AFTER THE THRILL

The Looming Disaster of A Trump Presidency

“Oh, yeah… life goes on
Long after the thrill of living is gone.
Oh, yeah… I said, life goes on
Long after the thrill of living is gone.”
‘Jack & Diane’, John Cougar Mellencamp

Now that Donald J. Trump has embarked upon his actual Presidency, rather than just awaiting full power in the wings as a ‘president-elect’, it should not take very long for the American electorate to recognize just how big a mistake they have made with this election. A jackass cannot help but act like what a jackass truly is… and those who think that Don the Donkey’s frequent braying merely connotes a ‘horse-of-a-different-color’ are about to get a very rude awakening.

But don’t expect very many Trump-ites to start publicly announcing that they made a mistake – after WWII had been totally lost and Germany surrendered, you couldn’t find a Nazi sympathizer anywhere, much less an actual certified card-carrying member of the Nazi Party. Except for the “ve vas only following orders” bunch who couldn’t make it to South America with their loot quick enough… but I digress – that always comes later, after the entire country lies in ruins & the whole world has been rocked clear to its core.

You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. That kind of humor is never in very good taste – ask the people living in Aleppo, Syria if you don’t believe me. If you can find one who isn’t a European refugee, starving to death amid the city’s rubble, or already dead, that is. And in a year or two, under the coming Trump regime, that could very well be us…

Why? Because ignorance and incompetence always go hand-in-hand.

The ongoing flap over OneChina is a case in point… and the fact that TheDonald seems so certain of his ability to handle the most difficult job in the world is merely the first indicator of how badly he is certain to bungle it. That will not be the last Trump Flapdoodle either, as his overriding lack of knowledge about how democratic government actually functions will lead him into more embarrassing faux pas, diplomatic blunders, and doomed-to-failure policy excursions.

Trump’s complete inability to ever admit a mistake is – almost – as frightening as his inability to comprehend how much he simply does not know… and together, they may well be the death of us all.

But those are only the first few floating hunks of danger we have to face on this maiden voyage of the SS Trumpanic. The really treacherous icebergs are still looming over the horizon and they are not one, but many, in the form of the choices Donnie-boy has made in putting together his Toiletbowl Cabinet.

Sycophants one & all, they are sure to misuse their new positions of power and influence. All but a very few are multi-millionaires or billionaires just like their newly adopted Daddy Warbucks. And just as the basic rule of the wealthy is that One-Can-Never-Have-Enough-Money, they are all sure to begin pilfering from the seemingly limitless federal trough at the very first opportunity they get.

After all, if Big Daddy Himself isn’t willing to divest from his tax loopholes & schemes in order to run the government properly, why shouldn’t they get in on the money-train as well? Because what goes on in the baggage car can scarcely affect the steam engine, right?

Besides, the primary motivation behind this administration is to dismantle the existing machinery of government, with the deliberate intention of overthrowing democracy and replacing it with a Plutocracy, anyway.

Think not? Then take a quick look at the gang of wealthy weasels that Trumplethinskin is putting in charge of the executive Henhouse:

WHITE HOUSE STAFF MEMBERS:

WH Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus, age 44. Millionaire (estimated). No previous governmental experience.

WH Chief Strategist/Counselor: Steve Bannon, age 63. Multi-millionaire. No previous governmental experience.

WH National Security Advisor: Gen. Michael Flynn, age 57. Millionaire (est.) No previous civilian governmental experience.

WH Presidential Counselor: Kellyanne Conway, age 44. Millionaire (est.) No previous governmental experience.

PRESIDENTIAL CABINET MEMBERS:

Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson, age 64. Multi-millionaire. No previous governmental experience.

Secretary of Defense: Gen. James Mattis, age 66. Millionaire. No civilian governmental experience.

Secretary of Homeland Security: Gen. John F. Kelly, age 66. No civilian governmental experience.

Attorney General (Department of Justice): Jeff Sessions, age 70. Multi-millionaire. Current Senator.

Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin, age 54. Multi-millionaire. No previous governmental experience.

Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross, age 79. Billionaire. No previous governmental experience.

Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos, age 58. Billionaire. No previous governmental experience.

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Price, age 62. Multi-millionaire. Current Senator.

Secretary of Labor: Andrew Puzder, age 66. Multi-millionaire. No previous governmental experience.

Secretary of Transportation: Elaine Chao, age 63. Multi-millionaire. Wife of Senate ML Mitch McConnell.

Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke, age 55. $675,000. Friend of Eric Trump.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson, age 65. Multi-millionaire.
No previous governmental experience.

Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry, age 66. Multi-millionaire. No previous federal governmental experience.

Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue, age 70. Multi-millionaire. No previous federal governmental experience.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: David Shulkin, age 57. $170,000. Current Under Secretary of Health at VA, and the only ethical & actual administrator proposed.

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One thought on “AFTER THE THRILL

  1. “Because ignorance and incompetence always go hand-in-hand.”

    Carl, you nailed it yet again! I vividly recall a social media discourse I had with an old schoolmate in the runup to the election when he posed the query as to why he should support Hillary Clinton. I explained that for all her polarizing faults, and I admitted she had many, at the end of the day she possessed at very least a minimum level of competence for the job. I also told him that if Trump managed to shoot the moon and pull it off (which he did with apparently a fair amount of outside help), I could show him better than I could tell him.

    At the time he took the oath, President Trump had only two of fifteen cabinet appointees confirmed and only 29 of some 660 administration appointees in place. Many Obama administration have been requested to stay on until their posts are filled. To say the nation is vulnerable right now is an understatement. The spectre you just articulated of two years under the Trump Administration is disturbing and is only going to get worse unless someone helps out and gets through to him that running a government is not like running a business. Campaign season is over and rhetorical bombast needs to be put aside. I will go so far as to say that if we can survive Trump we can survive anything.

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