Today Steve Bannon was arrested for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million “Build the Wall” fundraising campaign to build Trump’s beloved wall along America’s border with Mexico. It was even highly praised by Fox News luminaries like Laura Ingraham. For liberals like myself, that in and of itself would have been worth a smile, noting how yet another of Trump’s administration has been indicted for pretending the law didn’t apply to them. That, and as a retired sailor watching this former Navy lieutenant encourage support for right-wing autocrats in other nations, I was rather gratified that law and order still sometimes prevailed in America.
But then word came that the ones who arrested him were from the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). Seeing Trump’s current war against our Constitutionally-mandated Postal Service, I was further gratified to see that they personally arrested one of Trump’s first choices for senior White House advisers, one who claimed (in so many words) that he wasn’t racist or xenophobic, but even Glenn Beck compared him to Joseph Goebbels. Here’s a bit of insight to Bannon’s mindset:
“Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
And then word came that he was arrested on a boat. But it wasn’t just any boat:
Bannon was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Postal Service off the coast of Connecticut on a 152-foot yacht registered to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui
Oh, it was a Chinese-owned boat! I thought the Trump administration was all about how our trade war with China, and just yesterday nixed three trade agreements with Hong Kong. Yes, the boat belonged to an “exiled” Chinese billionaire, but it’s still rather ironic, especially given that he had sailed on that same boat in the “Trump Boat Parade” this past week.
Aaaaand then there’s the fact that Trump himself directed the Department of Homeland Security to give $400 million to Bannon’s “Build the Wall” scheme for which he was just indicted.
One of the most important lessons I learned in the Navy was “what goes around, comes around.” In other words, don’t mess with Karma — she doesn’t play fair. Former Navy lieutenant Steve Bannon doesn’t seem to have learned this lesson, so Karma’s giving him an opportunity to learn what most trusty shellbacks learn along the way: screw people over, and Karma will sooner or later give you a not-so-gentle reminder of why honor, courage, and commitment will always prevail over Clausewitzian realpolitik.