The Final Days of American Democracy
What have we done?
This morning it was announced that our president elect, Donald J. Trump, has chosen his top two advisors, and it's not funny anymore. It's not bad enough that he has called on serial insider Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. This appointment signals to the country that he is willing to work inside the system, as opposed to his campaign promises to his supporters to "shake up Washington". Oh, no. He had to tap Stephen K. Banner, head of the "as far right as you can get" Breitbart "News". The same man who has called for an end to marriage equality, and written an article titled “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage” just two weeks after a mass killing at a black church in South Carolina. He is a dyed in the wool, self proclaimed proponent of the alt-right movement, a fringe conservative movement saturated with racially insensitive rhetoric and elements of outright white nationalism. If this is what Trump's supporters wanted, they got it. All we need for them to do now is hang the ropes from the trees and it's 1950 all over again.
Reinhold Richard "Reince" Priebus is an American attorney and politician who is Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Reinhold, huh? That alone is scary enough. But look deeper into the man and we see a history of political establishment ideology. In 2007 he was elected chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, and followed that up by becoming the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2011. He was the mastermind of the campaign to keep President Obama looking like the enemy of the people, all the while helping the RNC and GOP controlled Congress looking like heroes by telling the American public that everything the president stood for was not in their best interests. He is the catalyst that gave birth to the "do nothing Congress".
The Goebbels and Goering of Today
How Trump is turning America into the Fourth Reich
The rest of the hopefuls for the cabinet positions reads like the staff of Auschwitz (see the link below). We, as a country divided, should read the writing on the wall and prepare for the worst. Those who supported Mr. Trump, need to take a long hard look at how he screwed them, gaining their support by telling lies and half-truths to appeal to their dark sides. And, those of us who supported either Hillary or one of the third party candidates, need to get to work, trying to mend fences between all Americans to take back our government. We can't do it as a divided country. We have to work together so that government can be balanced and once again focused on the people, not the special interests.
Trump's possible cabinet members
- Donald Trump is picking his cabinet.
NYT article naming the cabinet hopefuls, short list.