We are pretty far past the point of absurdity with the Trump administration and enabling GOP Congress. We are well into the danger zone.
The January 5, 2018 edition of The New York Times ran a news report by Nicholas Fandos and Matthew Rosenberg under the title “Republican Senators Recommend Charges Against Author of Trump Dossier.” The author of the famed dossier is Christopher Steele, a former British Intelligence officer, a regular James Bond in “his Majesty’s Service.” Nothing in the dossier has been proven false and much of it has been shown to be independently verified. Those calling for charges against the British national are not the flakiest Senators, but none other than the formerly reputable Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley. Trump seems to have that effect upon the entire GOP leadership.
GOP House and Senate members have also recommended absurd charges against Clinton’s campaign aide Huma Abedin, political opponent, former First Lady, former U.S. Senator, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and black voters all over the country (the Executive Order to the Justice Department into “voter fraud” in areas with higher numbers of minority voters, without citing any evidence). Trump has also fired those who would not sign loyalty oaths or hinted that they would remain independent: FBI Director James Comey, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and the list goes on and on and on.
No position or person is seemingly too insignificant for this group of Republicans to go after. Republican Senator Ron Johnson wants it investigated as to how Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English “was ‘hastily approved’ for a permanent civil service job at the agency,” according to a recent The New York Times report. English was a President Obama appointee, and it would appear Johnson is ready to help Trump strip the entire government of anything and everyone ushered in under President Obama.
Let us cease using euphemisms for these GOP attacks, calling them “partisan investigations.” The GOP leadership, under Trump, has done too good a job of vilifying their opposition, and we now have our entire government, all three branches, controlled by only one party. It is a party in which power has overruled reason.
The results are increasingly looking like tyranny.
Nancy Avery Dafoe