It doesn’t matter that he never actually said it, but the quote has so long been attributed to Niccolò Machiavelli that he might as well have said it.
The end justifies the means.
Step all over truth, honour, and justice to achieve your goals, for it is only reaching the goal that counts, not how you got there. Trump and his minions obviously believe that, for he is willing to burn the U.S. Constitution, trash the values of the office of president, and trample the people of this nation to achieve his goal: the establishment of an absolute, lifetime autocracy. He has proven that he will lie, cheat, steal, and then lie some more in order to achieve his goal.
The law does not apply to the president, so we are told by Attorney General William Barr. Oh … but only this president, for the law definitely applied to the last president … and the one before him … and the one before … well, you get the picture. The others tried to do the right thing, tried to abide by the law, but along comes Trump under whom we have seen unprecedented corruption, and all of a sudden, the law does not apply to him.
He can attempt to blackmail another world leader in order to rig next year’s election in his favour, an act that for any other president would constitute treason, and the Department of Justice and the Republican Party see no problem.
In a speech given to the United States Mission to the United Nations yesterday, he called the whistleblower who uncovered his attempted blackmail, a spy and intimates that he (or she) should be punished as spies used to be punished … by execution.
“I want to know who’s the person that gave the whistle-blower the information, because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right? We used to handle them a little differently than we do now.”
My knee-jerk reaction to that one is to ask French President Macron if they have an old guillotine lying around somewhere that we could borrow to punish our treasonous president in the way they used to.
And, of course, his woes are always the fault of the press.
“These animals in the press. They’re animals actually. Some of the worst human beings you’ll ever meet. Fake news, fake news. They’re scum, many of them are scum. You have some good reporters but not many, I’ll be honest with you. And that’s one of the things we battle. You’ll find out, but they’ll probably like you better than they like me, but I had to get us here right? But they’re total — just terrible dishonest people.”
Never … never in my life have I heard a president, or any politician in the U.S. for that matter, speak in such a manner. He has virtually painted a target on every member of the press, and why? Because if his base believe that the media is ‘scum’, ‘animals’, and ‘dishonest’, then they will not believe anything that is said about Trump in the press. And folks … it’s working. I saw a clip on BBC last night where they interviewed a number of people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A few of the comments …
- I don’t believe it, that he did anything … uh … wrong
- He’s a businessman … he knows what the heck he’s doing. He’ll figure something out … he’s got something up his sleeve (said with a grin)
- You mean the president? He has permission to do a number of different things that … you know … you or I wouldn’t be able to get away with, but then again, heading into the election next year, there shouldn’t be that much dirt being dug up and everything.
Welcome, my friends, to the United States of Ignorance – a nation where the head of government and many of his trusted lieutenants believe that ‘the end justifies the means’, and almost half the people just don’t care. If the goal is to win an election, then they will lie, cheat, steal, blackmail, and perhaps even murder to win that election. If the goal is to build a damn wall, they will rob funds intended to help people recover from a hurricane, or intended to help educate the children of military personnel overseas, in order to build a wall. If the goal is to turn a diverse, secular nation into an all-white nation of religious zealots, then perhaps it’s okay to deport, imprison, and yes, even murder those who don’t fit the image. If the goal is to exchange a democratic republic for a dictatorship, then they will bring down an entire nation of 330 million people to do so, and never look back, never have any regrets, never say, “I’m sorry”.
As for me, I do not believe that the end justifies the means. That was the belief in 1945 when the U.S. bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, many children, on a mass scale was supposed to justify ending a war. Was it justified? I don’t think so, but some do. The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was named “Little Boy”, and the larger one dropped on Nagasaki three days later was named “Fat Boy”. Donald Trump is Little Boy and Fat Boy all rolled into one, only his destruction is to his own nation, the country he took an oath to protect. Think about it … think long and hard between now and November 2020.