Thursday 5 January 2017
Author’s note: The arrival of a blatant liar, one who has taken it to unprecedented levels, as the 45th President of the United States necessitates close and regular scrutiny.
When uttering the words “Donald Trump” we in Australia are apt to cringe for we see a sick, deluded man of no redeeming features. He is a crash through politician with a ubiquitous mouth. One full of racial hatred, bile and misogyny. A deluded, pathetic liar unsuitable for the highest office in the land, if not the world. He is a creature who sees complex problems and impregnates them with populism and implausible black and white solutions.
We ask ourselves how naïve the American people are. Or was it just absent-mindedness that they chose an ignoramus as their President? However, to give them the benefit of the doubt, more likely perhaps, in their own unique way, electing him was a form of protest that went dramatically wrong.
We sit before our televisions and watch his antics and ponder at the gullibility of the American people and say, “only in America”.
Or to quote Ross Gittens:
“They voted for him because, in their anger with the business and political establishment, they wanted to give the system a kick up the bum. The less he sounded like a proper politician, the more they thought him the man for that job.”
I just over two weeks the abomination that is called Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. What can we expect from this moronic individual?
Well therein lays the problem. We have never seen a man of his grandiloquent nature elected before. However, we do know a lot about him though. “He has history” as we Australians say. He is certainly self-opinionated and believes in American exceptionalism. He is all the things aforementioned and more.
My American friend Ben Williamson posted this on Facebook a few days ago:
“Congratulations! You elected Donald Trump! Now let me tell you what you’ve won.
You whined and whined that Hillary, as a PRIVATE CITIZEN, was paid money to do a job, giving speeches to Goldman Sachs. Congratulations! You win the guy who actually HIRED Hillary to give those speeches to handle ALL our money.
You bitched and moaned about how Hillary doesn’t care about the environment. Congratulations! You win an EPA head owned by big oil who wants to abolish the Clean Air and Water Act.
You constantly complained that you have to actually PAY to go to college. Congratulations! You win a woman who hates public education and thinks ALL schools should be private Christian schools. Hey, at least you won’t have any student loans! No college will accept you since your parents couldn’t even afford a primary education for you.
Congratulations! With your protest vote, you win all the things you swore you hated, and everyone else lost.”
Here are a couple more to add to this growing list.
“What? People working full-time don’t earn enough to make ends meet? No problem! I’ll appoint to head the Labor Department a Fast Food CEO who has lost multiple lawsuits for abusing his employees, and who thinks the minimum wage and overtime laws should be abolished.”
“What? People around the world don’t trust the fossil fuel industry? No problem! I’ll just appoint as our head diplomat the CEO of the most corrupt fossil fuel company on the planet!”
He is correct of course. In selecting his Cabinet, Trump has been fastidious in selecting those from the far-right, like-minded extremely wealthy people, capitalists in every way and totality in denial of the science of climate change. The 17 appointees to his Cabinet so far have more wealth between them than the poorest 43 million Americans.
But what is it that occupies the minds of men and women of the conservative right that they need be so malevolent in their thinking? That sledgehammer thinking will win every argument. What is it in the backgrounds of these people that causes their narcissism, their inability to accommodate difference or equality?
It is by far the wealthiest group ever selected for Cabinet. Their backgrounds suggest a sort of fundamentalist worship of money that will make America great again.
“Never in the history of the world have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen.”
When he proclaimed victory in the glittering ballroom of the Hilton Hotel Trump promised to be a President for all Americans. His actions thus far suggest otherwise. If you look back at his election campaign which was mired in bigotry and xenophobia you would have to ask how that is at all possible.
He has been what he is all his life. An elitist snob. It is difficult to imagine at almost 71 he can turn into a concerned empathetic individual with one swipe of a gilded comb through golden locks.
Here are two views of a Trump administration.
Firstly a Facebook friend Russell Green:
“As much as I have rejoiced in the ending of 2016, which was truly an ANNUS HORRIBILIS on just about every front possible. But 2017 fills me with ABSOLUTE DREAD. First and possibly the most important is that in less than 3 weeks Donald Trump becomes the President of The United States.
An unthinkable thought 12 months ago. Over the past 18 months of campaigning there has been NOTHING about TRUMP that is remotely Presidential. But as bad as he is, it is nothing compared to the disaster that will be his government and cabinet.
The only “silver lining” I can take out of this is the 4 years of Trump should see the end of the NEO-CON revolution for the next 100 years, but the damage that will be done to the planet as a whole that might just be unrecoverable, is too high a price to pay!”
And this again from Ross Gittens:
“Sorry, I lean more to the view that history is a product of pre-existing trajectory, random developments and the interaction of powerful political and social institutions.
They say that in the race of life, you should always back Self-interest because at least you know it’s trying. I’d also put a couple of bob on Inertia.”
As for me. Well I think that despite his closeness to the world of politics over the years he is going to find, as Obama did, that power is not absolute. Because he is not really a Republican. He will spend a lot of time in argument with the party. He has an outrageous to do list and a lot of the items are at odds with GOP policy. He will face a hostile congress.
He will also want some tangible benefit from the spoils of office.
On Climate Change he will perhaps find that the world has passed him by and the big money is in pursuit of the new economy. Conflict of interest will be a major problem for him and it may even bring him down. Fact is his business interests extend into so many areas of American business that he will be unable to avoid the regularity of media scrutiny.
Together with scandal both personal and presidential he is going to be in for a rough time.
But in the end, as in Australia, the status quo, until a political messiah comes along, will win the day. But I’m tipping a government of the likes the world have ever seen or is likely to see again.
It’s called ‘GOVERNENCE BY TWEET’. Yes, if it wasn’t so bloody serious it would be funny. It’s Trump’s America now.
Or unless he starts some silly bloody war.
My thought for the day.
“I never judge people but I do form my own opinions of course.”
The ‘Trump Report’ will appear regularly in ‘Day to Day Politics’.