Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Destroyer President

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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Art of the Deal

So what do two bullies talk about when they get together? I imagine they first must strut a bit, exchange firm handshakes, look each other in the eyes to see who blinks first, and then compliment each other on their hairdos.  

Then they begin. They first engage in discussions of the last person they cowered into submission. In Kim’s case, it might be the last person he sent off to be murdered. In Trump’s case, it might be the last person he insulted on Twitter, or, more likely, Trump would go on about how he humiliated Justin Trudeau—he didn’t, but he is too stupid to understand that.

Then they might begin their discussions about Mutual Assured Destruction.

Kim: “So, here’s the deal. If you promise not to invade our great nation, we promise not to unleash a hellfire of destruction on California.”

Trump: “Ok, so if you promise to bulldoze into the ocean all of your nuclear weapons, and your stockpile of bombs, we promise not to incinerate your entire teeny nation.”

Kim: “Ok, but you must first promise to refer to me as the Grand, and wise leader of the People’s Republic of Korea (leaving off that North thing).”

Trump: “Ok, but you must then refer to me as that Grand Leader of the entire league of industrialized nations, the greatest leader the world has ever known.”

Kim: “ Sounds good to me, oh Grand Leader.”

Trump: “Yeah, I like that, oh grand and wise leader of Korea.”

Trump: “ So, what do you think, do we have a DEAL?”

Kim: “I think we have a DEAL.”

Trump: “And that, folks, is what I call, The Art of the Deal”.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Actually, He’s Worse

I have been under a misconception for some time now. That is, I have always argued that Donald Trump was well known to all of us, way before the election. We knew he was a pathological liar, a sexual predator, a racist, a misogynist, a con man, a dishonest businessman, and, actually, an incompetent businessman.  What we did not realize is that he is worse than the sum total of those awful characteristics.  

He told us, we thought jokingly, that he could go out on Fifth Avenue with a gun, shoot someone and his support would increase. Apparently, he really believes such a scenario, and might even consider the act.  Because, he now seems to think that he is beyond our Constitution. He is above the law, and his "lawyers" have assured him that is so.  Shades of Absolute Monarchies.  I understand that Ivanka has begun thinking of herself as Princess Ivanka.  I guess, in olden tymes, such creatures as "absolute monarchs" actually existed.  But even they had their problems. In one text, the author argues that even the concept of absolute monarchies was problematic for a simple reason: “Nothing so clearly indicates the limits of royal power as the fact that governments were perennially in financial trouble, unable to tap the wealth of those most able to pay, and likely to stir up a costly revolt whenever they attempted to develop an adequate income.1

So, even if The Donald has begun thinking of himself as a grand monarch, with unlimited powers, his financial supporters will (may?) eventually weigh in whenever he grows “inconvenient”.  In the meantime, however, we the unlucky will need to deal with his powerfully negative and destructive tendencies.  But again, we cannot claim we did not know what he was like. Just that, however awful we thought he was, we did not imagine he was actually this bad.

And I have been thinking all along that at least some of the "powers-that-be" would rein him in, even if just a bit. Turns out there are no actual "powers-that-be",or they are uninterested in doing any reining. See, the problem here is that, if The Donald imagines that he has some absolute power, then it implies that they also have great power, and their limited brain power prevents them from conceiving that their power might eventually clash with his power.  As long as they can roam our country without restraint, why not give him this perception of absolutism? Works for them.  So, the Mitch McConnell’s and Paul Ryan’s of our world seem perfectly ok with this cretin in the White House.  It seems not to matter what he says or does. They have no comment.

And his broadcast network of choice, The Faux News Network, amplifies his message of absolute control, and has been even propagating the stories about “The Deep State”, i.e., the FBI and the Special Council. Sean Hannity has been arguing that they need to be eliminated, as soon as possible, because they pose a threat to His Majesty. With this crew, we have a fairly complete symbiotic relationship, one that benefits The Donald. We have The Donald, his largely ignorant supporters, and The Faux News Network. He says or does something, The Faux News Network amplifies his statements or supports his acts, and his ignorant supporters cheer him on.  It all seems to work wonders.

And now, he has been given almost carte blanche to make judicial appointments, which might well create a more lasting problem for humanity than anything else he has done. His cabinet appointments, Like Pruitt, DeVos, et al, however flawed, are at least limited in time. If we get rid of The Donald, they automatically go away. But his judicial appointments might be getting jobs for life, so they will be around to terrorize us humans for quite a long time.  So, this absolute monarch concept, however much of a teaser, still will manage to plague humanity for quite some time.

But the central question is, what can be done about it?  Again, in normal times, we have three branches of government, intended to hold one another in check.  This system, though still in place in theory, is at best a tattered remnant of its former vigorous self. As noted, Trump has been busily corrupting the judicial branch, and the legislative branch seems corrupt in its own way, and, therefore, disinclined to hold him in check, so long as he does not step directly on their toes.  And he seems not to be doing so, although it is unclear what he would have to do to annoy McConnell, or Ryan, or any of their slavish followers.  Ryan is essentially an anarchist at heart. He wants no government entities to step personally on his toes. Should they step on others’ toes, he seems to care not one whit.  And McConnell just seems a simpleton at heart. So long as folks keep giving him a high-paying job, he is happy.

So, the only remedy appears to be voting them all out of office. Now whether that will work is still anyone’s guess.  We keep hearing rumors that the Dems are poised to turn some formerly red state blue.  But the Dems are, at best, a flawed remedy. Nancy Pelosi is way past her sell-by-date and needs to move off stage. And folks like Bernie also seem a bit long in the tooth.  I still await the arrival of bright, honest, youngish candidates eager to take back the reins of power from the current crop of cretins.  And I wait . . . and I wait . . . the 2018 elections are not all that far off, and I still am waiting for the bright crew to appear.

Maybe they are simply waiting in the wings.

I do worry actually, about the cretinous MAGA supporters, and how they will react, should their King Donald I be hastened out the door, or even impeached. We might actually be facing the Great Second Civil War. Let us hope not.  

And on that Donald I thing, I stumbled across an actual reference to a King Donald in Wikipedia. Turns out:

 Domnall mac Causantín (Modern GaelicDòmhnall mac Chòiseim), anglicised as Donald II (died 900) was King of the Picts or King of Scotland (Alba) in the late 9th century. He was the son of Constantine I (Causantín mac Cináeda). Donald is given the epithet Dásachtach, "the Madman", by The Prophecy of Berchán.

So Donald could now be viewed properly as successor to The Madman. Seems right somehow . . .
Stay tuned . . .

1.     Bouwsma, William J., in Kimmel, Michael S. Absolutism and Its Discontents: State and Society in Seventeenth-Century France and England. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1988

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Boycotting America

Will You Ever Visit Us Again?

I wonder when visitors from afar will begin to understand the country we have become, and then decide perhaps they don’t need to visit us anymore. Why? Well, we have turned ourselves into the most violent people on earth. The chances of a foreign visitor dying here by accident seem high, too high to risk. And “by accident”, I do not mean that they might be struck by lightning, or be crushed in an automobile accident.  No, I mean that they might be shot and killed just because they were standing in the wrong place, when one of our many domestic terrorists decided to shoot up some place in which they happened to be standing.  I have begun to wonder about the relative chances of being killed as a visitor in say, Afghanistan, or Iraq, as compared to the United States.  Granted our country is physically larger, so it might seem safer. But is it? Remember Florida, that place of sun and surf? Remember that “Stand your ground” law they passed? It appears to say that, if you feel threatened by someone, it is ok to shoot them. Remember Trayvon Martin?  That’s why he died.  Because an idiot, armed with a pistol, claims he felt threatened and so he shot and killed Martin, after a scuffle between the two.  It actually doesn’t matter to me that the idiot who killed him got off. It matters that Martin died as a result.

And now, we seem to have kids being shot in their schools, by some heavily armed idiot who believes he has a grievance with the school, or with one or more of the kids. And because that idiot is armed, many kids die.  Or people die because they happen to be sitting in a gay bar when one of the idiot domestic terrorists decides to shoot up the place.  

The statistics are by now, well known and alarming. Everytown USA (https://everytown.org) now maintains data on firearm related death and injuries.  On average, 13,000 people are killed each year by firearms in domestic homicides, 96 people die by gunfire every day in the US of A. For every person killed by firearms, two more are injured. Seven children and teens (age 19 or under) are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day. America’s gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the average of other high-income countries. Oh, and should you happen to be a person of African American origin, you are 13 times as likely to be killed by firearms as white, Non-Hispanic persons.

And what actions have we taken as a result of all this carnage? Well, nothing.  We can’t even move our Congress to enhance background checks. And any time someone considers something like banning automatic weapons, the chief domestic terrorism agency in the country, The NRA, becomes hysterical and yells that we are violating the Second Amendment.

And what is that precious Second Amendment again? Well, here is what our Constitution actually says:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

It has been argued to death what the real intent of this Amendment was, and what the Framers meant by a “well-regulated militia”. They certainly could not have meant that collection of heavily armed, drooling NRA Trump supporters.  I assume instead they were thinking about, say, the National Guard.

But whatever they meant, their intent has been so distorted by the NRA domestic terrorists that their intent no longer matters. Now, it is up to our Congress, and maybe even state legislatures (yeah, right) to declare what kind of gun policies this nation shall endure.

Right now, with 300 million guns floating around the country, it seems increasingly clear that no one is actually safe. Idiots abound in the land (see election of Trump) and they all seem to be heavily armed. And that “good guy with a gun” thing? Yeah, right. When has that ever happened (ever!)?
And now, the NRA terrorists wish to arm our schools. Yeah, more guns . . . that’ll really cut down on the violence.  I suppose if everyone in school, including all those pre-schoolers, is armed, nobody is likely to enter the school. Right??? Right??? But then, what happens when some pissed off 13-year old doesn’t like it when his rival in school insults him. It’s guns drawn at full noon . . . in the courtyard everyone. And don't forget your smartie-phone-camera.

So, at any rate, suppose I’m a Canadian, thinking of driving down into the Netherworld of America. Shouldn’t they also come in armed to the teeth?  Or maybe, just maybe, Canadians might consider erecting a big wall instead. Want to go touring? Visit Afghanistan. Lovely in the spring time, I hear.
And you Brits?? Forget about New York, or Boston. And do not even think about Florida. Try the Caribbean instead.

Yeah, maybe a global boycott of America would be good, until we enact some sensible gun control legislation. Maybe get the number of guns down to, oh I don’t know, perhaps 50 million instead of 300 million.  Yeah, sell the other 250 million guns to the Russians, or the Chinese to improve our trade balance picture.  So, if our old friends should decide to boycott America until we begin acting like intelligent adults, instead of whiny idiots, we could blame the resulting revenue losses on the NRA, making them and their supporters anathema to American business interests. Maybe then . . .

We can hope can’t we?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Iran Accord & Trump

So, he’s done it. He has broken the contract that required us to abide by the same terms as Iran and all of our European allies.  So, now we are alone in abrogating the contract.  And now the folks who don’t know anything will begin to weigh in on Facebook and other social media forums. That includes me of course, because most of us have little access to high quality information about Iran’s behavior relative to the agreement. On one side, Benjamin Netanyahu claims that Iran has been systematically cheating and that they are moving closer to having a full nuclear capability, including a bomb and a means of delivery. On the other side, most of our allies, including the UN inspection brigade that has been overseeing the deal, claims that Iran has largely operated within the constraints of the agreement and has not cheated. Who to believe?

From my perspective, Netanyahu has moved closer and closer to a fascist mentality, emulating the very people that created our Second World War. I believe firmly, that Netanyahu is not a credible source of information within the Middle East.   I am certain that Trump’s advisers, Bolton and Pompeio, have argued to strike the accord. And now, he has sided with them and with the Israeli’s.
From an American public perspective, we must simply choose sides depending on whom we choose to believe.  And I have grave difficulty believing our President, mainly because he is a congenital liar. He lies, we know, whenever it is convenient to him, or whenever a lie will benefit him. In this case, a lie (that Iran routinely cheats on the accord) benefits him by drawing attention away from his myriad personal difficulties and from his potential legal difficulties with the Special Counsel, and places the Nation on a possible war footing. He has not yet declared war on Iran, but he is only a minor step away from such a declaration.  Under such a scenario, fewer people than normal may be drawn to continuing the critical commentary, although we will simply have to sit back and wait, watch and observe the ebb and flow of arguments that are sure to follow his lead here.

His timing is interesting here, since he is also moving towards North Korea on essentially the identical topic—how to prevent an authoritarian regime from possessing nuclear weapons capability.  He can and will surely deflect attention from the Iran mess, by arguing that he is entering a new era with a dangerous regime, one that has remained troublesome to the world for the past 65 years.  If indeed he and Kim succeed in reaching a successful accord, it would be a very large milestone towards peace in Asia, one that would certainly take away from the criticism of the Middle East mess he seems to have created.

Plus, he always gets to blame Obama for whatever mess results from his decision today.
It is all too early to say anything with certainty. Now, most of the next steps are within the decision halls of our allies, and within the Iranian regime itself.  One question is whether this will push the Iranians closer to Europe, Russia, and China, and therefore away from the USA. What the USA will do should that occur (impose sanctions on our European allies?) remains to be seen.  It seems clear that Trump’s decision will create a whole new game, with uncertain rules and highly uncertain outcomes for us and for our allies. Whether we still have allies after the dust settles is another of those, “remains to be seen” things.  It all gives me goosebumps thinking about a USA operating on the world stage without any serious allies.  But, as Trump keeps saying, “we will have to wait and see what happens”. 

 Because, given his inability to think beyond the next five minutes, he surely has no clue what will happen.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Post Truth

An interesting and disturbing series of articles this morning in the Sunday Times.  One was on what they are calling our “Post-Truth” era, thanks to our President who apparently cannot tell the difference between truth and fiction.  But the article attempts to explain the continuing support for him, even when he is clearly lying. They attribute the support to folks’ ability to think, “well, it could be true” . . . sort of a “wannabe truth”.  For example, Sarah Huckleberry engages in this kind of explanation routinely, since she is the chief splainer for the Liar-in-Chief.  Her explanation for his lies about having the biggest audience ever for his inauguration. “Well, it could have been . . . had the weather cooperated”.  In other words, in another universe, his audience might have grown to the largest ever.

Now the problem I have with the explanation, is that it implies that nothing anyone does or says has any relationship to fact or truth. If we are to follow that logic, then nothing anyone says or does also has any consequences. For example, if someone runs a red light and strikes a pedestrian, the driver might say, well, my light could have been green . . . ergo, I am guilty of nothing.  And of course, that explanation could well have been used to justify the invasion of Iraq . . . “well they could have had WMDs”.

And if that explanation is the rationale being used by his supporters to eliminate any issues concerning “truthiness” by The Liar-in-Chief, then it truly no longer matters what he says or does. But I wonder about such an explanation. I understand that Sarah Huckleberry might use such a rationale. I mean, she lies for a living and so has to construct whatever rationale works for her.  But I wonder about his supporters at large. Could it be that they simply no longer care what he says, or whether his words have any relationship to the Truth? I am brought to the belief that his supporters simply like what he is doing or saying, and the truth, to them, is irrelevant. If he proposes to ban all Muslims, and they don’t like Muslims, then whatever his rationale, his supporters will cheer, regardless of whether he is truth-telling or lying.  And if he is bashing Gays, or people of color, and they don’t like such folks, then again, it matters little his rationale.  What happens as a consequence, of course, is that the Nazi’s are allowed out of their closets and can now proceed to demonstrate for Nazi-rights on our streets . . . you know, the freedom to kill people they don’t like, just cuz.  And the Evangels of our Land, our very own Christian Taliban, can also yell and scream and try force as a method of shutting down programs such as the Planned Parenthood clinics, because they could be providing abortions.
And nobody does anything.

We could vote I suppose, but even that drastic course (well, remember, at least half of our voting age public does not routinely vote) is subject to the rules dictated by the Republican Guard in many of our states and precincts. First they gerrymandered, then next they try intimidation at the polls.
But we have apparently simply given up on demanding anything of our President. We now accept his behavior, regardless of what he says or does.  He lies about something, and now, our collective response seems to be, “OK so who needs a beer?” And so life goes on, and we no longer have any standards of behavior.  See, it isn’t really any longer about just Trump. A large change is occurring, or perhaps, has occurred in the American people. If we no longer care about “truthiness” then we are no longer a worthy people.  And are we now ok with that assertion? Are we really ok with no longer being a worthy people?  Because the Nazi’s in the 1930s Germany were no longer a worthy people. And the slaveholders in the 16th-19th centuries were no longer worthy people.   We imagined that we had grown more civilized, at least I thought we had. I imagined that the Civil War, and World Wars I & II meant that we had standards of morality that were better than what I see being demonstrated on a daily basis here in America of 2018. Maybe we have retreated now and, although we can blame Trump, it really is ourselves we must blame. We allow his behavior and tell him repeatedly that such behavior is actually ok with us.  He continues because he is allowed to continue.  And my question is . . . are we really ok with that position? If so, then we really are finished as a Nation and we only need a new Edward Gibbon to document the “The History of the Decline and Fall of the American Empire So, think hard American people. Think hard.

And I also began thinking about our Liar-in-Chief and his constant campaigning.  He avoided the White House Correspondents dinner in order to campaign in Washington, Wherever. Two things: first, he avoided the dinner because he is incapable of listening to any critical commentary about himself—that’s his extreme narcissism in action.  But second, and perhaps more important, he has never actually stopped campaigning since he won the Electoral College vote. No president on record has ever done that. And I wondered. But finally, I have concluded that it is because he never actually wanted to be president. He simply wanted to campaign for president, Campaigning delivers large crowds (yuge crowds . . . the biggest ever on record anywhere in the universe) that cheer him on.  The crowds deliver smiles and that is what he needs, all the time. So, maybe, instead of governing, he intends to continue campaigning. And maybe there could be worse things. Whenever he actually attempts “governance”, we see one disaster unfold after another.  So maybe we should encourage him to continue campaigning. He will do less damage to the world.  The government will be on hold for a few years. Couldn’t be worse than having him actually making decisions.

So, ta ta folks. And do think about that voting thing. If you check out instead of voting, then you don’t get to complain.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Weirder & Weirder

We seem to be continuing on our path to either an actual Civil War, or a Civil War without guns.  Our now totally weird President continues on his path of wandering narcissism, where he runs down and labels anyone who criticizes him, while ignoring even the slightest hint of civilized behavior.  After promising to “drain the swamp”, he is instead populating his own dismal swamp with creatures no one even dreamed of to run Federal agencies. Mr. Zinke is busily trying to sell off all of the nation’s protected park lands to the highest bidder, and doing it as quietly as possible, so as to attract no attention. He has in fact no appointees who are remotely in synch with the missions of the agencies they are appointed to manage.

He continues to tweet in synch with the Fox Fake News programs, to the point that Fox appears to be directing our main policy positions.  He might as well appoint Hannity as his senior policy advisor, maybe even his foreign policy advisor (Hannity as Secretary of State??).
The news about the president, generated mainly through his inane tweets in the middle of the night/morning, and by the onslaught of news about his private lives that are hopelessly intertwined with his presidency, not merely dominates the news, but has become THE NEWS. It’s as though there is no other news around the globe.

And yet, I note the ongoing commentary on Facebook and in published articles in the news media, is filled with vitriolic comments about either the articles, or, more often, about the left side of the political aisle support for opposing this destructive president. The right wing has emerged from its closets and is now in full, righteous anger against those in the country (folks like me) who seem to despise our president.  For the most part, the right wing anger and resulting commentary contains no new facts to dispute any of the indictments against the president. They apparently, like Fox News, do not engage in facts.

But why, I keep asking myself? Why/how could these folks continue to support this destructive clown, who practically reveals his idiocy and his biases every time he opens his mouth. He lies with such frequency that he simply is useless in any discussion venue in which policy positions are to be discussed.  If one cannot trust meeting participants to speak from facts and to voice truth, then there is little point in the discussion.

But the fact that our president has now practically destroyed  the norms by which we govern ourselves, setting new standards of behavior that leave truth behind, seems lost on his supporters. I had serious questions during the election process and immediately after, about how anyone in the country could have voted for him, since we knew almost everything that was needed to declare him totally unfit to be president (of anything, no less our nation).  But those questions not only continue, but have enlarged to the point that I have difficulty treating any of his supporters with anything but total disdain. Still, I do not even remotely understand these folks. They are ostensibly American, with some American value system operating. I understand that many of his supporters are racists, and that they voted for Trump because they really hated that we had a Black President. Yes, they disliked, maybe even hated Hillary, but I always thought that was just an excuse to partly disguise their hatred of our Black President, and that they continue to hate anyone who supports that Black President. Their ongoing support of Trump seems to be a way of dismissing their own inadequacies as people who actually voted for our current president.  I was going to again say our “clown” president, but I now understand that use of the clown label demeans any and all actual clowns in the world. Trump is not a clown. He is a mean-spirited, bigoted, narcissist, who is also arguably one of the most ignorant humans on the planet.  He is apparently ignorant because he cannot or will not read. It may be that his ADHD is so serious that he cannot focus on reading anything more than a few paragraphs.  Or that his narcissism is so severe that he cannot read anything that fails to mention/focus on him. So, we should not call Trump a clown. He is way more serious and destructive than that playful term suggests. Trump is not funny, or even faintly amusing. I realize that our comedians all find great and ongoing material provided by him every day. But they are in the business of providing comedic relief to a world bordering on mental collapse from the daily raging of our idiotic president. I think many people are close to being terrified all the time, at the thought he could simply end the world. His close colleagues are certainly busy destroying much of that world built up over the centuries by our forefathers.  And, when people are terrified much of the time, comedic relief helps to maintain sanity.  Maybe our comedians are the court of last resort for a population ready to explode.  See, I think that, while the right wing racists of our world (Trump supporters especially) always seem angry, and always on the edge of violence (see Charlottesville), there could come a time when the terrified left wing actually does explode in a fury of righteous anger.  And then we may have an actual Civil War, with guns ablazing and all that.

In the past, I have always been gratified that our nation’s people could come together around righteous causes. I think of World Wars I & II. Even for the Korean War, we were less united, but still we remained a solid block. But I also remember the 1960s, and Vietnam. That coherent, unified stance that brought us together in the past failed to unite us. That war, built largely on lies and Cold War rhetoric, began dismantling our nation, and we came to close to a Civil War.  And the fracturing that occurred during those tumultuous years never left our land. The left and right separated along rhetorical lines and, though the yelling diminished, the differences of opinion never left. Then came Reagan and the 1980s. I always though Reagan made it ok again to be a racist, so some folks left their closets.  And the schisms continued to widen throughout the Reagan, Clinton, and Bush years. But then the nation elected its first Black President, and the fracturing broke wide open. It did not matter that President Obama was an intelligent, decent, thoughtful human being, whose every effort was intended to better our nation.  Still, the right wing persisted and expanded its efforts to discredit him, even to the ongoing lies about his heritage, and even his beliefs. They would credit him never.
And that schism remains today and is, I think, responsible for what we observe in the ongoing support for arguably the worst, most potentially destructive president in the nation’s history.  And the calls for impeachment, whether warranted or not, will continue to fall on deaf ears, even if the evidence begins to support those cries.  Whenever I think about impeachment, and its frivolous uses in the case of Bill Clinton, I believe it could introduce actual armed rebellion.  I understand that the ongoing case of Russian interference could yet produce the evidence needed to impeach Trump and even convict him.  But such an ending, however deserved would never provide the closure we need as a nation.  

Only if we go to the polls and vote him out of office will the nation have a pathway to peace. Only then could Americans begin again to walk and talk without hatred of “the other”.
We will see which path America follows.  The pathway is not clear at the moment. And many opponents of America (Vlad the Impaler come to mind) desperately wish for us to fail and to fall apart.  

I continue to hope. But hope is in increasingly scarce supply at this stage.