“Millions of Americans have just been sucker punched. They just don’t know it yet.” -Economist Paul Krugman
The GOP’s recent track record on creating a decent, livable world is atrocious. This is because they are not a political party. In the words of the esteemed Noam Chomsky, they are a radical insurgency. Regardless of who is at the helm voting this unruly crew back into power is about the same as asking an abuser to beat and torture you, then handing them a weapon. Millions of Americans did just that by voting Trump. The country may soon never be the same.
Seizing on their newfound power Trump and the elite are fast assembling a hellish team of GOP cronies, thugs and degenerates to run the White House. I warned it would be so. The alt-right media have gone dead silent to every Establishment addition. Former 2000 Presidential candidate Ralph Nader summarizes that Trump has put war hawks, Wall Streeters and clenched teeth corporatists in over a dozen crucial positions. These people he says will dismantle the public school system, reduce regulations, cut consumer protections, and weaken labor laws and job safety standards. “Big corporations are drooling.” It’s why stocks are soaring.
New York Magazine headlines that Trump is “building a team of racists.” His incoming Chief Advisor, Attorney General, and National Security Adviser all have racist pasts and connections. Based on conflicts of interest, Trump’s pick for NSA would normally be disqualified. Trump has also so far nominated three military generals for important positions, implying that war and militarization will be a major agenda. His pick for Secretary of Defense requires a special act of Congress to allow placement into office. These positions are meant for civilians and concerns are being raised that civilian oversight of the military in a time that has witnessed the progressive militarization of American society may be further compromised. The generals expand on Trump’s pick for Vice President, who supported all things Bush including the Patriot Act, the Iraq war and the use of torture.
Trump’s new Labor Secretary is “anti-family, anti-worker, and anti-jobs.” This the President of the American Federation of Teachers says is suggestive the Trump era will be about “low pay, wage theft, sexual harassment, and racial discrimination.” To run the US Environmental Protection Agency Trump hired an oil industry loyalist who is currently suing the organization. According to a senior adviser to the last two EPA administrators, the new head “doesn’t believe in the mission of the EPA, which is to protect human health and the environment.” One can only conclude Trump and the elite wish to dismantle the EPA or further erode its influence.
Contrary to his campaign assertions Goldman Sachs links will again be strongly represented, as they were in past Administrations. The new heads of the National Economic Council and Treasury Secretary are both former Goldman executives. The British online news site The Independent describes the former hire as a key architect of the 2008 global meltdown, while the new Treasury Secretary is regarded as a “foreclosure king.” Robert Weissman, the President of government watchdog Public Citizen says the new Treasury Secretary is one of the corporate elite Trump railed against in his campaign. He concludes, “America, you’ve been had. Say goodbye to the candidate who promised to fix a rigged economic and political system.”
The latest is that Trump will appoint the CEO of Exxon as his Secretary of State, which environmental group 350.org executive director May Boeve calls “unfathomable.” Like Trump the oil executive has no government or diplomatic experience. Warmonger John Bolton is reported to be his Deputy. In the words of former Goldman executive Nomi Prins, “Trump’s anti-establishment campaign rhetoric was the biggest scam of his career. “The soaring value of his cabinet should be seen as merely a departure point for our four-year (or more) year leap into what is guaranteed to be an abyss of inequality and instability.”
Unless something very radical happens with the Electoral College or the vote recounts America will now be governed openly by the 0.01%, a ruthless, war-obsessed and viciously anti-human Oligarchy. There is no chance Trump will make America great again. Basic common sense and logic dictates rather that a Trump Presidency has a 100% chance of delivering things horrible. The only question is how each of us will respond or choose to respond to these horrors. No matter how small now, creating the good out of the bad must be a priority of focus.