Besides the daily dissaray, here’s what I’ve noticed about Donald Trump’s first weeks in office. Trump asks for everything first, and settles for what he can get later.
He started by asking that the Republican ethics committee be disbanded. That way his shenanigans and back door deals could go undetected. That try failed.But he tried, right?
He asked for a Muslim ban, and when that did not work he has it rephrased so it has a better chance. This is what he calls the “art of the deal”, is it not? Actually, this is a very old carnie business protocol that we both learned in the 1980’s in from salesmen-type survivors of the Great Depression – old folks, who could remember the Nuckie Thompson days of Atlantic City. It’s also a technique still used by salesmen of high-priced blind items, like diamonds. They ask for the moon, settle for what they can get. Not really an art is it?
But Donald Trump did not think this through. As a businessman, you can do this sort of negotiating over and over again, because no one is following you around from deal to deal. The deals are made in back rooms. It does not get old real fast.
But when you are the president of a free and open society there is some transparency on these deals. And with exposure, they can get old real fast. This is why Trump says the press is a public enemy. What a lie that statement is. It is the completely opposite to the truth.
And so, the modus operandi of asking for too much first, gets exposed if you are president, but only if there is a free press. Eventually, It makes the POTUS look like an unprepared clown, which lowers his standing in the public’s mind and also in the minds of those he might be negotiating with, like foreign rulers. That makes such a president a less effective negotiator. It works only if offers can be made in secrecy. Amd this is why we need a free press now, more than ever before.
What Trump Did Not Figure On
Trump thought that being president of the USA would be just like being president of Trump Inc. But it’s not. There is scrutiny. And that scrutiny has already got him alientated by almost everyone but his base. Even his base is now beginning to see through his rough edges. In the end, all he will have left are the haters and his swamp creatures. There are not that many of them. Most folks really know we had a good thing going here in the USA. It won’t be long. His own party will be showing him the door.
This is why he selects those who will protect him from his past for his cabinet positions. He keeps people with their own dirt and people who have dirt on him close. He is sort of blackmailed. This is also why Donald has made so few position choices in the last 30 days. To work for Donald Trump, you have to abandon your private ideas of what America is, and swear to protecting the secrets of Donald Trump. This way, he can get his private agenda done and not get exposed.
And we all know what Trump’s private agenda has been and what it has always been: to get richer. That oil deal for Putin, since the Russians have him blackmailed for tax evasion, is #1 on his list. But it won’t stop there. Beware.
Today, Trump says if you don’t share his vision of America you should step down from office – get out of the way. Tomorrow, he will say if you don’t share his vision of America, you are a criminal. That’s is how they got normal Germans to be Nazi enforcers. It’s coming folks. He won’t let anyone stop his greed disease, because it is a disease, an addiction to fill up the void of his life. Judges, dead war heroes, protestors, not even the Pope has yet stopped this addict from getting his fix.
But those loyal to him are going down with his ship just the way Hitler’s henchmen did. They should think about that. They are risking it all for him. And this draft dodger risked nothing for others – ever.
Trump is a cancer. He does what a cancer does. He eats and eats – and tries not to be detected. The free press is the immune system of our democracy. We need to bolster that immune system more than ever before, because we are under attack … by a cancer.