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Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No 3. The Messiah cometh.

Monday 19 December 2016

“I am the way the truth and the life” said the Messiah.

1 Without wanting in any way to compare him with Jesus one cannot but help noticing the similarities with Trumps messianic messages. Now I’m not suggesting comparisons of virtue but rather analogies of each one’s place in the world.

Jesus was a messiah who wanted to rid the world of its sin whereas Trump sings “My Way” as if he has some sort of ownership of righteousness.

Jesus was all grace, compassion, and forgiveness. Trump all narcissism. It’s my way, my truth and only I can restore the great American dream. If a messiah is a popular leader promising deliverance, and prosperity. Trump fits the description.

Peruse these:

“You know the funny thing, I don’t get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people.”

“People are so shocked when they find … out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church.”

“All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

“Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser — having a healthy ego, or high opinion of yourself, is a real positive in life!”

“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts.”

“One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people — I categorize them as life’s losers — who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I’m concerned, if they had any real ability, they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.”

“Living your words, walking your talk, and talking your walk. (“Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich and Why Most Don’t,”

Who but a narcissist would say such things? Who but a climate denialist would appoint to his cabinet acolytes with a long history of climate denialism.

Let’s take a look at a few from The Guardian.

“Trump is assembling an all-star cast of climate change deniers for his transition team – often placing them at the heads of key agencies responsible for monitoring or dealing with global warming. The heads of transition teams for Nasa, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy, as well as his nominees to lead the EPA and the Department of the Interior, are all skeptical of the science of human-caused climate change. For instance, Myron Ebell, head of the EPA transition team, has said that the scientific consensus on climate change is “phoney”, while another member of the team, David Kruetzer of the conservative Heritage Foundation, has erroneously claimed there has been “global cooling” in recent years”.

The Cabinet is not yet complete but is reported to be worth a combined $14 billion. When the New York Times asked why he couldn’t have some people of modest means he responded by saying ”I want people that made a fortune. Because now they are negotiating for you”

They are nothing more than, as Ralph Nader puts it, “a bizarre collection of men and women marinated together either in corporatism or militarism, with stains of racism, class cruelty and ideological rigidity”.

On Sunday 11 December the President elect gave an interview with Fox News Sunday:

“He told the host Chris Wallace that he is ”very open-minded” on whether climate change is underway but has serious concerns about how President Obama’s efforts to cut carbon emissions have undercut America’s global competitiveness.”

Now my contention is that only a deluded individual with an I am the way the truth and the life” messianic message would say the things he said in this interview.

“I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows,” Trump said. “Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch.”

“Nobody really knows.”

Now when there is broad scientific agreement that human activity including the burning of fossil fuels for transportation, heating and industrial manufacturing is driving recent climate change How could a rational person disagree.

Only a sick man who thinks he is the way the truth and the life” would say such a thing. It takes a man who without any training in the subject of climate change to out of hand dismiss an established scientific view. In fact one would have to be gullible in the extreme to do so.

Or perhaps not. Perhaps it takes a man with a messianic message that says greed is good. That nothing, repeat nothing comes before the great American dream of a land of milk and honey. That everyone is entitled to be rich above and beyond all other considerations. That regulations only get in the way. That science has a place if it enhances wealth but must be ignored at all costs if it in any way prevents it.

Only an insane ignorant man would elect climate denialists to every department that touches the environment  in one way or another and then says he has an open mind on the subject.

Only a man who thinks he is some sort of capitalist messiah would say such things. A Cabinet of old white men, and a few women, who follow the messiah’s teaching,I am the way the truth and the life” will, in their lust for wealth before enlightenment, only gift future generations with a sort of ostentation. A vulgar display of wealth and success designed to impress in a world that is in meltdown. The President elect is a serial liar yet millions believe him. Similar Messiah’s have come before.

An observation.

Nobody really knows that tobacco is bad for people, and that nicotine is addictive.

2 Trump continues to lie as if he has ownership of it and the American press seems oblivious to it. Esteemed writer and commentator Robert Reich has likened him to Senator Joe McCarthy who called hundreds of people communists during the 50s ruining many lives. McCarthy’s advisor was attorney Roy Cohn an expert at character assassination and mentor to Donald Trump.

3 With the inauguration just five weeks away it seems the President elect is finding it hard to get a star entertainer to perform the National anthem.

Word has it that former, and little known, classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho, 16, will get the gig.

My thought for the day.

“American exceptionalism is a concept that should not be included in the same sentence as making America great again.”

 

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  1. Arthur Tarry

    An additional very worrying problem is that there are people in Australia who have similar personalities and views to Trump and his ilk. And we also know that what often happens in Australia is a simplistic following of what is being done in the USA. An apeing mentality is entrenched in sections of our political community, and also in an our almost monopolistic owned MSM. It’s becoming increasingly hard to be optimistic about the future if you are have a progressive mind set and outlook.

  2. lawrencewinder

    We can only hope that he ends up the same way as the Messiah… only sooner than within three years and with no possibility of resurrection!

  3. Möbius Ecko

    It’s not just vehement climate change deniers that he’s appointing to key environment positions, his appointments across the board are stacked with ideologues and extreme opponents of the administrations they are slated to run.

    And the appointments to the areas that touch the environment are not just on their anti-climate change stance, but many also on their strong dissent to any environmental regulation and oversight whatsoever. Trump has indicated, and by his appointments, implemented a complete disregard for the environment at any level. The long term environmental destruction he will wrought whilst in office and the irredeemable damage will be extensive.

  4. John Lord

    Lawrencewinder. Similarities I hadn’t thought about.

  5. wam

    Dear Lord,
    Why would people not vote for a messiah style message?

    Who has heard Duterte or Mugabe speak?

    What about the god botherers?

    http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/newsmax-top-100-christian/2015/04/20/id/639492/

    Here are 3 from a selection of trump voters who wrote the washington post. The overwhelming theme was anti-hillary policies didn’t get a run. The rabbott to a ‘t’ say anything, repeat negative messages and laugh at the opponents.

    Trump came through, and the energy and passion was astounding. He overflowed an airport hangar with 24 hours’ notice on a Sunday during a Vikings home game. Holy crap. So, in the end, I voted for the economy, against Obamacare and against a corrupt government, just as I was planning to for Johnson. But I also voted for the people, because Trump was the clear choice of the silent majority I eventually became a part of.

    I am also convinced Trump is well suited to restore American leadership — with all of its values — around the world. The American spirit (the term may need to be defined for some millennials, and the best resource is simply a standard history text), which has driven the successes of our past, is sorely lacking at home and around the world. Trump understands this, and I believe he is genuinely interested in making America great again.

    I’m a college-educated, white, working American female, and I have found Hillary Clinton’s arrogance since her days in the White House so off-putting that anything and anyone, including Donald Trump, has more appeal.

    This may need a grain of salt but I know many who would struggle with a country starting with U only kidding my rabbottian’s at golf – uganda, uk, usa, uzbekistan, yugoslavia, (20% suss?)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coyr09Io0bY

  6. Kronomex

    After whipping the “deplorables” into an almost violent frenzy with his vicious, misogynist, racist,etc, etc, behaviour during the campaign he ran he know has the temerity to say they were mean and nasty, etc, (it’s Monday morning and pre-coffee) etc. Now that he’s going to be, horror upon horror, the next leader of the US he has, conveniently, distanced himself from his recent goings-on. He can settle down and give corporate corruption a whole new meaning. If he makes it through all four years I will be truly astonished.

    When The Donald gives huge tax cuts to big business we now have Malcontent saying that Team ‘straya can can benefit as well by doing the same thing. Just think of the 1,000’s upon 1,000’s of jobs that will be created and all that money will flow into the corporation pocke…sorry, economy.

  7. Nisll McLaren

    How many times does this need to be said? DONALD TRUMP IS NOT, NOT, NOT, SICK, INSANE, CRAZY etc.
    He may be a serial liar, groper, scoundrel, thief, philanderer, etc, a brutal, narcissistic, deceitful shit but he is not mentally ill. He is totally in command of his faculties and has a profound sense of what he wants, with absolutely no compunctions, inhibitions or whatever to stop him getting them.
    In short, he is a psychopathic personality of the creative type, same as Madoff, Ken Lay, and so on, and only marginally less sophisticated and underhand than that other creative psychopath, Hillary Clinton.

  8. mark delmege

    American exceptionalism is a racist imperial expression.
    If Trump is as bad as Obama the US and the world is in deep shit.

  9. wam

    if there really is someone called delmege or nisil they are wallowing in deep shit.

    ps What happened to sean’s post on exhuming???

  10. Möbius Ecko

    “as bad” mark delmege. Indications are he’ll be much worse. Deep shit has gotten a whole order of magnitude deeper and fouler.

  11. townsvilleblog

    CAN WE PLEASE GET OVER THE YANK ELECTION, I’ve had a gutful of hearing the name trump, wait until the bloke gets into power and then comment on what he does, please!

  12. LOVO

    One wonders if The Donald has been having lessons on how to duck, a skill, me thinks, he will need. Remember he ain’t Pres yet.

  13. helvityni

    Townsvilleblog, I got excited about Bernie Sanders,but when he lost to Hillary, my interest in the US elections vanished…Also we have our own trumps to worry about…

  14. Ken

    What a load of “Fake News”!

  15. Davidbruce

    Trump is not the Messiah, but he could be John the Baptist.
    Maybe it will be King George VII who will be the Messiah, the King of the Jews…
    In the meantime, we might need to prepare for a decade of extremely cold weather if the current conditions in the Northern Hemisphere continue.

  16. keerti

    Perhaps the question will be…What will his security say whem the bullets fly?
    ‘Duck donald!’or ‘Donald duck’ Perhaps they’ll just wbisper to each other’duck’

  17. LOVO

    …..and when The Donald didn’t Duck..the security crew said “sufferin’ succotash “……and then promptly found themselves publishing agents. (typical Americans 🙄 )
    And how the world laughed ….or maybe it was just me 😯

  18. LOVO

    Quack to that Migs,…. you’re fully aware that I’m a Cat…..how many times do I haff to tells ya 😉 …no really 😛

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