Report From Trump’s Alt-Reich (7) Wednesday, Mar 22 2017 

Headline, March 21, 2017:

IVANKA TRUMP TO GET TOP SECURITY CLEARANCE WITH OFFICE

The President’s son-in-law is empowered as a top-level White House adviser. Now his daughter, with national security clearance, is also in the executive inner circle. It’s official. The United States is now an oligarchical banana republic, and it’s fair to call his congressional lapdogs, in terms of both spine and political ideology, Banana Republicans.

Report From Trump’s Alt-Reich (6) Sunday, Mar 5 2017 

Executive tweets, 6:35 a.m. – 6:49 a.m., 3/4/17

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just
before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to anelection? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

In the South of my political youth – the 1950s and ’60s – we took our crackpot chief executives in stride. After a vituperative rant before the Louisiana state legislature – akin to Donald Trump’s recent White House news conference – Earl Long’s wife and nephew put the governor in a straitjacket and shipped him off to a Texas sanitarium. Two states over and a decade later, when George Wallace’s campaign opponents learned that Wallace had suffered a combat fatigue breakdown during World War II, they charged that it disqualified him from holding the Alabama governor’s office.

Discharged from the sanitarium, Uncle Earl roared back to Baton Rouge, claiming, “If I’m crazy now, I’ve always been crazy.” On the stump, Wallace, pointing to a bill of health from his veterans hospital, quipped, “I’m the only candidate in this race who has a certificate proving he’s sane.”

It goes without saying that America’s 45th president has neither the candor nor the wit to match those ripostes. Or to point out that if his family and staff enablers took the minimal step of placing him in a straitjacket, it would save the nation from an endless streak of manic presidential tweets.

To the point, it has been evident for some time that Donald Trump’s mental elevator stops several floors short of the Tower, though politically correct terms like megalomaniac and narcissist have been applied to avoid the embarrassing fact that 63 million adult Americans cast their ballots last November for a man who is flat-out crazy.

Still, as George Packer reminds us in the February 27 issue of the New Yorker, Section 4 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution was written and ratified to take care of just such a dilemma. All that’s required is that a majority of the White House staff or the Congress declare a President unfit for office in order to replace him with the Vice President. Given the oligarchical makeup of the Trump Cabinet and plantain-spined nature of a Republican Congress afraid of a Trumpite backlash, however, the odds against that taking place are 10 million to one.

No, what the moment obviously calls for is a will and a voice like that of my former boss Barry Goldwater. Blunt-spoken Barry, never, in his years on Capitol Hill or as a presidential candidate, afraid to call a spade a goddamn trowel.

Millennials should know that was Senator Goldwater who, in 1974, led the Republican delegation to the White House to tell Richard Nixon that it was time for him to resign the presidency. Again, it was steel-spined Barry who, ten years later, whatever the backlash from evangelical voters, told reporters that the Reverend Jerry Falwell needed “a swift kick in the ass.”

So it is that I can see the old man now, after reading the latest presidential tweets, telling his staff “We’ve got a head case in the Oval Office,” then heading for the Senate floor to call for action under Section 4 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. TERRIBLE! A NEW LOW!

Sound bite to remember

“If all I knew about Barry Goldwater is what I read in the papers, I’d have voted against the sonuvabitch myself.”

— Barry Goldwater, post-election appraisal / December 1964

Report From Trump’s Alt-Reich (5) Friday, Mar 3 2017 

“I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign.”

–Jeff Sessions

Probable topics of discussion during Sessions’ two sessions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak:

  1. Sessions’ help in getting Coach Nick Saban to agree to a selfie with the Russian ambassador before the Alabama-Auburn game.
  2. Arrangements for the Bolshoi Ballet to make a guest appearance at the Alabama State Fair.
  3. Ironing out details of Vladimir Putin’s waving the starting flag for the Talladega 500.
  4. The comparative merits of Russian kasha and Alabama black-eyed peas as a side dish at Washington buffets.
  5. Negotiations for a Crimean tour of the rock band Alabama Shakes “after things settle down there.”
  6. Agreement on a specialized team of Putin-trained Russian experts on voter qualification and election-monitoring advising Sessions in the event he ever became Attorney General of the United States.

 

Report From Trump’s Alt-Reich (4) Thursday, Mar 2 2017 

About Van Jones’ fawning praise of Tuesday night’s congressional speech:
Good career move. He’ll now be invited to lunch at the White House, lock in his
contract at CNN, and join Ben Carson and Don King as one of the Madman of
Mar-a-Lago’s favorite members of “those people.”

Report From Trump’s Alt-Reich Friday, Feb 17 2017 

I have just finished reading Volker Ullrich’s recent biography of Hitler and came away with the impression that any comparison between the Fuehrer and Donald Trump is faulty because:

1. Though Hitler, like Trump, was a megalomaniacal narcissist, he sought adoration and acclaim in order to gain power, whereas Trump sought power in order to gain adoration and acclaim.

2. In his speeches before the Reichstag, Hitler did not constantly refer to the size of his election victory and Nuremberg rally crowds.

3. Asked about the rise in anti-Semitism throughout the country, Hitler did not reply that his son-in-law was Jewish and some of his best friends were Jews.

Sound bite to remember

“I don’t carry a pistol. It would slow me down if I wanted to run.”

— Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long (circa 1957)

Report From Trump’s Alt-Reich (2) Saturday, Feb 4 2017 

Trump’s now claiming to be in the mold of the great populist Andrew Jackson. Really? If Jackson was Old Hickory, Trump must be Old Hackery.

Report From Trump’s Alt-Reich Wednesday, Feb 1 2017 

 

Two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, this much we know: If Trump were to issue an executive order suspending the first 10 amendments to the Constitution . . .

  1. Paul Ryan would issue a statement saying he was “deeply troubled” by the order but would withhold judgment until he had a chance to study it in full.
  2. Mitch McConnell would issue a statement expressing “concern” over the order’s effect on the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
  3. John McCain and Lindsay Graham would issue a statement expressing “outrage” over the order and their intention to hold hearings on it as soon as they finished hearings on three other executive orders they were outraged about.
  4. Reince Priebus would issue a statement blaming CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post for reporting news of the order.
  5. Kellyanne Conway would issue a statement saying the election is over, Trump won, and the President’s critics ought to “shut up” and “get with the program.”
  6. Charles Krauthammer would write a column deploring the order, blaming it on Barack Obama for having set a precedent by issuing executive orders.
  7. Marco Rubio would make a speech saying while Trump’s order suspending the first 10 amendments was OK, “He’d better not mess with the Bill of Rights.”

 

Sound bite to remember

Once to every man and nation

Comes the moment to decide

In the strife of truth with falsehood,

For the good or evil side.

–James Russell Lowell

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