In typical behavior of a bully/coward with the backing of a political party steeped in collective cowardice, he hides, intermittently petulant, whiny, angry, persecuted, behind a wall of lying tweets and bravado, lashing out at the bedrock of America, a free press, calling it the “enemy of the people” while heralding fake news cocked up by every right wing propaganda sheet in the country. This behavior smacks of the scowling actor and hatchet-man on his so-called reality series who turned thumbs down on toadying sycophants wanting to be like him or part of him and partake in the hollowness of expedient materialism at its ugliest.
One after another, pundits on the right gloss over his revolting antics and infantilism by claiming “this is how he ran for President and this is how we expect him to act, so get used to it” and defend his unrealistic and viciously cruel policies on immigration, taxes, health care, environment, woman's rights, etc, while those on the left are rendered near speechless at the idiocy of at all, and are helpless to do anything about it because their party is splintered and impotent and labeled “bitter and vengeful” at losing the election.
The country is in free-fall and a free-for-all as one bulwark of humanity in America after another prepares to fall—work safety, Planned Parenthood, safeguards against corporate thievery, health care, civil rights, access to the truth, etc....with greed and fear and the sly momentum of oppression, brain-washing and a dumbing down of the masses through lack of education and enlightenment—keep 'em in the dark and bombard 'em with bullshit until they believe it!
I listened on Sunday as one of the most astute minds in the political spectrum, Fareed Zakaria, on CNN, warned the left and right about failing to listen to each other, and growing farther apart and more intolerant and stubborn in our opinions and beliefs, and to a certain degree I agree with him, but at the same time I believe we on the left have been in a state of absolute hysteria over the election of Trump, and that hysteria is justified with each new discovery of his hideous hubris, his brazen tilt toward an autocratic regime, his hiring of fellow billionaires who seem to think economics and jobs supersede all decent codes of conduct and respect for nature, the future of our planet, the needs of the masses, and we are to believe that because these billionaires, in collusion with climate deniers and tax haters, know what's right for the American people, and that essentially we are to place our lives in the hands of oligarchs like the Russia Trump is so enamored with and about which he refuses to expose his dealings.
What we must know is that about the only time Trump isn't winging it, to the consternation of the GOP congress, is his tweeting, which is meant to turn his adversaries into cringing hysterics while his supporters gloat and revel in their triumph, so that they, at least for a little while, or as long as it lasts, are winners and not the losers Trump depicts as anybody who doesn't go along with his lunacy.
And the sad fact is, we are stuck with him, along with his corrosive hubris, and he will be defended by those who realize he is a catastrophe, and he will be buoyed by a gutless republican party, increasing liberal hysteria, especially since he has turned his foreign policy over to the generals, crackpot cronies, and family, at the expense of the state department and diplomatic corps. It is back to the point where as clear-thinking Americans we are so fearful of the future it is almost unbearable to face our own hysteria, our sense of helplessness as omens of disaster rain down upon us, day after day, an onslaught that feels like the gathering storm once written about by Winston Churchill, a storm that the masses refused to face then, and refuse to face now.