Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kakistocrats to populate Trump administration

“Kakistocrats” is my extension of kakistocracy which you can learn about below the break - “a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.”

Here is my bill of particulars.

Secretary of State contention seems to be between Giuliani and Romney, and the alt-righters do not like Romney one little bit. Giuliani’s claim for foreign policy experience rests on his travels. From The Guardian’s report: “It is the purpose for much of that travel that it has been under the closest scrutiny in the past few days. He earned a living as a public speaker and consultant for a large number of foreign governments, corporations and organisations. Most controversially, he was paid tens of thousands of pounds to speak out forcefully in favour of an Iranian rebel group, the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK), which was listed as a terrorist organisation by the state department from 1997 to 2012 and is widely considered to operate like a cult because of its control over the lives of its members.”

Trump’s views on vaccinations. Is he the “anti-vaxxer in chief”? Here is a Trump quote from "When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor,” Trump said. “And now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic. Everybody has their theory. My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’ve giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.” I’m waiting for an anti-vaxxer to get the top position at NIH or CDC.

Favorites for Supreme Court picks. ThinkProgress reports. “Trump reportedly has two finalists for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Get used to watching voting rights lose and the religious right win in the Supreme Court.” For example, reports “Potential Trump SCOTUS Pick Argued States Should Be Able to Criminalize Gay Sex. In 2003, WIlliam Pryor filed a legal brief arguing that states should be able to enforce laws against homosexual activity, even if it is consensual and private.”

Choice of school choice advocate to head Ed Department. Then there is the choice of arch-choice advocate and Republican big-money gal, Betsy DeVos, as Secretary of Education.

The Daily Kos has more on Trump’s kakistocrats: Bannon, Sessions, Flynn, and, of course, Trump’s kids.

noun, plural kakistocracies
1. government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
Word origin
Before vowels cac-, word-forming element meaning “bad, ill, poor” (e.g. cacography, the opposite of calligraphy), from Latinized form of Greek kako- a hard-working prefix in ancient Greek, from kakos “bad, evil,” considered by etymologists probably to be connected with PIE *kakka- “to defecate” (see caca).

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