Manufacturers of junk load their food heavily with proven provokers and in the new Trumpian world of sugar, salts and frying oils, Donald Trump offers his own unique form of obesity and diabetes.
He is smart enough to know that you can’t live on junk food indefinitely or exclusively and remain healthy, but that’s not his concern, because Trumps political life and survival are bound up in days, weeks and months, not the generational consequences of his provocations.
In record numbers the outrage machine is in full swing. The coverage of the appalling deaths from the Las Vegas massacre in October 2017 were blinded by the ugliness of a legal department executive at CBS who said she couldn’t regret the nearly 600 people killed or wounded because Country music fans are mostly Republicans. Promptly fired, the story was then mined by the junk sites and supply side addiction took off.
Controversy, real or manufactured, juices up the cable “news” networks, partisan websites and listeners to talk radio who endlessly gin up their base. The addictive is rating led, ugly but lucrative and Trump and his enablers are always present to stoke the flames.
The UK’s BBC created an interactive feature on its website titled “What has President Trump said about your country?” and in it we learn that Trump doesn’t spare the weak, reportedly claiming all immigrants from Haiti “have AIDS.”
Never one to hold back, he reminds us that the US has a “very good relationship” with China ”¦..when it isn’t “raping our country.” Before he became president, Trump insulted Germany (“a total mess”), Merkel (“ruining Germany”), South Africa (“a crime ridden mess”) and the United Nations (“so sad!”), and seven hours and 12 minutes into 2018, he launched his first verbal attack of the year on a foreign country, Pakistan, which he charged has “given us nothing but lies & deceit” and “safe haven to the terrorists,” but only 10 weeks earlier, tweeted about a “much better relationship with Pakistan,” saying, “I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts;” and then thirty-two minutes later with Trump in full swing, he was attacking Iran for “failing at every level.”
To the Americans who feel aggrieved, insulted and targeted by your President, women, people of colour, the media, hardworking legal immigrants, pause for breath, because Trump’s venom is not contained, it’s global and it won’t stop, because the healthy stuff consumed by the fair minded and reasonable are down at their feet, but the stuff that Trump understands, sugar and chocolate, are located at candy level where brain conversation is often challenging.
President Trump is above intellectual tickling, so to reach him his minders and persuaders speak to his personality and pamper his fractured ego, as the Saudi’s, Russians and others have perfected.
Who can forget his first cabinet round table? It was all round ‘praise for the chief’. Reince Priebus spoke up to thank Trump “for the opportunity and blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people;” and others then seated around the table took the opportunity to lavish their leader with praise, as the stunned media looked on. “It’s an honor to be able to serve you,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I am privileged to be here,” said Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. “What an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this pivotal time under your leadership,” said Secretary Tom Price.
The hold outs who spoke with a measure of integrity were Mike Pompeo who said he was “honored” to serve him but cut his remarks shorter than some colleagues. “In the finest traditions of the CIA, I’m not going to share a damn thing in front of the media,” and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered no specific praise for Trump but instead for the “men and women of the Department of Defense”.
Democrat Senator Schumer was quick to pounce and with the help of staffers Michelle and Lucy delivered his YouTube reply. “GREAT meeting today with the best staff in the history of the world!!!” The video depicted him sitting at a conference table with four others. “How’d we do on the Sunday show yesterday?” Schumer asked one of them, his immigration counsel, referring to his appearance the day before on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Your tone was perfect,” the aide said. “You were right on message.” “How’d my hair look coming out of the gym this morning?” Schumer asked next, posing the question of his director of scheduling. “You have great hair,” she said. “Nobody has better hair than you.” A Schumer budget adviser then chimed in, mimicking Priebus. “Now before we go any further, I just want to say thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda,” before closing with a wink and the emperor’s sycophants were undressed.
Historian Trump has always been eager to share his new learnings to the devoted. “Most people don’t even know [Lincoln] was a Republican,” telling a group of Republicans. It’s possible that somebody doesn’t know that Lincoln, the first Republican president, was a member of the Republican Party, also known as “the Party of Lincoln.” After generations of tinkering and bitter partisan dispute, Trump explains that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” and touring the new African American history museum in Washington, Trump discovered that slavery was bad.
“I talk about Sunday school and people don’t even know what I’m talking about anymore. It’s true.” What a value-added tax is: “A lot of people don’t know what that means.” That we have a trade deficit with Mexico: “People don’t know that.” That Iraq has large oil reserves: “People don’t know this about Iraq.” That war is expensive: “People don’t realize it is a very, very expensive process.”
The 45th President of the United States came to us via Electoral College and then set out to divide the country, but appeared surprised saying “people don’t realize we are an unbelievably divided country”.
Actually we do realise, and we are holding you and your party accountable for it”¦”¦..and for the record, white supremacy is no better than black or brown supremacy. While planet earth is colour neutral, it is fair to say that indifference has set in about the orange man in the white house. To Trump’s handlers, you might want to check the label on that tanning spray can to ensure its cancer free, and be sure to give it a hard shake next time because we don’t want any more of those lumps.
Ever the mischief maker, Trump is never far away with loose words and numbers. “A lot of people don’t know” that U.S. taxes are the world’s highest and that “nobody knows” the U.S. murder rate is the highest in 45 years”¦”¦”¦”¦and there is a good reason why no one knows this, because it’s not true.
The myth that Trump is a hugely successful self-made businessman who started with a $1 million loan from his father has permanently blown up. The New York Times explosive story undressed Donald Trump and we now learn the self-starter image he projected for decades was a lie.
Instead we find he was worth $200,000 by the age of three, a millionaire by eight and over decades amassed over $400 million from his father, and as Alzheimer’s set in and on his death bed Trump willfully set out to deceive his father and siblings in order to bail out his debt-ridden failures.
The unvarnished chocolate free version of our president leaves a rather vile taste, and having paid 5% against the 55% tax rate at the time, he potentially owes $500 million in unpaid gifts and inheritance tax.
“Nobody knows the tax code better than I do.” “Nobody knows politics better than I do.” “Nobody knows the politicians better than me.” “Nobody knows the system better than me.” “Nobody knows more about debt. I’m like the king.”
That may have been true in 2016 as you insulted your way into the Presidency, but snake salesmen are never far away from justice, and Bob Muelller and expanding team are knocking at your door.
What separates the human from the animal is the fact that ours is the only species that asks questions, and the 2018 midterms is a good time for searching questions on this Presidency.
If we understand that passion begins in the brain, then as a society we can come to understand that so does love, hate, pain, fear, wonder, imagination, inspiration, enthusiasm, apathy, mistrust, sense of humor, as well as all other thoughts and feelings, and with this we may find a special place for facts, reduce our desire for arguments and find time for a nice piece of chocolate.