THE MAN IN THE HIGHTOWER: Here's a Thought with Charles Shaughnessy
So, the American people have signaled a disenchantment with their form of government. The checks and balances that prevent one political ideology from overwhelming democracy and imposing it’s will on the minority of Americans who did not vote for it, have been “weaponized” by Republicans, in recent years, to threaten the country with paralysis if not given their way. McConnell et al’s promise to thwart every proposal emanating from Obama’s desk in order to “forbid him a successful administration” EVEN if they saw benefit for the country as a whole, has de-legitimized this essential “brake” on executive power to the point that the voter simply rejected it. Trump’s campaign promise that “he alone can fix it,” was given short shrift by politicians and media alike, but was, in fact, THE fundamental promise of his entire campaign.
We already see the marginalizing of congressional Republicans. By choosing New York as his centre of power, Trump is doing more than declining to live in a drafty old museum, preferring to hold sway literally and figuratively over his people from an aerie high above the ground and emblazoned with his name. He and his “gang of three” are hard at work outlining exactly how they can transition, not from one administration to another, but from Democracy to a benign dictatorship with minimal fuss, opposition or blood. By wielding his executive orders and power of veto as a kind of “green light/ red light” Trump will shape all legislation to his liking. His geographical distance from The Hill will give him a detached authority, his Will communicated by henchmen and lackeys to the hobbled legislative. If any lawmaker dare stand up to him, he will be buried in a twitter-storm of abuse, innuendo and threat that will be supported by a state-run media campaign to end his or her career. The adoring mob will be his ultimate power base and woe betide any one who gets in their way. Fully politicized arms of government like the FBI, DoJ, IRS and Homeland Security will carry out Trump’s orders without question: patronage will have supplanted patriotism. Modeled closely on Putin’s Russia, it will be a government of one man, with power flowing directly from him through trusted oligarchs, who offer total loyalty in return for massive wealth and influence over all areas of state business.
He will kick off his reign with a classic, soviet-style show-trial featuring Hillary in the dock. It will provide some red meat to his base of support while sending a chilling message to any would be opponents. Internment camps, set up to house millions of muslims will be expanded to accommodate other “enemies of the State.” With the flurry of law suits, criminal charges, intimidation and arrest of hundreds of journalists, the “free press” will have been driven underground, a whisper of protest in the echo chamber of subversive sentiment. “Truth” and real news will be controlled entirely by the Department of Media under Steve Bannon, who will continue to reflect a “through the looking glass” version of reality to the masses. Both the country’s and individuals’ wealth will have been transferred to the state where it will be used to keep the mob fed and entertained through relentless Reality shows, low-brow culture and public executions. Future transfers of power will follow a dynastic tradition with the Trump family spawning generations of future leaders.
These are my thoughts, please share your thoughts in the comments section.