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Sunday, 16 September 2018 14:33

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Written by  Bob Serody

Why would top members of Trump’s staff call him an idiot or a six-year old child and yet stay with him for the duration? He’s holding a record for turnover in the White House. It’s a question I’ve been pondering for some time. If you want to spend a fortune reading all of the books written about this president, be my guest. But if you read this article, you can save yourself all that effort.

Members of his staff share a dark secret. They believe he needs constant guidance when it comes to making important decisions. Trump, as most people know, is not fit to be president. He is a narcissist who never reads, continuously denies reality, and is an essentially uneducated man whose attempts at accumulating wealth have resulted in several bankruptcies. He has had no political experience. One can only wonder how a man like him was ever elected to the most important position in government. His staff realizes the danger associated with this type of individual who wields enormous power, and who presently finds himself between a rock and a hard place.

The ‘rock’ is Special Counsel Mueller, whose persistent investigations of collusion by Trump’s associates in the 2016 election has led to many guilty pleas, followed by plea deals. Mueller has obtained indictments against Russian agents who have been linked to influencing the presidential election in favor of Trump. The ‘hard place’ is associated with the secrets Putin probably holds in his pocket concerning Trump’s past behavior when he visited Russia prior to his election as president.

It appears that the reduced circle of friends Trump can really trust are his immediate family, while those aides who fear what he may do next no longer trust him. They attempt to control the bills that reach his desk for his executive signature. It is no wonder that in this climate of low morale, Trump finds it difficult to sleep through the night, as evident by the many angry tweets he composes in the early mornings when he rages against each daily revelation. Under these circumstances, Americans would look to the Congress for some legislative balance or a proceeding of presidential impeachment. Unfortunately, there is practically no one left that can claim they represent the Party of Abraham Lincoln. Bipartisanship or interparty cooperation seems to be a thing of the past, while both parties seem to be controlled by lobbyists whose only interest is the accumulation of corporate wealth.

In this atmosphere, the dark secret shared by Trump’s top staff is the realization that they dare not resign, for if they do, they will no longer be able to control his movements - actions that could in one irrational moment lead to a massive disruption on a global scale, leading to a possible military response.

This scenario eerily sounds like the story of the Frankenstein monster, but author Mary Shelley could never have dreamed her novel would have been connected with a man who now occupies the White House.

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 Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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