For a nation to fail, what is known as “a failed state,” its “political or economic system has to become so weak that the government is no longer in control.”
With Donald Trump in the White House, it is safe to assert that America is as close to a “failed state” as it can possibly be. There is still a “political and economic” system in place, but they are now under total and complete control of a foreign power and corporate and special interests. Instead of “draining the swamp,” Trump transformed Washington into a corporate-run special-interest cesspool. To make matters worse, Trump is transforming the federal judiciary into a partisan rubber stamp for religious fanatics and special interest groups that reliably furnish Republicans with an unlimited amount of money and loyalty at the polls.
Immediately after his poorly-attended inauguration, Trump began appointing either woefully unqualified Republican campaign donors or corporate shills to cabinet-level positions to better serve the bottom line of the special interest cesspool running the government. Of course it is part and parcel of Steve Bannon’s stated agenda of using the Trump administration to deconstruct the administrative state and authorize special interests to govern the people. Trump’s latest judicial nominee is a prime example of the “deconstruction” policy and it is important to remember that Trump pledged to appoint only the most qualified people in America to better serve the people.
The “most qualified person” in America to be a federal judge in Alabama is a 36-year-old man with absolutely no judicial experience because he has only been a lawyer for three years. Even worse, the nominee, Brett J. Talley, has never tried a court case, and was “unanimously” rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association’s judicial rating committee. And as an anti-Hillary Clinton blogger, he demonstrated his extremist partisanship and that doesn’t include pledging fealty to, and undying support for, the National Rifle Association and its gun industry agenda.
Despite the lack of qualifications, or trial experience, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Talley for a lifetime appointment on the federal bench. The full Senate is expected to confirm Talley’s nomination because he hates Hillary Clinton and particularly because he is an ardent advocate for the National Rifle Association agenda; no Republican dares oppose installing an NRA surrogate on the federal judiciary.
Trump boasted about appointing clueless and partisan judges because as he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed; these special interest judicial appointments will “have consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge – but 40 years out.” That 40 years worth of adverse consequences on the nation are what Trump boasts is “his untold story” nobody wants to talk about. Aware that Trump’s appointments are creating a failed state, civil rights groups and left-leaning advocates were not shy talking about an inexperienced NRA man on the federal court.
Some of those groups denounced the “laughable” Republican votes to confirm a novice lawyer with next-to-no experience to “preside over federal trials;” especially when he has never even “brought a case” before any kind of court. The executive vice president of the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights, Kristine Lucius, said:
“He’s practiced law for less than three years and never argued a motion, let alone brought a case. This is the least amount of experience I’ve seen in a judicial nominee.”
Several groups joined Ms. Lucius in appealing to the Senate Judiciary Committee to “reject Talley” because of his “lack of qualifications and doubts over whether he had the ‘temperament and ability’ to approach cases with the fairness and open-mindedness necessary to serve as a federal judge.” Those “doubts” were addressed during the Judiciary Committee hearing on several of Trump’s nominations with special attention on Talley.
For example, Judiciary Committee member Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked Talley about “his fervent advocacy of gun rights.” Ms. Feinstein was likely alluding to a pro-NRA blog post Talley penned titled “A Call to Arms: It’s Time To Join the National Rifle Association.”
“The President and his democratic allies in Congress are about to launch the greatest attack on our constitutional freedoms in our lifetime. The object of that war is to make guns illegal, in all forms. The NRA stands for all of us now, and I pray that in the coming battle for our rights, they (the NRA) will be victorious.”
Talley was doing the heavy lifting for the NRA after President Obama proposed background checks for gun purchases after a gun fanatic slaughtered 20 small children and six of their adult teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
About a month after doing his NRA advocacy duties with the fear mongering blog post, Talley reprinted what he claimed was “a thoughtful response” from another NRA-supporting gun nut who wrote:
“We will have to resort to arms when our other rights fail to yield the desired results.”
Instead of repudiating a call for violence, Talley concurred with the gun fanatic saying: “I agree completely with this.”
The man Trump nominated for a lifetime gig on a federal court completely agrees with a gun zealot wanting to “resort to arms” when “their other rights fail to yield the desired results.” Trump may as well have nominated Wayne La Pierre for the federal judiciary; Talley is as much an NRA shill as La Pierre, and coupled with his humiliating lack of experience, represents America as a failed state.
No-one in their right mind can say that Trump appointing an unqualified judicial nominee or special interest shill is an anomaly; every person at every department and agency he appointed represents a special interest devoted to undermining or “deconstructing” the agency they lead. Big pharma is running the FDA, an anti-public education evangelical is running the Education Department, investment bankers and Wall Street are running the Treasury Department, fossil fuel is running the EPA, a religious racist is running the Justice Department, and now an NRA crusader is in line to be a federal judge, for the rest of his life.
America under Trump is being run by corporations, religious fanatics, and various special interests with no regard for anything other than advancing their own “special interests;” what was once “the government” of, by and for the people is no longer in control of anything. America is a failed state because Trump has handed the government, lock, stock and barrel, to corporations, religious fanatics and special interests who intend to finish destroying what’s left of America as a functioning democratic republic.