Ten days from now Robert Mueller will reluctantly testify before Congress and as much as he dreads that event it’s a safe bet that he’s as angry at the corrupt Trump White House as any of us. He knows that Attorney General William Barr tossed the Mueller Report into the sewer by lying about its contents and front-running its release with a “legal conclusion” that was wrong and unmerited. He knows now that Barr is a gutter dwelling, dishonest partisan hack who jettisoned whatever ethics and reputation he had to serve a grotesquely corrupt and tyrannical president. Mueller also knows that the Trump regime has treated our Intelligence Community like garbage and destroyed the careers of many of its revered top brass, including former FBI Chief Andy McCabe. And Mueller must be aware that the Trump regime is on the verge of defying court orders, forcing a Constitutional crisis in hopes of getting their way on a host of controversial issues and keeping their reign the most opaque in modern history.
It strains the imagination to believe that the majority of career officials at the FBI and CIA don’t despise Donald Trump. Given how badly he and conservative propaganda networks have demonized and lied about them, how could they have any other opinion? We understand that the FBI and CIA are not saints, but they serve an extremely vital law enforcement role in our nation, especially when it comes to official corruption and foreign meddling. When entire agencies are under attack, as they are now by Trump and the Justice Department, it’s a big problem for all of us. When Trump and Barr and Fox start calling law enforcement “traitors” and claiming that the FBI is the problem rather than Russia and Putin, our Democracy is at risk. It’s the beginning of fascism. And members of the GOP in Congress don’t seem to care that Trump is destroying Federal law enforcement. Yet that’s where we are right now. The GOP plan on attacking Robert Mueller during his Congressional testimony, hoping to ask him questions that echo their bogus right-wing talking points about illegal spying on the president and the “partisan witch hunt” genesis of the investigation. It’s another chapter in the Trump presidency that would seem ridiculous and fictional if it weren’t actually happening.
An excellent article was published in, of all places, the Irish Times by Fintan O’Toole on the process of fascism as it relates to president Trump. He talks about how fascists–and Trump–are experts at testing the public by pushing limits and defying norms to see what the public will and won’t tolerate. He goes on to say this:
You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. Like hounds, people have to be blooded. They have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group.
Here’s the link:
O’Toole rightly pins much of the blame on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Network as the mouthpiece of propaganda that has helped demonize “out groups” and provided so much oxygen for the conservative hate machine. This is a fact we have to spread and message and never lose sight of. Our nation will never improve as long as a third of our citizens are getting their “news” from a lying, distorting, fear-mongering, divisive cable network. Right now the out-group most targeted is the immigrant community, but Fox and the Trumpers are trying hard to demonize liberals and anyone else who doesn’t bow and scrape to Trump. This is a dangerously divisive and unAmerican effort that can’t go on forever without tragic consequences.
By the way, if you want to see how Fox became such a cancer on our political culture (thanks in large part to Roger Ailes), watch the excellent “The Loudest Voice” on Showtime.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”