Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people…
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.
– Donald J. Trump, Inauguration Speech (January 20, 2017)
The day has come. In a stranger-than-fiction turn of events, Donald Trump has ascended to the highest office in the land. Before ever taking office and making his first decisions as an elected official, President-elect Trump’s sharp tongue and hard-hitting style, if not his genuine desire to ail what he sees as America’s gravest illnesses brought on by decades of elite rule, have gotten him ensnared in battles-to-the-death with powerful adversaries that will continue to haunt him for years into his presidency.
In his first press conference of 2017, Trump took a shot at CNN by denying their reporter a question and shouting him down “Quiet. Don’t be rude. You don’t get a question, you’re fake news.” Trump’s fiery riposte is in reaction to CNN popularizing Buzzfeed’s January 11th publication of an explosive 35-page intelligence dossier of hitherto unfounded, baseless, but damaging accusations on Trump’s ties to Russia, including a detailed allegation of one wild Moscow night where Trump paid Russian prostitutes to pee on his hotel bed (a story that 4chan users claim was a hoax they invented to troll the media and intelligence officials). Who can ever know what is real and what is fake in our 21st century world of smoke and mirrors and sensational social media noise, but the claims are pretty outlandish and no further proof has arisen to date. That hasn’t stopped the American left and liberal media from using unfounded claims like these to cry bloody murder and call Trump’s presidency illegitimate.
The point is, this much animosity has not existed between a President and the media since President Nixon. And it is perfectly healthy and desirable for journalists in a republic to fulfill their duties as the Fourth Estate to challenge the powers that be, not to cower and lick boots and beg for access. Now we wait for real journalists to roll up their sleeves and do hard-hitting investigations of what will surely be a scandal-plagued, conflicts-of-interest-ridden, inexperienced Trump administration. But no one is going to believe them when they cry wolf until they stop pushing fantastical accusations and stop overtly defending the interests of the military-industrial-banking complex. And it shows: a Gallup poll found that Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” is at the record low of 40%.
Yet the media, for all its sophism and vulgarity, is but an echo chamber for the powerful, a wholesaler in the distribution channel of lies. It is open knowledge that the CIA recruits journalists, guides them in their inquiry, and plants their own operatives in media operations to define narratives at home and abroad. Hollywood will often partner with the Defense Department, in exchange for access to military equipment and locations they promote a positive narrative that boosts military recruitment. So how many people were moved or surprised by a not very courageous anti-Trump speech by Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes talking in front of other Hollywood leftists? And just this month, outgoing President Obama signed into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a new provision that explicitly allows the U.S. government to fund domestic propaganda in a so-called effort to counter foreign propaganda.
So who feeds the prostitutes in the American press? The 35-page intelligence report released against Trump had a precise origin: Senator John McCain. Who can blame McCain for passing on these damaging allegations to the FBI Director after Trump notoriously said towards the beginning of his campaign in July 2015: “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
But Trump has earned his deadliest adversary when he decided to lock horns with the American intelligence community. There are concerns in the intelligence community that he will cut the CIA’s bloated budget and reign in their illicit, shadowy foreign activities. Trump publicly embarrasses the intelligence agencies through his Twitter account, tweeting things like “The “Intelligence” briefing on so-called “Russian hacking” was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!” He obviously does not take the intelligence agencies seriously or views them as helpful; he has previously said that “You know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.” And that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump’s animus towards intelligence.
At risk of repeating myself, I revisit my advice from July 2016: tread carefully, Mr. President. I have no idea how the Deep State elites, the protected billionaires, the globalists and their spooks that run the US have allowed you to get this far. Maybe they are still disorganized after having underestimated you and thinking Hillary was a shoe-in. Maybe they are scared as hell. Or maybe they know that you’re just the latest character from central casting and you will faithfully continue the Bush-Obama legacy of debt-fueled, inflationist big spending on the warfare-welfare state. Maybe they’re waiting to see what kind of president you’ll be for them and will be waiting to see if you make too many wrong moves. Maybe if they don’t want a messy and risky coup d’etat like the one they orchestrated against JFK, perhaps they will get you out like they got Nixon out.
I don’t know that answer, and I probably never will. But as a concerned citizen, I must offer you my unsolicited advice. If you haven’t realized it already, you and your associates are at risk. Your longtime ally and dirty trickster Roger Stone was apparently almost whacked from ingesting a polonium-like substance. Stone’s dogs were also allegedly poisoned recently from someone feeding them anti-freeze, and someone has been rummaging through his trash. If you think people spreading rumors about you, Russian prostitutes, and urine is as bad as it gets, then buckle in. There is turbulence ahead.
The Deep State plays for keeps.