After Donald Trump’s inauguration, I rather lost interest in US politics. Which was a bit of a relief, actually. After all, I don’t want to live on the edge of my seat the whole time. My view was: Let the man get on and do the job the American people elected him to do.
But it seems the Dems in the House and Senate, and the mainstream media, and quite a few other people, have no intention whatsoever of allowing him to get on and do the job. And they seem to be pretty effective about stopping him.
Trump still hasn’t had most of his government appointments ratified by the House and Senate. So, three weeks into his presidency, he still has only half a government in place, maybe less. And he’s seen what the mainstream media have been calling his “Muslim ban” thwarted by the judiciary. And now he’s already lost one of his appointees: national security advisor Mike Flynn.
Some people are saying that Trump has already been nobbled:
Trump is now clearly broken. It took the ‘deep state’ only weeks to castrate Trump and to make him bow to the powers that be. Those who would have stood behind Trump will now feel that he will not stand behind them and they will all move back away from him. The Neocons will feel elated by the elimination of their worst enemy and emboldened by this victory they will push on, doubling-down over and over and over again.
It’s over, folks, the deep state has won.
Arch-pessimist Paul Craig Roberts was already asking last week: Is The Trump Administration Already Over?
But Rush Limbaugh remains confident, despite Flynn’s resignation:
I’m gonna tell you, Trump’s not stopping. There will be more ICE raids this afternoon to make people forget about this. The media’s gonna try as hard as they can not to let go of this, because now they’ve got their scalp. They think they have blood in the water, they’ve got a scalp and they think they can get another and then another and then another and then another until finally they get Trump.
And Trump himself sounded bullish in his latest tweet today:
He’s referring to leaks revealing that Mike Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador, and then denied doing so to Vice President Mike Pence – which led to his resignation. It looks like there are people in the US intelligence agencies that are listening in on phone conversations, and then leaking it if they find anything damaging. With friends like those, who needs enemies?
I’m beginning to think that Trump’s daily twitterings are an example of welcome transparency, and give people (some idea of) what the President of the United States has been thinking about today. I have no idea what Theresa May or Angela Merkel or any of the rest of them are thinking about.
Of course I really have no real idea what’s going on. But it seems to this onlooker on the other side of the Atlantic ocean that the resistance to Trump hasn’t let up at all, and the Dems and the Media and some people in the intelligence agencies are working very, very hard to hobble Trump. And they’re being pretty successful.
And maybe they will succeed in completely neutralising him. Maybe in a few months time, Trump will sound exactly like Obama or Hillary Clinton. But I’ve yet to hear him say that he’s going to stop building The Wall, or allow in Muslim terrorists, or call off his war on ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.
All I really want to know is whether he’s going to slash government regulations, and in particular those regulations which have anything to do with tobacco. But if Trump is going to meet a wall of resistance to absolutely everything he tries to do, I suspect I’ll be waiting a very long time before I see anything happening.
But if there is such resistance to him, it surely suggests that they haven’t managed to neutralise him yet, and he hasn’t given up yet either.