[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
At SameFacts.com, Blogger Mark Kleiman, who also happens to be Professor of Public Policy at NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, gives us two frightening lists of things Donald Trump could do as POTUS. To wit:
With the Stroke of a Pen
- Withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on global warming.
- Abrogate the nuclear deal with Iran, setting the stage for either war with Iran or Iranian development of a nuclear weapon. (Or both.)
- Deny hostile, or even objective journalists and media outlets access to information …
- Institute criminal investigation and prosecution of political opponents…. Now imagine FBI Director Chris Christie reporting to Attorney General Jeff Sessions….
- Use tax enforcement and the award or denial of tax-exempt status to punish enemies and reward friends. The Director of the IRS is also a political appointee….
- Attack “liberal-leaning” universities and not-for-profit enterprises by either interfering with the grant process directly or by using financial or compliance audits to disqualify them.
- End enforcement of the Voting Rights Act….
- Cease Department of Justice investigations into police misconduct.
- Mount a massive deportation process….
There are 10 more. And then there is this list.
By legislative action or with the advice and consent of the Senate, or the help of state governments
- Appoint at least one and perhaps thee Supreme Court justices on the Alito model, locking in a right-wing majority for a generation.
- Reduce tax rates for the rich.
- Block grant food stamps and/or Medicaid.
- Appoint anti-worker and anti-union members to the National labor Relations Board.
And there are four more. Kleiman concludes:
This is not a game. Institutions do not maintain themselves. Not all damage is reversible. I do not believe Trump will be elected, and I do not believe that, if he were elected, that would be the last relatively free and fair election for President. But it’s not impossible. Let’s not do the experiment.
There are “thinkers” among our electorate. That is encouraging. When thinkers become doers, we have a democracy. That is worth fighting for.