The 1954 classic film The Caine Mutiny starred Humphrey Bogart as a mentally unbalanced US Navy Captain who is relieved of command by his executive officer after the ship’s crew and other officers expressed serious reservations about their skipper’s mental soundness. Just one incident that caused them to question their boss’ fitness for duty had to do with the fresh strawberries the officers ate for dessert that evening. Fresh produce was a rare treat on board a US Navy vessel on a long deployment in the 1940s and 50s (or so my father told me) and I assume it is the same today.
As I recall the film, Capt. Queeg goes to the galley in the evening after “lights out” to help himself to another bowl of strawberries, but none can be found. He does the math, and by his calculations, after all officers’ portions were accounted for, there should have been two servings left. So Queeg rousts everyone from their quarters, gleefully makes a huge production out of “proving” the strawberries exist and orders immediate and repeated stem to stern searches of the vessel to find those last two servings of strawberries. Of course, the searches prove fruitless (the kitchen crew ate them) but not before the good captain comes totally unhinged from reality. The officers are found not guilty of mutiny at their disciplinary hearing when Capt. Queeg’s madness is fully displayed under cross examination.
Trumplethinskin’s investigation to uncover millions of fraudulent ballots cast in the 2016 election is like Queeg’s search for strawberries — I’d bet the investigation will fail bigly and be just a yuuge waste of our money, like the relentless Benghazi and other investigations that dogged Hillary Clinton…just because Republicans could.
If DT really wants to talk voter fraud, let’s discuss the Crosscheck system that’s so popular with Republican governors who want to disenfranchise voters of color who might possibly vote for a Democrat. Seriously, read award-winning investigative reporter Greg Palast’s work on how easy it is to disqualify voters based upon little more than a common surname.
I suppose it serves to distract from the real mutiny afoot by government scientists who have been told to purge their websites of any mention of climate change its environmental impact (catastrophic , unless you think Florida, the gulf coast, and pretty much both coasts underwater is a good thing) or what it means for human health (the rise to ubiquity of antibiotic-resistant super bugs, viruses and other nasty surprises.)
A media blackout was ordered at the EPA, the National Park Service and the US Forest Service. They were ordered to “stop disseminating climate facts, decline calls from reporters and drop scheduled meetings with media” according to a report in the Washington Post. The order limits employees’ ability to make or clarify policy statements, send press releases, Tweet (now that’s ironic) and otherwise interact with the public through the agency’s social media accounts..
It looks like Trumpsters want to remove our access to research and information that our tax dollars paid for because it puts truth to the lie that global warming is a hoax and shows (convincingly) that humans deserve most of the blame.
I suppose the administration just hasn’t had time yet to compile the requisite alternative facts to replace them, what with them being so busy with the important tasks like arguing about crowd size at the inauguration and signing executive orders to find a way for us to pay for and build damn border wall (so that Mexico can reimburse us later) and to give the green light to two pipeline projects, at least one of which Trump had (or still has) a financial interest in. (The Dakota Access Pipeline runs through the Sioux nation’s sacred ancestral lands. No wonder he can cavalierly speak of taking away our indigenous’ lands for his drill-baby-drill energy policy. He’s already done it!)
But scientists aren’t taking kindly to the new administration’s science denial and are scrambling to protect their data from being expunged. Folks from the National Park Service took to Twitter to spread facts about climate change and real science in response to the muzzling.
If you’re interested in real science on any number of topics, I suggest you visit those government sites before the removal of anything that conflicts with or disproves Trumplethinskin’s limited world view or reflects poorly on his brand.
He is the center of the known universe, after all, and a legend in his own sad, craven little mind.
And let’s not forget, Trump did all that previously mentioned important business while the southeast and gulf states got hammered by tornadoes and the attendant destruction of apocalyptic proportions, leaving thousands of DT supporters without food, shelter or basic services for days, with no FEMA relief in sight.
It would appear DT takes his cues from the George W. Bush “Heck of a job, Brownie” school of disaster preparedness and response because his predecessor would have had FEMA boots on the ground before the storms instead of waiting around for state governors to practically beg for White House recognition and federal assistance.
We will turn the sense of shared purpose we gained at the women’s marches into new weapons in our activist arsenal to mitigate the damage DT and his swamp cabinet opportunists can do, considering many of his appointees look to scale back agencies’ impact, not manage them prudently to the benefit of our citizenry.
Our power is in our numbers, our unity, and our commitment to preserve and defend the rights our fore-mothers fought, and sometimes died, to secure for themselves and future generations. We will not be forced back into our kitchens or our closets, nor into antiquated gender roles, or healthcare delivered in seedy back-alley establishments when we choose not to bear a child.
We are half the population of this nation and we intend to be impossible for our elected officials to ignore.
We must come together to be a counterbalance, forging sensible, workable solutions to the issues we face in order to offer a compassionate, people-centered response to the ill-advised actions or indifference of the party of big business and the rich.
The seeds of “buyer’s remorse” have been planted by the man himself in many Trump voters, who have recognized too late that they’ve fallen prey to the latest in a long history of cons by Putin’s little Pinocchio.
Let’s do what women do best…nurture those seeds with humor and kindness until they become a force for good so fierce that it refuses to be overcome … and we can save our fragile earth from men of privilege like DT, for whom the planet and its inhabitants exist solely to be used for their personal comfort, amusement or financial gain.
If not us, who?