Why Now?

April 4, 2017 Photo of the day. Photo Credit Benjamin Applebaum

Over 2000 years ago Plato asked what turned out to be the most prophetic question in modern politics. Philosophy majors will remember Plato’s allegory of the cave. “What if you believed that the shadows you saw on the walls of the cave was reality, when in fact it was not?” This of course was the premise of 1999’s film, the Matrix, where our hero is given a choice—take the blue pill and live in the ignorance of the “make-believe” world around him, or choose the red pill to see the world as it really is. In light of the current administration which pill would you take?

Trump once boasted that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and “shoot somebody” and not lose any votes, to which his voters applauded. On June 21, during Mr. Trump’s most recent campaign style rally, the president defended his reasons for having almost committed the moral equivalent. Again the crowd applauded.

The accumulated wealth of Trump’s handpicked cabinet members is approximately $14 billion dollars, the privileged who have made their wealth off the backs of the working families whose interests Trump had campaigned to protect.

These are the same folk who increase the monthly surcharge on your bank transactions while hiking up the lending rate. The same individuals who ostensibly determine the prices of the commodities that affect the lives of each and every American. These are the same card-carrying members of the very establishment Mr. Trump referred to as the swamp that he had pledged to drain.

“I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense?”

Yet in the twilight hours of his recent Iowa campaign-style rally Mr. Trump justified these decisions by stating, “I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense?”

In some way, on some level, yes, it makes perfect sense to his base. His supporters overlook his ignorance, Trump’s political insensitivity to other leaders, his contentious tweets that lash out against friend and foe alike leaving proverbial bodies scattered along the busy political sidewalk. Trump voters simply step around, on or over the deluge to continue on their pilgrimage. A drowning man will clutch at a straw, even it’s an anchor in disguise.

Trump’s premise that rich people can better manage decisions about money is contradicted by Trump himself who has has filed for business related bankruptcy seven times, strategic as it may be, or so he professes. Or perhaps Trump’s base simply overlooks the fact that many “rich” people, like Trump, have not always earned their wealth, often its simply a hand-me-down like a sweater, a family broach or a million dollar “loan”.

President-elect Donald Trump visit’s the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Jan. 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand/released)

The point is just because you may be rich, doesn’t mean you are capable of making informed decisions affecting a nation. Running a corporation is different from holding political office, as Trump’s own track record in the White House can attest to. The question I’ve been chomping at the working class bit waiting to ask ever since Trump appeared on the campaign trail is this: Why would anyone believe that a billionaire would actually care about the working class family? It simply defies critical thinking.

Donald John Trump is a man who has perpetuated his wealth off the backs of the working class, who has admitted to manufacturing his products overseas, has never run for political office, or fought for a just cause in his life. To the contrary, while on the campaign trail he was staving off lawsuits from his failed Trump University. The truth is Trump has nothing in common with the people he has promised to help, other than to hire them at his hotels, wants nothing to do with the working class and had never championed their rights. Why now? Perhaps the answer is as simple as he wanted to become president and he knew the working class could get him there, no matter the cost.

“What if the patient is an entire nation? What then?”

Businesses can go bankrupt, morally or other wise. A corporation’s top priority is not to become morally or socially responsible, but to stay in the black and to this end the corporation will cut off assets like a rotting limb in order to save the patient. What if the patient is an entire nation? What then?

There may come a time when the peoples’ interests, like assets, may be bought and sold to the highest bidder. Perhaps that is already the case when one considers the president’s counter-intuitive position on climate change, the newly proposed health care bill that will cut funding to millions, the proposed income tax reform that would abolish the estate tax taking billions of dollars from government coffers in order to give back to only the richest of the rich.

Could it be that Trump supporters have taken the wrong pill?

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