Smoke and Mirrors
The Lovely Carol Marie and I were in New Haven last night to see the incomparable Lewis Black and he was, as usual, hilarious and prescient. He used a line we heard in October, when we saw him in NYC: “We’re living at the intersection of satire and reality. We’re living in fictional times.” He contended that if some novelist had dreamed up this past election year as a work of fiction, pitting the two most unpopular candidates against each other and proceeded to write about events (Trump, the F.B.I., the email hacking, etc.) fictitiously, it would be a great novel! Black’s warm-up act, John Bowman, had already referred to the Republican Primary debates as the “You’re Mama’s so fat . . . “ debates, adding a comic edge to the potential novel. But as we step back and look at this presidency, about 40 days in, I think it’s important to understand that the comedy and satire are there, for sure, but the seriousness of what we’re witnessing should not go unnoticed and un-responded to. There are three topics I want to address as areas of “concern” --- items that need not only our attention but ones that also require our loud and clear protest voices. Rahm Emmanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama’s first Chief of Staff, says in today’s NY Times that we should not mistake “motion for action” with this President and points out that we have been distracted by the “motion” – Executive Orders, immigration/deportation, and attacks on “fake news” --- leading some (particularly Trump’s base) to believe this is a man of action when, in fact, he is actually more like Lewis Black’s description --- “a big f*&king Baby . . . with as much control over his mouth as a baby has over its colon.” Today’s BLAST will look at the first of the three areas of concern, Executive Orders and Memoranda.
As far as those Memoranda go:
So, for anyone who thinks Trump has actually accomplished a lot in these first 40 days, think again. The Executive Orders and Memoranda are part of a distraction strategy (calculated by master manipulator Steve Bannon, no doubt) to make Trump appear a “man of action” when, in fact, it is purely motion. The next BLAST will examine the immigration/deportation fiasco as well as the continued attack on the free press.
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