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The Malevolence of Incompetence
By Martin LeFevre
May 11, 2017, 5:44pm

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President Trump's Apprentice-style firing of FBI Director James Comey has thrown the United States into a constitutional crisis. "This should shock the whole of America out of its numbness," the pundits say. But it won't, and God help humanity when a global crisis occurs.

Though I'd been writing for a year that Trump might well win, it wasn't until Comey inexplicably announced a few days before the election that the FBI was continuing an investigation Hillary's improper use of a private email server while Secretary of State that I knew the Donald would win. The whole damn election was just too metaphysically strange and dark.

Trump thought he was getting a 2-fer by firing Comey. The investigated president got rid of his main investigator, knowing that an obstruction of justice charge and impeachment will never stick with his Republican majority sycophants.

Plus he'd throw a bone to the Democrats, who, along with the queen of entitlement still smarting and shifting blame for her incompetent campaign and fingernails-on-chalkboard persona, blamed the FBI director for her loss.

The mind reels. Today, after a full-press character assassination of James Comey (Trump called him a "showboat and grandstander"), the Donald bemoaned, "There's a meanness out there, I'm surprised." Our shameless POTUS (an acronym that now sounds onomatopoetic) is the king of projection.

An American photographer was denied access to the Oval Office during a meet and greet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (the one that Flynn was fired for meeting with prior to the election).

The Russian state photographer took a picture of Trump looking happier than at any time since he's assumed the presidency. Former enemies like Putin laugh with glee; former friends like Merkel shake their heads in dismay.

The American commentariat is focusing on the falsehoods and contradictions in the "rollout" of Comey's firing. They're floating so far behind the truth that it makes me "mildly nauseous."

"We must protect this country from moral corrosion," they say. Really? How the hell do they think this pathologically lying, self-admitted sexual predator became POTUS?

The truth is the Russians could not have successfully "attacked the foundation of our democracy" without the foundation already being thoroughly rotten.

The same cultural and political rot that enabled such a pathetically ignorant egotist to become president will prevent him from being impeached, no matter what high crimes and misdemeanors he commits.

The entire question of whether candidate Trump and his team colluded with an enemy of the United States to tilt the election in his favor is self-evident. Trump openly encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary's emails during the campaign, saying, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you'll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

Imagine there was, as there should be, an investigation into whether Trump is guilty if criminal sexual assault. Not only have numerous women substantiated the charge, he's on tape bragging about it! "I don't even wait; I grab them by the pussy," the lout boasted.

Trump is banking on the mob that brought him to the presidency to see him through his pants on fire, the emperor has no clothes moment. Is he right? I hope I'm wrong, but I don't' think there are enough citizens that give a damn left in the United States to stop him.

We've all gone down the rabbit hole, and the only way out is to dig deeper. Bernie Sanders would be president if he had spoken of the necessity of a psychological revolution, instead of endlessly referring to the misnomer of "political revolution."

Globalization and the Net have rendered national sovereignty moot. The concept no longer moves hearts and minds because in our completely interconnected world, national sovereignty---the supreme political principle of the last few hundred years---no longer has any basis in reality and truth, only in tribalism, autocracy and coercive power.

From here on, if there is anything to be said for patriotism, it is the love of one's country in the context of humanity, not the love of humanity in the context of one's country.

People who think that this is going to end with Trump's impeachment are deluding themselves almost as much as Trump is. He believes he's doing a great job, and that the only thing standing in the way of his making America great again is the "enemy of the people," the media. How long before he resorts to the ultimate spasm of self-importance and national immolation, and starts a war?

Are digitization/globalization, plus a compelling new philosophy (it won't be systemized, but you can discern it if you read this column), plus the coming cataclysm "strong enough to dissolve all the habits and fears and status-quo biases that keep the present world order going?"

Yes, but are enough people inside and outside a hapless, leaderless, "inward turning" (a misnomer if ever there was one) America inwardly ready?

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Martin LeFevre is a contemplative, and non-academic religious and political philosopher. He welcomes dialogue. lefevremartin77@gmail.com


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