Three strategies to survive the Trump era

Three strategies to survive the Trump era
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What is the formula for creating a demagogue? Place a bully leading an ethnic majority that wants to oppress those who do not pass their ideological litmus test, and do it while wrapping themselves in the comfortable cloak of victimhood. We have exactly that combination at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC.

Check out this tweet by President Trump.

If ever there was political deception, this is it. This is the siren song of a demagogue. A man who holds the truth in utter contempt is sanctimonious enough to fire a man whom Trump accuses was less than honest. In a final irony, he used Attorney General Session to do the task. Senator Al Franken proved Mr. Sessions lied during his confirmation hearing.

Read the fact-checkers and see in what high esteem Donald Trump holds the truth. Of course, to the Trump cult, it is all fake-news. The Lord of All Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of Hillary Clinton never lies. Just ask one of his zombies on Twitter. You will get your answer.

Shall we cut out the bull? The reason and the only reason Donald Trump is on his tirade at the Justice Department is that Mueller has now sent subpoenas to the Trump Organization. Trump sees the noose tightening around the necks of his children. Like all good dictators, the children of Dear Leader are above the law. This peasant Mueller has overstepped his boundaries in the twisted mind of El Chivo (the goat).

Why is Trump allowed to continue down this destructive path?

That is my question. I do not know the answer. Publicly, the GOP Senators and Congressmen are quiet as church mice. Maybe they are busy getting their resumes in order? A lot of them will be out of work in November.

While they are not speaking publicly, they have a lot to say in private. I spent 44 years in GOP Politics, and 25 of those years at high levels in Washington, DC. Despite my departure for Democratic Party, I continue to have many GOP friends in the House and Senate.

I called a Senator friend on Saturday. I point blank asked him why there is no move afoot to rein in Trump? My friend hesitated for a moment and asked me to promise on the life of my Granddaughter that we were off the record.

I agreed. I guess it slipped my mind that I do not have any granddaughters, only grandsons. You know, I am getting a little older, and sometimes I am forgetful. I may want something in the future; I will honor the off the record.

My friend said, “If you think Trump is a mistake, take a look at Mike Pence. That guy belongs in an asylum. He is a religious lunatic of the sort that would have burned people at the stake in medieval times.”

That does not explain why the Congress is not curbing El Comandante.  The answer to that burning question rests with the U.S. House of Representatives. “I am shocked that Paul Ryan is capable of standing upright, considering he has no spine,” my Senior Senator friend said. “The goof-balls in the House look at the numbers in the 2016 Presidential Election, and quake in fear of Trump. I am hoping the outcomes in Alabama and Pennsylvania will wake them up.

“The other problem is the House Freedom Caucus. Besides having no backbone, Paul Ryan is a smug, devious twerp. He is as crazy as Justin Amash and Mark Meadows. Those guys make Ron Paul look almost sane. You know Amash, don’t you, Bob?”

Oh yes, I know Justin Amash. I penned a soliloquy to the insane, an epic poem of sorts to those for whom a lobotomy would be an improvement in the quality of their lives, and dedicated it to Mr. Amash. I need to find that one and republish it. It was pretty good now that I think about it. Gin may have played a role in the poem’s creation. Amash’s reaction was to explode on Twitter.

Where do we go from here? The way I see it, we have a few options in dealing with this American autocratic regime.

Option number 1: Pray in earnest for the end of the world. That would solve all our problems.

Option number 2: Stay drunk until Monday, November 5, 2018. Sober up long enough to stumble into the polls the next day, and be sure not to vote for any Republicans on the ballot. Stumble out, and stay drunk until January 3, 2019, when the new Congress is sworn in. Go to rehab on January 4.

Option number 3: Move to Canada. Canada has a lot going for it, like a wonderful climate (if you love the tundra) and great sports like curling. Just make sure you say “eh” at the end of every sentence and get all glassy-eyed when someone says “Molsen Golden.”

I am warming up to that option number 2.

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