As the caronavirus Covid-19 nears its peak of killing, the man who amazingly was given the Presidency of the United States by a handful of partisan citizens continues to tighten his grip on the levers of power. He fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson. Trump's explanation: he "no longer" had confidence in Atkinson's ability to serve as a watchdog. Atkinson had done his legally mandated job to notify members of the House Intelligence Committee of any serious "whistle blower" complaints. Ultimately that complaint gave rise to the investigation that led to the President's impeachment by the House.
So, was the firing a matter of spite, a way to punish the man who had not been smart enough to keep the whistle blower complaint secret. Was it a matter of revenge?
Maybe partly. Trump is notoriously vengeful. But to believe that is to miss the really dangerous point. We the people need to take note! It is far more than just getting rid of someone out of spite. It is part of Trump's strategy to put in place only those loyal to him at all top levels of all critical government organizations. Only by doing that can any autocrat/dictator maintain control. This includes most importantly replacing ALL heads of the military and keeping members of the military in line. Like his firing nearly simultaneously the captain of a navel ship, Brett Crozier, who had the temerity (integrity) to write a letter that was broadly disseminated expressing his concern that many of the men on his navy carrier tested positive for Covid and needed to be removed. That firing sent a message to all military commanders that if you give any hint of opposition or anything that could be construed as a criticism of the "great leader" you will be replaced....because the President has lost confidence in you or considers you some kind of security risk. These acts by Trump are not out of spite alone....they are tactical moves in Trump's agenda for taking control of the levers of power in the nation ASAP.
It is critical to personal sanity and well-being to think positively. But I confess....I worry, I don't stop worrying, that this great experiement in government of the people, by the people, and for the people may irretrivably cross a governing Rubicon and be lost in my lifetime. I won't know until elections...November 2020...nearly seven agonizing months away. Trump will be replaced, or ......
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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