Over the Top

Pixabay Image of The Donald
Pixabay Image of The Donald

Trump has been president for a bit over a year.  We are a few days into 2018.  The tipping point for me, as far as publicly voicing my opinions, was when Trump’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to Michael Wolff, his publisher, and his old buddy Steve Bannon.  At one point Trump Sr. is saying that the whole thing is made up, and not true.  But the reason Trump’s attorneys give for banning the publishing of the book is that it supposedly violates a confidentiality agreement and exposes classified material.  Which is it?  All made up or true and spilling classified material.  You can’t have it both ways.

The aspect of this that scares me, is they are trying to stop the publication of a book that isn’t even published and they haven’t read yet.  From an excerpt taken out of context, they think that the book might say something bad about President Trump.  As we have seen, any publication or TV show that says something negative about Trump or his policies is fake news.  Leaving pretty much only Fox News as the truth according to the President.  They will come out and support what he says, no matter how outlandish and untrue it may be. It might as well be the Russian equivalent to State TV.  Since Trump and Bannon’s ‘bromance’ is over Breitbart has joined the rank of fake news.  Authors saw the direction we were heading long ago.  George Orwell’s 1984 centers around thought police and the main character Winston Smith’s job at the Ministry of Truth, is to find and change any references in history books or newspapers that don’t follow the party’s narrative and change it.  Sort of like Sarah Huckabee Sander’s job.  Or we have’s Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 with books outlawed entirely.