He disses his friends, he cozies up to a known criminal and thug, he is revealed as a traitor to his own country and institutions and then…then…THEN he claims he misspoke.
Which, of course, he did NOT! He lied about misspeaking and only because his ‘advisers’ explained that he must. They also WROTE the words he was supposed to read at today’s press briefing only to have him depart from them into unintelligible gibberish every so often. The discrepancy between the language that was written for him and the words he spoke extemporaneously was breathtaking. A sane person wrote words that an insane person was supposed to read. He couldn’t do it!
I cannot dwell on Trump-the-idiot (it is boring, I know) but I can wonder where it is all headed? Logic doesn’t play much of a role in predictions on this issue because logically he should not even be there. Madness has prevailed in the United States for over two years (even before the election). Clinton got almost 3 million more votes. The Republicans have NOT reigned him in and yet they hobbled Obama. The US – under this business tycoon stable genius – has increased world tensions, military buildup and the national debt by a staggering amount and yet the White House is talking more tax breaks and catering to dictators. Debt and moral failure is the new Great Again?
The political and managerial contradictions keep mounting up. What should go up, doesn’t. What should never fall, clangs loudly on the floor. Allies alienated. Enemies suck-holed. Environment disregarded. National Parks sold. Free Trade sabotaged. Wall Street parties on while Main Street writhes in pain and hunger. White supremacists pandered to. Racism and cruelty instead of hospitality and compassion for the huddled masses. When all is turned upside down, how can anyone predict anything but catastrophic ruin?
So, is that my prediction? Strangely, no. America has a perverse kind of genius that underlies all that it does. No matter what, no matter who gets hurt, or how much blood gets spilled, no matter the environmental consequences, the economic skulduggery, the international level crimes, the US makes money off of it. Somehow they get richer.
Of course, the price they pay for that is loss of respect, loss of humanity, loss of moral standing and long standing relationships rent asunder but they think it is all worth it to make a buck. And they WILL make a buck. And, in money they have trust. If they have enough guns and if they have enough money, they believe they are going to do well. Those are today’s American values and they will play out.
My prediction: this year and the next are a turning point in modern world history. If Trumpism continues unchallenged by the so-called’ checks and balances of the US Constitution (so far not present or accounted for) then the world may shift to a significantly more dystopian state and the Judeo-Christian values we have come to believe in will be eroded beyond redemption. If, instead, the evil emperor and his even-more evil courtiers is revealed to have no clothes and truth and fact once again have prime legitimacy along with basic human values, then it may herald a new dawning in our pathetic and incremental struggle for a morsel of enlightenment.
You know where I stand.
As far away as I can.