Quote: “You…can’t fool all the people all the time.” (Attrib. Abraham Lincoln).
In the news: Trump planned to go feral on Biden. Now allies want to call animal control (Scott Bixby, Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast, 9/30/20)
In context: America’s disastrous Donald Trump was a self-correcting measure in the ills that assail a globalizing world. The great masses of the world connected by technology increasingly demand freedom for majority self-determination. Current power-grubbers resist with a show of power that only feeds resistance. The beacon of democracy gave Trump the opportunity to demonstrate the global phenomenon by giving him the fundamentals to self-combust.
Donald Trump was a washed-up high power New York conman when he found a new target for his swindler skills. The vast disenfranchised American Midwest met him through the sadistic Apprentice TV program that fed on the fantasies of the disgruntled about getting revenge for ills.
The dramatic device was classical Greek. Catharsis was a purging of passions by an enacted story on stage. In the modern Trump context, TV viewers got a vicarious thrill from seeing a show of force they could never achieve. The device was a twist on the advertising ploy that presented a product as rare and highly desirable.. The element of competition completed the Apprentice formula in which Trump the seemingly fabulous business mogul screened avid wannabes who heard, “You’re fired” at the end. Disappointment was offset by momentary fame..
By the time the formula staled, Trump had worked his way into the attention of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. That’s when Trump began his apprenticeship in the despotic arts.
The rudimentary tools for the new vocation as autocrat were well-familiar to Trump from his own style of running a business. For the greater task of snaring an entire country, he had only to consolidate his talents. He built up a native talent for ruthless outrage and he toned up the sales pitch angle of his delivery in promoting scams. Once those skills were unleashed during a dramatic descent on the gaudy Fifth Avenue Trump Tower escalator, Trump sailed ahead buoyed by every headwind.
The obstacles that supercharged Trump on success in overcoming were those of propriety and the law. Once in the open and on center stage. Trump showed himself to be a born desecrator of the civilized order.
Success breeds success. In Trump’s case, success came from outsmarting curbs on his insatiable ambition. He breezed through the Republican party primaries, the 2016 election campaign against the woman rival Hillary Clinton and the transition period with the Obama administration. The January inauguration, however, was the point at which the Trump skills shifted into high gear and started the skid into disaster at the highest level.
The inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States must have been a big blow to ambitions of grandeur. The Trump response was to begin a tenure of lies defying challenges to his vision. With the powers of the Presidency at his disposal, he switched from mano-a-mano combat to battle by proxy of position .
Whatever the level of achievement, a scammer is never at ease with reality. In the case of Donald Trump with US Presidential powers in hand, reality created a vortex that sucked in the entire country..
There is no telling what powers catapulted the expert gamer into the Oval Office but once there hr became the driver of the country’s engines. The commandeered Conservative Republican party backed him, as did conservative media that also vilified opponents in step with him. Staff, Cabinet heads, governmental bodies and even the Justice Department as one of three government branches underwent the Trump transformation to self serving corruption, all in a conflict of the status quo power with the changing global reality.
From the start down on the escalator of the gaudy Trump tower, the Trump agenda has centered on eradicating progress in favor of a throwback to a time when power rested firmly in time-tested hands. In the case of Trump, the conservative stance became conflated with the highly personal aims of a master scammer. When the global Covid pandemic hit, the result proved decisive.
The palpable results of a physical virus laid bare the paucity of the false promises and happy talk of a seasoned scammer. As thousands died and the virus spread around the world, the Trump bravado of the virus as a negligible nuisance lost steam. Yet with the Presidential powers giving support to the bully pulpit privilege also afforded, Trump worked his believers to credibly challenge the science based rationalists.
The entire world was dealing with the social and economic devastation caused by the Covid pandemic. The absence of the US as a global leader became glaringly acute.
America as the land of immigrants and a global melting pot is a petri dish for world development. America made history with the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the first non-white head of a western industrialized state. A backlash was expected and exceeded by the election of a scammer to the US Presidency by forces still unknown. But as a landmark 2020 US election nears, th e road ahe ad for the world isis abundantly clear.
Personally hit with the Covid pandemic virus he has labeled a hoax, Donald Trump used all the powers of the science establishment he has dismissed to prop up his contention the the virus threat is nonexistent. Time will prove out the veracity of his claim. In the meantime, the country will have to cast a vote on whether to side with a known scamming loser or a proven leader who broke ground toward progress with Obama.
As the 2020 US election nears, polls show that a majority of Americans side with a progressive road ahead as opposed to an entertaining social renegade who downplays obvious devastation. But as that drama plays out in the weeks leading to the 2020 US election, a broad view of America on the global stage may provide a helpful distance from the country’s isolated struggles with its miseries.
In the Chinese tradition centuries older than that of the US, there is a ceremonial figure known as the straw dog. That figure represents an idea that has passed its prime. It is sacrificed in a ceremony to make way for the new.
For those in favor of progres at any level, the Trump US Presidency has served as the US straw dog. For them, good old Uncle Sam has undone the wily global Uncle Scam who wanted to separate theworld and the US.