EDMONTON, Alta. May 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Why do we treat Donald Trump, now the guaranteed Republican nominee for U.S. president, as if he is a rational, sane and intelligent human?
All the evidence points to the fact that he is a narcissistic, egocentric, extroverted bully who has a reprehensible level of knowledge about the world, about his own country and about government. He seems unaware of simple things, like respect, courtesy and compassion, and is seemingly incapable of understanding complex things like energy markets, science, foreign policy or economics.
He looks to be a successful business man, but in this claim he also appears delusional. He makes claims about his business acumen that are nonsensical – like his net worth (much less than publicly stated), his [popup url=”http://amzn.to/1OVsmTg” height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]Trump: Art of the Deal[/popup] being the “best-selling business book of all time” (nowhere near close), his ability to enter and conquer new markets (a string of business failures), his avoidance of tax, his use of foreign workers and his profiting from companies he publicly derides. He is successful in some things, of this there is no doubt, but not everything he touches turns to gold.
He is a dangerous man. So far he has promised to break international treaties (NAFTA, WTO and the Paris Agreement on climate change), actively intervene in markets (to restore coal jobs, for example), build a “beautiful” wall that Mexico will pay for (not going to happen), deport 11.5 million Mexicans, ban most Muslims from entering the country, criminalize abortion, raise the minimum wage while lowering taxes on the rich, charge countries the full cost of American troops defending American interests on their land, and pay for his supporters’ legal fees if they are charged with assaulting those who oppose him. Most recently, he denied that California has a drought problem – preferring instead to buy into conspiracy theories that the state government is denying the flow of water (where does he think they are hiding it?) to much-needed areas.
Yet there are those among the press who treat all of his statements as if he were a serious thinker. They place him against Noam Chomsky and treat Trump’s statements as if they were on the same level. They are not.
Trump is ignorant, not just about social sensibility (just follow his Twitter feed), but of how government works, the role and limits of the presidency of the United States, how energy markets work, how treaties work, the law, science . . . one could go on. It is as if he was a petulant teenager who missed a lot of schooling while partying and having a good time, and we are now expected to treat him with the seriousness of a great philosopher.
He is doing for the U.S. what Benito Mussolini did for Italy before the Second World War. Giving hope, through ignorance, appeals to raw emotions and offers of action that could not possibly lead to good outcomes. He is feeding on and adding to the anger, passion and a sense of lost identity many Americans truly feel.
“Make America Great Again!” is his slogan. Yet he has suggested a set of actions that will make America poor again, a laughing stock and a place in which many people feel not only uncomfortable staying in but unwelcome. Thinking will not be encouraged – more likely prosecuted.
But one thing seems certain – Trump will do well for himself. It appears it is actually all he cares about.
What is even more disturbing is that a growingly angry American electorate is more than likely to elect this man who professes bigoted ideas. It would not be the first time someone with a very high General Ignorance score has occupied the Oval Office. But it would be the first time someone has done so in an age where scrutiny is intense and every word uttered can be analyzed to death.
He will be the subject of global abuse and shaming, which we expect will just make him angry.
In general, we can expect Trump will not be a happy president – based on past practice, he will spend most of his time frustrated, angry and threatening legal action. I also suspect that impeachment will never be far from the lips of some members of Congress. It will be especially difficult for him if, as some suspect, the GOP loses control of congress.
Trump will not make American great again. Trump will make Trump rich again. That seems to be the prime agenda.
Stephen Murgatroyd is a consultant in innovative business and education practices with a PHd in psychology. Stephen is included in Troy Media’s Unlimited Access subscription plan.
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