Hell in a Bucket
Dave Pell

America will Never Recover from Trump

I hate to be a pessimist but the way Daffy Donald is portraying himself as President of the USA, he clearly in not such subtle ways, is destroying the America as we know it. And he is creating a new America that will not be Bannon’s vision of the future, or the people who voted for him or the Republican Party but a divisive, chaotic America. And I am not even sure if Trump knows the kind of nation he is creating. He quite clearly has no idea what he is doing, he is too inexperienced and too old for the job and his decisions are driven by his ego and who likes him.

It is very sad, almost pathetic for this old man, who has lived a life of luxury to admit that being President is more difficult than he thought it would be, even more difficult than his previous job. That comment alone sums up and shows an old man who is reaching senility. Then this poor pathetic creature, when things are not going well for him, and there are suggestions by the media and the public that he is not doing a good job what does he do? He either goes off to. Mar-a-Largo to golf or packs thousands of his faithful in a convention centre, so he can feel their love. What grown man, or President would need to do that rather than do a better job at governing.

It is just as pathetic that many Americans blame unions, corporations and government for the lowering of the standard of living in America. And Trump who is brilliant at manipulating these people, tells them he will make “America great again”! He wants to get rid of most free trade deals that were bad for American workers! Were the negotiators for those free trade deals stupid people who didn’t know how to negotiate properly? In business a negotiation is about winning, signing a deal and making money, it’s win, win! When trade deals are made between countries there has to be compromise and either a win for some, a loss for others but in the end a perceived win, win for all countries involved. Trump believes all trade deals should be written to make American workers better off than the workers of the other countries. This can’t happen or there would be no deals.

And when workers in other countries are being paid less than $1 an hour to produce good quality goods by American companies to sell back to Americans at lower prices and huge profits, capitalists like Trump would say this makes good business sense. What is really happening in America (and elsewhere too), the rich are becoming much richer while the spending power of the poor and the working class or middle class has been relatively stagnant. So American families wanting to maintain their high standard of living with 2 cars, big homes, luxury appliances and electronic gadgets, their guns, hobbies, trips, etc. have gone into debt to maintain their social status. Yet they are happy that they can continue to buy “luxury goods” at a reasonably good price because they are made overseas. The problem isn’t government but how the rich (including Trump and many of his Cabinet cronies) have reaped the benefits of a society that has created such inequity.

So here is a billionaire President who says he will fix things and make “America Great Again”? For whom? Yet the very people who gave been dumped on for the past few decades by billionaires, who don’t care about the plight of the blue collar workers, are now praising billionaire Trump and his rich cronies who now run the government. And Trump continues to lie to his loyalists at every turn, yet they not only believe him, they applaud him.

. Yet, when he continues to bash the free press, the Hollywood elite, as well as hire Cabinet people who believe in private education, who are getting rid of “illegal immigrants”, trying to prevent Muslims from entering the country, Trump is doing nothing to bring this country together. And he continues to lie to the point it becomes believable and then quotes the truth from the media (except Fox) as being untrue or fake. His followers will for the next 4 years listen to this dangerous oratorical demagoguery and it will solidify in their minds, what America is to them. Once these followers have been completely brainwashed, there will be no possible way that America will ever be able to heal itself and become a nation again that thrives on inclusiveness, equality and freedom for everyone.

A nation cannot be strong, successful and a leader in the World if its people continue to exist in distinct groups no longer wanting to work and progress together as one nation. Trump will have created divisions so wide, America will never come together again. But he will continue to stroke his ego at every turn, to convince himself he is the greatest President America has ever head without even listening to those who disagree with him.

So when it comes to winning and making his moronic base love him more, he will steadfastly get rid of Obamacare, making Trumpcare worse off for the poor, elderly and sick. He will build a useless wall that will accomplish very little but symbolically appease his base. He will start trade wars that will inherently increase prices to American consumers and increase inflation. He will help destroy the environment and more people will get sick from tainted food and water. He will get rid if many more Mexicans and increase hatred among Muslims creating conditions for more home grown terrorists with guns killing innocent people. He will continue to get his ideas from Fox News, the Internet and anyone else who likes him, to make decisions that will make him look good to his fans. He will start a war with North Korea because he needs to be strong, won’t back down and needs to prove he is better than his adversaries. Thousands will be slaughtered because of Trump’s stubbornness. He will increase the debt so astronomically that America may end up on the verge of bankruptcy. And because the media is so critical of his presidency, Trump is considering new legislation whereby anyone who criticizes Trump or his government can be sued for libel and heavily fined. (Sounds like North Korea, China or Russia except these countries put critics in jail.)

America will never recover from his Presidency. We have a man who liked his old job better. He didn’t think being President would be so difficult. A man who runs away from critics and reality. A man who runs to his loyal supporters so he can lie and manipulate them, have them cheer him on to convince himself he is a great president. He is President of the USA not because he wanted the job. His ego wanted to be President but not all the inconveniences that came with it. If he lasts the next 4 years and doesn’t quit or resign, every decision he makes will be for the short term with no sense of how America will be 4 years from now. But as long as he gets his ego stroked on a regular basis he will continue down this destructive path, that America will never recover from!

The Trump Train Ride

It is very interesting to watch political parties and in this case the Republican Party who are now embracing the Trump dictatorship. Even the CPAC is now behind the new fascist Trump regime. There are no longer any moral principles, any sense of respect or fair play or upholding the values of truth, democracy and the American Constitution (except a few stragglers like McCain). All that matters, is the Republican Party won the Presidency and the majority in the House and the Senate, so most Republicans are jumping onto the Trump train, no matter how rocky or unstable it is and with no idea where it is going or where it will end or when. And quite frankly America, the Republicans now, don’t give a damn about anyone else who may be left behind.

The reaction of Trump to his critics is like a pouting child who puts his hands over his ears and runs and hides! But if he can run to the right room where everyone loves him or a least they will say they do, to his face, he can gloat and continue behaving like a spoilt child. The more and more he is embraced by the Republican Party and middle of the road Conservatives, the more he will continue along his destructive path of dividing America and causing havoc in the World both economically and politically with his unpredictability and his need to punish those who oppose him.

The Conservative media (which for years been the majority media in America) is having a field day! They continue to go after the liberal elite, the protestors, the liberal media and Democrats and applaud Trump when he suggests that they are all liars, deceivers and sore losers. But if Clinton had won the election, how would the conservative protesters have behaved? If she had allowed more Muslims into the country, improved Obamacare, protected illegal Mexicans, and passed bills to further protect the environment; what would the Conservative media say about her? What would the Republicans do in the Senate and House? What would the extremists, the blue collar workers and the far alt right be doing? If Clinton had won and not Donald, would America become less or more democratic?

This is where I find the complete and total hypocrisy of “the other side”. But in this case, I believe critics and protesters would be the same or worse if Clinton had won. But I also believe she would not put restrictions on the media, go after judges or get rid of all opposition to her point of view. So I am a bit tired of the anti-liberal and anti-liberal media bashing that is going on, when if the Democrats were in power, they would govern and not waste their time and energy going after the press and lying to the public. They would not be telling Americans that the truth is fake and only believe what we tell you. Democrats don’t do that. And the liberal media wouldn’t tolerate it! As any government they might hide the truth at times or put a more positive spin on a negative issue but I am not aware of any deliberate and out right lies that were spoken by Obama where he told the American people that anything contrary to what he said was fake news.

But a dictator, fascist or egomaniac will continue in his maniacal ways if he feels he is being supported by the hordes. So many Conservatives who are now boldly supporting this mad man, are risking the Republican Party. If Donald does not create jobs (with his trade wars), does not prove that getting rid of Mexicans and preventing Muslims from entering this country has created a safer country (what about home grown terrorists), then the 30% of his core supporters may begin to question their loyalty to him. If America enters another war or conflict will the majority of Americans support him? In a divisive society, will he create such anger by some individuals that there will be more mass murders not less? If America and American workers see the Trump Empire getting richer and richer but not them, will his loyal followers begin to detest and hate him? If this begins to happen, where do those Republicans who have now jumped onto his Train go?

And the more things don’t go well for Trump, the more he will blame everyone else but himself. Except, if the “bad hombres” are gone, there are no Muslim terrorists entering the country, the opposition media is silenced and the Democrats have no voting power in either House, who can he blame? With his nationalistic pride, he can then turn to blaming the rest of the World for any difficulties he is having. Especially in the economic area. This will develop pride among some Americans but completely isolating America from the rest of the World would be a huge mistake. But Donald has said he “doesn’t care about the rest of the World, but only about making America great again”! I am not sure if the two are compatible.

But as more and more Americans jump onto the Trump train, as it huffs and puffs up the mountainous terrain, (with only the critics being pushed off), this train will become heavier and heavier. As it moves to the top, there will be people hopeful that the ride down the other side will be fast, exhilarating and full of excitement. But one needs to also have concerns of where the train will end. Will it be a long journey full of ups and downs but always a positive adventure or a journey to the end of a cliff? It may not be a wise decision to jump on board a rickety, unstable car, when the conductor is unaware that there are broken tracks on some of its routes. No one can predict which route it will take. One needs to get all the accurate and factual information about the conductor and the different routes available to them. To have a safe and enjoyable ride one needs to choose the right train. If a train becomes too heavy, the momentum of the weight of all those people now on board could send it over a precipice and into a deep gorge, never to see daylight again! I wonder which train gives a better, more predictable and stable ride? In disasters, it’s the people who didn’t get on board the wrong train who survive. And in this case, they might be very glad for having made that decision!

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