Friday May 3rd, 2019
My Dear America:
Well, Donald Trump has done it to us again. At first Glance, William Barr seemed like, if nothing else, at least a reasonably good pick for Attorney General of the United States. Unlike many, if not most of Donald Trump's selections for his Cabinet positions, William Barr actually had some relevant experience. Not only was he a lawyer but he even had prior experience as The United States Attorney General.
Hold On, I thought, Could Donald Trump have finally picked someone qualified for his job in his increasingly Corrupt Administration.
I made it a point to get up early on the day Barr was questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee and found his testimony to be somewhat reassuring, considering the fact that Barr was being appointed to the Attorney General's position by Donald Trump. What I found to be especially reassuring was the fact that when Barr was questioned about his relationship with Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, Barr suggested that he and Mueller and their wives were all very good friends and had often spent what sounded like quality time together. Surely William Barr was a man of honor and a solid legal reputation and would help and assist Bob Mueller in his investigation of Donald Trump's Campaign ties to the Russians and Trump's possible Obstruction of Justice.
Well, unlike The Who's anthem, "We Won't Get Fooled Again," we have been fooled again by Donald Trump. Is it any surprise that we have once again been bamboozled by Donald Trump. By this time I guess we should be getting used to it.
I keep waking up everyday hoping that this will be the day when Donald Trump suddenly becomes a decent, law abiding statesman who children can look up to and a man who we can all be proud of. Then I turn on the television and find out what is the latest Donald Trump Outrage and the daily nightmare continues.
Although I rarely watch television when Omarosa is on it, I had the TV on this past Sunday when she was being interviewed on MSNBC. At one point in the interview Omarosa started talking about something that I found to be very interesting and relevant to what has been happening since Trump took over the White House in January of 2017.
Omarosa stated that she was aware of the fact that Donald Trump, with the help of Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, put together a list of incredibly outrageous things that Donald Trump could say or do when Trump wanted to distract the news media (Sometimes called the "Enemies of The People) and change the conversation in the media. In other words if a news story was breaking that Trump did not want to be covered as the lead story of the day, Trump brought out his list of Outrages and proceeded to do or say something Outrageous enough to refocus the news on what Trump wanted to hear.
While Omarosa is not a person who I look to as a purveyor of Great Wisdom, I have to admit that looking back, not only on Trump's white House years, but also on his Campaign for President, Omarosa's revelations seem to make sense.
Sometimes watching Donald Trump stumbling over his words it is easy to dismiss him as a Stupid Fool. While Donald Trump will never be known as a scholarly man of letters and often times does stupid and foolish things he is also sometimes a very shrewd and masterful politician and when he wants to be he can be and is a Master of Distraction and a clever molder of public opinion. We consider him to be stupid only at our own risk.
Take Attorney General Barr, for instance. Donald Trump pulled a fast one on us. Barr had already revealed prior to his nomination by Trump, that he did not feel that Trump could be found guilty of Obstruction of Justice. If we had only all read his letter to the President expressing how he felt about how Trump could not be found guilty of obstruction we would have known that Barr was already in Trump's pocket even prior to his Nomination. Should we be surprised that Barr has gone to great lengths to protect the President.
No. Not Really.
At this point in time it is clear that William Barr is one more Trump Lawyer protecting him. The Attorney General should be someone who is looking out for all of us. In Barr's case that is not going to happen. Whatever honor Barr had in his previous legal life, that is gone now and William Barr is one more swamp creature under Donald Trump's control.