Commentary: Despite the chaotic appearance of manic, conspiratorial tweets hatched in the middle of the night, the Trump administration has actually been laser focused when it comes to systematically dismantling the institutions which have supported America for the past 240 years.
As a master illusionist, President Trump has distracted and enamored both critics and followers alike. When we should be discussing how his policies effect the social fabric of a free and democratic society, he has sidetracked the conversation by getting people to fixate on the Russian soap opera. This is by design. For Trump will do almost anything to keep people from following and critiquing the various bills which he has tried to introduced since his inauguration.
HR 861, will ultimately terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. HR 610, threatens vouchers for public education. HR 899, will lead to the end of the Department of Education. HR 69, repeals protections for wildlife. HR 370, intends to repeal the Affordable Care Act. HR 354, defunds Planned Parenthood. HR 83, mobilizes against the Sanctuary Cities Bill. HR 147, criminalizes abortion. And HR 808, will place new sanctions against Iran and imperil the nuclear arms deal.
This is just the beginning. Because most Americans find themselves paralyzed in an induced state of moral and mental bewilderment over Trump’s first 30 days, the president and his staff have been able to plod along with their agenda on a daily basis.
It is clear to me that President Trump and his production crew want Americans to believe that the battlefield is still being waged on the campaign trail and television sets, when they know that the real war is fought in the trenches of the House Representatives and Senate. They know that the real contest is not between Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord on CNN talk shows; it is in the hearts and minds of political leaders who must vote “Yes or “No.” These people will either preserve or capsize our republic as they choose to confront or conform to Trumpism.
Again, since the battle is not happening in the cybersphere of one man’s deluded imagination but in the refined corridors of legislative government, the president is all too happy to make the narrative about Obama and the “fake news” of The New York Times. As Americans waste their bandwidth on events that never happened and stories which have no factual evidence, the Trump administration can work under the radar to rapidly push its agenda through Congress. In other words, while people are hitting the streets to speak up for their health and safety as citizens, Trump and his people are behind the scenes reshaping our beautiful country into his own image. Everything you see on television is just smoke and mirrors.
One must confess that it has been a brilliant (if also depraved) act of political magic. The president has been able to use the media, which he routinely mocks and discredits, to help him persuade Americans to believe that his injustices are aimed at journalists and former presidents rather than at themselves.
George Cassidy Payne
Founder, Gandhi Earth Keepers International