With word that the special counsel report on the Russia investigation that seeks to determine whether the Trump world colluded with the Russians against American interests is expected to be submitted next week I continue to ask myself how the nation has managed to put up with Trump. Yeah, I know he has his fans, his followers, but surely they are in the minority. And yet it goes on.
Sometimes I read something I may have already thought of but is put in just the right context. And here is an example — a brief excerpt from an opinion piece in the New York Times:
…“Lear is mad,” observes his friend, the duke of Kent, and everyone else in court wants to say, Well, duh. But (with the exception of Kent, and daughter Cordelia) they hold their tongues, because in their far-off, unimaginable world — so different from our own! — it is more important to cling to power than speak the honest truth…
And there you have it, the Republican establishment and others, including vast numbers, if still a minority, of the electorate, have been either willing to or felt compelled to put up with the outrages of King Donald because with the bad they also perhaps get some things they want. I think some voters just like to see Trump thumb his nose at what they consider the elites, even to their own or the nation’s detriment.
After two-plus years of virtually headlines every day of Trump’s antics and indictments of members of his administration I am surprised to read that the findings of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller might not be released to the public. I think that would be outrageous. However, I also read that the report will be a guide to the now Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives to pursue investigation and hearings on alleged wrongdoings of Trump and his campaign and administration.
Strangely, in some ways I do not blame Trump for being angry about the investigation so far. I mean how long can this slow motion thing go on with all of its innuendo but no clear connection of the dots to link traitorous acts with Trump? But at the same time I have to suppose his anger is more from a fear that embarrassing and/or incriminating things will come out. I have no real idea if he is a traitor. I know by his actions on video and by his constant tweets that he is a sleaze and a little off balance.
But how did we get into this mess? Originally the idea of Trump as president was dismissed. He was known to be a crooked real estate investor who got other folks to put their money in and then pulled out, and, by his own admission, used the bankruptcy courts as a tool to enrich himself. He claimed his use of bankruptcy courts was legitimate, as if that is what they are there for. Well without going into a legal treatise I think I am correct in saying that bankruptcy is supposed to be a last gasp measure by someone in trouble, meant only to save oneself from utter ruin and to compromise with debt holders. Trump was also known as a womanizer, and we saw with the access Hollywood tape an admitted woman molester. He was also a showman in the crazy and unreal, despite its name, world of “reality TV”. And we also know by his own actions and by reports from others that whatever his IQ, he is someone who is surprisingly ignorant of the world and world affairs. He admits he does not like to read.
However, the Trump circus worked to arouse a portion of the masses angry over ever-changing social norms, their place in the world, and what globalization is doing to them, And who knows what all? In short Trump is a demagogue.
The editorial board of the National Review, which has represented conservative thought, originally described itself as part of the “never Trump” crowd, as did prominent Republicans, such as former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But they nearly all caved when they saw his nomination inevitable and then saw him become president (although Romney is back as a senator and has criticized Trump).
So, the reason Trump holds on to power is two-fold: the Republican establishment is willing to give up its principles to hold on to power and a part of the masses is willing to put up with or overlook a lot of things to flip its middle fingers at elites it feels don’t represent its way of life or social position.
I imagine Trump will be able to at the minimum ride out the next two years, save some bombshell coming out of the Mueller report and subsequent congressional investigations, and, who knows? He might get re-elected if the Democrats suffer from too much infighting between centrists and super liberals.
The electorate is changing. I keep reading that the concept of socialism is far more acceptable these days. I for one believe in social programs but not socialism. Socialism combined with democracy in Europe, often called democratic-socialism (as opposed to communism or other so-called socialistic systems that do not incorporate true democracy) may or may not work there, but I think that the United States is exceptional with its form of democracy that offers more individual freedom and more of a chance to work up the economic ladder.
Our system is not perfect and not foolproof.
We do have Trump as president.
While the special counsel investigation is supposedly limited to the question of Russian interference with our elections, the results of it so far have resulted in indictments that deal with other crimes. If nothing else we see that although Trump vowed to drain the swamp he just made it murkier.