Like a lot of you, I held my breath while two of the most powerful men in the world met in Hamburg this week. Little did I know that “Vlad the Impaler” aka “Count Dracula” aka “Vladimir Putin” and Little Donnie Trump would survive the encounter without starting WWIII. In regards to the “who prevailed” question, I would have to say Vlad made “hamburg” out of Little Donnie.
There’s an expression that goes like this; “When two men sit down for a ‘man-to-man’ talk, you hope to expect some results, except when you’re short one man.” In this case we were short both for different reasons. Putin doesn’t have any need to yield the court to Trump, his people hacked our election, put their man into the Whitehouse, and have “the goods” on him to make sure he knows his place. Trump, on the other hand is all too aware of all the shenanigans with the Russians during the campaign and transition and is walking on eggshells to keep his Masters happy.
So it should come as no surprise that Trump performed unlike any loyal American, unlike any President on foreign soil before him by trashing his predecessor Barack Obama, the Free Press, and our once proud country. He is like the man who takes a vintage 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 on a logging trail in the Ozarks.
Oh, Trump and Putin were all smiles during their encounter. Personally I preferred the photograph of President Obama staring Putin down during the last G20. Obama made no mistake where he stood with the Russian President, and that was before his minions hacked into our Presidential race.
Obama had a professional relationship and a healthy respect for the Free Press, and they returned the favor. Trump not only belittles the press in general, but reporters from specific news agencies directly over here, then goes to Germany and jokes with a man who eats reporters for lunch (or more likely feeds them to his pet lions). Ha…ha…ha. What more would you expect from a man who mocked a reporter with a serious disability?
Any student of history who understands the benefits of a strong Constitution and the separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of Government knows that in the end the rule of law will prevail as it always has, and justice will be served on those who mock our intelligence agencies, free press, the disabled, immigrants, refugees, and serve up patronage jobs and business opportunities for members of his own family. The wheels of justice may turn slowly, but they like to build up momentum before they roll. I can hardly wait.