The Best People

As promised, the president has drained the swamp and surrounded himself with the best people.   The cast in these demanding jobs may have changed a bit over the almost three years of the Trump administration, but the tone set by these excellent people, and their commitment to the president’s great agenda, remains the same.

Critics will say, of course, that Trump’s inexperienced daughter and born wealthy son-in-law, for example,  may not be the best people to handle the many sensitive issues they’ve been tasked to deal with.  Jared Kushner’s long-awaited secret plan for peace between Israel and Palestine remains secret, months after its promised release on the last day of Ramadan.   The hopelessness underlying the nation’s Opioid Crisis has not been touched, the problems of addiction and overdose have not been solved.   Ivanka has been fairly quiet too lately.  But that is the caviling of a nitpicker, these two are the best, American royalty, beautiful living Barbie and Ken dolls with the genius smarts of their great and morally upright parents.

The president’s other people, in  spite of great turnover, are the best and continue to get better.   Bill Barr, for example, is much, much closer to Roy Cohn than the weak Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III ever was.   Barr is a proven pitbull for the president and his agenda.   That’s what the attorney general is supposed to be, the president’s most powerful defender, come what may.   

Critics will carp, of course, and claim that the nation’s top law enforcement official, the head of the Department of Justice (created after the Civil War to enforce the newly amended Constitution),  is not the president’s personal bodyguard and spokesman, but critics will always be critical.  Like scorpions who sting to death the frog that is carrying them across the river, it’s their nature.

The president demands loyalty.  He’s a charming man in private, I have heard, which explains a lot.   He knows how to flatter people he wants to work for him, and how to reward them for good work.   In return, he expects total loyalty.   He is sometimes disappointed in the disloyal acts of people he trusted.   

He learned young, as he explained in a televised interview decades ago, that being too nice is a big mistake, it’s what killed his wonderful older brother Freddy [1]   If you’re too nice, people will screw you to death, which is what happened to Freddy, a person everybody wanted to be around, everyone confided in, a wonderful friend and brother.    Dead because he was too nice, people took advantage of him and that’s what killed him in the end.  [2] 

Sometimes those loyal people around him, in an excess of loyalty, make mistakes.  Mick Mulvaney, his acting Chief of Staff, put his foot in it yesterday in front of a group of probing reporters.   He said the quid pro quo that Trump has been denying in connection to the withholding of military aid to the Ukraine in exchange for dirt on Biden is something people just have to get over.   He sounded impatient that anyone was making a big goddamn deal out of it, saying “we do it ALL THE TIME!”.  As for the G7 being hosted at the Trump-owned Doral in steaming Miami next June, get over that too, Mulvaney told the press.   And no, he said, to a snarky question about the heat and humidity of Miami in June, climate change will not be on the agenda.

That ill-advised press conference will likely cost Mulvaney, a still pugnacious Koch-backed TeaBagger insurgent, his job.   He will still be the best, like Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Joe Arpaio and many other great people, but for purely political reasons he likely has to go.   He will be praised by the president as a very good man as he’s booted out the door.   Watching the sausage being made is never fun.

Quietly, meantime, Department of Energy secretary James Richard “Rick” Perry, one of los tres amigos who dealt with the Ukraine (another was the hotelier who gave Trump’s inauguration a cool million and was appointed ambassador to the EU) is preparing to slip out the door.   This leaves, if my memory serves me, only Elisabeth “Betsy” Prince DeVos and Ben Carson of the original cabinet of the best of the best.    They are certainly excellent people.   

Actually, my memory does not serve me well.   Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell’s powerful wife, is still Secretary of Transportation,   Sonny Perdue and Wilbur Ross are still heading, respectively, Agriculture and Commerce.  And Steve Mnuchin, of course, is the Secretary of the Treasury.   So actually the turnover has only been something like nine or ten of the original fifteen, only a 2/3 turnover rate.  Critics, of course, will crow about this being a sign of disarray, but it’s not a big deal, cabinets always turn over.

Of course, using skewed numbers and unfair statistics, as is their wont, the dishonest mainstream media distorts this natural trend for high government positions turning over, and states, without a shred of proof, a historically high 78% turnover rate.    You can read a short “article” about it here.

So fake, so fucking fake.  SAD!



[1]  I saw the clip of the young Trump discussing this as part of a great forty-eight minute BBC documentary called Meet the Trump’s: From Immigrant to President.   It is on Netflix, apparently, I thought I’d seen it on youTube and was trying to provide a link.   The only trace of it in the public domain  is here.

Highly recommended.   And Look who’s on the right in this family photo:

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[2]   An alternative explanation is that Freddy’s alcoholism raged out of control due to an unbearable, high-pressure life as the oldest son and expected heir of a demanding, savage, ruthless mogul.   In the end, Freddy drank himself to death while working as a janitor in one of his overbearing father’s buildings.    Drinking too much was likely treated as an intolerable weakness, not something to be confronted, not a sign that he needed help or support of any kind.   The weak die, and they need to.  That’s simply nature in Trumpworld.


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