Trump’s genius

For the past week I have had this maddening tune stuck in my head:

“They’re Pinky and the Brain,

One is a genius, the other’s insane”. Repeat ad infinitum….

 

Those of you who were kids or had young kids at home in the ‘90s may remember the Spielberg-produced animated show. It has its own Wikipedia page, where I found this not inaccurate description of our current presidential predicament:

“ Brain is self-centered and scheming; Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan to take over the world which ultimately ends in failure: usually due to Pinky’s idiocy, the impossibility of Brain’s plan, Brain’s own arrogance, or just circumstances beyond their control.”

Well, maybe not the “good-natured” bit….

 

Trump is a genius con artist. It is his outstanding and possibly only talent. He managed to make ordinary people believe that he cares about them, that they are special and worthy of his attention. They responded with adoration and a heartbreaking, barely hidden desire to identify with Trump. They too wanted the golden penthouse, the easy sex and the devil-may-care attitude. Heck, it was their birthright, stolen by the “illegals” who took their jobs, the “elites” that threatened their way of life by wanting lattes, clean water and air, the liberals who wanted a more inclusive society, where women are seen as equals and fully capable of making their own reproductive choices, thank you. Some women – and I am one of them – also hold dear the right to administer well-aimed kicks to any grabbers.

 

Trump is both Pinky and the Brain. His self-regard, pettiness and ambition will ultimately defeat the agenda he is trying to ram down our gullets. He has the attention span of a gnat, the working ethic and mental dexterity of a three-toed sloth. “Winning” came too easily. Being president, not just presidential, is hard work, and you can only shoot executive orders at a frantic pace for so long. In the meantime, however, the resistance is stuck with a real predicament.

 

What do we do when we are faced with so much to oppose? Right now, there are investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, congressional Republicans are doing their best to repeal Obamacare and take health care away from 20 million people, hearings are held on a Supreme Court nominee, Trump is summarily dismissing federal employees and coming out with a “vision” budget that takes a hatchet to civil rights, programs destined to improve education and alleviate poverty. Every day my email teems with petitions to send to my representatives and congressmen. As I live in Texas, I try to keep an eye on local attacks on education, reproductive choice and the rights of LGBT folks as well. It could be a full-time job.

 

This is where it becomes tough. Most of us do not have the leisure to delve into the complexities of the various bills being debated. The danger, then, is to be perceived as reflexively “anti-Trump”. Trump has developed a cult of personality rarely seen in current politics – remember his glorious descent from the Trump Tower escalator when he announced his presidential bid? Some of the people who voted for him are so invested in that image that they will respond negatively to what they perceive as knee-jerk reactions to Trump. Since the advent of the Tea Party, cracks in the electorate have become gaping holes. We do not want to make it worse by giving up on voters who will, at some point, see that their idol is a callous megalomaniac.

 

The only remedy, here, is to learn as much as we can about the various bills. We may want to divide responsibilities so as not to be overwhelmed. Some will choose to look more closely at the AHCA, others at the travel ban. We can meet at the local level, discuss plans and then apply pressure to our elected representatives, both at the state and the national level. It is hard work, but the alternative is to live in Trumpland. Let’s buckle our seatbelts, it’s going to be bumpy, but we have no choice. Trump and his ilk are hurting the country we love.

Disclaimer: Marie-Anne wrote this post. She thinks she is always right, but her kids burst her bubble at regular intervals. She alone is responsible for the views expressed here.

 

 

 

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