Date March 17, 2018
I learned a new word the other night “KAKISTOCRACY”.
KAKISTOCRACY means a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, most unscrupulous citizens. Wikipedia said that word was coined as early as the 17th Century. “It was also used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1929.”
What concerns me is that we should be using it to great purpose to describe the current administration. I have been using the term “fascist” frequently which describes the political bent of this administration. Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce. Fascists believe that a liberal democracy is obsolete and believe the one-party state is necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to have the ability to respond effectively to economic difficulties. Fascism rejects the assertion that violence is automatically negative in nature and views political violence as a means that can rejuvenate a nation. A common definition focuses on three concepts: anti-liberalism, anti-communism, and anti-conservatism.
I think we can use Kakistocracy to describe the functioning of the fascist government. What do you think?
I think that the term can be used to describe the current administration since every day elicits another example of its failures: lack of coherent policy, encumbrances to wealthy political donors and the seeking personal aggrandizement. This is every day, not just an occasional occurrence. From the TV reality series of Trump’s mistress (s) to the abysmal grasp of her job by the Education Secretary Betsy de Vos.
What is devastating is that the Republican Congress has abdicated completely its moral responsibility let alone its constitutional responsibility to put an end to the crimes and misdemeanors of this administration.
Just after the election of Trump I wrote a blog about the Republican Party and how it was abandoning its principles, its morals, its responsibilities. I will revisit it in the near future now that we have a good sense of what the next years will be like.
Years? I think at least two and one half at least. I do not believe that Trump will be impeached. Indeed I believe that Trump’s next moves will be to fire Sessions and Rothenstein and replace them with people who will end the Mueller Investigations.
The House Intelligence Committee just pronounced that Trump is innocent of any collusion and whitewashed him completely. I do not believe that the full House has the guts to even start impeachment proceedings. I do not believe that the Senate will do anything other than follow suit – duck and cover is the rule now. I do not know how any of the evidence that Mueller has compiled will be able to be used.
Which is unfortunate. Given that one of Trump’s least favorite presidents suffered impeachment. Wouldn’t it be justice well served if Trump met the same fate as that of Bill Clinton? I think that would be the height of irony.
Trump indeed has remade the Republican Party in his image. From the largest tax heist in history as a gift to the wealthy to the new tax cut proposal that he is currently framing, Republicans cannot say no to a tax cut in whatever form. They have proved that with Reagan, with George W. Bush, and with Trump. The real problem is that so many special elections have been won by Democrats against the Republicans, the party has been put on notice of things to come. Their solution? Grab all that they can now before the elections. I believe that this is one of the reasons Trump is looking at another tax cut. If he keeps them in line with another tax cut he thinks he is home free until 2020. When all this nonsense of impeachment will have blown over, just like all of his other moral failings. The gun control he was going to implement, the Dreamers that he was going to save, and on and on.
So many current Republican Congresspeople are leaving the government the people that will be put up to run for office as Republicans will be those in Trump’s image. They won’t be moderate and willing to work across the aisle. They won’t be ethical because they know they won’t have to be. They just have to follow what the current incumbents are doing.
Sigh! This administration will go down as the most corrupt, most incompetent that has ever been elected. If women and the young and the progressives are not able to catch the imagination of the voters, we will have this government for another 6+ years!
As I mentioned in a previous blog the Democratic Party has an enormous hill to climb to unseat the current, unethical Republican House of Representatives. A net of 24 seats must change hands against monumental odds. But I digress. I really want to focus on how and why the Republican Party that I knew and grew up with doesn’t exist anymore and never will again. While the full discussion will have to wait for a future post I believe that we are seeing the full collapse of the old ‘Grand Old Party’. The fire has been kindled and the flames licking up the sides of the tent. We have only to wait for the conflagration to explode.
Governance to get Worse
As of today, March 18, 2018, we know that governance by this White House is only going to get worse.
How do we know that?
We are seeing that given the opportunity Trump will sink to new, lower depths rather than rising to the occasion and play the game above his head.
When threatened he draws into himself and cuddles up with favorite people he sees on television specifically Fox News. In this case, he wants to surround himself with sycophants 24 hours a day so he is bringing Fox News into the White House. Party up! In addition to the firm offers of employment that he has extended he is rumored to be extending the job of Director of the Veterans Administration to Pete Hegseth. Hegseth is a Fox and Friends weekend anchor.
Gary Cohen Trump’s first Economic Advisor has left and is being replaced by Larry Kudlow. Among this cable guy’s claims to fame is his famous line in December 2007: “There’s no recession coming. The pessimists were wrong. It’s not going to happen. At a bare minimum, we are looking at Goldilocks 2.0″. Of course, the Great Recession was fully underway by the end of that month. In February 2008 he claimed that the economy was going to rebound by that summer,”if not sooner”. He stated flatly in July 2008, “the housing market is as healthy as a horse” and it was “a pity that the mainstream media was just searching for more and more pessimism” to sell newspapers. He is also known for getting the Clinton tax hikes and the Bush tax cuts all wrong.
His best and the most stupid claim made in December 2016 was that Trump’s cabinet, the wealthiest in history, “Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption.” How’s that working out?
>Jared Kushner encourage a blockade of Qatar just weeks after that country’s finance minister told Jared’s father ‘no’ when he was trying to drum up money for the family’s cursed Midtown Tower, 666 Fifth Avenue. Jared and Ivanka secured over one half billion dollars in loans after hosting the heads of Appollo Global Management and Citigroup at the White House.
>Wilbur Ross Commerce Secretary forgot to mention the stake he has in a Russian shipping company. The one that has ties to V. Putin.
>Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, a special buddy (ear to lean on) of Trump just happened to sell his $30 million stakes in Manitowac just days before Trump publicly announced his tariffs on steel which sent the share price of Manitowoc plummeting
>Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy thought he was going to globe hop extolling the virtues of coal and oil when he accepted Trump’s offer. As recently as 2012 he advocated dismantling that Department. He was surprised when he found he was responsible for this country’s nuclear arsenal. Surprise!
>Tom Price lasted for only a short time as Secretary of Health and Human Services until he was caught bilking taxpayers for extravagant airline costs.
>Andrew Pudzer, Secretary of Labor absolutely abhors worker’s rights, minimum wage increases and laws mandating break time and overtime pay. Oh, and his fast-food company has been repeatedly cited for wage theft.
>Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. This former neurosurgeon has zero experience or interest in housing, or urban, or development. His claim to fame is he is one of the few black men Trump has met.
>Mick Mulvaney Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Mulvaney once remarked that diabetics didn’t deserve insurance. He did not pay the payroll taxes for his nanny to the tune of $15,000.
>Ryan Zinke Secretary of the Interior Mr. Zinke is a former Navy Seal. He had been repeatedly caught billing the government for personal trips.
>Scott Pruitt Environmental Protection Agency has fervently opposed this agency on every front as Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma. Most recently claiming that the agency didn’t need scientists.
>Michael Flynn first National Security Advisor Islamophobe, lunatic conspiracy theory follower. He was fired by President Obama and has now pleaded guilty to working as an agent of a foreign government without letting know.
>Rex Tillerson Secretary of State until two days ago. Head of Exxon Oil but he had traveled to many of the countries he would be representing the US. Also a good buddy of V. Putin
>Nikki Haley, UN Ambassador, did go on a few trade missions as governor of South Carolina
>Betsy DeVos, let’s not forget this lady. Last week she was pilloried by Leslie Stahl in a TV interview. She did not have the least bit of understanding of the education department she oversees and could not even defend the abysmal record of her home state of Michigan. She espoused the charter school plan as the best model for public education. Now those schools have an abysmal record as everyone predicted. But charter schools are a good way for wealthy individuals to milk the federal government for all manner of funds.
The Washington Post stated that past Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush made failed appointments. No president has assembled such a remarkable collection of people either unqualified for their jobs or they are devoted to subverting their agencies. This does not take into the failed ethics that continue to ankle wrap Trump every week.
When Trump fired Tillerson with a tweet, he nominated a twit to replace him. CIA Director Mike Pompeo is going to fill the role of Secretary of State. Mike’s current claim to fame is that he has been sending assassination squads around the world to kill suspected terrorists. I would imagine that he will be met with open arms by the country’s that, at the very least, are being entered illegally by US hit squads. I can just feel the warm fuzzies!
Trump will be ‘preparing’ for the very first meeting of a US President with the head of North Korea. Kim Jun Un leads a nuclear power that Trump has challenged to destroy with ‘fire and fury’.
Trump is upping his game by appointing a former UN Ambassador to the UN to be National Security Advisor. John Bolton is one of America’s all-time great hawks. He was an architect of the Iraq War and a foe of the United Nations. He is a harsh critic of the Iran nuclear deal which means that he will surely be a perfect counterbalance to Trump in that area.
Mr. Bolton’s temperament is ill-suited to the position. He will rank below the worst NSA of all time – namely Mike Flynn. His claim to fame is that he is a host on Fox News. He will be a terrific echo chamber for Trump.
Trump has thrown the whole security apparatus of the USA into disarray. He removed the Secretary of State, the Head of the NSA and the Director of the CIA all at the same time. The elections of 2018 are only a few months away and the state department did not spend the $120 million it was allocated to stop Russian’s tampering in our elections. Indeed Trump is utterly resistant to stopping any such nonsense. How could the United States be in any worse shape to combat external monsters? By being even weaker at controlling internal monsters. With Trump’s glow for anything white nationalist, white supremacist or backed by the NRA, what does this country have to worry about?
The treasury coffers are already bare and running a deficit due to the unconscionable tax break that was given to the 1% and large corporations.
I believe the most egregious crime committed by the Trump White House has been committed by Trump himself. While the firing of FBI Director James Comey rates near the top of the most outstandingly bad actions by Trump, the worst action and the one that may lead to his downfall was the harassment of Andrew McCabe and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
I believe the Attorney General fired Mr. McCabe to demonstrate that he was again worthy of working side by side to Trump. Mr. Sessions has been brutalized by Trump ever since he recused himself from overseeing the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 Election.
I believe that the three new banditos will put their heads together with Mr. Trump and find a stupid ass way to fire Mueller, which will blow up in their faces.
I could go on for pages about the foibles and crimes of the current administration. But I will let John Brennan, CIA Director under President Obama who had brave words of support for Andrew McCabe wrap up this post.
John Brennan’s Parting Shot
Mr. Brennan’s tweet was a moral lampoon thrown at Trump: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America. America will triumph over you.”
I could not have said it as well.
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