He Who Would Be King

It must be galling to Donald Trump that he has to sit tight on the things he has planned.  He is one who filters neither his speech nor his actions.  If he thinks it at any given moment, it free-falls from either his mouth or his thumbs on Twitter.  If he wants to say it, he says it.  If he wants to do it, he does it.  Rarely in his life has he seen any lasting consequences for his speech or actions, so why stop now?  But now he is being strongly cautioned by his top advisors, lawyers, and the GOP that to act now would almost certainly doom the Republican Party on November 6th, and likely bring about the ultimate end of the Reign of Trump.  Democracy hangs in the balance, and if he wishes to defeat it, he must bide his time.

What are those plans he is being forced to sit on?  All the steps that would lead to ending the Mueller investigation, the last remaining impediment to his autocracy.  Plain and simple.  Listen to what he had to say on Fox and Friends this morning when asked if he is planning to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“I’m not doing anything — I want to get the elections over with, we’ll see what happens. I’m very disappointed that we go through this witch hunt, this ridiculous witch hunt… there’s no collusion. There is no collusion. There’s no collusion. There is collusion with Hillary Clinton and the Russians, but there’s no collusion with the Republicans, and there’s certainly no collusion with Donald Trump. And everyone knows it, and they ought to get it over with and save a lot of money, and a lot of time.”

‘Everyone’ knows it?  Who, exactly, constitutes ‘everyone’?

More of what he’s been saying all along?  Sure, but … remember a couple of weeks ago when he had summoned Rod Rosenstein to the White House, everyone was certain he was about to fire him, then … nothing?  My best guess is that he had every intention of firing him that day, but people with functioning minds strongly warned against it so close to the mid-term elections.  The stakes are high next month for the GOP and they are not about to let Trump blow it if they can help it.

We already have enough evidence pointing to the Russians having intervened on behalf of Donald Trump in the 2016 elections.  Where there is smoke, there’s bound to be a fire.  Robert Mueller’s team is under the gun to make certain they can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that what they report is true, for their report will no doubt be subject to the highest scrutiny, held under the strongest magnifying glass and picked apart many times over.  The ‘I’s must be dotted and the ‘T’s must be crossed.  That takes time.  Trump’s goal is to make certain they don’t have that time.

What happens if Trump has his way, if the mid-term elections result in an ongoing republican majority in both the House and the Senate, if he fires first Sessions, then Rosenstein?  Trump does not have the legal authority to fire Rosenstein directly, although he thumbs his nose at the limits of his legal authority, and in many cases gets by with it.  Solicitor General Noel Francisco is next in the line of succession if Rosenstein were gone, and he would then have oversight of the investigation.

Trump could legally pursue a number of options from telling Francisco to stop Mueller from pursuing any avenue of inquiry that involves Trump’s financial records or other sensitive topics, or he could order him to fire Mueller and either allow the investigation to continue with a replacement (or without a special counsel at all) or shut it down entirely.  In the past 21 months, Trump has neatly skirted the law more than once, has taken the stance that he, as president, is above the law, that it simply does not apply to him, and, because of a consenting majority in Congress, has pretty much had a free reign.

The Mueller investigation is not a witch hunt, is not a hoax, and is very much a legitimate investigation that is expected to produce eye-opening results that should lead to some changes in our government.  If it is shut down, or Mueller’s hands tied tightly as the FBI’s were in the sham of a Kavanaugh investigation, then folks … we are in trouble.  Today we still have a voice … we can vote the sycophants who have given Trump free rein out of Congress in less than four weeks. We can work to convince others to vote to remove that boot-licking republican majority from Congress so that Congress can once again become what it was intended:  an oversight on the power of the executive branch.  I predict that if we fail in this mission, we may not have another chance in our lifetimes.  Many will argue that the Constitution will protect our freedoms, but I believe that the strength of the Constitution has already been chipped away and eroded by the current administration and it is only a matter of time before it is burned.

The moral of this long-winded story:  VOTE!!!King trump

26 thoughts on “He Who Would Be King

  1. Jill, I am reading two time Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward’s book “Fear.” It is excellent. I just finished the part where the unified intelligence leadership apprised Trump and staff they had no doubt that the Russians influenced the election to belittle Clinton, then when they thought she would win, destabilize her Presidency. They had multiple human sources.

    Trump said he did not believe in human resources and started his witch hunt claims to discredit. He could not tolerate any discrediting of his win. It should be noted the intelligence community knew, at a minimum, he was an unwitting Russian resource. This is no witch hunt and must continue. Today, I heard he said Devin Nunes should win a medal. Totally off base – Nunes should be forced out of his committee chair role and be reprimanded for unethical actions. Keith

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    • I agree … it is excellent reading … I usually only have an hour a day to read, and that at the end of the day which, for me is about 4:00 a.m., but I read Woodward’s book within 3 days after it’s publication. Putin had a plan, a back-up plan, and a reserve back-up plan, and Trump is too stupid to see that he was a pliable pawn in it all. As for Nunes … I read that his hometown newspaper withdrew their support of him! That says a lot, doesn’t it? Enjoy the book! I’ve got another recommendation for you … “Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy” by Marvin Kalb

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      • Jill, thanks for the recommendation. It looks interesting. Putin has long term strategies and adapts. He wants to divide the west and perpetuating nationalism is effective tactic to do so. Kim has a strategy to use this process to divide South Korea and US. The Woodward book revealed how Trump has such little understanding of trade, that he about made a horrendous decision to stop a trade agreement with South Korea that is a lynchpin to military support. Kim has to read that book and just smile.

        One of the theme’s that jumps out at me from the book is how Trump is so mercurial that managing his decision-making process wears people out. Decisions are never solid, so they are constantly having to remind him of why something is a bad idea. Getting out of NATO is a good example. Keith

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        • It is surprising how many people still work for him, given his temperament … perhaps it is why people that work the closest with him are beginning to look much older than they did a year ago! I have worked in chaotic atmospheres before and it takes a toll, for sure, but I’ve never worked in such a toxic environment as the White House is, if you listen to both Woodward and Michael Wolff, among others. Very counter-productive. I think he needs a course in Management 101. As well as History 101, from the inane comments he made at a rally here today Abraham Lincoln and Robert E Lee. Sigh. It would be funny … if only it weren’t.

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  2. The last portion of the address to the Joint Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on January 9, 1961 by President-elect John F. Kennedy. “For to whom much is given, much is required. And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgement…our success or failure…will be measured by the answers to four questions: First, were we truly men of courage–with the courage to stand up to one’s enemies–and the courage to stand up when necessary, to one’s own associates–the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed? Secondly, were we truly men of judgement–with perceptive judgement of the future as well as the past–of our own mistakes as well as mistakes of others–with enough wisdom to know what we did not know, and enough candor to admit it? Third, were we truly men of integrity–men who never ran out on the principles in which they believed or the people who believed in them–men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust? Finally, were we truly men of dedication–with an honor mortgaged to no individual or group, and compromised by no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest?” Trump fails all four. Thank-you!

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    • As I read your comment, Kennedy’s words, all these years later … I first felt a chill and then tears began rolling down my cheeks. Oh Ellen … what has become of our country? Kennedy … a man of honour, courage and integrity … was not allowed to live to make his mark on the world, and yet the POS in the White House today lives to a ripe old age only to make a mockery of us all. Sigh. 😥

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      • This is known as the “City Upon a Hill Speech”, a favorite of my Father. I memorized the 4 questions part to impress him, a dedicated campaigner for J.F.K.’s presidency. It was my first experience in a presidential campaign, and although but a new teenager at the time, the lessons were invaluable. We celebrated Kennedy’s successful win and mourned his loss as if he were a family member…in our hearts, he was. John F. Kennedy was a flawed human being, as are we all, but his charisma and vibrance can not be denied. “Don’t ever let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was Camelot.”

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        • Kennedy made his share of mistakes, for certain, but his intentions were good and his heart was in the right place. He acted on behalf of the people, not just the ones with lots of money. He cared … actually cared, not this fake caring we see today … about the nation and it’s people.

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  3. Donnie I, King of the Sheep. If you think his ego is big right now, imagine it in a couple months if he retains both House and Senate. This coming election will be the last in the history of the United States of America. He will change the name to Trumpland, or some such idiocy, and he will abolish any reins that still hold him in check. The only thing he will forget is that kings suffer from patricide. It is a fatal disease specific to those who rule. Maybe Donne II will be more benevolent.

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    • Believe me … I have already considered many times over what he will be like should the republicans manage to maintain their majorities. I truly sense that it will be the last election in this country for a long time, if that happens. It would likely be the end of the Mueller investigation, the end of the Constitution, or at least as we know it today. The end of many of the institutions as we know them now. And it will be the end of me, for I will not live in that nation.

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      • Canada will welcome you, if you choose us. Of course, it is colder up here in winters, so you might prefer Cuba, or Australia, or New Zealand.
        Come to think of it, I’ve never heard of typhoons or volcanoes or earthquakes in the latter two countries. I can’t do Australia myself, I would end up in jail for not voting, but I think NZ isn’t quite so anal, lol.

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          • Hi Colette, I hate to have to say it, but I do not remember Christchurch. Either the memory wss in that part of my mind that disappesred aftef my concussion, or it just never made the hesdlines in Canada. I cannot imagine it wouldn’t make the headlines, Christchurch is a big city, so I guess I will have to put it down to my injured brain. But I will look it up.
            Meanwhile, I tried to make it look good. I have a university buddy living there now. She loves it.

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              • Thanks Colette. Amazing info. I haven’t seen today’s newscast, but we haven’t heard anything about this, only about hurricane Michael hitting Florida. I think the southern hemisphere is being shortchanged, but I’m not surprised, as the USA dominates our headlines.

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                • This storm was in 2017. They don’t get many, but like Canada and Britain, they do get the occasional devastating stray storm. I think we are all going to get hit by more of these as the world heats up and weather patterns change.

                  I gotta say, I feel a sense of gloom. So much is going wrong with the world that it is difficult to see hope for a brighter future at the moment. 🤔🙁

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                  • At this moment, yes. But I believe in what I call spiritual evolution. Not sure if you have seen any of my comments about it, or read any of my posts, but for me it is as real as physical evolution. Life is moving towards a more spiritual (not religious) future, and barring us blowing up our world, we are going to get there.
                    What conservatives around the world are doing right now is fighting desperately to hang onto the past, but it cannot be done. Evolution moves ahead no matter what humans might want. Spiritual evolution is no different, it is unstoppable. (This is not a god-driven bus, but a life-driven one. Life is forever seeking peace and understanding. It is a necessity. The road is a rough one, there are no ruts to follow, but unless something forces this bus to turn in a different direction, it will continue to move forward. This is my vision. We will get there.)

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        • Chris and I have strongly considered Canada, and in truth it would be the most likely option. My friend Emily has even offered to sponsor us. But … for now I stay here and fight the ‘good’ fight, because the process to leave seems overwhelming.

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