Flirting with Disaster!

A Megalomaniacal Paranoid with Nuclear Codes

The Danger Zone is Everywhere!

As I write Donald Dimwit is on his way to Asia, a region of the world where he seems intent upon provoking a nuclear war by constant insults against North Korea.  This rhetoric is backed up by conducting threatening military exercises in the ocean seas just off their coast and invading their air space with ominous American bombers.  It is a volatile situation that is a direct consequence of Americans having elected an incompetent, ignorant, verbose, belligerent, amoral, compulsive liar and buffoon to the Oval Office; the most powerful office in the world, and no one can confidently say what the final outcome of his tenure there will be.

I, however, am reminded of the lines from the wise old bluesman Percy Mayfield: “The whole world is in trouble and the danger zone is everywhere.”  These words ring especially true when a pugnacious dunce is the leader of a nuclear armed nation that views itself as both “exceptional” and a “global power.”   Such a self-definition predisposes the US to believe that any conflict anywhere in the world can pose a threat to American interests. And thus, we have the right to intervene with military forces to set things right.  North Korea, Iran, several countries on the African continent, and Venezuela are all in their sights.

These countries span the globe many miles from America’s shores, and all of them are small poor countries compared to the USA; yet we are told that they threaten our “national security.”  According to recent opinion polls, a majority of Americans now believe this hysterical nonsense, despite the fact that North Korean forces are 8,000 miles from the USA, but our military forces are stationed 30 miles from North Korea’s borders!

And although none of these countries have soldiers or military bases outside of their national boundaries, and the USA have bases around the world and soldiers on the ground in 176 countries, we are told that Iran and North Korea are the threats to global stability and world peace.

It is highly questionable whether Trump fully understands the geo-political issues that should guide our foreign policy, pompous ignoramus that he is.  But his political rhetoric regarding foreign affairs dose not inspire confidence.  The evidence to support this claim is so abundant, the careful observer will find an embarrassment of riches.  However, two examples will suffice.

When asked by reporters about the failure to appoint undersecretaries and other critical diplomatic personnel at the State Department, Donnie Dimwit looked into the cameras with an earnest expression and announced that it didn’t matter because in the end “I am the only one that really matters.”  This explains why he had no a undersecretary for East Asian Affairs nor an ambassador to South Korea as the situation deteriorates and the US drifts closer to a nuclear war with North Korea that would wipe out South Korea and Japan, and Australia could also receive a devastating blow.

In fact, the North Koreans have warned the Aussies of just such a possibility if the US attacks their homeland. Apparently oblivious to the fact that less diplomats generally means more soldiers, as well as the reasoning behind the Founders decision to place the military under civilian control, Trump has surrounded himself with generals in civilian cabinet positions.  And since his head is empty with a mind like a blank slate on questions of foreign relations, we are at the mercy of the generals in matters of war and peace.

Alas, based on his recent public statements and behavior, it is shockingly clear that Dumb Donnie Dimwit’s understanding of the powers of the president in civilian affairs is as confused as his understanding of his role as Commander-In-Chief.  It is also clear that the root of all his confusion is his shallow understanding of the Constitution, from whence his powers derive.  It is so obvious that one commentator suggested that his advisors should insist that he sit while they read and explain the Constitution since he shown no interest in reading it himself, or is unable to understand it if he has read it.

This suspicion arises from the fact that Trump continues to behave in ways that undermine constitutional norms and comes dangerously close to violating his oath to defend it; in the opinion of some lawyers and constitutional scholars he has already crossed the line.  Trump constantly attacks the very legitimacy the free press, calling them “fake news” in an open attempt to impugn their integrity, and has even threatened to use the Federal Communications Commission to take away the license of major networks because he does not like there reportage on his policies and criticism of him.

He even went so far as the publicly lament the fact that the press can “write whatever they want.” Donnie Dimwit appears to have no understanding that the reason the architects of the Constitution guaranteed the freedom of the press is precisely so that they could serve as a watchdog over those who govern us.  And for that reason the press must remain free from the intimidation and manipulation of politicians – on all levels.

Trump’s ignorance and contempt for the role of the free press in our political system is matched by his disdain for the independence of the judiciary.  He has had constant clashes with the Courts, even questioning the integrity of judges based on their race and ethnicity. His attitude toward Congress further suggests that he does not fully appreciate their role as a co-equal branch of government.  Taken as a whole these attitudes reflect a hostility toward all the institutions that are essential to our system of checks and balances spelled out in the Constitution.

Added to all this and perhaps most disturbing of all because it clearly exposes Trump’s authoritarian mindset and dictatorial tendencies, is his attitude toward the proper relationship between the president, the Department of Justice and the FBI.  In a candid outburst a few days ago – inspired by the indictments against three officials from Trump’s presidential campaign staff issued by Independent Counsel Robert Mueller – Trump lamented the fact that he is unable to order the DOJ and FBI to investigate and indict whoever he wants whenever he wants.  Those are the attitudes of fascists…Hitler and Mussilini both demanded the personal loyalty of the police and the army!

This conception of the powers of the presidency is what makes him so dangerous, and is a great part of the reason that a growing number of observers believe that Trump is headed for impeachment.  The sooner the better I say, because every day he remains the Commander-In-Chief of the US armed forces, and has access to the nuclear codes, we are flirting with disaster!

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
November 5, 2017

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