The events of the past two to three months have left Red more or less speechless as the utter corruption of the reality TV show joke of a presidency that is the Trump White House is laid bare. Red is not surprised – just speechless at how anyone could think this is acceptable behavior from a U.S. President and that this should continue a minute longer. Now, however, Red is ready to step back and reflect upon what we have learned from what is now 3 years of the reign of President-Elect and President Trump. Red thinks – not much.
It was always clear that Trump was a low-class grifter and pathological liar with a moral compass that perpetually points towards his bottom line. It was always clear that if it ever came down to a choice between what is best for the country or what is best for Trump – that he would choose the latter without a moment’s reflection or regret. It was always clear that he was a cruel bully who talked a good game but folded in the face of real opposition. It was always clear that he was a profane, preening, philandering prick of a man. It was always clear that he was an intense physical coward who could never conceive of anything beyond his own safety. It was always clear that his overweening ambition was his only guiding principle to be pursued at the expense of whomever or whatever stood in the way of his cocoon of selfishness. It was always clear that anything that interfered with his glorious and grandiose self-image must be attacked and utterly destroyed if at all possible. It was always clear that he displayed every disgusting and dishonest attribute of the quintessential real estate con man. It was always clear that when he was speaking he was lying. It was always clear that his persona was that of a thin-skinned and petulant child. It was always clear that someone with his level of amorality must have nothing but utter contempt for the “common man” who tries to do things honestly and correctly. It was always clear that his braggadocio concealed a deep inner insecurity that eats at his very soul. It was always clear that the only God he worships is that of money and the appearance of success. It was always clear that he was a disloyal friend, colleague and employer who would cast anyone aside at anytime in order to save himself. It was always clear that he held our institutions, customs and common bonds of citizenship in the lowest possible regard and that he would exploit any and all differences to drive a wedge in the body politic in order to advance his own agenda of self-aggrandizement. It was always clear (from most of the above) that he suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder of the most extreme form. It was always clear that he was not stupid but willfully ignorant and unwilling to learn. It was always clear that he would use the legal system to buy and bully his way out of trouble. It was always clear that he cheats at golf. It was always clear that he was a complete failure at most of his business ventures (Trump Air, Wine, Magazine, Steaks, University, Casinos, the New Jersey Generals, etc.) outside of some limited competency in real estate and that his only true success had been as a TV personality and in promoting his name as a brand. It was always clear that he was absurdly unqualified and unsuited for the highest office in the land.
Perhaps what was less clear was that he would be completely subservient to foreign dictators and strong men. Perhaps what was also less clear was that almost every aspect of his foreign policy would be for the benefit of one of our great enemies – Russia – such that the only reasonable inference could be he was either a deep Putin plant or that he was terrified of something that might be revealed by Putin. Perhaps what was also less clear is that he would betray and offend so many of our allies for no apparent reason (but see above re: Putin). Perhaps what was also less clear was that his background story of being a near-completely self made man was a tale told by a fantasist. Perhaps it was less Clear that he had engaged in massive tax and bank fraud that would have landed anyone else in jail. Perhaps what was also less clear was the gullibility of so many Americans in sticking with this proven con man in the face of such complete betrayal of his oath of office. Perhaps what was also less clear was the damage that electing such a man could do to the Republic.
At this point, Red is fairly much convinced that the U.S. as we have known it may not survive 8 years of Trump – 4 years will have done enough damage. Red is also fairly convinced that is where the country is heading. God help us all.