Dead man tweeting

Trump is done. He showed this by sticking several forks, er, tweets, in himself early this morning. Characteristically, each whiny message reverse-brags in typically Trumpian bravissimo, in these instances claiming to be the best at being the worst:

At 4:39, he complained:

“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!”

That’s because there were no prosecutable illegal acts by Clinton and Obama, but Trump cannot stomach that, even with his bloated belly. In his 13-year old heated mind, our Bully-in-Chief needs them to have committed crimes, so his own nefarious deeds can outrank theirs: he “wins” by being awarded a special counsel! Nah nah ni nah nah, so there!

Sick, indeed.

At 4:52, presumably after a satisfying visit to his golden throne, he elevates his status as a hunted animal even further, with:

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Or, inside his paranoid, sex-befuddled brain, where greatness is everything, “I’m the biggest beast in the forest, ever! It’s taking the entire Media plus the loser Democrats and the Deep State hordes to bring me down. Color me awesome!”

All this would be wonderful low comedy, watching Trump lurch and stumble over his own tail of self-made errors and lies as the forces of truth and justice close in for the kill – potentially a summer-long chase scene rivaling any of the teenage blockbusters screaming at your local multiplex – as the entire backward-facing agenda of Ryan and his Republican cronies stews in the summer heat. Picture a gang of cringing politicians toiling over a boiled mess of laws designed to eliminate progressive values from our country, afraid to watch the Trump hunt, afraid his end could foreshadow their own. A real block bluster, Trump and his minions and Jackals on the run, while Ryan grinds his teeth down to the point where his famously phony, falsely sincere smile looks like the drooling mouth of an old man who forgot to put in his dentures. Delicious! Popcorn, anyone?

I said “would be wonderful”, and it would be, except for the shadowy presence of Mike Pence, waiting like a hangman at the end of Trump’s short-lived tweet tyranny.

As discussed in several earlier posts, the end of Trump’s clown-car regime means the beginning of the Pence parade, and the potential passage of the cruel right-wing agenda espoused by Ryan and backed by his ultra-rich and corporate supporters. For starters, a huge tax cut for these fewest of the fortunate few disguised as a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, then more tax cuts masquerading as “tax reform”, then an infrastructure bill intended to line the pockets of the big developer companies while ten million hard-pressed workers line up for jobs that will never happen. Oh, and let’s not forget the increases in the defense budget, designed to increase corporate profits while ostensibly increasing “national security”. Suuuure.

All this shoveling of your money to the richest one-tenth percent will neatly position Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and a hundred sorely-needed programs for the poor, sick, and elderly on the Conservative chopping block: these “entitlements” will need to be cut, reduced, whittled down to a twig because we can’t afford them anymore.

So, fellow progressives, by all means enjoy the entertaining spectacle of Trump on the run. Laugh at each blustering tweet, every bumbling denial, and each belabored White House response, or as the Chief clown himself calls them, “counter punches”.

But be warned: the Trump farce won’t last long, may not make it even to September. Then we get Pence, and that show ain’t gonna be nearly so funny.

Far, far away from anywhere one would wish to be

In eight horrendously difficult years, Barack Obama showed us how far we’ve come. How far from the dark, fearful days of a white boy who grew up in the still racist-dominated South, a boy who watched, fearing for their safety, a small group of Black children my own age as they were were ushered into an unwelcoming school in Little Rock.

Half a century later, for me, for my country, Obama was a progressive miracle, an explosion of hope in an America turned nasty by greed, intolerance, and ignorance. By 2008, the corrupting influence of unbridled Corporatism had made us a dismal shadow of our former world-leading selves. The national government was gridlocked by partisanship, as the highly organized and well-funded Conservative defenders of the “rights” of corporations and the tiny proportion of super-rich Americans who control them pushed the country into lost wars and the trillions of debt needed to finance them. Most threatening of all, the twenty year strategy of the Koch brothers and their billionaire allies was nearing its goal of controlling enough States to enable the rabid right to make changes to our Constitution.

But Obama’s accession to the Presidency in 2009 gave us much-needed proof that beneath all the rich class’s insatiable greed and self-dealing, and the religious white-is-right wing’s ignorance, our nation’s sickened soul was still breathing.

He was easily the most competent Head of State we’d seen in generations, as demonstrated by his no-nonsense, no politics handling of the Great Republican Financial Meltdown. Obama led us out of a once-in-a-century national economic disaster in spite of the Republicans in the House and Senate who opposed him every inch of the way.

Then, undaunted by the unyielding opposition, he took the burdens of the poor and weak and ill upon his shoulders. With Democrats who he’d awakened finally from years of torpor, he gave us healthcare for millions. He did what no President since Lyndon Johnson could, and showed us the path to a future where healthcare is a right for everyone, not a privilege of those who can pay for it.

He followed this with hundreds of steps in the positive direction of Progressivism, from equal pay for women to the affirmation of LGBT rights, even though every achievement was opposed by the Republican majorities in Congress. How the hatred and bitterness has flowed these past few years!

In a final drive toward a more hopeful future, Obama used the limited power at his disposal to reign in the excesses of the Energy Barons, whose burning of carbon is causing the current, life-threatening increase in global surface and oceanic temperatures. His final achievement was to bring our country into the community of nations, signing the Paris Accord on carbon emissions reduction.

With his civility, patience, learning, kindness, and calm, steady reason he showed all of us how far along the road of human decency our nation has traveled from my childhood days.

And now, here at the end of his bold, thoughtful, humane, and often courageous tenure, Barack Obama has shown us how far we have to go.

Just a few agonizing months into his successor’s Presidency, the free-market legions of greed are loosed again upon our country, while the fanatical religious forces are gloating at the prospect of overturning just about every positive evolutionary change in human, minority, voting, and women’s rights achieved since Nixon. The agents of environmental rapacity are moving at breakneck speed to pull the nation back into the era of mindless pollution. The opponents of science are ensuring a new dark age of sicker poor and older people, destitute families, and uneducated children.

Not content to punish the middle class, the poor, minorities, and women with policies spoon-fed him by the radical rightists who surround him, the President has lashed out at the very democratic structure that enabled him to become one. He’s attacking the Constitution-respecting courts, the diligent press, those who guard our national and domestic security and freedom, even the Congress itself for speaking the truth to his childish, narcissistic, bullying, belligerent brand of power.

Backward we march now, pausing only for thoughtless, arrogant, phony photo-op celebrations in the Rose Garden.

All this, these months of a paranoid President, watched with what one can only imagine is despair by the great man who showed us how far we’ve come, and in so doing, how far away is the future he helped us dream, a future this country can be proud to share with all the peoples and creatures of this tortured Earth.

100 days of zip, zero, nada

Never have so many expended so much shouting and lying to accomplish so little in one hundred days.

Unless one counts a sheaf of Executive Orders signed by the Adolescent-in-Chief, command blasts full of full of bluster and bombast that will mostly go nowhere and result in nothing.

But what about getting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court?

Sure, we can agree that, thanks to McConnell’s theft of Obama’s SCOTUS appointment, plus some adroit nastiness on the part of conservative activist organizations across the country, the Gorsuch appointment counts as a win. But it’s a win for the country’s ultra right wing activists, not Trumpleorangeskin. And it’s certainly not a “win” for the American people, who can now look forward to a generation or more of SCOTUS rulings that will take power away from 99% of our citizens and give it to the large corporations and the rich persons that own or control them.

Turning the Supreme Court back fifty years: great for Trump’s Twitter Report Card and the mindless egos of his chest-thumping followers, Not so good for the rest of us. Ditto with the few other “accomplishments” of the Trumpocracy so far. Reversing critical Obama environmental and energy regulations, withdrawing support for family planning, approving dangerous, unneeded pipelines, killing public information about climate change, gearing up for the Great Deportation – all undermine the common good and many re-distribute wealth upward, continuing the Great Middle Class Rape started by Reagan.

Just angry words of a old Truthteller? Hardly. Read the Trump tax “plan” – all one fact-free page of it – hundreds of billions of dollars to the very richest one-tenth of one percent. Study the Obamacare repeal and non-replacement proposal – a hundred billion more in cash for the wealthiest Americans. See the Trump concept of “Infrastructure” funding: very few jobs, new airports, or bridges, schools, or energy-saving construction, but a fat half trillion in tax credits to the huge corporations.

It’s not fake news, friends: Trump is really out to gut the poor, the working, the professional, and the small business classes of our country so he can finally be accepted as one of the stylish rich people he’s always wanted to be. It is fake accomplishments though, delivered by a fake President.