Making America Great Again, Step by Precarious Step

Step 36: Donald Trump issued a tweet to the world:  “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability…” and a new and deadly arms race was underway. Call it, “Weaponized Tweeting,” or “Tweeting toward Armageddon!” He followed up in an interview: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” Imagine that: outlasting an adversary in a nuclear confrontation. Everyone in the world outside the small Putin clique, or the residents of Trump’s hermetically sealed and self-created parallel universe—call it Trumpsylvania—looked on with alarm and horror as the pea-brained moral midgets compared the size of their equipment with the fate of the earth in the balance. I immediately remembered the “duck and cover” drills every kid practiced in the 1950’s—training in compliance, and lessons on the inevitability of a nuclear holocaust. I also remembered that the US is the only country to unleash nuclear terror on a population, and I vowed once again: Never again!

Step 37: Donald Trump asked the State Department for a detailed list of programs, activities, and jobs that promote gender equality. This follows the request a few days earlier to the Energy Department to offer up a list of the names of people who had worked on climate change issues, or attended climate change meetings or conferences. The pattern is now quite clear—and ominous: a new “Black List” of dissidents is being actively assembled, and crushing dissent is one of the front burner priorities for the Trump mob. 

Step 38: Donald Trump’s New York campaign co-chair and member of the Buffalo school board, Carl Paladino, said that his wish for 2017 was that Michele Obama “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla,” and that President Obama “catches mad cow disease after having been caught having relations” with a heifer.

Step 39: The leader of the Austrian far-right and anti-immigrant Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, claimed to have met with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Donald Trump’s designated national security adviser. The Trump transition team had no comment. The Freedom Party was founded in the 1950’s by former Nazis.

Step 40: After the US abstained on a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction, Donald Trump tweeted that, “things will be different after Jan.20th.”

The antidote to political depression is political organizing and social activism. Making the American revolution great again!!

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