It was on the 8th of this month that I wrote “The Purge Begins …” At that time, I had no intention of it requiring a follow-up, or becoming an ongoing saga, but that is exactly what has happened.
I told you about Joseph Maguire, acting Director of National Intelligence being ousted for the sole reason that he was doing his job, and in the course of his job, he apprised Congress that the Russians are continuing their campaign of interfering in our upcoming elections. Trump doesn’t want Congress, or by extension, We the People to know that his buddy Putin is already working hard to put Trump back in the Oval Office next year. Maguire was replaced by a highly unqualified Richard Grenell who has absolutely no background in intelligence. But it doesn’t stop there. Dozens of policy experts have been cleared out of the National Security Council staff. A deputy national security adviser dogged by innuendo about disloyalty was exiled to the Energy Department. A Trump appointee’s nomination for a top Treasury Department post was pulled. The No. 3 official at the Defense Department was shown the door. Johnny McEntee, a 29-year-old loyalist just installed to take over the Office of Presidential Personnel and reporting directly to Mr. Trump, has ordered a freeze on all political appointments across the government. But now here’s the scariest part … McEntee also convened a meeting to instruct departments to search for people not devoted to the president so they can be removed, according to people briefed about the session, and informed colleagues that he planned to tell cabinet secretaries that the White House would be choosing their deputies from now on.
This is unheard of. This makes my hair stand on end. But wait … I’m not done yet. Grenell has only been acting DNI for three days, and already he has fired Andrew P. Hallman, the popular principal executive, who had been acting as the top deputy. In his place, he hired Kashyap Patel, a senior National Security Council staff member and former key aide to … wait for it … the weasel Representative Devin Nunes. Patel’s mandate? To ‘clean house’.
It appears that political appointees may also feel the sting of the whip, for those considered insufficiently committed to the president or suspected of not aggressively advancing his agenda will be out. Folks … this is not how a democratic government is run. Donald Trump referred to himself as ‘king’ in a recent tweet. The Founders of this nation were very clear that they did not want this nation to ever be under the rule of a king or despot, and yet today, that is exactly where we are headed.
What bothers me most, though, is that some 40% of the people in this nation would rather give up our independence, our right to know what our government is doing, and our right to be free of tyranny, than to give up Donald Trump. Ask them why. They cannot give you a well-reasoned answer. They will call you names … the other night I was dubbed an ‘ignorant bitch’ for asking a reasonable question of a trumpeter.
Republican or Democrat, people simply must wake up very quickly and see these staffing changes as what they are: a purge.
Last week, Trump pardoned eleven criminals, including former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, as I told you yesterday. He is likely to pardon Roger Stone if Stone is denied a new trial. I can’t help but wonder if his reason is he plans to replace some of those who have been fired with these criminals. Before you say, “Nah, couldn’t possibly happen”, I’d ask that you think about all the things we’ve said couldn’t possibly happen, yet did happen over the past three years.Trump’s goal, it would seem, is to ensure that he can act with impunity and the public will never know. He said in a radio interview that he may drastically limit how many national security officials can listen in on his calls with foreign leaders, breaking from decades of White House procedure. “I may end the practice entirely,” he said. So, he could make any arrangement with any foreign leader … and we would never know.
Oh … one last thing. You know those checks and balances the Constitution calls for? Don’t hold your breath on those working. Congress? Well, look what happened with the impeachment trial. The Supreme Court? I would laugh, but I’m feeling too ill right about now. I’m not typically an alarmist, but friends … all I’ve got to say to you about this is … Be afraid … be very afraid. Better yet … be angry … be furious and vote the bastard out on November 3rd!