Thursday, January 26, 2017

The deadly game of chicken between the Trump Admin and the GOP

We are all worried by the craziness we see happening in DC right now. President Trump seems insanely sensitive to the slightest suggestion that he is not legitimate. Given how he questioned President Obama's legitimacy - you would think he could handle this kind of criticism himself - but that does not seem to be the case.

I would like to offer a plausible explanation for what is happening in front of our eyes right now.

While President Trump has won the electoral college, and the GOP has won the Senate and Congress, no one knows if Trump helped the GOP win or if the GOP helped Trump win. There is no data to support either conclusion and consequently neither knows who wears the proverbial pants in this relationship. No common minimum agenda has ever been charted between these two entities. And the GOP does not trust Trump and Trump does not trust the GOP. 

We all know that the Donald Trump Corporation has something going on with Putin's Russia. In order to keep his business running smoothly in economically distressed Russia - President Donald Trump has to keep accommodating Putin internationally. That will come at direct cost to America's national security. In order to keep paying off Putin - President Trump has to keep the GOP led Congress and Senate from impeaching him or defeating his initiatives.

The GOP for its part does not know what politically toxic agenda Donald Trump will try to tie to their tail. They have no choice but to resist him or risk becoming an irrelevant clone of the rubber stamping Russian Duma. The GOP senators and congressmen are focused on their own re-election and not on the greater glory of Donald Trump.

For his part President Trump is firing off all manner of presidential executive orders and trying to get ahead of the GOP. His rationale seems to be that he can seize the ground ahead of GOP moves. He is also desperate to get his "news providers" access to the White House Press Corps. He hopes to use the Cambridge Analytica based subliminal propaganda network to manufacture support in his base using his chosen "news providers".

The GOP is pressing the legislative brake and accelerator alternatively and it is reaching out self-proclaimed Nazis like Heimbach. This latter move is most likely an attempt to subvert elements of the DJT fan base and fill their heads with idiotic ideas of greatness. In this fashion the GOP will try to use them to create fission between the Kushner clan and the neo-Nazis aligned with Bannon. That fission will weaken the Trump administration significantly.

We are seeing this clash of the Titans play out in front of our eyes.

Whether it is about Obamacare/Affordable Care Act Repeal, or Climate Change, or Muslim Ban, or Abortion or  CIA Torture Camps, or dismembering the NATO or pulling out of the UN, both President Trump and the GOP know that such an action will be catastrophic to US national interests - however they are going to push all these bad ideas along as part of a very messed up game of chicken.

Whoever backs down or blinks in this game loses the political imperative. If President Trump blinks he will be the GOP's bitch for the rest of his life. If the GOP blinks, they will become President Trump's little toy forever.

Neither side can afford to back down and they are going to keep pressing the accelerator until the metaphorical car crash occurs.

This is not good from the perspective of ordinary citizens like us.

Even those of you that voted from Donald Trump the candidate should realize the extreme danger we are all in right now. In this fight for supremacy - we will all be thrown under the bus.


At 2:08 AM, Blogger Wise_Ass said...

Trump is not going to put you all in camps and install a Nazi state. He can’t, because George W. Bush already put you all in camps and installed a Nazi state. Oh, wait, he never got to do it, because we were already all dead in the nuclear war our cowboy president, Ronald Reagan, started by talking tough to the Russians. And that is when I got to the States. I’m sure people who’ve been here longer can explain to you how other republican administrations already destroyed everything, ALL THE THINGS WITH ALL THE DRAMA, in the most terrible way. Sorry guys the song has gone thin and only children believe the lyrics anymore. And honestly? That’s only because they haven’t seen the drama you guys create long enough to know better.

At 7:42 AM, Blogger maverick said...

Dear Wise_Ass,

I don't have the right OCEAN score for the Cambridge Analytica methods to work on me. Their apps keep inserting Anti-Obama messaging into my social media but it has the opposite effect on me. I like Obama more with each passing day. And didn't really like him that much earlier.

The thing is Trump doesn't have to do very much to install a Nazi state. Even if just the O'care repeal goes through and the proposed replacement doesn't kick in fast enough we will have a situation identical to the one created in the aftermath of Aktion T4's initiation.

Once you degrade human life - you get the ball rolling on something much worse.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Wise_Ass said...

Now you have literally millions of citizens in the United States who were either right about Trump being the next Hitler, and we will see that behavior emerge from him soon, or they are complete morons. That’s a trigger for cognitive dissonance. The science says these frightened folks will start interpreting all they see as Hitler behavior no matter how ridiculous it might seem to the objective observer. And sure enough, we are seeing that.

To be fair, Trump made it easy this week with his temporary immigration ban. If you assume Trump is Hitler, that fits with your hypothesis. But of course it also fits the hypothesis that he’s just doing his job. We’re all seeing what we expect to see.

But lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons. No one wants to be a confirmed moron. And certainly not after announcing their Trump opinions in public and demonstrating in the streets. It would be a total embarrassment for the anti-Trumpers to learn that Trump is just trying to do a good job for America. It’s a threat to their egos. A big one.

In the 3rd dimension of persuasion, the protesters need to be proven right, and they will do whatever it takes to make that happen. So you might see the protesters inadvertently create the police state they fear.

If you are looking for the tells that this dangerous situation is developing, notice how excited/happy the Trump critics seem to be – while angry at the same time – that Trump’s immigration ban fits their belief system. If you see people who are simply afraid of Trump, they are probably harmless. But the people who are excited about any Hitler-analogy-behavior by Trump might be leading the country to a police state without knowing it.

So watch for that.


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