100 Days of Pointing and Screaming

Almost 100 days in, the Emperor still has no clothes.  We can all see that now, and plenty of people are noticing.

I’m not talking just about the hundreds of thousands of people who have marched in April alone to protest the Administration’s policy on climate change, and Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.

And I’m not talking just about the thousands who turn up every week in congressional district offices demanding that elected officials answer for their failure to oppose Trump’s policies on health care and tax reform and immigration, etc.

I’m also talking about the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll which found that on the Russia -Trump scandal alone, 73% of the country want an independent investigation.  http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/poll-73-back-independent-probe-russian-election-interference-n750161. You can’t get to 73% without including at least some former or current Trump supporters.

I’m also talking about what John Cassidy described in The New Yorker as “among [Trump’s] biggest achievements as president”: the mobilization of Americans “who previously didn’t pay very much attention to what happens in Washington. He has politicized many formerly apolitical people.” http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-trump-resistance-a-progress-report

The con-men and henchmen are still at it, spinning the lies and playing out the con.  E.J. Dionne’s column last week lays out beautifully the depth and reach of the con — read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-mr-president-you-cant-do-what-you-want/2017/04/19/374c8ece-2534-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.8c92bf051aa4

Trump has made himself available to receive bribes and kick backs and other financial gain from any number of sources — Mar-a-Lago, Trump Hotel in D.C., Trump Hotel in Istanbul, any of the properties his family business owns.  U.S.A. Today reports that “anyone could potentially buy multimillion dollar condos from President Trump.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/20/trump-owns-250m-condos-and-you-could-buy-one/100566302/

The Administration and the Resistance are locked in what feels like mortal combat to preserve American Democracy.  And it is becoming increasingly clear that those institutions we have looked to in the past to resolve crises in the Executive Branch are unable or unwilling to perform their Constitutional duties to do so now.

The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal has completely fallen apart; and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation may not be far behind.  http://www.businessinsider.com/senate-intelligence-committee-trump-russia-probe-stalled-2017-4.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported over the weekend on James Comey’s handling of the two investigations the F.B.I. were conducting before the election — the one we all knew about into Clinton’s emails; and the one we did not know about into the Trump-Russia connections.  As the Times notes, “In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/us/politics/james-comey-election.html.

Can we really trust this F.B.I. to handle the current F.B.I. investigation into Trump and Russia without regard to political pressure or loyalty to the Administration? I don’t.

So, it’s left to us, my friends.  The Resistance.  It is up to us if not to stop the behavior outright, to point it out at every turn.  Not just the Russia stuff, but the other stuff too — the conflicts of interest, the cozying up to dictators, the nepotism, the promise-breaking, the lying, the lack of accountability.  All of it.

This man might be our President — possibly for the next 3 plus years — but our country is still a Democracy.  And it appears to be up to us to keep it that way.

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