Folks … we need to talk. Yes, I know you’d like another Groundhog Day post this morning, but unfortunately Groundhog Day comes but once a year. Okay … yes, it IS National Carrot Cake Day and also National Wear Red Day. Carrot cake I can do … wearing red? NO. I do not wear red. So, here’s my nod to National Carrot Cake Day.
Now seriously … we need to talk … and think.
Today’s topic for pondering is none other than Steve Bannon. I have been pondering a question for the past several days, and I want to walk through my thought processes for my own clarity, as well as yours.
Yes, that’s Steve Bannon, white supremacist, ‘former’ head of Breitbart, with links to both KKK and neo-Nazi organizations. The same Steve Bannon who was named Trump’s “Senior White House Advisor” and then, just last week, was given a seat on the National Security Council, despite having absolutely no experience that qualifies him for that position.
Now … I want to pose a question to my readers … a question that keeps invading my thought processes: what if Steve Bannon is actually the person running the government? What if he is both the brains and the vitriol behind Trump?
Let me explain my thinking. Bannon had absolutely no qualifications to become a presidential advisor, yet he was the first chosen and the position Trump assigned him did not require senate confirmation. It is said that Bannon has been the framer of most, if not all, of the executive orders Trump has issued in the past two weeks, which makes sense, as we have seen Trump’s communication style and its … shall we say, ‘limitations’ (2 syllables), so to believe he crafted executive legislation is a stretch. Then Bannon is given a full seat on the principals committee of the National Security Council, for which he is even less qualified than I am. But the final slap-in-the-face for me was the fact that when Trump made his obnoxious call to Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia on Saturday, not only was Bannon in the room, but it is said that Trump deferred to him on at least one occasion.
Now, we all know that Trump disturbs me: he is a narcissistic, poorly educated, unqualified, arrogant buffoon. However, Bannon may well disturb me even more. Let us look at some of the things he has said over the past few months:
- August 2016 – “I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment. National Review and The Weekly Standard are both left-wing magazines, and I want to destroy them also.”
- November 2016 – “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when ‘they’ get it wrong. When ‘they’re’ blind to who we are and what we’re doing. If we deliver [the Trump Administration] we’ll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years. I am Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors.”
- January 2017 – “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. I want you to quote this: The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States. The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work.”
According to Foreign Policy, a notable, award-winning source:
“Even before he was given a formal seat on the National Security Council’s “principals committee” this weekend by President Donald Trump, Bannon was calling the shots and doing so with little to no input from the National Security Council staff, according to an intelligence official who asked not to be named out of fear of retribution.
“He is running a cabal, almost like a shadow NSC,” the official said. He described a work environment where there is little appetite for dissenting opinions, shockingly no paper trail of what’s being discussed and agreed upon at meetings, and no guidance or encouragement so far from above about how the National Security Council staff should be organized.”
I am not alone in my thinking. Yesterday, Time magazine’s latest edition features Bannon, on the cover with text that reads “The Great Manipulator.” The headline used for the piece inside the magazine asks, “Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?”
So I have to ask the question … who is actually calling the shots? Who is driving this Ship of Fools? And which is worse? Trump, an idiot extraordinaire who is as likely as not to destroy this country with his energy, environmental, educational and national security policies, as well as destroy every foreign alliance we have? Or Bannon, a man who, while equally disgusting, is more intelligent and better educated, and thinks like Lenin … a sly and devious man whose every move has purpose? Where does Putin and his vision of a new Soviet-style empire fit into the equation? Are we being buffeted willy nilly by a fool or are we being guided purposefully by Captain Bligh? Why have Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn both died when we need them to help us figure this out??? Either way … my final question: will we see a Mutiny on the Bounty?
I am not a conspiracy theorist at all … I do not believe that our government played a role in 9/11, other than perhaps the intelligence community being so disjointed that they missed what was right under their noses. I do not think that Lyndon Johnson ordered the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Nor am I saying that Bannon is the brains of this operation and Trumpet merely a pumpet. However, I am asking your opinion. I am asking you to watch and listen … that is all.
Oh alright … fine … here is a link to the Carrot Cake Recipe. Send me a piece, please …