At first, I didn't get it.
Why would Trump pick a Bible-thumping religious fanatic to head up the Department of education? He's clearly not a religious man. He couldn't quote a single Bible verse when asked to do so. He referred to partaking in the body and blood of our Lord and Savior as "eating my little cracker and drinking my little wine." He's a thrice-married libertine who has carried on public extra-marital affairs and claims he has never done anything for which he needed to ask forgiveness. So why would he want someone like this?
The billionaire philanthropist whom Donald Trump has tapped to lead the Education Department once compared her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to "advance God's Kingdom."
. . . School choice, they say, leads to “greater Kingdom gain.” The two also lament that public schools have “displaced” the Church as the center of communities, and they cite school choice as a way to reverse that troubling trend.
Oh, yeah. . . I've totally noticed how so many communities are now centered around the Public School!
You just can't keep people from gathering at the Public School!
Betsy DeVos also described her efforts, using the biblical term “Shephelah,” an area where battles — including between David and Goliath — were fought in the Old Testament.
“Our desire is to be in that Shephelah, and to confront the culture in which we all live today in ways that will continue to help advance God’s Kingdom, but not to stay in our own faith territory,” she said.
This doesn't sound like someone Trump would hang out with. Actually this doesn't sound like someone that anyone would want to hang out with. But her interests certainly don't seem to align with Trump's.
But I think I finally figured it out. It's a big fuck-you to somebody. I'm not sure who, but it's definitely aimed at someone he thinks slighted him.
See, I think Trump is basically driven by three thoughts.
1. There are people out there who think they're better than me.
2. Shit! What if they're right?
3. Either way, they must be punished.
So Betsy DeVos is probably a big middle finger to the teachers' union for endorsing Hillary, or something.
I think his entire administration is going to be about payback.
People in public housing voted overwhelmingly against me? Well, here's a little Ben Carson for ya!
Black and Hispanic voters went for Hillary? Well, how do you like my blatantly racist attorney general?
Smart people with educations look down there nose at me? How about Sarah Palin for secretary of . . . something. I don't know we'll fit her in somewhere.
By the way, speaking of Ben Carson, wasn't it just last week that he said he wouldn't run Health & Human services because "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
So now he's going to run HUD? A position he's even less qualified for?
It's going to be a long, long, scary four years.