Closing Thought–31Jan17

Before the closing thought…..Actress Barbara Hale, aka Della Street on Perry Mason, has died at age 94….Hale makes it 3….may her soul rest in peace….

Monday Night Massacre

Anyone else noticed just how many apologists for Trump there are now?  They are usually the same ones that accused so many others of being an Obama apologist.  And how pathetic it was to be an apologist.   Funny how that works, huh?

I remember back in the 70’s and one Pres. Nixon…..during the Watergate investigation he decided to rid his government of those people that he did not like beginning with his attorney general………a political purge……

You see  throughout history the “great” leaders have eventually had a purge of their government…..Besides Nixon there were such notables as Hitler, Stalin and now there has been another one in Washington……

Shortly after the inauguration Trump lost many within the State department…..

State Department senior leaders resigned from their positions. The senior State Department leaders were reportedly asked to leave via letter in what is believed to be an effort to “clean house” at the department.

While the officials technically resigned, the real decision was for the Trump Administration to accept what are pro forma resignations at the beginning of any administration.

Also among those not asked to return to service was highly controversial Assistant Secretary for Europe Victoria Nuland, who seemed to work tirelessly to damage US relations with Russia. Nuland openly supported a coup in Ukraine, handing out bread to protesters, as well as working behind the scenes to form the post-coup government.

By “cleaning house” at the State Department, President Trump is going to be able to exert even more influence in shaping the department for years to come.

Monday night, 30Jan17, the purge continued…….

An Obama holdover who was temporarily running the Justice Department just got fired by President Trump after an act of defiance. Mere hours after acting attorney general Sally Yates said the department would not defend Trump’s refugee executive order in court while she was in charge, Trump made sure that she was no longer in charge. Her announcement was largely symbolic anyway, notes the New York Times, given that nominee Jeff Sessions is expected to assume the office of attorney general in a matter of days, perhaps even Tuesday. In the interim, Yates will be replaced by Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, reports Politico.

A White House statement said Yates “has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” adding that she is “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

Shortly after the firing of Yates the other shoe fell……

President Donald Trump replaced the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday with another director from within the organization.

Trump replaced Daniel Ragsdale as acting director with Thomas Homan, ICE’s executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations since 2013. Ragsdale will return to his position at deputy director, the Department of Homeland Security said on its Twitter page.

Slowly but slowly Trump is assuming complete control over the government…..and there is a name for this action…….

This concludes my posting day…tomorrow will be here and I shall return….have a day my friends….chuq

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8 thoughts on “Closing Thought–31Jan17

  1. That “power” has always been there for the taking. It’s simply the culmination of actions instigated by those “in charge.” Out of hubris, they (the Democrats?) believed that their control over the media (i.e., ability to disseminate propaganda) would ensure Clinton’s victory, but it ultimately didn’t turn out that way. Now Republicans have the “power,” and Trump has the president’s Executive Authority. It’s funny, though, how Democrats are trying to introduce amendments now to strip Trump of his newly acquired ability. The hypocrisy! Ha.

      1. It’s a fault I see in myself and try to correct; although I’m not successful 100% of the time. The danger of always seeing the “them” instead of the “us.”

        I liken what’s happening in politics to this scene in my mind: We’re all in the same boat, and some parts are heavily covered with fog. There are those whose vision isn’t hampered, so they can see the whirlpool up ahead. As they try to maneuver the boat away from the danger, the ones in the fog are blindly rowing towards it.

        Thanks again for keeping your eyes and ears open to the storm happening around us. It’s a hell of a ride.

  2. Yesterday’s long hike tired me out, & I plan to do it again today, so, I’ll merely comment the following as my take on the Trumpette’s first few days in office….

    “Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” — P.J. O’Rourke

    “Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today, and it will set the pace tomorrow.” — Franklin K. Dane

    “His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and there’s scarcely a hole in it anywhere.” — Mark Twain

    gigoid, the dubious

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