“When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.” – Mike Flynn, Meet the Press, September 2016
“…if you’re not guilty of a crime what do you need immunity for?” – Donald Trump rally speech, September 27, 2016
“Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!” – Donald Trump tweet, March 31, 2017
Many summers ago a couple we know invited my wife and I to their new house-warming party. This couple had just purchased a beautiful home, on a very prestigious street, and had spent six months renovating it. They were ready to show it off and for whatever reason we made the list. They had created a wonderful outdoor space which is where I stayed on this cool summer evening, next to the whole hog being barbecued on a Spit and the keg of craft beer.
At some point I needed to use the bathroom and found the one on the main floor occupied. I walked down to the playroom where the couples two boys and two of their friends were occupied playing a game on a massive big screen television. I stood behind the sofa to watch. What I saw disturbed me. On the television were robotic looking men in a gun fight. Using pistols, shotguns and machine guns these kids were at war. I watched as blood splattered everywhere on the screen and heads and limbs were shot off. This scene was disturbing enough but what really bothered me was the reaction of theses 10 and 12 year old’s, none. No reaction, just intense focus on the job at hand, to blow the heads off of each other.
I didn’t raise boys, we had all girls. Our house was filled with American Girl doll stuff, craft supplies and when we did get a video game console it was a wii. The most violent activity on the wii was boxing, no blood, if you won your opponent just hit the canvas.
My wife has grown very weary of watching all the Donald Trump news coming out of Washington so when she was out-of-town the other day I did a marathon MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico news overdose. As I have written time and time again, Trump and his team are juggling a lot of balls in the air and while we and the press focus on one or two, there are ten other ones that simply go unnoticed.
For example, Scott Pruitt, the head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency rejected the findings and advice of EPA scientist to ban a pesticide known as Lorsban which contains the chemical compound chlorpyrifos. The EPA banned its indoor use ten years ago because its exposure can pose risks to fetal brain and nervous system development. Scott Pruitt is a Oklahoma attorney, not a scientist. He is a man who has sued the EPA fourteen times and has openly called for its elimination over the course of his career. And his runs for Attorney General of Oklahoma? Funded almost exclusively by the fossil fuel industry. So if you feed your kids broccoli, strawberries or citrus, please wash it really good.
Mr. Pruitt’s decision should shock us, shit it should piss us off. We should be writing our representatives telling them to get this guys ass out of Washington and back to Oklahoma. But we aren’t and we don’t because at this point, seventy days in, nothing Trump and his team do shock us anymore.
The Trump presidency is a circus with so many acts going on we don’t know which ones to watch or which ones to believe. Russiagate, wiretaps, Mike Flynn, Devin Nunes, Fake News, Scott Pruitt, the EPA, Healthcare, the Muslim Ban, the Mexican wall, immunity, Vladimir Putin…… This guy has been in office for less than three months and has cost the America people millions of dollars and even more millions in lost brain cells while he puts money and tax breaks in the pockets of his buddies, check out what Federal Regulation Trump is trying to eliminate for his friend and “adviser” Carl Icahn.
Trump’s core supporters, those that I and Hillary Clinton refer to as his “Basket of Deplorables” make-up about 35% of Americans. It just so happens that 35% is also his current approval rating. Nothing will shock those 35% because they are just as blinded by his ambition as he is. When he stated that he “could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters” he was absolutely correct. His 35% will support and fight for him to the bitter end.
But last time I checked 35% wasn’t a majority, not even close to one. 65% of us, made-up of those that don’t support him or are still on the fence, need to remain vigilant and shocked by his actions, statements and the actions of his administration. Don’t get complacent or comfortably numb. The damage that he could do in four short years could take a generation to unwind. My kids don’t need that. They will have enough challenges facing them without Donald Trumps “help”.
“When I was a child, I caught a fleeting glimpse, Out of the corner of my eye, I turned to look but it was gone, I cannot put my finger on it now, The child is grown, The dream is gone, I have become comfortably numb” – Pink Floyd