What has our democracy wrought?
By the time you read this Donald Trump will have officially been seated as the 45th President of the United States. (JEEZUS that hurt my eyes as I typed that out)).
I point this out because what you’re reading now was finished the night before the Donald was inaugurated. The morning of the 20th I was under sedation and having minimally invasive cervical fusion surgery done to the C5-C6 and C7 vertebrae on my spine. Fortune could not have smiled on me more, allowing me to be in a state of fog with the recovery from surgery. Perhaps I’ll have a fantasy dream where Trump enters the podium with an appropriate Big Top theme song as a opposed to the more noble Hail to the Chief .
So what can we expect from the new POTUS? Well some suggestions have been made here already on this blog. The boy-President will continue to use Twitter to communicate with even after attaining the most powerful podium in the world to speak from. Why? Because he simply can’t trust his press secretary and everyone else in his administration to counter anything said that has the slightest whiff of criticism.
“Look, I don’t like tweeting,” Trump insisted during a Fox News interview Wednesday. “I have other things I could be doing.”
“But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract. When people make misstatements about me, I’m able to say it and call it out.” SOURCE
For Trump to call anyone dishonest is the height of hypocrisy. Dishonest people invariably lie – FREQUENTLY. And according to one source Trump was the hands-down winner during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Tony Schwartz, Trump’s co-author to the 1985 best seller, The Art of the Deal pointed out in a New Yorker interview last July that Trump doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.
“Lying is second nature to [Trump],” Schwartz said. “More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”
“He lied strategically. He had a complete lack of conscience about it.” Since most people are ‘constrained by the truth,”’Trump’s indifference to it “gave him a strange advantage.” SOURCE
The beauty of a no-holds-bar Trump is that he can and does expose that unquestionable narcissistic side of himself as he does in that recent FOX interview. Why do some of us think he has narcissistic personality disorder?
“If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.
At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior.” – Mayo Clinic
There’s no doubt that Trump is conceited, boastful or pretentious; feels a sense of entitlement; that he monopolizes conversations and that he can and does belittle or look down on people he perceives as inferior. Just ask New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski as to the veracity of that last point.
And don’t expect any 100 day wonders occurring. How could there be? Trump never thought he would win this thing to begin with. Since the November election he has had to scramble to put together a transition team that could find people to fill the many positions in his administration. When he did, he filled them with the very people he claimed he would be cleaning from the “swamp”
Let’s start with billionaire and former Goldman-Sachs banker Steve Mnuchin. The dear boy has already “failed to disclose nearly $100 million of his assets on Senate Finance Committee disclosure documents.”
Then there’s the climate-denier, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to head the EPA who’s spent the last few years sueing that federal agency. Trump has nominated Andy Puzder who owns Hardee’s and Carl’s fast food restaurants, a known opponent to labor, to head the Labor Department. CEO and Billionaire Rex Tillerson has been selected to head the State Dept. (It helps to have close ties to Russia) And perhaps Trump’s worst selection was the one to head the Dept. of Education. I agree with this writer who says Betsy Devos is”not qualified to work in a school cafeteria.”
What changes he will effect will not be creations of his own but destruction of existing programs that have served millions of Americans, albeit the less fortunate ones among us. Corporate America makes out like a thief in these changes.
What we ill see early on in his administration, besides eliminating a source of health care coverage for 20 million people, is the defunding and deregulating of agencies along with cancelling Obama’s Executive orders that benefit low and middle-income working families, children of immigrants and those fleeing from persecutions in the Mideast.
What the future holds for America is yet to be seen and likely on shaky ground. Let’s hope that the worst Trump can do will not come true but as the old adage suggests, prepare for it just the same.
Plus tard mes amis
It’s the day after the surgery and I am doing very well. The procedure went well and I left the hospital with zero pain. I don’t think anyone was expecting that. I’ll be on a drug regime for a few days but other than that I am 90% effective now.
I was excited to see the Women’s March in Washington today mustard twice as many people as that which showed up for Trump’s inauguration. There were similar crowds in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles as well as cities like Melbourne and Barcelona around the world.
In my hometown of Denton Texas, an estimated several thousand filled the town square Saturday as this picture attest too.
This kind of protest has got to send a clear message to Trump and his coterie. We can only hope it does, but one thing is for sure – it fills us with hope and hope is something that must exist in this day and time if we are to get past this threat to democracy