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Here is a small gedanken that will leave some of you folks happy, and others maybe not so happy.

Trading Pence for Trump

Here goes: on Monday morning, the House of Representatives meets to discuss articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.

On Tuesday morning, the case is summed up, and the vote is taken. The majority votes to impeach. The case is turned over to the Senate.

On Wednesday morning, the Senate begins weighing the evidence to determine whether President Trump is guilty, and should be removed from office.

On Thursday, the Senate finds President Trump guilty of sufficient charges to remove him from office.

On Friday, Mike Pence becomes President; moving vans arrive to take former President Trump and his family to their new residences.

Now that they got what they were after, which is more of a stranglehold on our government, finances, and courts, the plutocrats, Evangelicals, and corporations who put him in that office no longer need him.

And now that Trump is gone and Mike Pence is in the Oval Office, what momentous changes will we see? Will there be a Cabinet shuffling? Will high-level vacancies in State and other departments be filled? Will scientists be welcomed back into Agriculture and EPA? Will the official Presidential Evangelical advisor get shown the door?

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Notice the sound of crickets?

And it’s at this point when we realize that we’ve been had. Played. Duped by a large-scale version of Watch The Birdie. Just like the illusionist who gets us to watch one hand while he takes our watches and wallets with the other hand. While the pundits and others have tsk-tsked and tut-tutted ad infinitum and ad nauseum about Donald Trump’s bigotry, his ignorance, and all-round unfitness for the office of President, the sad fact is that Donald J. Trump is just a distraction, and totally expendable. Now that they got what they were after, which is more of a stranglehold on our government, finances, and courts, the plutocrats, Evangelicals, and corporations who put him in that office no longer need him.

In fact, they might prefer Mike Pence. Same goals, same people, better image.

And with Trump gone, Pence might get elected in 2020.

Consider:

Trump didn’t put Trump in office (one more fallacy in the “Trump = Hitler” analogy).Trump wasn’t put in office because he’s any kind of great leader, but because he’s totally malleable. Aside from the Russians, who acted for reasons of their own, we get to thank families like the Kochs, Sinclairs, and Mercers who shamelessly feed at the public trough. And the banks who find the regulations that protect most of the rest of us “burdensome”; and the industries that find the clean water and clean air regulations “inconvenient.”

My uncle used to say that you can dress a crocodile up in a fuzzy pink bunny suit, but don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s now a cuddly toy.

And with the current group running our Government, not in all cases our elected officials, the fuzzy pink crocodile regards us more as the dinner than as fellow diners.

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John MacMurray