People talk about breaking paradigms. I’m not sure anyone in modern times has shattered them, ground them to dust, then paved over them like Dear Leader.
It occurred to me that he’s essentially broken the underlying assumptions that form the fabric of public society.
He’s discovered that the only thing stopping a person from doing whatever the hell he wants is caring what others think of him. If you don’t care about being seen as honest, then why bother being honest? If you don’t care about being seen as kind, then why be kind? (I’m assuming the “you” here is a sociopathic narcissist, of course, not any sort of normal person).
Trump loves spectacle. If he lived in Oklahoma and earned $50k a year, he’d probably own a jacked pickup truck and go to monster truck rallies. He’d awe his buddies by pulling stunts like driving the wrong way on freeways or riding on the roof of his own truck.
But he’s a billionaire, so he builds gilt buildings and acquires women and runs for president. Three years ago he essentially said to someone “Hold my Perrier” and kicked off a presidential campaign. People kept expecting him to fall off the roof of the truck, but he somehow managed to keep the show going this long.
The hillbilly version of Trump would get arrested and thrown in the drunk tank, but Billionaire Trump can get away with things because rich people can do that.
When people around him try to exert control, they’re doing it like they would if he was Bill Clinton. Bill did crazy things, too, but he wanted to be liked by his peers, he wanted to at least be seen as trustworthy, so when people slammed him for sleeping around with interns he reacted, he tried to justify himself . . . or pretend it didn’t happen.
Trump doesn’t care about the fabric of trust and honesty and expectation that ties most of the society together. He reminds me of a nihilistic teenager who might get drunk and jump off a bridge for no reason other than that he can’t see why it matters.
We’re watching Trump prove that a rich person with no ties to society can essentially get away with anything. He’s the personification of every paranoid thought I’ve ever had about rich people not caring about anyone else.
People keep thinking if they just point out VERY CLEARLY that Trump just did or said something outrageous, he’ll come to his senses, but he literally doesn’t care; so long as the adrenaline rush keeps up, he just plows ahead.
Here’s my deeper fear. (By the way, I’m not by any means the first person to say this, I’m not claiming the slightest originality…)
My fear is that the Trump Show is being used as a distraction, a red cape waved in our faces while truly evil humans slide even further into power in our society.
Sleight of hand on an absolutely grand scale.