Donald Trump: An Addiction We Need To Overcome

The world is obsessed with Donald Trump. It’s impossible to open any newspaper, turn to any news channel, or access any news website without Donald Trump leaping out at you from the front pages. For him it’s a feeding frenzy of narcissism. He’s loving it. He’s the most powerful narcissist in the world and every moment is sheer heaven to his sad little ego.

Why is he still president of the United States? He should be removed as unworthy to hold the office. He’s an embarrassment, a low form of humanity with an even lower mentality. He behaves like a three-year old bully in the kindergarten playground. Every single day he brings the Office of President into disrepute with his bizarre tweets and ugly comments. Also, by these actions he’s opening the door to military-style organizations like the NRA, to whip up hatred and violence with the potential for wide-spread civil strife, or even low-grade civil war. Earlier this week we had the latest NRA ad go viral on the internet:

Yesterday, the media was full of Trump’s latest ‘animated tweet’ in his bitter and obsessive struggle with CNN: [1]

This glorification of violence is further reinforced in one of his latest tweets, presumably aimed at inducing more nationalistic fervour on Independence Day:

GOD BLESS OUR NATION’S VETERANS & THE UNITED STATES OR(?) AMERICA!

America’s men & women in uniform is the story of FREEDOM overcoming OPPRESSION, the STRONG protecting the WEAK, & GOOD defeating EVIL! As long as our country remains true to its values, loyal to its heroes,&devoted to its Creator, then our best days are yet to come. Happy Independence Day! God bless our nation’s VETERANS & the U.S.A. [2]

Since 9/11 the United States has become a violent and divided nation, held in check until recently by the thin veneer of ‘civilization’ that managed to maintain its credibility in the world. Iraq 2003 changed all that. Iraq showed the world the true America, its military cold, calculating, arrogant, hellbent on pursuing the power-crazed ideals of its politicians and corporate leaders. Americans have conveniently wiped the name ‘Abu Ghraib’ from their memories. They’ve been fed false tales via Hollywood and their media, of brave, kindly souls in uniform battling evil and coming out victorious to the plaudits of the oppressed and abused.

The truth is very different. In Afghanistan, where civilians have suffered horrendous abuses by the U.S. military. In Somalia where an ignominious U.S. defeat at the hands of one warlord followed massacres of innocent civilians (later turned into a tale of brave heroes winning against overwhelming odds in the film ‘Black Hawk Down’). In Yemen, where U.S. support is enabling wholesale slaughter of civilians by U.S.-supplied Saudi warplanes, bombs, and missiles; in Syria, where once again civilian slaughter by the U.S. military is couched under the phrase, ‘collateral damage’.

The idea of the U.S. military as some sort of world guardian angel, a bevy of Supermen rushing to the aid of the unfortunate, has long been part of American myth translated into fact by calculated propaganda. By further perpetrating the myth Trump plays to the nationalistic fervour rampant among many Americans.

America is a violent nation awash with firearms. The divide between the political left and right grows ever wider by the day. Why not have Trump removed from office? The conflict of interest regulations enshrined in the U.S. Constitution DO NOT apply to a POTUS, but there’s one law that does. It’s in the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, and as a report last October in the Atlantic states:

…it prohibits any senior “noncareer officer” of the government from permitting his or her name to be “used” by any firm that “provides professional services involving a fiduciary relationship.” While the conflict-of-interest statutes exempt the president, the text of the use-of-name law does not, though its use in court would require the repeal of a 25-year-old executive-branch regulation that does exempt the president and vice president. As important, Congress explicitly said this statute was meant to ban the use of an officer’s name not only in traditional fiduciary-based firms, such as law partnerships, but in a range of other ventures including “real estate, consulting and advising, [and] architecture.” The U.S. Office of Government Ethics regulations that apply the law adopted this broad definition. [3]

So, if Congress was to repeal that 25-year-old executive-branch regulation they’d be free to impeach Trump over his business interests. Will they do so? It’s extremely unlikely. Firstly, Congress is awash with Republican senators right now, and while some of them aren’t happy with Trump they’d never get the numbers in a vote to support such an act.

Secondly, Congress is somewhat betwixt a rock and the proverbial hard place in that removing Trump from office could spark just the sort of civil unrest discussed earlier. Of course, if they leave him in control, all sorts of problems may develop. America could find itself at the heart of a potential world war. Trump is a loose cannon and there’s no way of knowing where the ball might land.

The nation that believes itself to be the ‘leader of the free world’ is in a hole. Trump is, undoubtedly, an embarrassment and potentially dangerous to the government he heads. He has support, and is financed, by a number of powerful, wealthy, people. They happen to be the same people to whom Congress has been bowing the knee for quite a long time – making laws in their favour, acquiescing to the demands of their lobbyists, etc..

The Congress of the United States of America has rather neatly hog-tied itself. It will likely do nothing, apart from making noises about committees to investigate Trump, blow smoke-screens about Russia, and huff and puff like the wolf after the three little piggies.

Unfortunately for them, and possibly for the rest of us, they’ll likely find Mister Trump’s house is made of something a bit more substantial than straw.

[1] “Trump accused of encouraging attacks on journalists with CNN body-slam tweet” Guardian, July 3rd 2017

[2] “Trump’s Twitter feed Twitter, July 3rd 2017

[3] “Can a President Trump Keep His Business Intact?” The Atlantic, October 12th 2016

3 Replies to “Donald Trump: An Addiction We Need To Overcome”

  1. I keep saying Trump is NOT the problem the dung heap that remains of the USA is. The electorate that put him in office, emblematic of its own putrefaction. And they keep cheering him on.

    End of Empire? Maybe. Certainly End of Planet at the rate we’re sinking.

    I wish journalists would do their jobs and dig through the rotted carcass rather than focus on its mascot.

    XO
    WWW

  2. I agree with Wisewebwoman, RJ. Trump is the result of the problem, not the problem itself. Unless the real problem, buried under all the media hype about Trump’s tweetings and doings is addressed, it will not matter much which body is enhancing (as in Obama) or muddying up (as in Trump) the White House.

    Getting rid of Trump would bring on Pence – what then?

  3. WWW – you’re quite right. The real problem lies behind and beyond Trump himself. Trump is the smokescreen that hides everything happening in the background. With him out the way, that smokescreen, if not gone, would certainly be much diminished.

    Twilight – again, I agree with you both, but Trump’s tweeting and bleating is the smokescreen used to hide the problem away. With Pence, a ‘conventional’ politician, in charge there’d be no tweets, no bleats about the media, and the White House goings-on would have to become a lot more transparent.
    IMO it’s all irrelevant anyway as, for reasons stated in my post, I can’t see Trump ever being ousted, except possibly through the ballot box in 2020.

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