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Friday, January 14, 2022

How America ended. And why.

 It's not all about Donald Trump.  It's about the people who made him president.  And who grovel before him.  And those who dismiss him as just a political choice.

A columnist in the Washington Post recently said we should not vilify Trump supporters.  Castigating them doesn't solve anything.  He says we should not lump all Republicans in with the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol last January 6.  His column is merely a feeble attempt to disassociate GOP members from what they accomplished with Trump and what their dominant, controlling agenda is.  It s a way of deflecting the fact that they are responsible for putting a raging child in the White House and putting the nation in peril.

Supporters of Trump claim he qualifies to be president because he is a successful business man. They ignore his defects of mind and character.  He was one of 17 GOP candidates for president.  Many of his fellow candidates denounced him as being unfit to be president.  In March of 2016, the conservative news magazine The National Review listed the many business failures and scandals that disqualified Trump for the presidency:

  • 1983–1985: New Jersey Generals, a failed U.S. Football League team
  • 1988–1992: Trump Airlines, failure
  • 1989–1990: Trump: The Game (board game) (revived in 2005)
  • 1990: Failure to pay contractors for Taj Mahal hotel and casino
  • 1991: Trump Plaza’s violation of anti-discrimination laws in order to please Trump’s Mafia-connected pal
  • 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2009: Trump’s Four bankruptcies
  • 1977–1992, 1992–1999: Trump’s two divorces and adultery
  • 2005–2011: Trump University scam
  • 2006: Trump sued a journalist for libel and lost, badly
  • 2006–2007:
  • 2006–2007: Trump Mortgage—failure
  • 2007–2008: Trump Steaks—failure
  • 2007–2009: Trump magazine—failure
  • 2009–2011: Trump Network—failure
  • 2010: Foreign workers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and elsewhere
  • 2016: Wealthy Chinese investing cash in Trump Tower in exchange for visas
  • 2016: Trump’s campaign manager allegedly assaults Breitbart reporter

With the debates and all the press coverage,Trump's voters knew exactly what they were voting for.  Mitt Romney stated it outright:

"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”

Those Republicans who once denounced him now grovel before him and put on obscene displays of French kissing his fat butt.  The big question is, why would people so ostentatiously debase themselves?  The answer is that Trump represents their values.  People voted for him because he is what they want and expresses their desires.  It is their values that they are being vilified for.

Their votes and their comments on public forums have said loudly and clearly that they don't want government by democracy but want government by malefaction.  They cling to the Old World values of needing to be ruled over by a lord and master, no matter how stupid and cruel.  They found one in Donald Trump.  A failed and incompetent business executive is royalty in America to them.

Although he has left the presidential office, politicians make the pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago to kiss his royal ass.  That act indicates that for them, America as a democracy has ended.  The throne of government is occupied for them by  a raging juvenile who they are duty bound to serve.  Although this juvenile has a long resume that reads like a criminal record.

Trump does not represent any democratic values.  Those who would be lords in America were plantation owners for whom the American dream was power, wealth, and an underclass to oppress.  Liberals in America have stood in opposition to that dream by promoting liberty, equality, and justice.  Trump's sycophants reject those concepts.  

It is a part of the base side of human nature to want someone to feel superior to, someone to be the target of hate.  Rush Limbaugh and his many imitators on night time radio found ways to exploit the urge to hate.  They discovered that they could switch the racial hatreds that were put to shame by the civil rights movement to those who implemented civil rights.  They systematically defamed liberals.  They said they were merely entertaining.  The deadly irony is that people who find defamation entertaining are the kind who used to bring picnic dinners to hangings.  Limbaugh and his ilk revived that legacy and provided liberals as objects of hate, which many people enjoy doing. 

When Trump stepped into the White House, his supporters thought their prince had come.  And America was stopped cold in its quest for decency,  for the realization of true liberty, equality, and justice.  Trump supporters have said that they are prepared to go to war if Trump and his return to feudalism are impeded by liberals.  They held a training exercise last January 6.

When Trump stepped into the White House, America as it was evolving to be ended.  His supporters were elated, and they continue to employ his values in obstructing and dismantling those aspirations expressed in the founding documents.

If people want America, those who actually do will have to find a time and place to start over and try once again.

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