Quote: Chaos demands to be recognized and experienced before letting itself be converted into a new order (Hermann Hesse, A Glimpse into Chaos, 1920, publisher unknown; reprints online)
In the News: An agitated Trump encourages governors to use aggressive tactics on protesters (Kevin Liptak, Ryan Nobles and Sarah Westwood, CNN, 6.01.20)
In Context: America took a chance on the business renegade Trump. He sold himself as a fighter for the forgotten working class and one who got things done. Three years of obscene self-service, lawlessness, catering to cronies, gas-lighting and defiance of decency have failed to cool Trump fever. Even after a global pandemic exposed his thin facade,sta;warts maintained that Trump was doing a good job and that he would restore the great economy that the pandemic stole from him.
150,000 Americans dead from Covid can’t opine but those without Trump fairy dust in their eyes admit chaos when they live it. Daily, weekly, month after month, their experience is that they are on a rudderless ship captained by a mad Ahab with no Moby Dick in sight.
The Trump agenda was clear from the start. His goal was to erase all traces of the historic progress America had made with the election of the western industrialized world’s first non-white leader. For three years Trump followed the pale male power playbook liberated from legal limits. He sailed past an impe in wake of that victory, he proceeded full force to exert the powers of his office to mold the country to his liking. The pandemic derailed the plan that should have been smooth sailing.
Faced with a crisis beyond his control on every level of survival, Trump began to flail. He was like a student pilot caught in a tailspin with no co-pilot and and no idea where the autopilot control panel was hiding.
Substance, detail and specifics were negligible in the Trump presidential resume. Alongside experts in their fields, the Trump input was feeble when not downright dangerous to the susceptible.
Bravado and gasconade may irritate or amuse in the theater or in daily life for a while. In a real-life situation where the world’s greatest nation is tanking because of its leader, the country is called upon to trust its Midwestern common sense.
In his campaign to erase all traces of Obama, Trump rolled back regulations aimed at curbing practices damaging to the global environment The state of the environment may or may not have affected the emergence of the Covid pandemic. In depth expertise will shed light on that issue eventually. What needs no expert insigt, meanwhile, is the fact that America is now flailing because of its leader. rMore accurately, America is flailing because it has no leader. Whatever activities occupied his presidential time, Trump developed no national strategy before ordering state governors to take care of the problem. In the ensuing panic of deaths, medical shortages and social exhaustion, Trump rolled out n economic relief package that caused more anxiety than comfort.
Much was made of government assistant programs being made available but little care went into ensuring access to the assistance. At this point, Trump has so alienated America from the global world that even best practices can’t be shared with allies who could shed light on how America can move forward.
In the best of its character, America gave Trump the renegade con artist a shot at heading the country. Despite unrelenting assaults, American institutions proved sturdy enough for democratic principles to prevail. As America heads into the high-noon showdown of a November election for its next president, the time has come for America to take a page from the Trump playbook.
Trump relished his make-believe role as the powerful boss who could make or break those vying for his approva. Four years after he was given that same opportunity to prove himself, America can shout with one voice that Trump, YOU’RE FIRED