Trump Was Playing the Insult Game
Donald Trump is without a doubt an unstable.. yada, yada, yada… naïve dictator whom the Republicans of congress will not constrain or remove. This is because he is their dictator. He still has a large agenda to complete.
In the three years of his Administration he has appointed dozens of Federal judges to fill positions which Mitch McConnell held over from the Obama Years. He filled the Supreme Court justice position vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia and the abrupt departure of Anthony Kennedy. These new heavily Conservative judges will carry on the GOP ideology for decades after Trump and most of the Senators and Representatives are long since retired of voted out of office. For this, Trump remains a useful tool.
There is a medium probability that Trump will nominate one or two additional Supreme Court justices and more than 120 additional Federal judges. All of these appointees will easily be confirmed by the Republican Senate under the leadership of Majority Leader McConnell. They have until the end of December 2020 to do so.
It doesn’t matter whether Trump wins reelection of not, he has the time remaining to accomplish the legacy building which the GOP needs to have in the face of losing control of the Senate and not recovering control of the House.
So far the Administration has wrecked every Federal agency with a department head selected to dismantle the organization they alleged lead. This in itself has been a major accomplishment in what Steve Bannon referred to as “dismantling of the Administrative State.” That effort has been stamped COMPLETED.
As far as the GOP Congress is concerned, it matters not that Trump sidesteps and disregards the very existence of Congress since he rules by Directive and all they have to do is sit pretty and keep quiet. In the American legal system one does get away with any crime large or small when 1) the DOJ and prosecutors fail or refuse to indict, 2) the jury is stacked in favor of the defendant, 3) the judge imposed a token punishment, 4) the President or (state Governor) conspires to pardon the guilty.
The GOP portion of Congress still see a usefulness in Trump’s Administration. As long as he continues to provide what they want they will allow him to receive what he wants. Yes, that is a quid pro quo wrapped in innuendo and tacit approvals. This President has been terribly damaging to the Republican Party, its platform and its members. The proviso is “he still has a residual value to the Party.”
Every day or so he undoes at least one regulation which had been put in pace to protect the health and welfare of Americans and the environment in which they live. He overturns Clean Water rules, Alternative Energy policies, Health care dollars for low income Americans, Food subsidies, ad naseum.
He does whatever he want to do under the philosophy of it is easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission, all the while not ever considering the seeking of forgiveness. That model of governance dovetails quite well with the GOP need to get what they want without having to negotiate or compromise with Democrats. He essentially ignores both sides of the Congressional Aisle. They are willing to cut him the slack because they would not get Democrats to agree anyway.
The hot button topics of gun rights, marriage rights, LGBTQ+ equality, abortion and immigration are mostly smoke and mirrors to drive citizens to vote Republican in the time of Republican demographic decline. The items which the “conservative” camp values are low taxation, clerical government, privatization of government institutions, deregulation of banking, preserve fossil energy corporations, and the two biggest revenue generators of all: Medical Industry and Military Contracting. All of those items are huge revenue generators for the wealthy class.
A variant of Newton’s 3rd Law: every action having an “equal and oppositely acting action” demonstrates the interconnectedness of all things. To wit, assassinate a high-level Iranian General with a drone strike and risk all-out war. Even if the strike is a marginally a good move, war is a huge revenue generator for contractors. Iran retaliates with closing the Strait of Hormuz or some such oil delivery disruption and the price of fuel spikes. Even though the US is an exporter of oil, Americans will pay more since the rest of the world will want our oil too and will bid the price up. US Oil producers and refiners prosper and make billions more in revenues. We pay.
Military spending although already at the highest point ever will go even higher. With no tax revenues to pay the bills, debt must be increased. The holders of the Treasury Bills then earn billions more in interest.
The Republican Party is unabashedly the champion of the wealthy and corporations which derive their revenues from the government. When Trump’s value in accomplishing that result his negative attributes and behaviors will become more of a liability than asset. It will be then that one man will have the power to destroy the Trump Administration. Mitch McConnell. Not that he will or will be given the chance to do so, his word that Trump’s usefulness is over and he’s ready to remove the man will be singular in its power.
Trump’s erratic behavior is like what happen when school children are on the playground doing the insult game. It’s all fun and games until someone says “oh yeah, your mother wears army boots.” Then fists begin to fly.