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Mueller, Trump and Some Shameless Self Promotion

By Dr David Laing Dawson

When Robert Mueller finished his 8 minute presentation I felt vaguely heartened. Here was a man choosing words and phrases very carefully in order to convey exactly what he meant. And here was a man adhering strictly to the rules of law, of propriety, of the constitution.

He had not found sufficient evidence of “criminal conspiracy” to pursue this issue further, though his report documents many instances of the ill defined, and not illegal, activity of collusion. And he had not entertained the possibility of guilty of obstruction of justice because a sitting president could not be charged, and had his official report proclaimed guilt, this in itself would be unconstitutional for it would be the same as accusing someone of a crime without allowing him his day in court, and the opportunity to defend himself – though the report itself documents many instances of obstruction of justice, or attempted obstruction of justice, or as Mueller put it, “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.”

Thoughtful and commendable. And clearly passing the problem on to the legislative body that can investigate the criminality of a president.

But then I realized Mr. Mueller had brought not even knives, but a rule book, to an active gunfight. And it was probably as effective as waving the Marquis of Queensbury Rules at Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton in the middle of the OK Corral.

Meanwhile an emboldened Donald Trump coyly suggests in his twitter feed today that the American People, after his next 6 years in office, may not want to see him give up the presidency.

Congress, Mr. Mueller has handed you the torch.

Here is the plan: Start impeachment proceedings. A major narcissistic injury to a person like Donald Trump will cause him to recklessly lash out and impeach himself.

As for the self promotion, Two Years of Trump on the Psychiatrist’s Couch just received an excellent five star review on Amazon. The review was entitled “Not an Ordinary Book About Trump”. Mary Ann who wrote the review said “I’m finding it hard to put down!” She added “The author is a Canadian psychiatrist, so offers a refreshing “outside” point of view. I’m not only finding his comments about Trump to be worthwhile, but am also just enjoying his comments about the world and life in general.”

She highly recommends it. And you can buy it in print or in e-book format not only at Amazon but wherever you prefer to get your books.

Later this month, the book will be at the annual conference of the American Library Association in Washington, DC. It is already in a number of libraries worldwide including the Institute for Defense Analysis Library in Alexandria, VA, and libraries in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands.

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The Erosion of American Democracy.

By Dr David Laing Dawson

From 1934 until the end of WWII the Nazi party passed over 40 incremental laws restricting Jewish presence and participation, leading inexorably to “the final solution”. This is a desensitization process; each seemingly benign step leading to the next slightly less benign step.

In a previous blog, somewhat flippantly, I wrote out a do-it-yourself manual for the erosion and destruction of an established democracy. To a surprising degree much has already come about in the USA under Trump and the Republican Party in a mere 18 months.

Several recent events have pushed this timeline dramatically along.

Trump has quite unnecessarily pardoned Dinesh D’Souza as a message to Comey, Mueller and Rosenstein, and undoubtedly to Flynn and Cohen, demonstrating his power to the men who prosecuted D’Souza in the first place, and his support to those currently charged.

Then in a tweet he threw Manafort under the bus in a clear statement to the others that there are conditions attached to his promise of support and future pardon.

In the midst of this his lawyers sent a letter to Mueller suggesting or stating that The President cannot be charged and indicted for anything because ultimately this same man can decide what is illegal and what is not.

(I gather the idea that the President is not above the law is not that clearly spelled out in the constitution).

This notion should be shocking, but instead I hear it discussed, argued over, with talk of precedence and norms rather than disbelief, horror and immediate action.

Each of these steps are akin to the  Nazi rulings. Desensitization is occurring.

I suggested a war with Iran or Korea would be necessary for Trump to enact some emergency measures in his waddle to dictatorship, but his instincts may be more clever than mine. For he seems to be ignoring Iran now, and cozying up to North Korea, while starting a trade war with his allies. His use of “national security” as a pretext for the imposition of tariffs is telling. Maybe he does not need a real war. Perhaps he only needs a trade war with Europe, Canada and Mexico, with each of these allies retaliating in a way that hurts his base. In such a trade war  the American people will feel more and more surrounded by enemies, a fortress besieged, alone in this fight with the world.

And that is when people are willing to turn to a charismatic leader who promises them everything – safety, security, prosperity, greatness – in return for a little blindness.

The clock is ticking my American friends.