Excellent analysis by Robert, as usual, that rings clearly true to anyone paying the least attention.
The trump regime and its resident bully are symptomatic of the scene Koehler accurately lays-out, and trump is a malignant force affecting the entire world in his mental illness and corrupt world view. He is the very ugly pimple on the face of humanity that must be lanced, but he is not the underlying evil per se.
The moral evil that characterizes our “economy” and financial system of greed & usury, an ignorant truthfully-uninformed society - shallow, indifferent, consumed by fluff and mindless diversion - our politicians (with a few rare exceptions thankfully) corrupt and complicit to the worst abuses, inequality, racism, bigotry, and self-interest, political party hacks and hired propagandists dominating the narrative, a vanished Fourth Estate as the lynch-pin of a truthfully and fully informed population, the MICC war-machine with its strangle-hold on American civilian society, profiting from war and death, just as Eisenhower warned against, environmental neglect, pollution and destruction, species extinctions rampant, and much, much, more.
All combine to create and maintain the moral cesspool “playground” of rot, lies, and depravity Robert writes of!
No nation can survive in such a climate of overt lies & deception, falsely/cunningly sold as “the other side of the story”/“alternative facts”, rule by unaccountable shadow forces (the “deep-state”), overt corporate fascism, the ancient rule of law to protect the people vanished, and the de facto transfer of power from civilian governance to military domination of policy and obscene diversion of resources from critical civilian needs. What thinking, moral person could not be overwhelmed and incensed?
If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention! Make America care again!