The curious predicament of Mr. Jones


`Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

Well, I’m afraid`Curiouser and curiouser!’ hardly seems up to describing our prediciment. ‘Frighteneder and Frighteneder’, or ‘frustrateder and frustateder’ seems a more apt corruption of the English language to describe our condition than does Alice’s mild aberration of our tongue.  We truly are caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea.

Is there anyone out there who also feels like screaming out, “What the blazes is going on?” Something is happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones? Dead right. Bob Dylan’s Ballad Of A Thin Man might have been written as a allegory for another era but it sure as hell seems to be phrophetic for ours.

I liked Melanie Phillips take on it on her blog yesterday.

She began by expressing her bewilderment about what was one of the strangest weeks in the politics of the United States. Stranger Things‘ world had nothing on it. But like that world, an even stranger upside-down world was lying beneath the surface. Our helpless bewilderment comes from the total failure of our media to instill any confidence in us that they are giving us any explanation of what is going on. They have become so much party to the opposition to the strange Trump administration that even when they are telling us the truth we are unable to take their word for it.

Her summing up of the week is this:

The sacking of the ineffective Reince Priebus was probably the right move – replacing him with the effective and focused Homeland Security head, retired General John Kelly. Trump’s public bullying of his Attorney-General Jeff Sesions as “weak” and “beleaguered” was appalling. The Scaramucci tirade was totally beyond the pale and besmirched both the office of president and the man who had appointed this verbal thug. The defeat of the Obamacare repeal bill was a serious setback. The questioning of Jared Kushner went precisely nowhere.

But then she calls out the mainstream media opposition to Trump for its partisan ignoring of what she sees as a major story waiting to get the media’s spotlignt – but doesn’t. A swamp from which it averts its gaze — “because this points to the fact that, rather than Team Trump being involved in situations that undermine the security and constitution of the United States, it is the Democratic Party that is increasingly in the frame.”

She is referring to the evidence given last week by financier, William Browder, the the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealing the connections between the shady media manipulator, Fusion GPS, Russian manipulators and the Democratic Party itself.

Phillips concludes:

Whatever concerns one may have about Trump’s character, this surely is the “swamp” from which he is trying to extricate his administration. He believes the Republican machine will prevent him from doing so, whether through inertia, incompetence or worse. The convulsions inside his administration, such as the ousting of Reince Priebus, are his attempt now to disengage it altogether from the Republican establishment. This is causing apoplexy amongst establishment types across the aisle, who regard the emergence of a presidential administration that slips its moorings in the party machine as the unleashing of a wild man.

But hey folks, that’s exactly what 63 million Americans elected Trump to do. He campaigned as someone absolutely outside all the normal rules and conventions of government; he was elected because that’s exactly what his voters wanted as their president since they had totally lost faith in the entire political establishment, including the wretched Republicans; and that’s exactly how he intends to govern. That’s how he will deliver on the promise he made to the people.

It’s called democracy; and at the end of it, America may emerge cleaner and stronger. Why? Because its ruling class is an Augean stables that needs to be cleansed and maybe only a wild man can do that. Uncomfortable? Without doubt. Distasteful? Certainly. Dangerous? You bet. Wild men always are. But the blame for this should be laid squarely at the door of all those in the Beltway and among its media sycophants who caused this to happen and have still not learned their lesson.

As Alice said, `Curiouser and curiouser!’ Or worse.

You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked and you say, “Who is that man?”
You try so hard but you don’t understand
Just what you will say when you get home
Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mr. Jones?


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