The dust has begun to settle and maybe there are a few worthwhile observations to make. So, let me ramble a bit here and let’s see if anything substantive emerges.
One small trend emerged. Several very different kinds of people on our side of the divide independently expressed that people responsible for the Russia-gate farce need to be brought to justice and punished. And they were shooting pretty high. Several wanted Obama convicted. I volunteered that I thought the latter possibility highly unlikely. I also said that to my way of thinking if a vindictive bastard like Trump didn’t go looking for payback it meant only one of two things. The first choice was that he had made a political calculation that retribution would hurt his chances of re-election. The other possibility is that he can’t because Barr won’t let it happen. My thought is that Barr is the firewall and Mueller only ended the investigation because it was understood that Barr would drop the curtain on the whole Russia-gate affair and all the players would be allowed to shuffle off to their next appointed posts. When I told this to my friends one of them said well then Trump can fire Barr and put in his own man. And I said that maybe Mitch McConnell won’t allow that to happen. And that made him quiet.
The other thing that occurs to me about where we are is that Trump is in an excellent position to start some trouble. My thought is he should tackle the Tech giants. Declaring Google, Facebook and Amazon monopolies should be simple. After all they are! Smashing those companies would be good for American business, civil liberties and for the Right. Even the Democrats are smart enough to know that these companies aren’t popular and if Trump crushes them, he can make sure we benefit from the slaughter.
And it’s time he started building some of that wall. Even if it’s just a symbolic portion. He needs to use that three billion and them come back and say he needs more. That’s what he has to run on. And he has to start moving on the rest of his agenda. Even if it means using the pen and the phone. And he needs to start calling out lunatics like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she starts talking about spending hundreds of trillions of dollars for rainbows and unicorns. It’ll be popular and it will be hilarious.
So, let’s see what my ramblings come to.
If the DOJ doesn’t go after the Russia-gate swamp creatures then in my estimation Barr is the stopper that ends the war without our side getting a chance to punch back. Or Trump doesn’t think it’s wise. But that seems less likely to me.
Trump has a good window this year to do some substantive things like go after the Tech Giants and build the Wall. If he takes no initiative then he would seem to be a spent force and that would be very bad for our side.
So, these are the two things to look at in the next few months. I’ll check back from time to time to see how this looks in the light of later developments. But these are my thoughts on where we are and how we’ll know where we are headed.
What do you think?