Quote: Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense (Mark Twain and others w/ variations Quote Investigator, Financial Times)
In the news: Trump’s Influence is Spreading Like a Virus (Michael D/Antonio, CNN, 8.10.19)
In context: The truth about Donald Trump is that he doesn’t make sense. Even science fiction has to have a plausible story line from start to finish for the situation to be believable or else it doesn’t satisfy the reader. No such restriction holds back Trump. Adept as he is with delivery, the barrage of his incredible whoppers leaves no room to discern that the lies defy reason.
Global chaos is the outcome of a US presidency that has turned the US topsy-turvy in the world’s eyes. For one thing, the world is obviously globalizing and the US has led the effort in smoothing the difficult process. Out of nowhere, Trump turns back the clock, scuttles hard won regional agreements and inserts himself as the lone savior in America’s relations with nearly 200 other countries, most of which have learned hard lessons from centuries of conflict capped by two world wars. Even dictators with a stranglehold on their fiefdoms rely on alliances. North Korea counts China as a friend and Russia under Putin sends oligarchs to pick pockets. Whirligig Trump goes it alone in the name of the US, whose people are given a Trump say-so about the outcome. That’s a tall order for America about a leader who dances to a drummer nobody else hears and by outward signs doesn’t seem to exist.
The thought that I’m right and everybody else is wrong is one definition of insanity. Another is to repeat an action over and over while expecting a different result. Both those views could apply to Donald Trump but in the America he has created and with the position he holds, the notion cannot be proven and if it was, the diagnosis would not stick. Throwing mud to roil the waters is Trump’s forte and his saving grace from a verdict of insanity is that he has an endpoint which is greed.
Avarice is extreme greed and gluttony is habitual greed. Trump fits both those categories with a show of zeal that belongs in the Guiness Book of World Records since he became President of the US.
By numerous accounts, neither Trump nor his cohorts believed he would be elected President based on the vitriol he spewed so obscenely during the campaign. Evidence indicates he had ample outside help and then with the mighty US powers in hand, he began to make hay. since he couldn’t know how long the bonanza would last. He started by defying the Constitution’s emoluments clause along with the nepotism prohibition. The oath of office to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law was out the window from the start. Then when those outrages lost their magnetic force on the media, he turned his talents to demonizing whoever crossed his path.
Immigrant families became marauding hordes to Donald Trump, justifying in his mind a policy to tear kids from parents and display the atrocity like barbarians one hoisted the heads of the vanquished enemy on pikes to boast and warning to invaders. Surprise raids on families were next on the menu of outrages for the media to cover. They were fodder for Trump’s insatiable greed for the media spotlight when all they wanted from him was to work in a chicken factory.
The bull in America’s china shop is the craven Donald Trump gobbling up the media airways with chaotic antics verging on sadism. No amount of attention could satisfy a man whose hunger is greater than the mighty powers put at his disposal by the world leading United States of America. In that position, he is bearing out the truth of the view that insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing while expecting a different result. Trump is again destroying his latest venture, the great USA. With any luck, America will save itself as it always has.
This time, in the case of Trump and on behalf of the world, America can make the Trump story plausible by bringing it to a satisfying conclusion. That will mean ousting Donald Trump from office. He simply can’t be made out to be a believable fictional character, either hero or antihero. He doesn’t make enough sense to play a part in a work of fiction, not even in the horror genre.