Our Republican Congress has totally forgotten to investigate the Russian hacking of the American election process. Instead, they sit, mostly silent and wide-eyed as our duo Presidents Trump/Bannon, govern by executive orders that are hitting every-day Americans like sledgehammers. And our Senate is confirming Trump/Bannon Cabinet nominees who hold views and carry historical records diametrically opposed to the missions of the agencies they will oversee. It is all agonizing to watch.
|Trump also added his co-president to the National Security Council. Unprecedented and not good.|
On the eighth day, an executive order signed with great flourish, went after Muslin families. Those arriving at airports with all the proper papers in hand were detained and those scheduled to arrive had their journeys cancelled. Five Federal judges weighed in on this executive order. Interesting that all five have doubts about its constitutionality and all the judges are women with life time appointments. Our acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired for refusing to accept the premise of the order which she also called unconstitutional. Trump/Bannon fired her on the spot.
This spot on the Supreme Court has been vacant since Scalia's death a year ago, because of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He would not entertain a hearing for President Obama's centrist nominee. Unprecedented in American history. Now McConnell is salivating at the chance of confirming a VERY conservative white man to the Supreme Court. And McConnell is doubly rewarded. His wife was just confirmed for a Cabinet position.
Republicans in Congress are indeed playing Faust. (Read the NYT David Brooks here on the nature of deals with the devil.) Having seen Houston Grand Opera's 'Faust' just weeks before the election, we know such bargains are seductive and end badly. Our misfortune is to be the recipient of the fallout from their bargain.