Google defines Scorched Earth Policy as “a military strategy of burning or destroying buildings, crops, or other resources that might be of use to an invading enemy force.”
In the case of our current Commander-in-Chief, is there any difference between the above and the policies of the Trump administration? That exact same strategy seems to be in full effect everywhere you look. Only this time, the ‘invading enemy’ are the fake news media, the whiny liberals, the climate change hoaxers, the lying leakers, the leaders of pretty much every civilized nation on earth, women, gays, the poor, the middle class, the upper-middle class, the educated, Mexicans, Muslims, illegal immigrants, legal immigrants, those who prefer democracy over an Oligarchy, those who oppose sharing classified info with Russia, those who oppose the idea of his family profiting off the presidency, and basically, anyone who dares disagree with him.
No matter the face Trump and his supporters share with the public, there’s little doubt they know the walls are closing in. Whether his eventual demise will come through impeachment for any of the litany of offenses already committed, or be orchestrated behind the scenes so as to help The Orange One and the fast-sinking ship that is the Republican party save whatever face they have left, is irrelevant. There’s no way on earth this lunatic’s going to last four years. The problem is, what if he lasts two? Or, even one?
It’s only been a few months, and the damage being done to the fabric of our democracy on a daily basis is staggering. He’s ruining decades of mainly positive relations with our allies in a single afternoon, laying waste to our nation’s institutions with a stroke of a pen, promoting hate speech and division by legitimizing the alt right, and dismantling vital agencies of government/industry oversight, overnight.
What Trump is doing each day is on par with what many leaders and emperors did when they knew their days were numbered. They trashed the place. In that respect, Trump has a lot in common with ISIS. They’re both leveling the countries they occupy. He and his Cabinet are like the bulls of Pamplona running through Tiffany’s at full speed. Every day. All day. And, at present, it doesn’t seem like anyone’s going to stop them anytime soon. Forget about the 2018 November elections. That’s nearly a year and a half away and it’s a ridiculously passive stance to take against a guy who could very easy drag us into a nuclear war over a comment about his hair or an unreturned phone call.
Every minute we allow this lunatic to remain in power means more basic protections lost (be it loosening the reigns/definitions of laws that guard against discriminatory behavior, protection of the environment, defunding of Planned Parenthood, etc.), more transfer of power to the corporations and the banks, more tax breaks for the rich, more taxes for the middle class, civil rights trampled on, more looting of our resources - and other countries’ resources - for his own personal gain, etc.
There should be a clock in Times Square next to the national debt that shows how many more people will suffer every second due to Trump’s reign of terror.
Thank The Lord for the Russia investigation, or it would be twice as bad. Imagine if the Epic Ego had nothing to focus on but repealing toxic waste acts, trying to ban Muslims, firing FBI Directors, Attorneys General, and U.S. Attorneys for not playing ball, giving government contracts to his buddies, and doing away with every agency/position that oversees corruption, pollution, financial crimes, etc. etc.?
Whether he’s destroying the country’s educational system by appointing a comically unprepared, bible-clutching grizzly hater, appointing an ignorant climate denier to head the EPA, allowing a soulless, Goldman Sachs billionaire to keep watch over our nation’s piggy bank, putting an Exxon exec. in charge of U.S. diplomacy, trying his best to get us kicked out of NATO, cozying up to our known enemies, selling arms to the supporters of 9/11, even attempting to let the airlines monitor themselves (that’s like letting mice store the cheese), it’s just another day in the Trump White House.
Imagine where we’ll be this time next year. Considering he just forced a room full of his cabinet to kiss his ass, which, to a man, they happily did, it’s quite possible one year from now it may be illegal to write articles like this.
Someone call the girls of Consolidated, Inc., as they were able to dispose of a sexist, egotistical, lying hypocritical, bigot in less than a month.