President Trump began his reinvigorated Make America Great Again 2.o propaganda campaign this week. It’s sure to be more vicious than the 2016 campaign.
President Trump does have a strategy to defeat his political enemies, using mass media manipulation, but it is one that will further divide the country and lead to more violence in the streets. He wants that violence in the street by Leftists, so he can rally for crackdowns and solidify his support for “tough” law enforcement. Last night’s Phoenix rally, where he shamelessly lied about his Charlottesville statements, glaringly omitting his “many sides” equivocation, juxtaposed to his using the backdrop of Fort Myers and an audience of soldiers for his “acting presidential” speech, the night before, was just a prelude to his new and invigorated campaign to destroy his enemies.
He wants to bolster his support among soldiers. He wants to rally support among the military using the generals around him, so expect to see him use more military backdrops for appearances, where he can cheer on the troops and tell them he is with them. The US military is a captive audience to any president. They can’t disrespect the commander-in-chief.
He wants the media and his political enemies to attack him.
Igniting racial strife over divisive racial issues, is part of his plan. Expect to see more black pundits popping up on FOX and other Trump media fronts. His media operation is using black pundits and black people in memes to convince people he’s not racist and to try and counter the fall-out from his Charlottesville comments. Memes with black people supporting Trump over his Charlottesville comments are already circulating on facebook – using the same equivocation Trump used. I expect his online troll armies to return in force too.
I hope the generals in his administration stay, to work to persuade the president from his loose cannon tendencies and the last thing America needs is more Bannon/Gorka types nearby egging on this president in his “slash and burn insurgency politics”. Sadly, many Americans don’t read much and think even less. He will still have a large base of supporters.
President Trump loves to mention the generals around him and he borrows their honor as his own. I believe he is a coward at heart. If the president was not a wealthy, pampered, spoiled egotist, he would likely be one of those “stolen valor” scumbags, whom I detest. His followers look at those generals and believe that if they are supporting him, he must be great.
My son came up with the best historical figure to compare President Trump to – Peter III, minus the Prussian uniforms. I think there are many similarities in their personalities, except ours is not an idiot and even more concerning is ours has many wealthy backers, understands mass media propaganda and has millions of American citizens, who do not read history, do not think, and who are mindless followers, led by pop culture icons, celebrities and mass media propaganda.
Considering how much Trump can’t stand women making him look small, Peter III is a good comparison, because Peter III was outclassed and outmaneuvered in his power struggle by a woman, his wife, Catherine The Great. Unlike Trump, she really was a “great” historical figure (one of my favorite female historical figures too). And unlike Trump, she studied government policy, she read history and she had real leadership skills. She paid attention to the details. I doubt America will resurrect any statues to President Trump or call him a “great” leader, once his presidency is over.
President Trump knows exactly what he is doing, he planned that rally and he planned exactly what he was going to say. My son, who came up with the Peter III comparison, and I have had many discussions over the years about The Constitution and one of the things I have often mentioned was that sometimes I think America would be much better with the office of the President being separate from the duties of the commander-in-chief. The very argument made for a President to be able to act swiftly in a time of crisis was my argument for why, in a nuclear age, we should have the duties of commander-in-chief vested in a person, who has the credentials, military background, resumé and calm temperament to carry out those duties. I would prefer the nuclear codes in the hands of military leaders who have demonstrated their trustworthiness, by decades of dedicated service to our country. I would prefer an additional office, whereby Congress and the President must confer before using military force, especially a nuclear strike, and then a separate commander-in-chief has responsibility for carrying out those decisions. Of course, I understand the opposing arguments to my position.
The Founding Fathers trusted that Americans would choose wise, moral leaders. That trust was misplaced.
After Trump’s 70+ minute rally last night, where he fixated on relitigating his Charlottesville statements, attacked his enemies and went full scorched earth, the media reacted as usual – overreaction. James Clapper went Pelosi about Trump’s mental stability, but that will help Trump. Trump and all his spinners will spin Clapper as a Democrat hack, which to a large extent – he is.
Not engaging with Trump or Trump Derangement hysteria and avoiding escalation in rhetoric is probably the best course of action – ignore his efforts to incitement. Speak to unity and calming people down. Ignoring him, dismissing him or treating him like a child throwing a tantrum is probably the best course. I doubt the media or the Left will do that.
During the Obama administration, due to his political ideology, I did not trust President Obama’s judgment on military matters. I don’t trust President Trump’s temperament when making decisions. However, I do agree with President Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan and I am glad he listened to the generals around him. The risks to national security with pulling out and handing Afghanistan to the jihadists are far greater than staying. Like many complex geopolitical issues, there are no easy solutions for the larger civilizational challenge of the rise of Islamic imperialism, Islamic radicalism, or whatever term you choose to use for this phenomenon, by a segment of Islamic world, rejecting modernity and embracing terrorism and religious extremism. We can’t decide the Islamic world’s future, but we must do what we can to protect American national security interests, at home and abroad, no matter how long it takes.
Americans, at the ballot box, decided our future was better getting behind President Trump rather than Hillary Clinton. I left the top of my ballot blank in 2016. I still believe both were choices I could never support.
The most important thing all Americans can do is support The Constitution.
The #Resist movement set out to overturn a legitimate election before President Trump’s inauguration. That movement will gain many more supporters, as Trump ramps up his scorched earth campaign against the media, the Left, Republicans in Congress and anyone who crosses him. The calls for impeachment or using the 25th Amendment mechanism to remove him from office will grow.
I don’t support impeaching him or removing him from office, unless there are solid grounds to do so. Watching his reprehensible attacks on people, the vicious name-calling, the bold-faced lying and shameless manipulation, I wonder when he will cross the line for many of his followers? Many religious leaders still sit idly by his side, as he engages in his petty name-calling and lying. They still support him and praise him as a “great” leader. Sadly, I believe that many of his followers are so trapped in binary thinking and rabid partisanship, that they would follow him, even if he did shoot someone on 5th Avenue. I suspect many of them would rationalize that the person deserved it.
America is in for a very rocky 3.5 years.
I expect a lot more violence.
Once the smouldering ashes from President Trump’s campaign to “Make America Great Again 2.0” die out, I hope Americans can find a way back to being the United States of America.