POWER DAILY – Regime Change
Here we are – in about 24 hours, Donald J. Trump will fly away from Washington. Adios. Fin. The End.
Let’s face it, it’s been four very long years. Several lifetimes of crazy and chaos. The constant humiliation of having a president who hates real American values, and soldiers, and the Constitution, who despises democracy and the truth. It’s a lot. But now we can look forward.
Reading the national moment, the incoming Biden administration has already announced one of the most ambitious 100 Days pushes since Franklin Roosevelt tried to shake Depression America into hope. It will be transformative, and it can’t happen fast enough. (See POWER PLAYER below.)
With all this change in the air, it made me think about what I won’t miss. The miasma of weirdness that envelops Trump and his followers is *hopefully* in the rear-view mirror. But before we look forward, let’s look back.
In no particular order, here are the top 5 Trump era things we are unlikely to miss:
1. 24/7 Lies. The Lie Caravan™ got launched in the first days of the Trump Administration, when Press Secretary Sean Spicer weirdly declared that Trump’s Inauguration audience was very, very big indeed: “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period”. It was puzzling; why lie about something that could be so easily proven wrong? We just didn’t get at that moment that for Trump lying is the most natural form of expression. We could not possibly imagine that he would lie over 30,534 times while in office – yes, that’s an actual count of Trump lies by The Washington Post. Of course, he will likely be remembered for his ultimate Big Lie: I won the election in a landslide.
2. The Hating. So much hating. Mexican immigrants are rapists. Muslims should be banned from the U.S. Powerful women. Powerful Black women, in particular. All kinds of immigrants (except Norwegians). LGBTQ folks. The poor. Black people. Latino people. California and New York. Most Asians. Denmark. All Democrats. Dogs. Angela Merkel and most of Germany. Hillary. Nancy. It’s a long list. Be nice to move beyond this Hate Presidency.
3. The Corruption. Whole books will be written about Trump’s thievery. The Trump name will become synonymous with a Queens mob that captured the Republican Party with generous help from the Russians. My favorite instance of Trump malfeasance, although small scale compared to the overall Trump family criming , was forcing the Secret Service (aka, the American tax payer) to rent expensive golf carts for Trump’s never-ending golf outings. Literally profiting from his security. And don’t forget charging agents market price for bottles of water at Trump’s tacky clubs. So low, so gross.
4. Trump’s Cabinet. Like every Mafia boss before him, Trump surrounded himself with a gang of equally immoral, greedy people to plunder and share the booty. Remember the various Cabinet officials forced to quit after they were found to be living large on our dime, flying first class and using their security details to fetch body lotion? Or perhaps you recall Jeff Sessions, the Dwarf Menace, who decided ripping babies from their mothers at the border would be a good policy. Betsy DeVos who hates public education. Bill fucking Barr running the Justice Department like a Mob law firm. I mean, it’s a strong bench of horrible people. It’s hard to pick which one of these various creeps was the worst, but historians will figure it out.
5. Trump’s Family. I still remember my reaction after Trump announced that Ivanka would join the White House staff. (Fuck!) It was incomprehensible. Making handbags for rich people seemed like a thin resume for high office in the White House. Don Jr. is the typical rich kid who does not understand he is nothing without the family money, just another mediocre man with a weak chin and an unfortunate cocaine (?) habit. But the big surprise was Melania. Who knew that behind the model face was just another Trump thug who was skating on family money and privilege? I don’t really care, do you?
POWER PLAYER – Biden’s 100 Day Agenda
The house is on fire and here comes the fire brigade. Lots of fire-men and women with big, red trucks. Biden is determined to address this emergency and get the country on solid footing again.
Focused on the pandemic and the economy, Biden will press on those issues that are overwhelming Americans. The last year of Trump’s incredible mismanagement has resulted in some 400,000- Americans losing their lives. Millions unemployed, hundreds of thousands of small businesses ruined. Lives on pause. Widespread hunger.
And although there are no fast-acting solutions to these complex problems, having a person with a plan (Biden) finally in charge should give us hope. Here are some highlights as reported by CNN:
“Biden's goal is to reverse the damage that Democrats believe has been inflicted by Trump. Through executive action, he plans to end the travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries and rejoin the Paris climate accord on his first day in office. He will also do what Trump refused to do to fight the pandemic, including a mask mandate on federal property and interstate travel and working to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border. Biden's stimulus plan would provide the kind of economic assistance to states and localities, $350 billion worth, that Republicans have blocked and move toward a bold immigration plan that undoes the era of restrictionism.
“Unlike some other famous first 100 days, like FDR in 1933, Biden's plan primarily aims to reverse the direction of policy under his predecessor and stabilize society from the pandemic rather than setting out on a fundamentally new path that remakes public policy. Nonetheless, given the circumstances, the plan is extremely ambitious.
“Besides executive orders and legislation, the biggest issue in the coming months is an implementation issue. There Biden has also shown he will not be passive. His incoming administration has promised to vaccinate 100 million people in 100 days. He is working to open new vaccine centers and has said he will use the Defense Production Act to ramp up the distribution of shots.”
POWER READ – From The Atlantic:
“Trump was a serial violator of his oath—as evidenced by his continual use of his office for personal financial gain—but focusing on three crucial ways in which he betrayed it helps clarify his singular historical status. First, he failed to put the national-security interests of the United States ahead of his own political needs. Second, in the face of a devastating pandemic, he was grossly derelict, unable or unwilling to marshal the requisite resources to save lives while actively encouraging public behavior that spread the disease. And third, held to account by voters for his failures, he refused to concede defeat and instead instigated an insurrection, stirring a mob that stormed the Capitol.
“Many chief executives have failed, in one way or another, to live up to the demands of the job, or to competently discharge them. But historians now tend to agree that our worst presidents are those who fall short in the second part of their pledge, in some way endangering the Constitution. And if you want to understand why these three failures make Trump the worst of all our presidents, the place to begin is in the basement of the presidential rankings, where dwell his rivals for that singular dishonor.
POWER QUOTE – Certainly a day to think about hope again
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” - Saint Augustine