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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN INTERESTING ARTICLE ON TRUMP INVITES THOUGHTS ON TRUMP’S CHARACTER AND THE NATURE OF HIS “LEADERSHIP” – WHY HE SUCCEEDS POLITICALLY DESPITE CLOSE TO COMPLETE FAILURE ACHIEVING ANYTHING – COMPARE PUTIN AND XI – POWER ESTABLISHMENT HAS ITS OWN REASONS TO SUPPORT TRUMP – A GREAT UGLY TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA: HE IS THE PERFECT CONTEMPORARY PRESIDENT   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY BRAD GRIFFIN IN UNZ REVIEW

 

“Trump’s Chumps”

 

https://www.unz.com/article/trumps-chumps/

 

Some strong points here, not all of them, but a number.

“He has been a disappointment on all fronts.”

No statement could be more accurate.

Trump is a failure, but one with a very loud mouth and a rather twisted psychology that magically converts all failures into successes. Nothing factual ever fazes him.

And the ability to just keep going is a great asset in politics, even if it means you keep going to do destructive things. Your actions communicate strength and purpose and determination to ordinary people.

After all, much of the ordinary public literally has no idea what is going on, abroad or at home, so poorly informed are they by the mainline press and the political establishment.

Trump does a daily war dance of self-praise, finding new phrases to whoop and chant, describing his almost complete failure in opposite terms.

But because he is doing, overall, the power establishment’s work – against China, against Iran, against Russia, for Israel, and in Latin America – they not only do not oppose him, they support him. Any opposition is pretty tepid, falling within the generally accepted limits of political rhetoric.

He does his work rudely and utterly without grace.

He wears his ignorance as though it were a finely-tailored suit.

But the power establishment is okay with the grotesque style, so long as they get the results they want. And they do.

The desired results are negative, not positive, achievements.

But that is the essence of imperial America today, to do harm to others in order to improve its own relative standing. It does almost nothing positive anymore anywhere. It threatens friends and foes alike. It destroys international organizations and order. It supports the creation of chaos, as in Syria or Libya or Yemen or Palestine.

The contrast of America’s now-constant threats and hostilities with China’s great Belt and Rail Initiative couldn’t be starker. Or with Putin’s pragmatic “live and let live” philosophy. We see destruction versus creation. Coercion versus cooperation. Ignorance versus information. Darkness versus light.

So, Trump, with all of grotesqueries and lies, provides almost the perfect contemporary President.

Sorry, America, but that is a very great, if ugly, truth.

Posted February 8, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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