In its own inside-out, upside-down way, it’s almost wondrous to behold. As befits our president’s wildest dreams, it may even prove to be a record for the ages, one for the history books.
Future dictators such as Hitler and Mussolini rose to power by describing a false picture of decline. Who is going to vote for a future dictator if that candidate's message is optimistic like that of most politicians. Trump's view of American for most people was far from reality unless they happened to live in a rundown location where the main employer, a large factory, left years ago. Only a small minority of Americans live in such areas and these areas do not reflect the situation in most of the country. No, undocumented immigrants are not roaming our streets committing crimes with wild abandon. All African Americans do not live in poverty in crime-infested neighborhoods. The overwhelming number of Muslims are not contemplating acts of terrorism. Trump followed the typical future dictator line of generating fear about specific groups and setting them up as the root cause of our problems. And then claiming only he can solve the problems. It is a hard case to make that the US is in decline although Trump certainly will put us in that direction the way he is going.
Hm. Is Tom Engelhard right or is Lrx right? That's the frustrating point, isn't it? Most of us don't know! It's a bit of this and a bit of that. I see a president who is taking advantage of and manipulating a system for his own benefit. And he is getting away with it. The U.S. is in a state of confusion. We are at a crossroad where we can grow up or where we can continue to do insane things over and over without learning a damn thing. Which will it be?
We probably all have some bias when it comes to this, People who want radical change are of course going to claim that things are really bad and the US is going downhill. Listening to Bernie Sanders quote Labor Department statistics you would think the 99% are getting down to their last dime.
One thing IS for certain Lrx...that dime doesn't go very far anymore. Many people know and feel that. The lucky ones who have great jobs, just complain. But those who have mediocre or low paying jobs are truly struggling...and it all looks so outrageous given the great boom in money filtering to the upper 1%. I believe the "ship will hit the sand" in the not too distant future. What will happen is anybody's guess.
Hey now Lrx, I actually have 87 cents before I begin prostituting my aged body
I think what are saying is that there is too much income inequality. That seems to be certain. Although I think when to lump together the 1% with the upper middle class you get much better picture of the US. Millions in the upper class are doing very well. Maybe they are 20% of the population. Even if they are making far less than the 0.01% they are quite well off.
As the dumbest, most politically, geographically, philosophically, scientifically, historically, legally uneducated and hateful stooge prez. in modern history? Yes
And as for the people that voted for him---well . . .
The question is whether the USA can invest in the USA? That would mean the wealthy paying those Bush/Cheney tax cuts again and using the revenue to build new infrastructure. Yes we had 6 trillion to spend in the Middle East (making fossil fuels use immensely expensive when you think about it) but...
...we don't have that 6 trillion now. Heck we are still paying off the interest on the loans we got from the Chinese!
So it comes down to timing and loyalty. For some their only loyalty is to money! They will fight to retain the tax cuts that could restore or rather rejuvenate America! Tax revenue we need desperately now but which we won't get. Trump plays the age old 'stomp the peasant' game and tries to squeeze out more taxes from the poor. The problem is that screw the poor game continually weakens America instead of rejuvenating it. Free college strengthens America and too expensive college education restricts America. Moreover, Trump actually retards innovation and attempts to forestall a shift into cheap clean renewables rather than creating the millions of new jobs and business opportunities inherent in renewables. That belies his bluster about making America great again doesn't it? He is a con artist! Who among us actually believes that the future lies with coal energy? Who among us can look at a melting north polar ice cap and pretend that such a massive event is unimportant? Evidently Trump can.
Trump makes America weak again!
What America could have become if that 6 trillion had been invested in America and its people? Who knows but it would have been great!
The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, referenced multiple times in this article, could have, and should have, been the beginning of a period of World Cooperation, lead by the United States.
World Cooperation, nipped in the bud with the 1963 murder and overthrow of the American President, who had reached agreement with the USSR's top leader to end Hostile Relations, was the antithesis of the aims of the Intelligence/Military/Law Enforcement Entities responsible, who since then have controlled our Democracy.
Cooperation with, and aid to, the broken USSR, as once pointed out by Jimmy Breslin, would have assured, at least, control of their immense stockpile of Nuclear Weapons, rather than leaving them open to misplacement into the hands of entities unfriendly to the US.
In the end, it is everyone who loses, except of course, those complicit with Our Nation's trajectory of Constant, Endless War and all the Money, and Power, that can be squeezed out of it.
Here is a question to ponder...How would Trump act if he were deliberately trying to sabotage America for Russia?? Would he act differently?