I continue to view President Trump as The Great Destroyer. Let’s see, what has he managed?
Well, he has destroyed three marriages. He has destroyed at least six companies—the ones he bankrupted. And then he rode his unparalleled record of business failure into the White House. Apparently close to half of voting Americans love a failure—they remind folks of themselves evidently.
And since his ascension to the throne of America? He has continued to tear apart the fabric of our universe, by backing away or threatening to back away from negotiated treaties or partnerships, such as the Iran Nuclear deal, the Gang of Seven, (formerly eight, and now six), the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA (just now coming), and we are beginning to learn, even NATO itself.
He has fired or caused to resign dozens of appointees, both in his former campaign and from key positions in the White House or the Cabinet. Amazing really how many people have left or gotten the royal boot. In observing presidents over many decades, no other president even came close to this dismal record. Turns out he is terrible with people, mainly I assume because he lies all the time. So, unless people don’t mind being lied to, or having to promote obvious lies to the public, they have a grievously difficult time continuing to work for Trump.
But what I am coming to understand is that none of that seems to matter. People either hate him or they will continue to support him (even if they don’t love him). It seems not to matter what anyone says about him in print. We have the so-called Faux News Network, Fox, and the other right wing sites, such as Breitbart and InfoWars, who apparently will continue to lie and cheerlead for him, regardless of what he says or does. He is so close to these “news” sources that he apparently chats routinely with their stars—Hannity comes to mind. I assume that Hannity provides him with Twitterbait, so that he can continue to send out his amazing tweets at odd hours of the early morning.
And then you have all the rest—the New York Times, The Manchester Guardian, the BBC, the CBC, the ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and the Public Broadcasting Network. Apparently, aside from Fox, Breitbart and InfoWars, the rest of the “newsie” outlets at least manage to include both sides of the political spectrum in their coverage.
But, as I noted, none of it seems actually to matter. His supporters will continue to support him, regardless of what he does or says. He asserted, if you recall, that he could shoot someone publically on Fifth Avenue and his support would increase (I maintain that he would have to shoot someone like Comey for that to be actually true). When I note that his Administration has now embarked on a program to tear children from their parents arms and send them to concentration camps far away, and still his supporters continue to like him (adore him??) I have to believe that nothing I or anyone else says or writes, will matter in the slightest to change anyone’s support. I assume that if he began building and then operating gas chambers for those children, or, more likely their parents, perhaps his supporters would begin to back away—note please, I assume . . . not that I am sure.
His supporters apparently want to blow up our world—they conceive of our world as a place of evil in which they are being destroyed by establishment folks who pay no attention to their grievances. So, from their perspective, there is no solution, except to blow up this world and then begin to build a new one, in which America is Great Again (circa 1950??).
So, until he succeeds in actually destroying the existing infrastructure of the world order, including all of the extant partnerships, and most/all of the extant political systems and subsystems, they will, a) still be dissatisfied, and b) still continue to support Trump, concentration camps be damned. He doesn’t care, so they don’t care.
And, I observe, there is no serious opposition from within the existing political system, from either Democrats or republicans. Democrats are whining a lot, and sending out e-mails and letters asking for three dollars, while republicans are sucking their collective thumbs, while sticking their second thumbs into their assholes. The collective whining is palpable, but inadequate to dissuade Trump from his mission to destroy everything within his sight.
Because Democrats are incapable of restraining him by dearth of numbers, and republicans will not or cannot stand up to him, there is no public solution, until we all VOTE. If there actually is a sea change in Congress this term, then actions can be taken by Democrats to restrain his worst impulses. If folks don’t vote, or vote to support Republicans, then I see no hope for our American Republic. We would then continue to break apart and move into some form of political bankruptcy, much as he has pushed every business he has created into that same position.
So, in the end, it all comes down to that simple proposition—either Americans vote to take back our country, or our country will begin to break up into uncivil pieces of the former American pie. It’s all up to us.