Some simple questions linger as Donald Trump and our new royal family ascend to the throne.
Question: Vladimir And The Russians Tilt The Table For Trump?
Why is it now apparently okay that the Trump campaign was having regular contact with the Russians prior to the election, while the Russians, according to our intelligence agencies, were actively working to tip the election for Mr. Trump? Wasn’t that espionage? Shouldn’t there be an investigation?
Michael Moore, has asked Mr. Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to look into FBI Director Comey releasing damaging information on Hillary Clinton, just days before the election. That”s never going to happen, as it would make a mess of Mr, Obama’s legacy. After all he’s been through, the kid from Kenya, really shouldn’t have to put up with that. Let him exit stage left without that sword over his head. But the thing about the Russians. That’s an entirely different matter, isn’t it?
Question: Use The Electoral College As Intended?
Why do we simply accept the outcome of our presidential elections before the Electoral College casts its votes on December 19th? According to Project VoteSmart, “Electors were viewed as a compromise between a true popular election and an election by more qualified citizens. Some of the founders wondered if it would be wise to permit average citizens to vote but wanted to stay true to their republican principles. The Electoral College was their answer.”
So why do we announce to the world that everything is over and done with following the tally of a popular vote that really shouldn’t count at all, if we’re going to follow the intent of the founders, who, it appears, were wisely trying to protect us from demagogues and tyrants using misinformation, fear, intimidation and bigotry to sway the vote.
We should wait for the Electoral College to vote, and proceed from there, shouldn’t we, and shouldn’t the electors consider the apparent fact that the Trump Campaign may have been assisted by the Russians?
It’s important to note that the Trump Campaign was highly successful in convincing much of the electorate that the press tells lies and that the system is rigged. Perhaps the “more qualified citizens” in the Electoral College need to come to the rescue of the ill-informed masses and refuse to simply turn over the nation to Donald Trump, per the wishes of the founders?
Does any of this make any sense?
Question: Republicans Running Amok?
Another question that should be in the forefront is the potential for unlimited Republican power. Unless I’m getting this wrong, the Republican majority in the Senate can simply vote to change the rules, eliminating the need for a so-called “supermajority” of 60 votes for passage of a motion, dropping it down to a simple majority of only 51. Which they will have.
The Republicans in fact, would then have carte blanche in both houses and the White House. Debate would become meaningless. More than half the country (per the popular vote which tilted heavily towards Hillary Clinton) would fail to be represented in Washington as the Democratic opposition would be all but powerless to offer any opposition at all. The Republicans, on the other hand, might not go in that direction and let the Supermajority stand in the Senate, out of the fear that one day the Dems might turn around and do the same thing to them. However, with a Republican in the White House the temptation to do away with the Supermajority could be too much for the Republican power structure and its Neocon supporters to resist.
Question: Do The Eyes Have It?
Of course the probability is that nothing will be done about any of this. It will be Bush v. Gore all over again as the Republicans slide by with another questionable (crooked) win with those in power accepting a potentially bogus victory rather than a constitutional crisis as Mr. Trump installs America’s first royal family in the White House – even though he will be spending weekends in his gilded penthouse high atop Trump Tower in Manhattan, the humble “people’s house” at 16-hundred Pennsylvania Avenue, quite obviously insufficient for one of such grand stature and fantastic health. Which leads to another lingering question. What’s up with all that white makeup under Mr. Trump’s eyes? Is it hiding enormous dark circles? A medical problem, perhaps? Fatty deposits? A buildup of unsightly cholesterol?
And finally dear friends and fellow Americans, what will it cost the United States to secure the Trump Tower? How many millions of dollars will we have to spend on that as Mr. Trump works to cut taxes and reduce the budget? And how will New York City cope with the hordes of press people and looky-loos filling the streets around the Tower? Remember the traffic chaos when Mr. Obama visited Los Angeles? Remember the cops shutting down whole sections of the city.? I do, I was there.
Get ready Manhattan, it will likely be a nightmare. And a recurring one at that. Each and every weekend. All the worse if they can’t keep the George Washington Bridge open.