Posted January 27, 2017on:
That’s how many seconds we have survived under the Trump/Putin Administration. Thinking of it like that gives the illusion of something longer than just a week, but that’s all it has been. There are 207 more weeks to go in this first four-year installment of, “Government by basic cable.”
While the Women’s March gave me hope, I have fallen into a pall. I’ll save the reason for the end of this post.
Last August I wrote about the Yam’s psychological composition. It’s time to revisit those for a starting point to today’s discussion. I went into much more detail back in August, but I wanted to mention the high points.
Der Trumpenfuhrer exhibits the traits of an Executive Sales consultant. You won’t find these people under every rock you turn over, but they aren’t an endangered species. Predominant are his traits of Significance, Competition, and Command.
The Significance means he receives every ounce of his self-esteem from the way other people see him. In short, he is an empty vessel of perpetual need. Emotional fragility is his default position. No amount of positive feedback will quench his constant thirst to be told he is a person of value.
Competition explains his fixation on the inaugural crowd and the popular vote. As I said back in August, it isn’t so much about winning as it is about everyone else losing. There’s a darkness and mean-spiritedness prevalent in this characteristic. It’s about wishing ill to befall everyone standing in the way of conquest. Numbers are measurements and everything is about measurement.
Then you have the third leg of the stool – Command. People who have Command must be in charge. They are essentially rhetorical bulldozers without a reverse gear. Emotions and feelings are merely weaknesses giving those with Command something at which to aim. Command is the trait that erases the Yam’s shame and embarrassment genes.
I mention these characteristics again for a simple reason. The clamorous Yam is not going to change. The only change is this: When he is tired or under pressure, these proclivities will be stronger. These are his default settings. We will see more of this behavior, not less.
These characteristics have not been lost on those around the Yamster. The devious ones are attempting to harness these characteristics as best they can. The others are leaking like incontinent sieves.
In my humble opinion, the true evil behind the madness is hiding in plain sight – Bannon. It takes a certain kind of discerning evil to play to Trump’s character by publicly humiliating Mitt Romney. It takes a keen hand to play to the base by parading Al Gore through the Trump lobby and then appointing his antithesis to head the EPA the very next day.
Bannon’s fingerprints are all over this first week like overwhelming the press by chewing paper and crapping Executive Orders. Such are the actions of a two-bit dictator. The number of full democracies in the world was reduced by one this year – from 20 to 19. The one falling to the “flawed democracy” category was the U.S.
This is merely the tip of the great orange turdberg into which we are sailing. Pence and Ryan have conspired to erase the New Deal and surrender human rights within our foreign policy. Eighty years of progressive policy will die in some Ayn Randian polemic mirroring the dystopian carnage the Yam barked about in his inaugural address.
From transferring the corporate tax burden to the middle class, from starting a trade war to inadvertently conferring superpower status on China, from increasing infant mortality to accelerating climate change, the future is indeed dark. To summarily cede the largest trading bloc to China will haunt us for generations.
This is what I know. The harm will be quickly legislatively engineered. The effects will metastasize at a slower pace. Pence, Ryan, and Bannon will fray the social safety net and the damage will not be undone for generations. In these hyper-partisan times, re-engineering Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid is incomprehensible.
This clown show is currently booked for 4 years. The fools lured into Cabinet posts won’t have comparable longevity. They will be expected to fall on their swords like a Jonestown dance team to protect the dear Supine Leader’s emotional fragility.
If these people have their way, corporate profits will win over regulation. To speed up making the world a more dangerous place, the House has passed legislation allowing regulations to be rolled back without the protections of normal rule-making. We will soon be living in the “regulation-free jungle” where food, water, air, voting rights, and any number of basic human needs are a roll of the dice.
All of this is sad, but my despondence is deeper. For me it is this simple: I have always believed in the goodness of my fellow citizens — their better angels. We are embarking on an era where such optimism is misplaced.
Trump is ushering in an era where the vindictive nature of the Tea Party/Trumpists will reign supreme. It isn’t about a wall or health care – it is about causing pain. Whether the enemies are Mexicans or people of color or the libruls or gays or immigrants, someone has to hurt in the goofy belief it will be a balm for generational economic transition.
A $50 Billion great wall will never satiate people who fought to deny water to Katrina victims. Who fight funding for health care to children and the elderly. Trump and his pack of jackals bragged about harnessing the anger of the electorate, I never believed our national morality would be the first victim.
If our collective goal in the American experiment was building the Utopian “shining city on the hill,” by surrendering our institutions to this callous cabal we have forsaken that dream, embraced the malevolence, and forever altered the course of our shared history. This moralistic void chills the soul – hopefully our better angels will reawaken. Last weekend’s march was a great start.
What’s on your mind today?
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