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The New Cabinet, Or, The King's Court

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Priebus, Cabinet members praise Trump in first White House meeting Members of President Trump's Cabinet met on June 12 at the White House.
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I watched this entire uber-historic meeting of Donald Trump's Presidential Cabinet. A truly amazing meeting.

First of all-- get it out of the way-- I must disagree with comparisons to Kim Jong-Un, who is a bloodthirsty killer. HIS cabinet and military all know he might give orders to have them liquidated any time, for any thing.

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Trump isn't even THAT crazy, though quite as amoral.

And he doesn't begin to have a killer's brass cojones. Never killed anybody in any more intimate way than ordering a cruise missile strike.

Trump would have been eaten by the Gambinos if he hadn't played along with them in New York when he was a builder there.

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By the way, if you didn't see it, the Mafia has warned ISIS to stay away from New York, or they'll have to fight the Mob. The Mafia spokesman(!), a distant relative of Carlo Cambino and son of John Gambino, says they can guard New York better than the government because they have the "human intelligence" on the ground.

So far, General Mattis is going to emerge from this with his reputation intact. Maybe none of the rest of these sycophants will.

Well, I don't want hawks running my foreign policy, and Mattis is a hawk. I don't know that Russia and China want to talk with a hawk, should he suddenly be playing even a larger role in leading America than he presently is.

But I got to say, if there is another US government and Presidential Administration after this one (after all, democracy is truly at risk in the US), I want Mattis to be part of that Administration. Might as well have an honest man I don't agree with than a yes-man or yes-woman (Betsy DeVos practically bought her Cabinet seat) who'll promise me something that will not be delivered.

In fact, it is time for General Colin Powell to come out of retirement. Powell for President in 2020, unless Bernie or someone like him (Kamala Harris?) is running. Powell will ask for help, and understand it when it is offered, unlike Trump, who doesn't begin to have the requisite experience for being President, who has never run anything but a private, family-held corporation.

COLIN POWELL. Enough time has elapsed since he was fooled, partly by his own patriotism, partly by a pack of misinformation told by liars, into first declining to run for President and then taking the top Cabinet job for a far, far lesser man, and then being on the wrong side of the decision to invade Iraq, that he will be able to explain it to the American people.

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He would be the most credible candidate the Republican Party has run since George H.W. Bush, please pardon me Robert Dole, and that's a long, long time.

Running as a moderate conservative-- or, just a moderate, I think he can avoid getting caught up in the "more-conservative-than-thou" ideological factionalism in both People and Congress-- he might expect to be at least a match for a bright and economic-third-path climate-and renewable-energy-oriented, democratic socialist of any age.

Bernie really isn't THAT far to the left, but he's at least on the left side of the political spectrum, and that spectrum has been wholesale shifting to the right ever since the Reagan Administration and the first major moves toward deregulation; hence, he stands out.

But Powell must be acknowledged to be the only Republican of real gravitas who has remained completely above the Trump fray. I'm hard put to think of anyone not totally in the grip of The Race For What's Left* (of the complete expenditure for profit of all planetary non-renewable resources) with that gravitas.

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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.

I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 40 years. I was at MayDay, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey Turnpike Stall on my birthday, April 25, 1971.

I bear the scar on my left shin from a neoNazi jackboot, when I was one of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War who bounced the NSWPP from Flamingo Park at the Republican National Convention of 1972. My father fought the Nazis in the North Atlantic and Anzio, and I met their spawn in Miami.

My formal education has been first-rate. I wouldn't trade my degrees for Harvard ones. I was raised in the finest private Catholic and Episcopal high schools.

Elementary School: Gibbons Hall, Asheville, North Carolina

High Schools: Asheville School for Boys, Asheville Country Day, Lenox School for Boys. Graduated with honors 1968.

College: Middlebury College, 1968-DNG

1984-86: University of Oregon, B.A., Journalism and History, Departmental Honors in History, 1986.

I was also captain of the U of O bowling team, 1984-1986. High game 299.

1997-2000: Oklahoma State University. M.A., History, 2000, plus the school-teaching curriculum. Mentor: Dr. Ronald Petrin.

This was my second great self-reinvention attempt. In both, I got the degrees, but neither worked. After both, I went back to truckdriving and the blues. and now the latter makes my living. I just am not a button-down enough fellow ever to be a schoolteacher or general-purpose news reporter. But I think and analyze, and so I write...

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