- They are only nominees for now, but given that the Senate is owned by the Republicans and the Republicans are owned by Trump, the possibility of thwarting any of them -- much less all of them -- is murderously slim. Bannon wants to tear everything down, and Trump enjoys making people suffer. They will both get their wish ere long.
- Chef Lecter is sounding better by the minute.
- Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
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Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia), who has viciously attacked the Affordable Care Act, on an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on November 16, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump has selected Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services, according to a transition team official. (Photo: Hilary Swift / The New York Times)
Monday, 12 December 2016 | Newsflash: A spokesperson for Donald Trump announced today that Dr. Hannibal Lecter, former psychiatrist and avid foodie, will officially join the upcoming administration as White House chef. The choice of Dr. Lecter seems an odd one, given his highly publicized brushes with law enforcement and his taste for lightly seasoned string players, but the president-elect assured everyone that it will be great, really great. In response to a request for comment, Dr. Lecter said, "Ready when you are, Mr. Trump. Love your suit."
Seriously, though, would it surprise you at this point? Not me. I left shock behind weeks ago, and now greet these appalling cabinet nominations with what could be called a feeble grunt. Andrew Puzder hates workers? Labor Secretary! Scott Pruitt hates the EPA? EPA Secretary! Tom Price hates contraception? Health Secretary! Betsy DeVos hates public schools? Education Secretary! It's like "Opposite Day" around here. Anyone at the inauguration party who sees fava beans and a nice Chianti on the menu should run for their lives.
William Rivers Pitt is a senior editor and lead columnist at Truthout. He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail, is available now.
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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post <http://www.huffingtonpost.com>
- Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
- Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now.
- Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.