Along with many other people, I looked on with relief as the US finally seemed ready to shake the three monkeys off its back, and set itself on the road to recovery. However, it seems that too large a part of the great American public and their representatives want to ignore the obvious, and close their eyes and ears and mouths to the evils of the man the slim majority removed from office.
Even the most superficial examination of Trump’s actions and behaviour since he was handed a few million dollars by his father, evidences a spectacularly awful spectrum of qualities that a large minority of Americans feel best represents them. When he was elected to office, I listened to the apologists say “we had no choice” (although there were other candidates). It was also clear that at the time, the ‘establishment’ was significantly divorced from the harsh realities of life for the average citizen (unlike Trump and his progeny, who obviously know what it is like to live on the street or struggle to make a mortgage repayment). If you ignored all your instincts and values, you could almost have been convinced that from the evils of Trumpism might come some good. Then he took office.
The man’s presidency uncovered qualities that left us aghast, even as he boasted he could do whatever he wanted and people would still love him. He was right. For onlookers, it was a simple matter to see, but a very difficult step to comprehend, the sheer scale of Trump’s nepotism, narcissism, dishonesty, misogyny, hypocrisy, despotism, immaturity, incompetency, bigotry, racism, fascism, ignorance and arrogance. It was just too much of a stretch to begin to understand how these qualities could endear him to 60,000,000 apparently sane people.
It does not end there. A few weeks ago, another 14,000,000 Americans came out to say
“these are the qualities we want in a leader. We want all this, and we want more. We desire climate change denial and isolationism. We yearn for self-aggrandisement, greed, and cronyism. We want these qualities to inspire us, and be a model for our children. Yes, this is what we want – and if you don’t like it, well, we’ll soon see to you.”
No, not even four years of listening to illiterate nonsense spouted by an Oompa Loompa backed by obsequious acolytes and hilariously awful children, could shake the worshippers’ adoration. And now, as Kevin McCarthy grovels to his commander, we see that millions of people and their representatives are tightening their blindfolds, plugging up their ears and bending to the task of kissing their master’s ring.
I have a dream, that the American people will soon wake up with the resolve to excise the malignant tumour that has grown in its breast.
But I’m afraid it’s just a dream.