Earlier this week, Rachel Maddow suggested that the Trump shutdown, which President Pelosi has finally ended, was masterminded by Putin. Maddow argues that given what Trump has already done to help Russia, from relaxing sanctions to weakening the NATO alliance to acting like Putin’s doormat in Helsinki, what else could Trump possibly do to please Putin? How about throwing the US government into chaos by shutting it down? Of course, Putin would like that, as it fits nicely into the age-old strategy of divide-and-rule or, as it is also called divide-and-conquer. Compared to the US, Russia and Putin have much less power in the world. Just because someone doesn’t have as much power, it doesn’t mean they can’t conquer the more powerful. Since the Roman days (and likely earlier), rulers have been using the divide-and-rule strategy to weaken their enemy and conquer them. From Wikipedia: The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures, and especially prevents smaller power groups from linking up, causing rivalries and fomenting discord among the people. Well, that sounds familiar. Trump has been trying to rip NATO apart since he got into office, and when he’s not doing that, he’s pissing off our allies around the world, from Canada to France to Germany. It is pretty clear that he has been “fomenting discord” at the international level, something that weakens the powers that might oppose Russia. By weakening and isolating the world powers, it provides an opportunity for Putin to seize greater control. It’s clear that Trump himself use this same strategy to maintain his power. In that same Wikipedia article, it connects the divide-and-rule strategy to narcissism, which is very interesting: A primary strategy the narcissist uses to assert control, particularly within his/her family, is to create divisions among individuals. This weakens and isolates them, making it easier for the narcissist to manipulate and dominate. Some are favoured, others are scapegoated. This reads like something out of the Trump handbook on how to run an organization. By all accounts, the White House is in a constant state of chaos, which suits Trump, the narcissist-in-chief, just fine. Since this Wikipedia article is illuminating, let’s examine a few more parts. It further describes the elements of the divide-and-rule technique: aiding and promoting those who are willing to cooperate with the sovereign This explains why Trump demands loyalty and regularly hires people who are willing to go on Fox News and praise him. But here is the most interesting part of the Wikipedia article, the part that jumped out at me and made me start thinking that Putin wants the wall as much as Trump does: encouraging meaningless expenditures that reduce the capability for political and military spending Holy crap! If that isn’t the definition of building a ridiculously long wall along the southern border, I don’t know what is. Clearly, Mexico was never going to pay for the wall, so to get it built will require the US to spend a lot of capital and energy. And while we are spending capital and energy on building a wall, what are we not doing? Spending more on the military. If the US government is spending millions building a wall while also running the largest debt in the world, surely this has to have an impact on military spending. The federal government classifies […]
Roger Stone posted a video on his Instagram account denying a report that he tipped off Trump about the release of John Podesta’s stolen emails by WikiLeaks in October 2016. According to Stone, an article is coming soon from Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker. Farrow won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for […]
A new book, entitled The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump, is due out Tuesday that argues impeachment proceedings for Donald Trump should start immediately. The book is written by 3 veteran constitutional lawyers and suggests there is no reason to wait for the results of special counsel Mueller’s investigation. There are […]
Trey Gowdy went on Fox on Sunday and he actually said things that made sense. It’s hard to believe given his performance during the Peter Strzok hearing, but after Trump’s shocking behavior in Helsinki, some in the GOP seem to discovered a newfound rationality. And with his rationale mind taking over, Gowdy is letting some punches fly, […]
Michael Selyem, a Deputy District Attorney in California, is facing calls for his resignation after a series of offensive social media posts about immigrants, Michelle Obama, and Maxine Waters. San Bernardino County Sun: Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem, who joined the D.A.’s Office 12 years ago, targeted outspoken U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady […]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was confronted by protesters as he was leaving a restaurant in his home state of Kentucky on Saturday. He was met with chants of “vote you out” as he left the Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville. The protestors followed him as he walked to his car. One protester asked: “Where […]
Republican Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who retired from the U.S. Senate in 2007 as its majority leader, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post imploring Republicans and Congress to protect Mueller. The point of his op-ed is pretty clear from the title: “The Senate I led put country over party. This one must do the same for […]
Michael Cohen has added Lanny Davis to his legal defense team. Davis has been an outspoken critic of Trump, a former special counsel for Bill Clinton, and is well known to be loyal to the Clintons. In fact, you wrote a book The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton […]
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