When the Republicans gained the majority in the Senate a few years ago, matching the advantage they already had in the House, Senator Mitch McConnell boasted that we would now see that Republicans know how to run a government. We’re still waiting.
The Republican House, impatient for the beginning of trump’s presidency and even unable to wait until the official opening of the 2017 congressional session, tried to take its first step in damaging the government on Monday evening. In a closed door meeting, the Republican congressmen dismantled the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Word got out and the public outcry was immediate, so that the step was immediately reversed even before the House officially began its session.
Drain the swamp? That is hardly what is going to happen. The swamp rats are going to be more protective of their ugly ways than ever.
Adding to the ugliness of it all is the Orwellian reversal of truth. Mr. Goodlatte of Virginia, head of the House Judiciary Committee (what a laugh), who led the move to remove all power from the OCE, proudly proclaimed that the move was intended to strengthen ethical oversight in the House. Ever since the election of Obama, the Republicans have turned to outright lies to make their case in one matter after another. Now they’ve got trump to lead the way in in telling such an enormous number of anti-truths and they are obviously planning on taking advantage of their new freedom from ethical restraint.
Republican hypocrisy has become so odious that the stench is sickening. America is the land of justice, honor, noble ideals. . . isn’t it?
What can we do? Protest. protest, protest. And read Orwell’s novel 1984, a perfect exposition of trump’s commitment to lies as effective manipulative tools. Then, to further your education, read Machiavelli’s The Prince.
And do stay alert to other signs that trump — and now most Republicans — are manipulators rather than leaders. Remember that manipulators tend to lead with one of two opening gambits: either they flatter or they intimidate. trump is seeking to manipulate Putin, for example, by flattery (though of course Putin is doing the same with trump and will prove a far stronger manipulator than feeble trump will ever be). In preparing to deal with big American companies in our automotive and airplane industries, trump is beginning his deceitful ways by intimidating. He is doing the same with the intelligence arms of our government and with various branches of the Executive branch. Do not mistake his methods for strength. He has no quality to his character beyond simple deceitfulness driven by a completely unrestrained hubris.