I have been writing this for a few days now, and I was having a hard time starting it until the RNC released its Christmas message.
The RNC Christmas message says; ““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.”
There is no way you can explain this without saying it was referring to Trump. It is a message referring to current times, and talks about a New King after referring to Jesus. With that being said, I have been approaching everything Trump does as not a partisan issue, but one of “What would this power-seeking narcissist do,” as this seems to be the most rational option. An example of this is him tweeting about Boeing and Lockheed Martin. A reasonable person might do this because it would help save money in the long run. Trump does this because he wants to exert power over huge corporations. A reasonable person might see his insults towards the UN and NATO as trying to get these international organizations to start doing things. He does this to try to tell them he’s the boss.
When he talks about changing libel laws to make it easier to sue the media, or asks people for lists of employees or do X or Y as he has at both the State and Energy departments, he is doing it to consolidate his power. When he appoints a representative on international negotiation who happens to be a confidant of his, that is a way he takes power away from the Secretary of State and hands it off to a White House appointee who needs no senate confirmation. The Job description for Secretary of State literally says “Participates in high-level negotiations with other countries, either bilaterally or as part of an international conference or organization or appoints representatives to do so including negotiation of international treaties and other agreements,” yet he feels the need to appoint Jason Greenblatt to this new position.
When you have a US Trade Representative that works on our trade policy with the Commerce Secretary, and you announce that the Commerce will run Trade Policy, and that you’re creating Economic Council who needs no senate confirmation, that is making authoritarian moves.
When you have the libertarians publishing articles about how you’re an authoritarian, conservatives at the National Review and Weekly Standard doing the same, and all sorts of authoritarian White Supremacists supporting him a lot, you know there is an issue.
The executive branch has been increasing its power for decades. It really ramped up about 9/11 when the Patriot Act was passed and the Department of Homeland Security was created. Now, the chickens have come home to roost. We must be vigilant. When congress goes after NPR and PBS next year, we must rally. When Trump decides to have Peter Thiel target more media companies with his team of lawyers, we must rally. I am calling on all of us today to support the media and sign up for a subscription at any of your favorite news locations. They’re going to need our money.
To be continued, unfortunately…