Resist Everything

Dick Cheney was frequently compared to Darth Vader.  If we’re truly looking at the world from a Star Wars lens, he was more like Darth Maul who eventually gave way to Darth Vader. In this case, Darth Vader is Steve Bannon and he has the Death Star primed and ready for attack.   I hate to make these pop-culture comparisons but it is very apt. Donald Trump is an outright fascist and he has the Republican Party wrapped around his finger.

Everyone agrees that Trump is here to upset the world order. His supporters like that about him, Republicans who don’t like him think he will be a rubber stamp president for harmful regressive republican policies until they can get rid of him, Democrats in office mostly want to talk about how bad he is and prepare for getting rid of him.

Donald Trump will be president for all four years, probably eight. Impeachment will fail and he will punish those responsible with Trumpist candidates. We’re already seeing Peter Thiel, Laura Ingraham, and Curt Schilling starting to do that. He has stacked the cabinet with enough of his buddies to avoid a problem with the 25th amendment and any coup attempts will fail.

Donald Trump is a man who should never have gotten close to the Presidency. Trump’s continuous knocks on the world order should have been a sign. Trump’s continuous praise of Putin and other dictators over the decades should have been a sign. His statements trying to discredit the media should have been a warning sign.

Several passages from this article written 25 years ago should have disqualified the man, or at least shown people the light on what he was like.

Passage 1: They were posed in imperial style, as if they were a king and queen. They were at the height of their ride, and it was plenty glorious. Trump was seen on the news shows offering his services to negotiate with the Russians. There was talk that he might make a run for president.

Passage 2: Ivana had learned to look through Donald with glazed eyes when he said to close friends, as he had in the early years of their marriage, “I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?”

Passage 3: Trump is often belligerent, as if to pep things up. On the telephone with me, he attacked a local writer as “a disgrace” and savaged a financier’s wife I knew as “a giant, a three in the looks department.” After the Resorts International deal, at a New Year’s Eve party at the Aspen home of Barbara Walters and Merv Adelson, Trump was asked to make a wish for the coming year. “I wish I had another Merv Griffin to bat around,” he said.

Passage 4: Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, “Heil Hitler,” possibly as a family joke. Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.

TRUMP AND THE WORLD ORDER

When I wrote about all the links between Trump and Russia and  read Scott Dworkins report on the Democratic Coalition, it should have been obvious.  When Trump talked about how he might defund the United Nations and called NATO obsolete, it should have been obvious to everybody. When he predicted the downfall of the European Union and called it “basically a vehicle for Germany,” this should have triggered all the warning bells.

The European Union has its problems, but in our globalized society the only way for them to compete with “giants” like Russia, China, and The US is to have this Union. Without it, you just have a bunch of arrogant Western European countries feuding over power, and a bunch of Eastern European ones terrified by Russia’s encroachment. Our allies are running scared. Every single country in Eastern Europe seems to be expecting a Russian invasion any day now. Who is going to stop them? US? A broken EU? China?

There is ZERO point in saying all of this if his goal is “America First” and “Make America Great Again.” He weakening us worldwide by alienating all of our major allies. A Powerful EU,NATO, and UN keep us strong.

Trump has called to Defund the United Nations. He gave an interview in Germany in which he calls NATO Obsolete, predicts that the EU will fall, and says he doesn’t care one way or another.  These are our greatest allies. Without the EU and NATO, Eastern Europe will fall under an expansionist Putin who has already managed to influence our election, get Pro-Putin leadership elected in Moldova and Bulgaria, partner with Iran and Turkey to split Syria up, dredge up issues between Serbia and Kosovo, and terrify Poland, Finland, and the Baltic states. If we choose to lower sanctions on Russia, which Trump is open to, his Secretary of State Rex Tillersons friends will profit tremendously. He has  been openly antagonistic towards China, which could help Russia.

He is an Authoritarian. He is an ethics nightmare. He has multiple conflicts of interest. He has a history of sexual harassment.  He is waging an all-out strongman war on the media

Donald Trump has sold out this country. He has willingly surrendered the sovereignty of the United States of America to our greatest geopolitical foe and a large portion of his supporters are defending it. Donald Trump has betrayed this country. He is not my president. He never will be.

TRUMP AND THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY

Yet, since election day, I have been met with many many people who say “Give him a chance! He’s not even president yet.”  Well, he has now been inaugurated.  Donald Trump is the greatest danger the United States of America ever faced. He is the last battle of a failed confederacy trying to get its groove back. He represents an indignant Soviet Union trying for its all decades earlier. He is the Death Star from Star Wars, damaging everything he touches as Darth Bannon points him in certain directions.

He barely won 42% of the vote in the primaries. He lost the General Election by 3 million votes which he tries to dismiss all the time. If 70,000 people voted differently in the Rust Belt, Clinton would be president.Our new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has hinted at ongoing investigations into Clinton. The Clinton Foundation will be shutting down in April.
Michael Flynn is his National Security Advisor. He’s a former Obama administration intelligence head who got fired for being a bad leader. He immediately started taking money from Russia after. Media Magnate Alt-Right accused anti-Semite and wife beater Steve Bannon is his Chief Strategist and is now on his National Security Council. He has also appointed his son in law as a Chief Advisor. His Chief Policy advisor is Stephen Miller, an anti-immigration firebrand with Alt-right connections. He has also appointed a man incriminated in BridgeGate, Fox News analyst KT Macfarland, failed Apprentice star Omorosa, and Pam Bondi who he paid off to drop the case into Trump University as advisors.  He appointed his long time lawyer as an advisor for international Negotiation, a new position that appears to take power away from the Secretary of State. He also created an economic council to oversee Trade Policy, which puts more power in the office of the Presidency. He is filling the White House with Breitbart reporters.

His Cabinet says a lot about him too.  Jeff Sessions (Attorney General) is a viciously anti Drug, anti-Immigration man with a history of poor relations with minorities and a “tough on crime” stance.  His Secretary of Education is a privatization hawk religious culture warrior . His Secretary of Labor is an accused domestic abused who doesn’t believe in worker rights. His Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson is the type of pick you choose if you want to shut down a department due to incompetence. Rick Perry is his Energy Secretary who also campaigned for president on getting rid of the Department of Energy. His Secretary of the Treasury is a Goldman Sachs Alumni. His inner circle now consists of six people within Goldman Sachs world and multiple more investment bankers. His Secretary of State is a Russia connected Oil Executive. His EPA Administrator is a climate science denier who hates the EPA.  He has aggressive plans to privatize the government which is made obvious but his entire cabinets history.

He is completely ignoring all Conflict of interest laws, as his team pressures foreign dignitaries to stay in his hotel and his family keeps showing up at meetings with foreign leaders.  He claims he is exempt from these laws due to being president. The FEC sent him a 250 page letter detailing campaign finance violations. He is still going to earn a salary as Executive Producer of the Apprentice.

He is targeting Climate Change funding at the UN and at the State/Energy departments and has scientists so terrified of his attacks that they’re copying all of the data. He is going to start an attack on vaccines, as he is creating a Commission on Vaccine Safety and heading it with an Anti-Vaccine crazy. He has stated his desire to make Flag burning illegal as well. They’re looking at taking more land away from Native Americans.   Dodd-Frank, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Sarbanes Oxley are probably on their way out. He has appointed a Scalia clone to the Supreme Court and is trying to encourage the Senate to go nuclear and end the filibuster if they’re challenged.

He has started taking his revenge on political enemies, going out of his way to make sure the head of the Ohio GOP was replaced with a Trump supporter. He has launched an intense attack on the US Intelligence community, all the while praising Russia. He has ignored it while Russia ramped up their attack on the Ukraine. He told all the Ambassadors to leave before he is inaugurated as well as the heads of nuclear safety and the Commander of the DC National guard. He purged the State Department, fired the head of the Border Patrol, and refers to dissent as betrayal. During the Michigan Recount, he sent a team of vicious lawyers to attack poll workers trying to do their jobs. He made it seem like he was going to choose Romney as Secretary of State specifically in order to torture him.

Meanwhile in Congress, they are plotting to get rid of Obamacare and phase out Medicare. They attempted to get rid of the Office of Congressional Ethics, but angry people flooded their offices and stopped it. Criminal Justice Reform is likely to be dead. They’re trying to defund the United Nations. They want to ban abortion in all forms and protect businesses who want to discriminate against gays. Some states are already making attacks on Medicaid, Unions, and College funding. They also instituted the Holman Rules, reinstituted fines for people trying to record the Chamber, passed a law to prevent anything Obama did from taking effect, are talking about packing district courts to make the results more favorable to them, defund planned Parenthood, and are attacking the ethics office for daring to call Trump out for anything.They’re pushing a national right to work.

62 million of you did this to us because you were bitter about a corrupt politician mishandling emails.  You voted for an obviously authoritarian politician who is going to respond inappropriately to every single criticism levied against him by anyone who means anything.  We are abandoning our allies in Europe to ally with Russia. We have a cabinet of billionaires and yes-men. You did this to us. You are responsible for this.

Look at all his ties with Russia. There are just too many to be coincidences.  Within his cabinet, Rex Tillerson and Wilbur Ross have incredibly close ties to the Oligarchs. Everybody agrees that Russia was behind the DNC Hack, and many of his advisors including Carter Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Birus Epshteyn and others have close ties to Russia. Russia engaging in cyber-warfare certainly seems like a regular thing that they like to do.Remember when his campaign gutted anti-Russian rhetoric from the official party Platform? Or when he undermined our operations in Syria?

There is also the matter of Trumps Russian Business Interests which Trump claims don’t exist. He was accused in a lawsuit of having Trump Soho supported by Russian criminal enterprises. There was a 50 million dollar investment by people close to Putin. He once met with all of the Russian Oligarchs and its been reported that Trump Jr. had stated that a disproportionate amount of clients were Russian.  Here’s a Wall Street Journal about his Mob Ties.  Yet another. Another. Another. Here’s a playboy interview from 1990 that had Trump complimenting China’s response to the Tiananmen square incident and calling the Russians smarter than us.

I would ask this of Trump if I met him; Why did you spend so much money on an ad bashing Ad Bashing US Foreign Policy shortly after visiting Russia in 1987, when the rumored Kompromat was taken? Or when you were NATO bashing in 1990.

TRUMP AND THE MEDIA

Like the Russia story, a lot of these articles I keep coming across might not seem like a big deal.  Together, they weave together a terrifying narrative that threatens the very fabric of the our country.  Donald Trump is that threat.

The RNC Christmas message said; ““Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.” This should say all we need to know about what is coming

Jared Kushner bought the reputable New York Observer and twisted it into a right wing tabloid. Doing this made it incredibly profitable because he chose to.  His brother in law is the new CEO, keeping the Observer close to the White House. Kushner is now a White House advisor. He also cut a deal with Sinclair Broadcasting, a corporation that owns over a hundred television stations, to secure better coverage of Trump.  Kushner apparently tried to get Jeff Zucker, President of CNN to tone down what they considered unflattering rhetoric and give more friendly coverage to Trump but they refused. Trump then went on an anti-CNN rampage that has lasted for over a year. Sinclair Broadcasting Group is a well-known right wing company that pushed anti Kerry and anti-Obama ads, while also parroting talking points from conservative think tanks.

In an interview with WFOR, CBS’ Miami affiliate, Trump was asked if he believes the First Amendment provides “too much protection.” Trump answered in the affirmative, saying he’d like to change the laws to make it easier to sue media companies. Trump lamented that, under current law, “our press is allowed to say whatever they want.” He recommended moving to a system like in England where someone who sues a media company has “a good chance of winning.”

In an interview with Fox News in February of last year, the day after he said this, he stated the following

I love free press. I think it’s great,” he said Saturday on Fox News Channel, before quickly adding, “We ought to open up the libel laws, and I’m going to do that.”

The changes envisioned by the celebrity businessman turned Republican front-runner would mean that “when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” he said at a rally Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Trump added that, should he win the election, news organizations that have criticized him will “have problems.” He specifically cited The New York Times and The Washington Post.

On January 10th, CNN published a story about the Russian dossier about Trump being compromised that may or may not be true, Trump denied it, as usual and then viciously attacked CNN at his press conference calling them fake news. This is not what you do if you have any respect for a healthy media in the country. This may be reaching but Trump met with AT&T executives today. No explanation was given but it is known that AT&T is trying to buy Time Warner, Time Warner owns CNN, and Trump spent his campaign saying that shouldn’t be approved. What if Trump was promising to get it approved for more favorable coverage?
Once Trump gets inaugurated, it is going to get bad. We need to stand up and fight for journalistic integrity and call for the rest of the media to hold Trump to account. He is going to make moves as quickly as possible and I am hoping we have enough anti-Trump conservative allies to make the anti-Trump resistance movement success.

Now, Newt Gingrich is calling on Trump to use the fight with CNN to his advantage;

‘Gingrich went on to explain his theory of the press under the Trump administration. “You don’t have to think of The New York Times or CNN or any of these people as news organizations,” he explained. “They’re mostly propaganda organizations. And they’re going to be after Trump every single day of his presidency.”

“And he needs to understand that that’s the case, and so does Sean Spicer in speaking for him. And they simply need to go out there and understand they have it in their power to set the terms of this dialogue.” He added, “They can close down the elite press.”

Newt also called for a new Commission on Unamerican Activities, and suggested Trump could suspend Civil Liberties if he wanted to.Trump is getting praise from Erdogan who recently had hundreds of journalists jailed for opposing him.

The past few weeks have been filled with outright aggression towards the media, lies about what they’re doing and misteps as they ignored laws to ban green card holders from entering the country.

Donald Trump is a danger to this country and he must be resisted at all costs. Everyone must ally and work together to defeat his radical fascist agenda, to force the fascist advisors out, and to hold congress accountable for their actions.

If we don’t, he will win and America will die.
 

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