How is it that I didn’t really know about Stephen Miller until today? I feel so cheated. It’s like that day, back in high school, when I heard the Ramones for the first time and thought, “The last sixteen years of my life has been a fucking waste.” Seriously, I can’t believe I’ve been wasting my time obsessing about minor league propagandists like Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway, when a ghoulishly dead-eyed fascist like Miller was right there behind them the whole time, just waiting to be discovered. Well, thankfully, he got his shot on the big stage yesterday, and now I’m several hundred feet down the rabbit hole, reading about the non-white kids he unfriended upon discovering conservatism, his time spent learning at the feet of Michele Bachman and Jeff Sessions, and the recent anti-Muslim legislation he’s credited with having penned. He’s absolutely diabolical, and I can’t get enough of him. [I’ve seriously been watching videos for two hours now.] If you haven’t seen it yet, you have to watch this compilation of his Sunday morning appearances that was aired on MSNBC this morning. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s one of the more appallingly anti-democratic displays I’ve seen in the nearly half century I’ve living in this country, and that’s coming from someone who watched live as Alexander Haig attempted to claim that he was in control of the government after Reagan was shot. [Miller essentially says that the judicial branch should back the fuck off, shut the fuck up, and let Trump do what he fucking wants.]
If you watch the above video past all of the Miller clips, you’ll see former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough go off on Trump’s 31 year old policy advisor, whose presence in the West Wing, he says, demonstrates that “there are some anti-democratic tendencies in this White House.” A bewildered Scarborough went on to say, “All they had to do this morning was quietly issue a new executive order… Why did they put him out (there)? Why did they push him? Why did they have him say undemocratic things? …Are they seeing how far they can push?” He then said that every Republican in Washington, DC, if they really care about the constitution and this democracy of ours, should speak out… Thus far, I don’t think any have. So I guess the administration will continue to test their limits.
For what it’s worth, Trump liked what he saw from Miller, saying it was a “great performance.” So, not only do we have Miller spouting things that are clearly anti-democratic and authoritarian, but we know that he’s doing so with Trump’s approval.
This, for what it’s worth, is how fascist regimes are born. They aren’t just created out of thin air. The people have to acquiesce. The people have to allow checks and balances to be suspended. The people have to allow the executive to seize more power. And that’s what’s happening here. Miller is setting the stage, saying that, in order to remain safe, we need to give Trump more power than the judiciary. This is truly chilling stuff. The question is, how will we respond. Will we fight for the judicial branch, or will we allow this to continue? Will we open the door to the vampire and allow him into our home?