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Don the Con, the Kakistocrat in Chief

2017-04-18

Donald J. Trump has accumulated a lot of epithets, many of them centered around the color orange or his resemblance to an orangutang, a jackal, or other deplorable or outrageous animals.  Donald himself has made a practice of using epithets for many people, from “Crooked Hillary” to “Lyin’ Ted”; he has insulted many more people with adjectives such as “failing” and “sad.”

The most important aspects of a good epithet for Donald are relevance, brevity, and insult value.  “The Con” is descriptive because Donald is a con man, it is brief, and it rhymes.  I propose that we should refer to “Don the Con” as much as possible.

“Kakistocracy” is, by the way, a government by the worst of men.  That certainly applies to Don the Con, who has already been violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution and an express contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) since the day of his inauguration.  (This refers to the Old Post Office, an historic building on which his company has a 60-year lease to operate a hotel; the contract he signed explicitly bars anyone with a government job from the lease.  Naturally, after he was inaugurated, he appointed a new head for the GSA, and the contract was interpreted in a way that was favorable to him.)

Don the Con’s latest outrage, and little reported on, is to make secret ethics waivers for some of his appointees to allow them to work on areas that would be considered conflicts of interest.  Since they are secret, we have no way of knowing which conflicts of interest that appear have already been waived by Don the Con.  In addition, he has made the White House visitor logs secret “for national security and privacy reasons.”  Naturally certain individuals would prefer that we not know that they have visited with Don the Con.

Never lose sight of the fact that while Don the Con is entertaining us with his outrageous corruption, he is infiltrating the Administration with ideological people who change or eliminate many aspects of government to fit their extreme views.  Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch is only the most obvious of these nefarious individuals.  In particular, large parts of the scientific work of agencies like NOAA, the Interior Department, and NIH are being altered or eliminated to avoid conflicts with extreme anti-scientific views held by alt-right conservatives.  The destruction of scientific agencies is perhaps the worst crime of this administration, and it goes on largely in secret; by the time Don the Con is thrown out, decades of scientific work will have been lost and the general public will never know.

We must also avoid over-reacting; writing on Twitter that “Donald Trump must hang” does no good and may invite a visit from the Secret Service.

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