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The Trmp Conspiracies: A Few Political Fantasies

by gmoke Mon May 29th, 2017 at 09:48:31 PM EST

In my political fantasy life (no resemblance to persons living or dead), I like to play with the idea of deep conspiracies wondering, "What if?" from different directions, a variation of umpteeump dimensional chess. I don't believe any of it but just like to consider the possibilities.

What if Ivana Zelníčková Trmp was the original Russian/Soviet/espionage honeypot?
What if the Trmp's are actually "The Americans," deep cover sleeper agents like the ones in that show?
What if Ivanka and her siblings are the second generation of the operation? (Hello, Jared.)

That's one thread.

What if Fred Kch, father of the Kch Bros, who made his first millions with Stalin back in the 1930s, cooked up a long-term Fifth Column operation from the Right at some desk in the Kremlin back in those bad old days?  What if the Jhn Brch Socity was funded to destabilize American democracy (such as it is) as much as the Communist Party USA, a Rightwing/Leftwing combination?

Fact of the matter is, with the 2016 Rpblcn Party, the "Eisenhower is a Commie" and "Impeach Earl Warren" Jhn Brch Socity of the 1950s won. It is the Rpblcn Party today, with a healthy helping of Christianist Dominionism added, all those preaching theocrats who are happy to ignore President Trmp's public behavior. This religious strain (take that any way you want) hearkens back and forward to Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here and Robert Heinlein's Revolt in 2100 as well as Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.

And that's a whole nother group of conspiracies to play. Lotsa conspiracies and dystopias to go around.


Here's another:
The Trmp organization has a $950 million deal with the state-owned Bank of China, brokered by Goldman Sachs, another possible violation of the Constitution's emolument clause.

What about the Chinese influence on Trmp? I haven't seen that mentioned nearly as often as the Russian trail.

Wendy Dng, Rupert Mrdch's former wife, and Ivanka Trmp are old friends. Wendy Dng has been linked to Vladimir Putin, somewhat romantically, if you can imagine such people ever to be romantic. What if there's a Chinese/Russian/American/global kleptocrat conspiracy? I mean, besides all the other financialized economic and social violence the kleptocrats already conspire around.

And then there's the Mob, which David Cay Johnston and Wayne Barrett report has always had a special relationship with the Trmp family. What if the Mob is running the whole thing, up to and including the Russian connection?

I don't know enough to speculate on the Tongs, Triads, and the Chinese government but I do know the Japanese Yakuza firmly line up with the Rightwing in that country and that the Abe government is trying to change the post-WWII Constitution to build an offensive military force. In fact, I consider the American Trmp phenomenon in line with a global rise in nationalist authoritarianism that I first noticed with Órban and Hungary, scapegoating Romany people, and persistently hollowing out democratic institutions wherever possible (hat tip to Paul Krugman who would pass on reports by a Princeton colleague a few years ago). Another example is Duterte in the Philippines who has added his own twist of the garrote and the situation in Brazil with President Temer ("fear" in Spanish but Brazilians speak Portuguese) bears more than a passing resemblance to what's happening with the Federal government in the USA. And there's a whole history of possible USA subversion, back and forth, with Turkey and Erdoğan for at least the last decade. I wonder if Sibel Edmonds is working on that.

Who knows if any of these speculations approach anything that actually happened? I certainly don't, as I disavow any and all direct knowledge of these people and events. However, I've known two confirmed spies in my life. One was an Italian-American CIA man who did advance work for many of the coups in Latin America from WWII on under the cover of working with the AFL-CIO and the other was a Czech who worked for both the Czechs and the Russians before defecting from his country and was teaching at Boston University when I met him. The distinguishing characteristic for both gentlemen was that they were utterly charming. Since meeting them, I've always been suspicious of utterly charming people.

Not to say that any of the individuals, bearing no relation to any real persons living or dead, mentioned above are utterly charming or spies. I haven't met any of those names in the news, to my recollection.

This is my political fantasy life. It's something I do instead of chewing gum.

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frankly, given the way the Jared Kushner thing is unravelling I don't think your ideas even scratch the surface of what's going on.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 30th, 2017 at 05:29:13 PM EST
And I didn't even scratch the surface of the Dominionist conspiracies possible.

I'm hearing many writers are going, "If I wrote anything like the Trmp administration, I'd be thrown out a producer's or editor's office as being delusional."


Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Wed May 31st, 2017 at 01:35:31 AM EST
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As Twain said, "Of course truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense."
by rifek on Thu Jun 1st, 2017 at 02:16:08 AM EST
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George Bernard Shaw: "All professions are conspiracies against the laity" - applies as much to religion and politics as anything else.  International tensions are what the plutocrats use to keep the rubes amused while they make out like bandits on the resulting arms trade and plunder. The problem with Trump is that he is doing it all so openly and threatening to expose the game. Booman doesn't seem to appreciate the extraordinary irony of progressives looking to the "intelligence community" to end this charade...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 30th, 2017 at 08:18:55 PM EST
Booman doesn't seem to appreciate the extraordinary irony of progressives looking to the "intelligence community" to end this charade...

Booman is an asshole and an idiot.  I got "permission denied" from the place ... worthless fuckhead.

My allegiance to the human species ends at the California border.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue May 30th, 2017 at 11:26:31 PM EST
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Booman doesn't seem to appreciate the extraordinary irony of progressives looking to the "intelligence community" to end this charade...
Yes he does
This is all a recipe for a breakdown in order and for our systems for political accountability and the peaceful transfer of power. We're already far enough along this road that a lot of people are beginning to conclude that the system is broken not only beyond repair but beyond having any moral claim to deserve repair. Maybe it's better to work to accelerate its demise than to try to shore up an edifice that is beyond hope. Perhaps the most corrosive aspect of this is when it is applied not to the media or our elites but to the people themselves. Once you lose faith in the quality of our people, pretty much everything else collapses. We can perhaps devise new systems, but any system that isn't premised on the will of the people won't be a system worth having.


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 1st, 2017 at 08:13:16 AM EST
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Fair point.  He's still cheering on the intelligence community to depose Trump by fair means or foul.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jun 3rd, 2017 at 09:12:50 PM EST
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Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump - Literary Hub
Surely he must have imagined that more power meant more flattery, a grander image, a greater hall of mirrors reflecting back his magnificence. But he misunderstood power and prominence. This man had bullied friends and acquaintances, wives and servants, and he bullied facts and truths, insistent that he was more than they were, than it is, that it too must yield to his will. It did not, but the people he bullied pretended that it did. Or perhaps it was that he was a salesman, throwing out one pitch after another, abandoning each one as soon as it left his mouth. A hungry ghost always wants the next thing, not the last thing.

... The man in the white house sits, naked and obscene, a pustule of ego, in the harsh light, a man whose grasp exceeded his understanding, because his understanding was dulled by indulgence. He must know somewhere below the surface he skates on that he has destroyed his image, and like Dorian Gray before him, will be devoured by his own corrosion in due time too. One way or another this will kill him, though he may drag down millions with him. One way or another, he knows he has stepped off a cliff, pronounced himself king of the air, and is in freefall. Another dungheap awaits his landing; the dung is all his; when he plunges into it he will be, at last, a self-made man.

I could just as well imagine a burgeoning genre of anti-fan fiction. What kind of a downfall will it be? Will he drag the Republican party down with him (fingers crossed)? But indulge in that fantasy life responsibly. That kind of wishful thinking lost the election.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Wed May 31st, 2017 at 11:39:02 PM EST
Fantasize about Trmp's path of self-destruction but work to make sure that you and yours don't get caught in his slipstream,

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Thu Jun 1st, 2017 at 09:18:52 PM EST
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So many plausible possibilities.....that is the problem.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 4th, 2017 at 10:01:10 PM EST
Playing with epistemologies of liberals must be fun.
by das monde on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 04:11:19 AM EST
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Living with policies based on Conservative lies isn't much fun and is often deadly.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 08:38:43 PM EST
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Nothing is certain but death and lies.
by das monde on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 12:44:56 AM EST
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I thought the quote was nothing is sure except Death and Texas but I could be wrong.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 07:00:14 PM EST
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While You Obsessed Over Trump's Scandals, He's Fundamentally Changed The Country
This is a defining feature of the Trump administration: While scandal and squabble, palace intrigue and provocative tweets suck much of the oxygen out of the room ― and leave the impression of mass government disfunction ― a wide array of fundamentally Trump-minded reform is taking place.

"All of this smoke is missing the steady progress that the modern Republican Party is achieving," said Grover Norquist, the longtime anti-tax advocate. "The idea that Trump isn't getting anywhere is wrong. Those free market guys are picking up maybe not all the marbles in the world, but a large quantity of them. And we haven't thrown away any marbles" [...]

On regulatory policy, Trump's impact has far outpaced the coverage it's often received. He's made it harder for workers to set up retirement accounts and has delayed the implementation of workplace safety rules. He repealed a regulation protecting workers from wage theft and allowed employers with spotty labor records to get government contracts. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has hit the brakes on a rule that would require firms to report worker injury data online. Trump has given coal companies permission to dump debris into local streams and canceled requirements for reporting methane emissions. Both the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines have been allowed to proceed, and coal companies have been allowed to again lease on public lands.

by das monde on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 02:23:36 AM EST
Yes, I'm sure that's true, but it's not part of some cunning strategy; it's happened because they had the opportunity to do it in the midst of the general chaos and took advantage. The Trump administration would be far more dangeous if it knew what it was doing, but it doesn't so all of this feels temporary.

Mind you, the DCCC and DNC seem to be doing all they can to squander opportunities to take electoral advantage of the chaos in return.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 01:35:24 PM EST
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The focus of the Trump House is narrow, but they know what they are doing in that direction. They seem to be cunningly aware of surrounding perceptions, and ready to play with that.
by das monde on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 03:43:34 AM EST
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the DCCC and DNC seem to be doing all they can to squander opportunities

They are masters in that since 1999, if not the 1980s.

by das monde on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 03:45:20 AM EST
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The DLC/DNC has been busily destroying the Democratic Party since 1986, the midterm election after Mondale's defeat "proved" that "progressives" were unelectable.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:29:28 AM EST
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Der Drumpfenfuehrer's fellow travelers knew exactly what they wanted to do when they hit the ground, and they've used his three-ring circus as a smoke screen.  Since the US news media have a history of reporting only on the nearest twigs and ignoring the tree, this is a highly effective strategy.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:32:47 AM EST
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I learned from many small group meetings with big name journos at Harvard and MIT that sometimes the press can't see the forest for the trees and sometimes it can't see the trees for the leaves.  Seems like you've learned that lesson too.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 07:08:14 PM EST
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I was in journalism long before I was in law.
by rifek on Sat Jun 17th, 2017 at 01:09:14 AM EST
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"The Congressional Review Act (CRA)is a law that was enacted by the United States Congress under House Speaker Newt Gingrich as Section 251 of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104-121) and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on March 29, 1996....

"Prior to 2017, the CRA had only been successfully invoked once to overturn a rule (in 2001..).  In January 2017, however, with a new Republican president, the Republican-controlled 115th Congress began passing a series of disapproval resolutions to overturn a variety of rules issued under the Obama administration. Ultimately, fourteen of these resolutions were passed and signed into law; a fifteenth resolution was passed by the House but failed in the Senate. Because of the shortness of legislative sessions during the 114th Congress, the 115th Congress was able to target rules passed by the Obama administration as far back as May 2016."

"On May 16, 2017, Senators Cory Booker and Tom Udall introduced S. 1140, a bill to repeal the Congressional Review Act."

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 06:14:47 PM EST
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