The hypocrisy at play here flows like volcanic lava : The man who has raged endlessly at the alleged surveillance of the communications of his aides (and potentially himself) will soon sign a bill that allows unrestrained sale of the personal information of any American using the internet. Apparently, the Trump administration and its allies in Congress value privacy for themselves over the privacy of the Americans who voted them into office. What is good business for powerful cable and phone companies is just tough shit for the rest of us as long as the GOP can maintain favored status come corporate donation time.
You even fashioned yourself as a modern day reincarnation of Emperor Maximus Ronaldo Reaganus. But even though Reagan was also old and used makeup on his hair to make himself look younger, he had one key quality that you don’t have: He knew what he didn’t know. And he had at least been the Governor of California, the sixth largest economy in the world, just ahead of France! All you have are failed, bankrupt businesses you started, pillaged, then filed bankruptcy leaving investors to pay your bills.
Admittedly, neither of you nor Ronny Raygun ever knew shit about macroeconomics, and both of you fashioned yourselves as macro-managers who didn’t need to get buried in the details of things like laws, policies, rules, selling arms to Iran contras, etc. But President Reagan was at least smart enough not to get indebted to the Russian communists and was confident enough to accept that he needed experts to lean on who were familiar with how to get things done in Washington.
There will be many losers in a world of escalating tensions and disruption, but the U.S. stands to be the biggest loser given China’s new found preeminence as the “sane” option in the U.S.-China-Russia-EU tumult especially given Britain’s wrench thrown into the European Union’s spokes.China would not have picked this moment for a fight with the US. But if it can merge its own economic arrangements in the region and beyond, using its economic muscle—and now, remarkably, its political savvy and sense of “normality and stability”— muscle to its diplomatic and political advantage while escaping the burden of censure that its internal repression used to provoke, it will be a huge win for China.
Resistance seems to be getting all the buzz these days since our President is almost certainly a raging lunatic and Congress is hell bent on turning the U.S. into a society where minorities and women have no rights…you know, like ancient Rome, or Ayn Rand World. Don’t get me wrong, showing resistance and showing we…
I find it so hard to address any political subject these days, I suppose because The Lügenpresse campaign has been such a complete success with Trump’s supporters that they now live in a complete self-constructed, mental North Korea. Add to that the complete acquiescence of the broadcast media to corporate greed, and it seems fairly futile.…
Tomorrow’s inauguration will feature bussed-in “supporters” into the capital to celebrate the most serious and representational moment in our country’s democracy, despite the fact that the soon-to-be president is one who tears into an American hero, belittles our allies and praises our most dangerous enemy, deflects sexual harassment suits, settles fake University scams and whines like a baby when any person or poll shows disapproval, and claims ratings of him are rigged unless they’re favorable.
This is how the Trump presidency begins, and the illusion that remained of American Exceptionalism ends. The vastness of America’s vision, inclusiveness, and goodwill towards others has succumbed to the pettiness, and divisiveness of Trump and his ilk.
The hundred years of American Exceptionalism regresses, 140 characters at a time. SAD!