fact-free world they live in they’ll probably believe he did it anyway.
So now Donnie thinks he’ll be able to take credit for Apple making iPhones in U.S. (unlikely, but again truth doesn’t matter with him). Oh joy, Apple sets up its sweatshop somewhere in West Virginia or Kentucky and then those kids can commit suicide like many in China. Of course killing TPP just means China is now free to pursue economic coalitions in the Pacific that previously were going nowhere. Killing TPP does nothing for U.S. jobs (probably a net loss) and lets his nemesis China have a free hand in the Pacific. The small countries there need some partner in the bilateral competition between us and China, so if not us, then China is next best thing. All Trump wanted from his meeting with Japanese is to get introductions for Ivanka to go make some deals. Meanwhile since Donnie believes tech companies should freely assist in political spying, Facebook now has the justification to build their censorship mechanisms so they can enter the Chinese market. Funny, Donnie, how things are more complicated than you can imagine and how they are lots of other greedy entities in the world quickly figuring out how they can get more goodies by adapting to the changed reality.
One article listed 15 different flip-flops already in 14 days, but most of those are also off the radar of the Trumpkins. They’re still waiting for those factories to reopen and good pay to result, especially after kicking all the people of color back into slums or onto registries. In just two weeks Donnie has reversed much of what he claimed – imagine what he’ll do once he really is president.
So since lying and fake promises are integral to this two-year-old who is now going to be president what is he going to do? Well, that’s also emerging. He’s going to loot every power of the presidency to increase his own personal fortune. His purge of Chris Christie (and the so-as-possible pardon of his son-in-law’s father who Christie put in jail) shows he’ll continue to reward friends and punish enemies. Even Romney, once he learned proper genuflection and kissing of Dear Leader’s ring demonstrates how Donnie only holds grudges against those who haven’t mastered or won’t do ass-kissing. Clearly, as his gaudy and ugly homes and clubs demonstrate, Donnie is just an old-fashioned (and crass) potentate with full imperial notions. But his real crime will be encouraging and allowing Congress to do even more looting than Donnie could even do. They’re licking their chops. Under Dumbya the Repug Congress instantly dropped any fiscal austerity and hostility to budget deficits and just starting shoving their hands in the cookie jar and stuffing their mouths with the spoils. The only dilemma Congress has is which piece of graft they’ll do first – who to screw, who to steal from, how to enrich themselves most quickly. The ideologues (Randian wet dreamers) will have trouble keeping the rest of the greedy Repugs (and probably a few Dems who will sell out too) focused on anything except personal enrichment. Is killing Obamacare (and Medicare as well through “modernizing” (i.e. cutting), or even now with Social Security in their sights) going to line their pockets or cost them – that is the only restraint we’ll see. The social “safety net” mostly means transferring money from taxpayers to special interests (i.e. medical industry, the expanding eldercare infrastructure) and a lot of Repugs get their pockets lined from that.
I expect the one-a-day flip-flops to diminish but mostly it’s all just going to blend into the background. As much as people are saying we won’t “normalize” Donnie that is exactly what we’re doing. Even the New York Times gave in, rather than be locked out entirely, they surrendered any hint of freedom of the press. One by one the dominoes are falling into place and soon all this will be the new normal. Melanie won’t even live in the White House (undoubtedly it’s too shabby and preservation societies will prevent coating everything with gold gilt) and soon Donnie will be bored and off buzzing around and doing openings in his rapidly expanding hotel, casino and golfing empire. We’ll have a part-time president and a full-time grifter living Congress to do the real thefts from the American people. And what will all the Trumpkins do, especially since they can’t read? What will Rush and Laura and O’Reilly tell them to do? (Depends on what share of the goodies they get). Soon Trump will be denounced as liberal and the red meat crowd really will be looking for Hitler since Hitler-light wasn’t good enough.