Wake up America; you’re slip sliding away!
The 1964 movie, The Fall of the Roman Empire, ends with the prophetic comment: ‘A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.’
The American Empire is in decline. It will not collapse during the Donald Trump era, but his barefaced lies, managerial incompetence and psychopathic behaviour are accelerating the U.S. downward. Trump is not a political genius; he is the byproduct of our times: corporate greed, political corruption; technological transformation, wealth inequity, global warming, regional wars, international terrorism, drug cartels, asylum seekers and the social media.
Many distraught and disoriented people are willing to support a bombastic leader who promises simple solutions, especially if those solutions exploit prejudicial scapegoating.
Originally the U.S. Republican establishment scorned and ridiculed Trump’s presidential bid, but now they scurry about under the White House table like ravenous rats hoping the president will toss a crumb or two in their direction.
If Albert Einstein were alive today he would probably take one look at The Donald, shake his head in disgust and reiterate one of his former observations: ‘The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.’