Can Americans not see what’s happening to their democracy?
The U.S., by ceding control of its institutions to their President, is seemingly enthusiastically moving towards becoming a third world junta.
With the summary firing of F.B.I. Director James Comey, President Donald Trump further consolidated his power, by reigning in one of the last non-partisan checks and balances to administrative excess – an independent intelligence community.
We’re lucky there’s no Reichstag to burn down.
If Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to win the U.S. election, as the schoolyard bully would say, “whatya gonna do about it…?”
Indeed, with the F.B.I. effectively silenced, who or what is left to stop Donald Trump’s excesses?
Donald Trump controls the Executive Branch of government,including the power of executive order, policy veto, control of foreign policy and the military,as well as the bully pulpit.
Donald Trump controls the Legislative branch of government; the House of Representatives and the Senate, the country’s law making bodies.
Donald Trump controls the judiciary branch, having appointed a conservative to complete the right wing majority. While it’s true that some local and regional judges can and have slowed some arbitrary fiats, they can’t stop them, with the right dominated Supreme Court as the final arbiter.
Donald Trump controls the media. His rhetoric, with complicit right wing outlets and shock jocks, has greatly reduced the power of a major check and balance to executive power. The media is now seen by the masses as an enemy of the people. Gallup says only 32% of Americans have “some or great” trust in the American media and 47% believe that the media makes up “fake news” to make trump look bad.
Donald Trump controls the military, not just because he is Commander in Chief. He has solidified his control by filling his Cabinet with retired generals to shape and support foreign policy without pesky congressional oversight. His determination to increase military spending buys the allegiance of the U.S. military but also elevates his right to fire should he be questioned or disobeyed.
Donald Trump controls Wall Street. Promises of corporate tax cuts, eliminating regulation, a turn towards protectionism, and a willingness to use his office to punish or reward individual businesses or industries will keep corporate America enthusiastically in line.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may well control the world. Many posit, and the facts are beginning to substantiate , that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are fashioning an Ike-like worldwide military industrial complex- an oligarchy to control the world.
If world domination is a bit far fetched for you,at least consider this:
With F.B.I Difector Janes Comey’s firing, Donald Trump now controls the Intelligence Agencies of the U.S., and will have appointed Trumpsters to head National Intelligence, N.S.A., C.I.A., and now the F.B.I.
So with Trump having control of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the US government, the military, the N.S.A., C.I.A. and F.B.I., who is there left to indict him or even investigate him should he commit indictable crime?
Given all this, what’s left of the checks and balances the U.S. fathers fashioned to curb executive (Presidential) power?
Any young Woodwards or Bernsteins out there, who progressively unearth the full scope of Presidential transgressions will be easily shouted down.
Congress? The US Congress has shown itself to be spectacularly blind to Presidential transgression – willing to sacrifice country for party and personal political expedience.
So; who or what is left to throw the President in the slammer? Or out of office?
Even if Robert Mueller supplies incontrovertible evidence of collusion, obstruction of justice, contravened emollients clauses, sexual abuse practices, or tax fraud, will Americans accept it, believe it, or care?
Given that Donald Trump controls all U.S. power sources and their checks and balances, who’s left to call B.S.?
I’m not confident there is anything that can stop this President should he choose to become the Supreme Leader of an oligarchic, military, theocracy.
“Who’s left to call B.S.?”
Saturday Night Live and Bill Maher, it seems. We’ll see if the people respond in the mid-term elections.
You haven’t mentioned China. Xi must be grinning at the idiocy going on in the USA.
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Good discussion on China here:
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Thanks Barry – I must have missed this comment until now… great discussion of China’s adopting of international financial leadership in the shadow of Trump’s economic isolationism.