( A five-minute read)
Far be it from me, that I in this post say I know what drives a men like Trump.
They say you get to know a person by what he or she says, or does not say. By their actions and non actions.
Like many of us, I was ill-prepared for the possibility of such a man becoming President of the United States.
Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself.
With Politics (on both sides of the pond) now set to become the greatest show on earth his unpredictability will be his strength in office.
As a reflection of the American way of life is he truly not really worth comprehending?
A man so utterly devoid of policy ideas he thinks that saying the words ‘tremendous’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘great’ is all you need.
In an era of highly polarized politics I suppose it is worth understanding what caused Trump’s win.
He identified the central issue motivating the American electorate and then convinced a plurality of the voters in the states that mattered that he was the best person to bring change.
Donald Trump’s supporters know exactly what he stands for: hatred of immigrants, racial superiority, a sneering disregard of the basic civility that binds a society.”
So this is the beginning of a modern trend in which politicians like Trump directly and explicitly play into people’s prejudices to win elections — and it works.
Trump now takes office on the strength of his demagoguery.
A student of little else, Trump is an intuitive expert in popular fantasy.
Capitalism chose long ago to turn its back on people’s concerns, making itself instead into the tribune of the enlightened professional class, a “creative class” that makes innovative things like derivative securities and smartphone apps.
As a result left political parties the world over were founded to advance the fortunes of working people but today’s self-absorbed elites, have become addicted to their wealth and to traditional authority, and never imagined their influence could disappear.
Allour Donald Trump.
Donald Trump talks about trade, in a ham-handed way.
It seems to obsess him to the point of selling any values of the USA.
A man who wants to deport millions upon millions of undocumented immigrants.
A man who wants to bar Muslims from visiting the United States.
A man who admires various foreign strong men and dictators, and has even retweeted a quote from Mussolini.
A man who is not against torture, which Mrs May (the unelected prime minister of Great Britain) is about discover during her special tortured meeting. The Trade agreement if any she comes away with won’t be worth the paper it is written on. It more than likely will ensure a hard Brixit.
Considering the historical baggage of the English Empire we should not however be surprised that she is the first female leader to meet Trump.
The man is an insult clown, who has systematically gone down the list of American ethnic groups and offended them each in turn.
This gold-plated buffoon has in turn drawn the enthusiastic endorsement of leading racists from across the spectrum of intolerance, a gorgeous mosaic of haters, each of them now quivering excitedly that they have a real, honest-to-god bigot in the White House.
I would advise MRS MAY to stop sleepwalking, and wake up.
He is allowing his supporters to indulge in a vision of unrestrained ego, and by extension, a vision of unrestrained national power.
Trump is now just beginning to complete his biggest and most astonishing demolition of the Western World, with personal vice is a source of his power, which now becomes a sign of state power.
Fortunately the United States constitution is specifically designed to prevent presidents from doing too much damage.
But the carefully, intelligently designed checks and balances built into the American system of government have been so eroded over the last century that a president Trump could do the sort of harm the founding fathers wished to prevent.
What’s worrying about Trump is his unpredictability, his disregard for any boundary between truth and self-serving fiction, his unbridled narcissism, his instability, and his apparent desire to pursue his enemies with the tools of high office.
It becomes slightly frightening to unpack the implications of this.
It’s a troublesome sign implying we are so used to politicians lying that we actually expect it, and that when someone comes along who is refusing to play the game, we reward them even if we don’t like them.
What can you say or see that is good about him?
Trump’s words articulate the populist backlash against liberalism that has been building slowly for decades.
Trump, while his statements are sometimes shocking, is at the very least consistent.
That means that we as a public can think that Trump is sexist, racist, or whatever the inflammatory comment du jour is, and still be more comfortable with him as the president because he appears to not be lying or hiding his feelings.
With power come not only the fame but also, more importantly, the fortune. Heads of state or government are supposed to be the servants of the people, but it may be an extremely difficult and even thankless job.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – $40 billion:
Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand – $30 billion:
Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei – $20 billion
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia – $18 billion
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates – $15 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai – $4 billion
Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechstenstein – $4 billion
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar – $2.5 billion
Mohammed VI, King of Morocco – $2.5 billion
Theresa May salary of £143,462 plus perks.
How Rich Is Donald Trump? You Don’t Want to Know. The number may be illusory,
The illusion of direct, free-flowing connection he creates through Twitter fabricates a sense of what the Cameroonian political calls “convivial” intimacy between himself and the citizenry.
The truth is no one really knows what is going to happen, the tremors of a trade wars is in the air.
Because of Donald John Trump, whatever happens next, it will never be like it was before.
As long as you live you’ll never see a photograph of 7 women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs.
Now this is more like it.
Donald Trump signed an executive order to cut off funding to cities that don’t turn over their immigrants to Trump’s deportation force or other federal (anti-) immigration officials on Tuesday,
The more Trump’s views are discussed in the media, the more they are activated and the stronger they get, both in the minds of hardcore conservatives and in the minds of moderate progressives.
Ultimately the fate of the World is not going to be determined by any politician.
The third World is booming economically and want growth at any price, and as fast as possible. Coupling this desire with huge population growth, especially in africa, and a disaster is looming.
Even the EU has huge problems cooperating internally once fundamental interests are at stake, or different ideological perceptions clash.