It is concerning to me that Steyer is taking this approach. He begs for the creation of the mechanisms by which we could unseat Trump, rather than working on the long term solutions to unseat Trump and retard, in it’s entirety, this growing movement for a nativistic, isolated nation of militarized hate and fear.
Trump’s impeachment will either come through Mueller or in the form of the 25th Amendment after….well after, something truly awful and earth-changing has already occurred. The 25th amendment was never intended to measure whether a sitting president is mentally capable of discharging his duties, it was always meant to be invoked in the possibility of a President becoming physically incapacitated. Changing it’s intention wouldn’t happen over night. It’s like presuming the Electoral College would, because it’s within their power, suddenly make a corrective decision and vote against the will of the people for their own good, stating “no confidence” in the will of the people. It doesn’t happen.
The NRA didn’t change the meaning of the second amendment overnight. That took a concerted effort over time.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Having “the people” come to mean “each, individual person” and negate “A well regulated Militia” was some crafty work.
Likewise, Steyer is seeking to jump to the end without working on the beginning. He needs to be concentrating on the type of work he has already done. Finding the right candidates and forming the correct messages. That’s the beginning and that’s where he needs to be. This impeachment message is likely to just help to solidify the counter message. It’s the wrong time and wrong place for this. It will only help lead to more of this insanity:
It could be that Steyer believes the time is nigh and he sees the horsemen just on the horizon. If that is the case, well…good luck my friend. I hope you succeed somehow.
Tim O’Brien was famously sued by Donald Trump for stating that Trump’s worth was well below all of the various figures Trump liked to throw around, in O’Brien’s book, “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.”. In court, Trump was dissected by the Defense on the stand. He was humiliated.
“Now, Mr. Trump, have you always been completely truthful in your public statements about your net worth of properties?” my lawyer asked during the deposition.
“I try,” said Donald.
“Have you ever not been truthful?”
“My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings, but I try.”
“Let me just understand that a little bit,” my lawyer said. “Let’s talk about net worth for a second. You said that the net worth goes up and down based upon your own feelings?”
“Yes, even my own feelings, as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day. Then you have a September 11th, and you don’t feel so good about yourself and you don’t feel so good about the world and you don’t feel so good about New York City. Then you have a year later, and the city is as hot as a pistol. Even months after that it was a different feeling. So yeah, even my own feelings affect my value to myself.”
“When you publicly state what you’re worth, what do you base that number on?”
“I would say it’s my general attitude at the time that the question may be asked,” Donald responded. “And as I say, it varies.”
What I’ve wanted to outline in this blog is how Trump develops his ideas, or more precisely-what are the sources of his daily political ideas, because they can vary from day to day depending on Fox news commentary or whomever it was that whispered in Donald’s ear last. His political “movement” is not a movement of his own making and in fact, isn’t really a movement at all so much as it is a loosely gathered bundle of his own self-involvement intertwined with the nefarious interests of others.
He has surrounded himself with a cabal of self-interest and a cabinet of ideologues antithetical to the very ideals of the departments they are running. To the cabal, Trump isn’t the figurehead of a political movement he is merely the maelstrom conduit, clearing all interference to their own desires and their desires have nothing whatsoever to do with the good of the nation. The desires of the Koch brothers, the men behind the throne, have nothing to do with our needs as a nation and everything to do with their need for more more more. The desire for even more money and unchecked power.
The legislative powers that be, are along for the ride, hoping that their consensus is enough to win the day in legislation and thereby ensure a re-election for themselves at the hands of the coalesced, tightly knit Fox dittoheads, despite what any passed legislation might say or do. In this light, they are also driven by self interest.
The clear fact is, Trump does not operate from a foundation of principal or some moral guiding light or any desire to do “good” for the people. Trump navigates through this world based on his own selfish feelings. He is the dreamer and the dream. It is baffling and frustrating to him when the world is not exactly as he wants it to be…as it should be.
The world is supposed to be a carnival candyland of his riches and playthings, young models and fawning sycophants; a dreamscape of easy battles to be won and a collection of enviable wealth. There should be shills at the beck-and-call to do the dirty work and handle the niggling details of garnering the gold plated wealth displayed in gold plated festoonery as Trump sits leering from his gold plated high-chair. The shills should forcibly bow down the masses to Trump’s righteous desires to be: adored without question and lusted after by the nubile and envied by all men who could never be his equal. The damaged-vessel boy king; heir to the throne, before whom we should all swear fealty and recognize that the objects of Trump’s feelings are the backdrop to this here-and-now creation of Trump’s dreamworld that we only inhabit at his whim. This is as it should be. What he feels right now, at this very moment, is the only thing that truly matters.