The thought of Donald Trump once more taking the oath for the office of The Presidency in Jan. 2025 should be absolutely terrifying to any right thinking citizen of our beleaguered democracy… under any circumstances. The diapered Don has already demonstrated, on January 6th of 2021, his willingness to dismantle our democratic institutions, even if it means he must incite a mob to murder his own Vice President and leaders of the opposition party in Congress to facilitate the process.
Progressive radio talk show host and Air America alumnus Thom Hartmann has written a piece for Raw Story that makes that prospect even more horrifying, if possible, in which he speculates that much like Mitch McConnell held open, unconstitutionally, the SCOTUS seat vacated late in the Obama administration by the death of Antonin Scalia so that Trump if elected could fill it, Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville (who, as Hartmann documents, was eyeballs deep in the planning for Trump’s first attempt at insurrection) is blocking senior military promotions not to influence Pentagon abortion policy, but to insure Trump can fill them with his loyalists in the event he wins the Presidency next year.
Hartmann begins his essay with a history lesson, recounting that Germany’s pre-war industrialists and conservative allies thought to use Adolph Hitler, and his party’s electoral strength, to consolidate the power of their reigning champion, German President Paul von Hindenburg, and enjoy the tax cuts and oligarch-friendly fiscal parties that they perceived Germany’s left leaning parties threatened.
Hitler, of course, like his modern day disciple Trump, had as his goal only self aggrandizement and absolute power. To that end Hitler burned the Reichstag – a feat Trump tried to replicate when he loosed his mob on the U.S. Capitol – and set in motion the destruction of Germany’s democracy… as his student Trump would try to do here decades later.
Hartmann cites Trump’s executive order put in place on December 16th, 2020 as evidence of his nefarious intent:
“By the authority vested in me as President of the United States pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, … I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, find that the forensic report of the Antrim County, Michigan voting machines, released December 13, 2020, and other evidence submitted to me in support of this order, provide probable cause sufficient to require action under the authorities cited above because of evidence of international and foreign interference in the November 3, 2020, election.”…
“Accordingly, I hereby order: (1) Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention under United States Code Title 42, Sections 1974-1974(e), including but not limited to those identified in footnote 1. The Secretary of Defense has discretion to determine the interdiction of national critical infrastructure supporting federal elections.”
Hartmann goes on to point out that the senior military leadership that Trump had the power to appoint, his “acting” Secretary of Defense Chris Miller and his Chief of staff Kash Patel were fully onboard with Trump’s coup attempt.
“Just three weeks later, on January 4th, Acting Defense Secretary Miller, in the effective role of commander of our entire military just one step below Commander-in-Chief Trump (on whose behalf he acted), issued a memo (attached at the end of this article) specifically directing Army Secretary McCarthy and the National Guard that for January 6th and just for January 6th they were:
—Not authorized to be issued weapons, ammunition, bayonets, batons, or ballistic protection equipment such as helmets and body armor.
—Not to interact physically with protestors, except when necessary in self-defense or defense of others.
—Not to employ any riot control agents.
—Not to share equipment with law enforcement agencies.
—Not authorized to use Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets or to conduct ISR or Incident, Awareness, and Assessment activities in assistance to Capitol Police.”
In a story that has not fully been told as of yet, it was most likely the intervention of Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, after consultation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, that prevented Trump from fully implementing Trumps executive order to end our democracy.
Which is why, if Hartmann’s conjecture is correct, that Trump is using his lapdog Tuberville to hold up senior military promotions in anticipation of filling them with officers whose loyalties lie with him instead of with our nation.
Hartmann finishes by laying out the stakes for the 2024 election:
“The 2024 election will determine the direction this country takes, perhaps for another century.
Will we turn to fascism and authoritarianism with a military takeover, as a handful of activist rightwing billionaires and their wholly-owned Republican politicians want? Or will we turn back toward democracy and rebuild America’s middle class that has been so battered and gutted by 42 years of neoliberal Reaganomics?“
If you subscribe to Raw Story or have free articles remaining I strongly recommend you read Hartmann’s piece, which is much more detailed than I can present here.
If I could reproduce it here in its entirety I certainly would.
Then go to work getting out the vote!!!