Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Incompetent? Beside the point

I managed 35 posts in July. I hadn’t done that many posts since January of 2015.

Fifty-six retired top level military officers signed a statement refuting the nasty guy’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. A bit of it:
The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy.

As a result, the proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the failed “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Patriotic transgender Americans who are serving— and who want to serve—must not be dismissed, deprived of medically necessary health care, or forced to compromise their integrity or hide their identity.

News came out today that the nasty guy dictated the text that nasty junior was to say when talking about meeting a Russian lawyer.

Melissa McEwan of Shakesville says that should get rid of the dangerous idea that the nasty guy is “out of the loop.” It is dangerous because media continues to suggest that he was not involved in the corruption, that he’s too much a bumbling idiot to turn the presidency into a dictatorship. She adds:
What you're not supposed to notice is that, yes, they are indeed incredibly ineffective at running a traditional, democratic, functional executive branch — but that was never the objective.

Remember how I spent the entire campaign warning that Donald Trump was dangerous? That's why. It's because he was never running to be a president.

Of course he's incompetent, but competency is beside the point when the objective is ruination.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is issuing a new statement of his department’s purpose. A key sentence from the old one:
The Department's mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.
The corresponding sentence from the draft version of the new:
We promote the security, prosperity, and interests of the American people globally.
Notice a few things that were removed? Things like promoting justice and democracy. Like promoting stability for everyone’s benefit, not just for Americans.

McEwan says the nasty guy administration and the GOP are working to eliminate democracy in America so, naturally, they won’t be promoting it, and may actively subvert it, around the world. This is big.

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