Thursday, 9 February 2017

Trump's America

There is absolutely no doubt that Donald Trump is a narcissist. But you don’t need to trust me on this as plenty of noted experts have already weighed in on this issue and consider him a textbook case. I would find it amusing when, on national television, he extols his proficiency at every known subject were it not for the fact that it scares me to death that he leads an entire nation
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However, the more pertinent question at hand is whether his pathology is as dangerous as Adolf Hitler’s or Idi Amin’s and could put America at peril. I for one think that it potentially could were it not for the checks and balances built into the American constitution.

Trump isn't a dyed in the wool conservative. He is all over the place politically but he is ambitious and his ego has no boundaries. He proved to be a formidable foe to GOP candidates who couldn't deal with his television showmanship as he sold himself as both traditionalist republican and Robin Hood to a beleaguered working class which used to be the territory of the Democrats before they sold out to Wall Street.

Dubbya wasn’t the brightest president but at least he was surrounded by a less radical and more capable cabal. One could argue that Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were a good counterbalance to the more Machiavellian Dick Cheney who now looks awfully good compared to the likes of the extremist Steve Bannon.

Trump’s base is not composed of intellectually gifted souls and they have been shown in recent polls to be as gullible as preschoolers; he could tell them anything and they would swallow it hook line and sinker. The ones who are smart are using Trump to leverage their own agendas such as Bannon’s alt-right group, the Christian Conservatives who see this as a chance to move us back to the middle ages and an assortment of one issue voters such as those who think everyone should be armed to the teeth.

These are not the best of times for America or for the world.

In my own Province xenophobia runs rampant as that Quebec mosque shooter turned out to be a Trumpist with a rabid hatred of all Muslims. A friend of his stated recently in the media that he never thought he was actually capable of opening fire on a bunch of innocent people.

The Americas were invaded by people who came from predominantly Christian nations who then used their power to enslave and destroy the native populations and then pillage Africa in order to find a cheap source of labor. This may not be a convenient reminder to many but the fact is that humanity is full of awful people who will do terrible things to each other. My native Spain did a wealth of damage in Mexico, Latin and South America and used the profits to build gold encrusted Cathedrals.

Seeing people with different customs and manner of dress offends some people and the new caustic environment where a radical group known as ISIS who purports to speak for Islam but is nothing more than a bunch of terrorists is having dire impacts on innocent Muslims who only want to live in peace.

But in Trump’s America it's about getting vengeance on convenient targets to cover for their own ambitions and goals. In that light its politically expedient to call Mexicans rapists and see Muslims as radicals intent of imposing themselves on a Christian nation.

After all its easier to find straw men than to look in the mirror and solve the real problems at hand.

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PS: as a side note, Trump would do well do rid himself of Sean Spicer who recently tweeted out an article in the Onion clearly lampooning him as a purveyor of misinformation. Spicer proudly distributed the article clearly not comprehending the intent by stating "You Nailed it. Period!" proving he suffers from mental laziness or is an idiot. Mind you, Trump would then have to find someone with enough cheek to stand in front of the press corps and lie through his teeth while keeping a straight face.

2 comments:

  1. Maybe if Trump replaced Spicer with someone without teeth the lying might be easier. (This is a joke.)

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