One of the problems dealing with continuous gaslighting, outright lies, and the fire hose of information and analysis (or what passes for it these days) that’s coming our way is the dilemma of how to respond to it without publicizing the incomprehensible or missing the monumental. While broadcast media highlights the outrage du jour, or chases their latest shiny object, the rest of us are left to sift through the wheat, chaff, weevils, and debris. Let’s turn to some topics we’d not like to see get buried beneath layer upon layer of BS.
The current federal administration policy towards those fleeing from the violence in parts of Central America is deliberately cruel; cruelty troweled upon un-alleviated disdain and contempt. Only a few hours ago this report emerged:
Miller, a notorious immigration hardliner who has been at the helm of President Donald Trump’s most controversial immigration policies, reportedly told ex-Trump aide Cliff Sims he “would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched America’s soil.”[BI]
That would be presidential adviser, Stephen Miller. Granting that the likes of Coulter, Hannity, and Limbaugh have garnered most of the commentary about current negotiations between the White House and the Congress, these people have a vociferous ally in the corridors of executive power. Stephen Miller. One of the things I would like to see and hear from my television set is not less coverage of Miller — but more. More background, more video clips, more information about who this man is, and why he holds such sway?
How much approbation does he deserve for being the Rasputin of Refugees and people of color, and for being the smirk behind the shadow of the Resolute Desk? When the president opines that there were good people on both sides at Charlottesville _ is Miller applauding? When the Oval Office speaks of Mexicans and others from Central America as drug dealers, gang members, and human traffickers – is Miller clapping along? How different is Miller’s smirk from that displayed by the Covington High School student, who would now have us believed from his well-coached (at the hands of Scott Jennings’ consultancy) that he was an innocent victim of Internet bombast? Yes, I did watch the “long version” of the video, and I still saw what I saw. An immature, smirking, bigot-in-training disparaging the efforts of a Native American elder who was attempting to defuse the situation. So, I ask again — where were the chaperones? Why is the Bishop backpedaling as fast as he can? Is Miller still smiling at this?
However, I remain hopeful this president and the advisers like Mr. Miller, aren’t going to have the free ride they enjoyed during the first two years of this mis-administration. Why?
Let’s grant that the most important investigation, that of Robert Mueller and his associates, will have the most impact. The press has been breathlessly awaiting this report since its inception. However — remember — it’s not the only report on the horizon.
The efforts of the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York continue. And, no, the prosecution of Michael Cohen isn’t the item on the menu. Not only do we not know what Mr. Mueller knows, we also don’t know the entirety of what the SDNY knows.
The FBI may or may not have a continuing counter terrorism investigation open on members of this mis-administration. It may have been folded into the Mueller Probe. It may be ongoing for individuals and institutions about which we’ve not yet heard. A little patience may go a long way.
Follow the money? We have breadcrumbs of information thus far Recent media reports mention “money laundering.” Who’s doing the laundry? With whose money? And at what expense? We do want to keep our eyes on the investigations of Deutsche Bank, and other financial institutions, which were eager to do business with Trump and his associates when American banks had had their fill of his bankruptcies and litigation. These questions remain unresolved, stay tuned.
And, now enter the House Committees. We may not have to wait for impeachment proceedings — high energy, high intelligence, Maxine Waters will be in charge of overseeing financial issues in the House. Elijah Cummings will be doing real Oversight. Adam Schiff will be in charge of the House investigations (and re-investigations) of Russian interference and assaults on our governmental institutions. Nevada’s own Dina Titus can now look into those emolument questions concerning the DC Trump hotel. I think we can wager we will be hearing some Georgia soft twang ringing in Trump’s ears.
There are at least 17 open investigations into this mis-administration; it may not take One Great Booming Report from Mueller’s domains to send this train wreck of an executive branch into he borrow ditch — there may be 17+ reports, each cutting through the web of lies manufactured by this increasingly flailing administration. Those cuts are going to begin to hurt.
Let’s hope we can endure a bit more pain for a while.