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.
“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.
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.”