Trump Farm

Since his first insane ranting as a candidate I have been trying to ascertain is Trump senile?  Insane? Or crazy like a fox?  It could be that he’s both or that he is crazy and his handlers are like foxes. The point is there is a method, an ulterior purpose behind the ranting. As we peel back the layers of insanity, the underlying purpose looks ever more ugly and dangerous. We are starting to see a true fascism emerging. Take the nonsense allegations of voter fraud, that Hillary’s popular vote only exceeded his because 3 million illegal voted for her. A massive conspiracy theory that requires an absurd level of paper trail that no one, not even Trump’s own lawyers, thinks exists:

As reporters and experts immediately pointed out, Trump’s belief that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in November is at odds with what his own lawyers said in court when they challenged the recount petitions of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. “All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake,” Trump’s legal team argued in a brief….[1]

Yet we see the purpose in these allegations: they are a smokescreen to justify putting up barriers to the black vote and to other minorities. His own press secretary let the cat out of the bag: “Spicer also floated the idea that voter ID laws, which serve to suppress voter participation among minorities, young people, and the elderly, could be a solution to problems the investigation may find.”[2]read more

So is it just delusion of senility, an attempt to save an aged child’s brittle ego? Or was it a secret design all along? Whichever, it is being worked into the grand design. It has no good purpose. We can also see this fascistic streak emerging in other areas as well. At the same time there is a scandalous array of statements from the Trump Camp and Republican Congress proclaiming that we should not listen to the media but only to Trump. The vilifying of the media has been a theme in Trump’s campaign since day one. His vilification of the media constitutes a threat to freedom of the press.

Less than a month before the U.S. presidential election, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued an unprecedented statement denouncing the then-Republican nominee. “[Donald] Trump has insulted and vilified the press and has made his opposition to the media a centerpiece of his campaign,” said the committee, a New York-based organization that promotes press freedom. “A Trump presidency would represent a threat to press freedom in the United States.”[3]read more

This threat is born out by journalists being charged with felonies from the protest in Washington. Six journalists were arrested and charged with rioting because they were covering the riots.

The charges against the journalists — Evan EngelAlexander Rubinstein, Jack Keller, Matthew HopardShay Horse and Aaron Cantu — have been denounced by organizations dedicated to press freedom. All of those arrested have denied participating in the violence.

“These felony charges are bizarre and essentially unheard of when it comes to journalists here in America who were simply doing their job,” said Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of Pen America. “They weren’t even in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were in the right place.”[4] read more

This is an extremely dangerous sign. It singles a clear war on the media. This is right out of George Orwell’s fascism by the numbers, that is his political classic Animal Farm.[5] Like Animal Farm, he’s changed all the messages he gave in the early days but so gradually his supporters never noticed. Now America  is paying for the wall, but Mexico will pay us back. He was going to make America great again, but now he’s going to make America safe again.

Trump wants to bring back torture. He claims to know better than the generals saying torture works. The CIA says it doesn’t, but what do they know? Only Trump really knows.[6] Specifically he wants to bring back waterboarding.

The CIA began using waterboarding, among other interrogation processes, after the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. Al-Qaeda figures Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were waterboarded dozens of times under CIA detention. A Senate committee concluded the technique did not provide critical intelligence, but some ex-CIA officials insisted it had provided actionable information. The technique is illegal. President Barack Obama banned torture as an interrogation technique in 2009. And late last year, an anti-torture amendment became law. It writes into the Army Field Manual that there can be no “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”. Mr Trump can rewrite the manual but the law’s stipulation that there can be “no use or threat of force” cannot be waived by executive order. Paul Ryan, speaking to reporters alongside Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, emphasised the Republican position, saying that “torture is illegal and we agree with it not being legal”.

This is a ploy to make the bedrock right wing of Trump support feel secure. We’ll teach those old Muslims a lesson. He’s willing to torture terrorists. He is threatening to use martial law to reduce the murder rate in Chicago.[7] How long will it be before he uses torture as a mainstay of American jurisprudence? You might think this is a slippery slope argument. Yet Trump is known for going to extremes. His political bread and butter is based upon saying the unsayable and doing the undoable. Going to extremes is his trademark. He’s willing to charge journalists with felonies for rioting because they are telling the truth about the riot. He wants to impose martial law to force Chicago to obey the law. Why would he not torture Americans if he’s willing to torture anyone? Moreover, perhaps he won’t use torture in the mainstream but what would stop him from declaring protesters rioters and using it on them to silence decent? Even if he never gets that far, how close must we come before it’s too much?

Sources

all articles accessed 1/27/17

[1] Pema Levy, “Spicer Suggests Tighter Voting Restrictions as Solution to Nonexistant Voter Fraud,” Mother Jones (Jan 25, 2017)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/sean-spicer-voter-fraud-investigation-suppression

[2] Ibid

[3] Mirren Gidda, and Zach Schonfeld, “Donald Trump’s thread to Press Freedom and Why it Matters,” Newsweek. (Nov 12, 2016) Online copy URL

http://www.newsweek.com/2016-election-donald-trump-press-freedom-first-amendment-520389

[4]Jonah Engle Bromwich,  “Felony Charges for jornalists at Inauguration Protests Raise Fears for Press Freedom,” New York Times, (jan 25,2017) URL

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/business/media/journalists-arrested-trump-inauguration.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

[5] George Orwell Animal Farm Signet; 50th Anniversary edition (1996)

[6] BBC News “Donald Trump says he believes waterboarding works” BBC US ancdc Canada online, (26 January 2017) URL: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38753000

[7] Theodore Schleifer and Joshua Berliner, “Trump says he’ll Send Feds into Chicago,” CNN Politics

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/24/politics/donald-trump-chicago-carnage/

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