Welcome to Trump World where “Reality T.V.” meets “American Government.” Oh yes, that mushroom cloud that you see off in the distance; that is old technology. Today’s nuclear blast will probably look more like a Weeping Willow. And the firing of James Comey does not do anything to deter me from thinking about this dooms day scenario. It is clear that the President is out of control. It is also clear that a Republican controlled Congress has erased the “check” in checks and balances. This 115th Congress, controlled by Republicans, has also eclipsed the “separation” in separation of powers. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, and Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, seem inept, feeble, and weak. They are simply lower tier lackeys in Trump World. What are we to do? For example, if you impeach Trump, you get Mike Pence. Pence just lied to the America people again. If there were to be a catastrophic failure of leadership, both Paul Ryan and Rex Tillerson are in line of succession to the presidency. Therefore, there is no immediate hope in sight. Speaking of hope, Barack Obama cannot run again.
Barack Obama appointed James Comey to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Comey is a life long Republican and served in the Bush Administration. Comey came to the attention of Obama based on a principled stand he took during the Bush Administration regarding the integrity of the FBI. I realized that the FBI has a checkered past. J. Edgar Hoover was a menace to Black society. He wire tapped King. He wiretapped Malcolm. The FBI even tried to lure King into committing suicide. The FBI’s counter intelligence program (COINTELPRO) wreaked havoc on the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. It has been stated that the Black Panther Party had become so infiltrated with informants and agents that if there were a meeting of ten Panthers more than likely seven were present for malevolent reasons. Moreover, wherever two or three Panthers were gathered, the FBI was sure to be in the midst. This history of the FBI is no secret. Yet, this is the only government that we have. As one knows, the FBI falls under the auspices of the Department of Justice. In all honesty, can one truly argue that there is no difference between a Justice Department run by Eric Holder and a Justice Department run by Jeff Sessions? Come on man! Be real! Be real!
President Obama appointed Comey based on his idea of having a “team of rivals.” Lincoln influenced Obama, in part, on this aspect of governing. The idea is to move beyond party and also entertain diverse perspectives. However, this can come back to haunt the person who dares venture in this direction. Andrew Johnson subverted Lincoln’s goals upon becoming President after Lincoln was assassinated. The team of rivals idea is why Barack Obama selected Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State. Moreover, perhaps and undercurrent of succession politics played a slight role as well. Ironically, the team of rivals idea came crashing down when Comey released a late October letter that derailed Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman President. Now Comey is gone also.
Comey’s most recent testimony before Congress revealed that he had no ill intent toward Clinton. As a matter of fact, both Democrats and Republicans have seen Comey as both hero and villain. Nevertheless, it was Comey’s tenure in Trump World that sealed his fate. Unfortunately, Trump supporters and many Republicans cannot see the forest for staring at the trees. How it is possible for an American President, who campaigned on “Making America Great Again,” still be praised after barring American reporters from a White House photo op while allowing only Russian photographers to take photos. Why is it that Putin is the only world leader to whom Trump shows deference?
With the Comey firing, it appears that there is a struggle between Russia and American elites as to who will control the American government. Trump and his team have been thoroughly co-opted by the Russians. The Republican leadership is willfully complicit in the development. At the present time America is held in the balance by faceless bureaucrats who will have offer stiff resistance in order to hold on to the Republic until relief can possible come in 2018 with Democrats gaining control of at least one House of Congress.
Anthony Neal earned his Ph.D. in political science from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Dr. Neal is an associate professor at State University College, Buffalo. The author of numerous book reviews and journal articles, he has had his work published in the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, and Black Issues in Higher Education. In 2014 Dr. Neal received the university’s Faculty Appreciation Award, was named Instructor of the Year by the university’s United Student Government, and Professor of the Year by the Student Political Society in the Department of Political Science. In 2015, he published The American Political Narrative which is a succinct yet poignant narrative about the development of the American political system and what is needed to maintain it. In 2016, he will publish a book of poetry entitled “Love Agnostic | from 9/11 to Charleston”