Um, what the fuck?
President Trump has reorganized the National Security Council by elevating his chief strategist Steve Bannon and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Before joining Donald Trump’s inner circle during the 2016 campaign, Bannon was the head of Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism.
Wonder why there’s a sudden ban on Muslims entering the country? This shit is going to get worse and worse.
So it begins.
I walked up the street to the front of Union Station yesterday to peep out what I could see. The main room of the station building was closed off for a huge banquet of some kind. Out in front, people hawked Trump tchotchkes, all made in China (I checked) amidst huge lines of porta-potties. Here and there, red-hatted supporters wandered around the station, asking for directions.
One of my coworkers said it felt like Paris in ’42 as the German army rumbled through the outskirts of the city. It feels to me like the circus has pulled into town, and clowns are just going to keep pouring out of the cars.
America, what have you done?
Our nearsighted zoning council recently approved a modified plan for the Catonsville Promenade, a misguided development project that’s been lurching along since before Finley was born. Details on the project are sketchy at best, but I found an interesting article summing up the developer’s iterations, all of which have me wondering what they’re smoking. The most recent maps show only one point of access and have the entire development squished up against the Beltway, which seems like an unappealing and inaccessible plan for a bunch of hotels and restaurants nobody will visit. It’s obvious the builder is holding out for the state to sell him adjacent land from the Spring Grove complex, so that he can continue the plan northward, add more buildings, and link up to Frederick Road. Which will clog our traffic pattern tighter than a heart attack.
In the end, the exploitation of anti-government sentiment by Republican leaders, and the active efforts on their part to make all government look corrupt and illegitimate, reached its logical conclusion. The Republican political establishment looked no less corrupt, weak, and illegitimate than the Democratic one, and the appeal of a rank outsider became greater.
Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann do a great job of analyzing the overall Republican strategy of the last 30 years, and how it begat Trump as their candidate.