There are a lot of words that could be used to describe Donald Trump. Competent, truthful, and defender of the U.S. Constitution are not among them. But our Republican controlled Congress does not care. It seems as far as they’re concerned, Trump actually could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and get away with it. There’s a reason for that and it’s even scarier than having a mentally unstable senior citizen hold the nuclear launch codes.
Charles P. Pierce points out in Esquire,
Washington is numb now. It is plain that this president* really can do anything he wants, and the Republican legislative majorities will swallow it. You have to be in the middle of it to see how supine all the other power centers in this city are in relation to a confessed sexual predator with a 32-percent approval rating, a special prosecutor closing in on his ass, and an administration apparently full of high-rent plea bargainers.
And he still feels free to endorse an alleged child predator for the Senate, lie about his opponent in the last election, and venture forth to make sure some of the common wilderness is safe for oil derricks…
There’s a lot to unpack there. But the main thread is ethical blindness and its direct line to political power and money. Trump is little more than a derelict vehicle the donor class is willing to ride to the unraveling of American democracy. If that sounds crazy, keep in mind that the mega-donor Koch brothers are behind people like Wisconsin union-killer, Gov. Scott Walker, and his congressional counterpart, throw-granny-off-a-cliff Speaker Paul Ryan. And all of them are up to their eyeballs in a national movement to tear up the U.S. Constitution via an Article V convention rewrite. As PRWatch notes, “Most of the groups pushing the convention idea are being underwritten by one or more institutions tied to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.”
The ultimate goal of the Trump enablers is not a secret anymore. Just look at the cabinet in the current administration has assembled. There’s a good chance Trump never heard of Scott Pruitt until someone slipped him his name to head-up the Environmental Protection Agency. Could Pruitt’s name have been suggested by the Koch brothers, whose companies have been the most heavily fined for being the worst polluters, in the country? Might it be sheer coincidence that since he was sworn in, Pruitt has done everything but ‘protect’ the environment, public health, or anything that needs to breathe or drink clean water.
The same could be said for education, treasury, the FCC, and every other position with the power to dismantle all the rules.
No doubt, Trump was given a list of names he cluelessly signed off on. They are all Republicans, apparently beholden to donors who see America as a country they ‘bought’ like a house, which they now have the right to remodel. They want to eliminate every possible consumer protection and corporate regulation, along with their own tax bills, and blame America’s problems on poor people, black people, old people, LGBT people, immigrants, Muslims, women, sick children, disabled people, and anyone else they deem imperfect or an annoying hindrance to their accumulation of even more wealth and power.
This IS the Republican agenda. Trump can give it to them, and nothing else matters. If it did, House Republicans would not have voted today to table the resolution by Rep. Al Green (D- Texas) to impeach Trump.
Elections have consequences, which is why 2018 may be the most important one in the nation’s history.