The Wizard of Washington and His Oompa-Loompas

Hanging on every single word of The Trump, we have, at our own peril, forgotten about the men behind the curtain.

One of many, not one alone

Everywhere you go, it’s the same — Trump, Trump, Trump! From a country “down under” the news is the same; What did Trump do today? What is Trump planning for tomorrow? Can you smell what the Trump is cookin’? (Sorry, Dwayne Johnson).

Isn’t The Donald’s head inflated enough without everyone reacting to his every word as if it were the only thing happening in the world?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t claim that the changes he is proposing (and making) are unimportant, nor worthy of a great deal of media attention.

Not that the media would ever obsess itself with a story, right?

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

It’s easy to focus on Trump. He’s one target (person). He seems larger-than-life. He has been a household name for years. Easily recognizable. Like the Wizard of Oz. And, like the Wonderful Wizard, he seems to be great and powerful, though there is also a hint that he might simply be a normal person using smoke and lights, hiding behind a curtain, distorting his real size and importance.

In the Wizard of Oz, it was easy to see the Wicked Witch, but the flying monkeys did all the dirty work. Nobody seems to remember them much, or give them their due credit (or blame).

The minions (except for those delightful yellow fellows seen in recent movies) never get any love. Think about another childhood favorite — Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Everyone remembers The Slick Willy Wonka. He was the big man, the one in charge. The one who moved mountains (both Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp).

But, like the Wicked Witch and her monkeys, we have become hypnotized by Trump’s scandalous declarations. As with Dorothy and Co., we have fallen for the smoke and mirrors of the Great and Powerful Oz.

What we have forgotten, what we have neglected to take notice of, and responsibility for, are the men behind the curtain.


The Oompa-Loompas, my friend.

The Somehow Invisible Oompa-Loompa Factor

What? Oompa-Loompas? Who are they, and what do they have to do with the international Trump soap-opera?

The Oompa-Loompas were the diminutive fellows who worked with Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory. They were (apparently) happy, but also, without a doubt, subservient to the whims of the Wonka.

I imagine that they were the real movers and shakers of the Chocolate Factory. Maybe ol’ Slick Willy W. was a mere figurehead, or maybe he was there because the Oompa-Loompas let him. But, for me, there is no doubt who really made the earth move.

What would the Factory be without the little fellows?

And, ask yourself: Where would Donald Trump’s seemingly endless unilateral decisions be right now if it were not for the majority-Republican Congress that lurks behind him? How much more difficult would it be for Trump to enact his controversial Executive drivel if one (or both) of the Houses of Congress were in the hands of a different party?

It would be a fair argument that the majority of U.S. citizens (because the U.S. alone is not America, and should stop referring to itself as “Americans”) did not vote for Trump. One could argue that the Electoral System is broken (which it is). But…

Who took the time to educate themselves (or even care about) the people in the government who really are the movers and shakers?

All we really see on TV (and that is another problem all its own) is The Wizard of Trump. But don’t forget about all those Oompa-Loompas behind the curtain…

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