• Trump Exists Because We Wanted Him

    June 9, 2016

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    If not Donald, someone else would be Trump. America has been waiting for him.

    Trump Is…

    Trump is a racist, who feeds back to angry white America what it wants to believe, that its problems are the cause of Blacks, Latinos, women, immigrants and fill in the blank _____ and not related to a broad reorganization of American society into a tiny one percent of controlling wealth holders and everyone else. Trump’s supporters want to think those groups rose up to take their jobs, but instead do not realize they themselves were just pushed down into the same ranks America’s traditional oppressed occupy. Trump tells them they are victims of an unfair world, ironically true in a way that must make him snigger off stage.

    Trump is a fascist, who promotes an America at war with anyone who challenges its self-image. For the past 15 years politicians and media have fed the raw meat of revenge to Americans, so it should be no surprise that Trump’s shouts to invade and bomb and torture are so enthusiastically received (some may argue, and it is not a tough argument to make, that such war fever has been fanned from the day WWII ended and the war on terror is just the continuation of the war on communism.)

    Trump is a bully, literally making calling others names a cornerstone of his public discourse. The coarsening of American public life has been a steady factor in our lifetimes, beginning perhaps with Bill Clinton, whose ideas of how to act in the nation’s highest office made it a daily occurrence to hear the term oral sex on TV news. After calling the president a whoremonger, it is a straight shot to Little Mario. And of course, don’t the guys on late night TV use funny names for politicians anyway? And now the Democrats have picked it up, making up names like “Dangerous Donald.”

    Trump is an opportunist, knowing that social issues such as gun control bring in the crowds (no one is going to repeal the Second Amendment) while mattering not a whit to the world he and the other power brokers care about. What is really important is maintaining the military industrial complex and being able to manipulate the tax/economic/investment systems. In their minds, only stupid poor people worry about guns, gays, transgender toilets and the like, so feed them that as a distraction. We don’t need bread and circuses, we have a world of right wing talk radio that makes Fox look middle-of-the-road.

    Welcome to Weimar: America is Now Ready for Trump

    Others have tried to be Trump and failed. Nixon had most of the pieces in place, but fell victim to a media that still cared back then to do its job. That’s no longer a problem.

    Reagan came very close and set much in motion, but had America’s reliable Russian enemy pulled out from under him and could never get up enough fear over his signature wars in Central America. The various evangelistic candidates of the 80s and 90s also tried hard, but most fell victim to sex and money scandals.

    In 2016, America was ready for its little Hitler.

    The Bush years weakened the institutions of America (the press in particular; how’d that Iraq thing go? Ready to condemn torture yet? You guys realize more Americans get their news from TV comedians now than newspapers, right?)

    The Republican party, by pushing forward Caligula’s horse in the form of Sarah Palin, laid bare its contempt for the electorate.

    Obama, full of pretty words, cynically picked up his office and that Nobel while twisting the knife into the corpse of democracy with drones.

    The Congress threw away its Constitutional role and empowered a strong man executive because it could not agree on anything else.

    The 24/7 news cycle, which meant Americans were never without fear being thrust into their faces, combined with the “see something, say something” report-your-neighbors mentality and insured a population ripe for exploitation.

    The one percent nailed things after the 2008 economic crisis (Throw them in jail? They got the government to pay off their financial malfeasance for them), pretty much ensuring their hold forever on power, even as we down here argue over what level of poverty a minimum wage should allow us.

    A Man of His Time

    Trump sensed all this perhaps without even understanding it, like a predator catches a scent and knows it’s dinner. He added in his own amazing media skills. He realized he could say anything, and contradict himself from speech to speech. The media and public certainly wouldn’t care, they’d encourage it as entertainment. And of course if neither your public nor your journalists know any history, then you can lie to them to your heart’s content.

    All that said, no one should count Hillary out; she is armed with her own skills at manipulation, and has powerful backers. She indeed may end up as president. But that only means the next iteration of Trump, whoever he or she is, waits a bit longer. The broader processes of history, in this case the sad end of our democratic experiment, can be delayed but not denied.

    After all, Germany wasn’t built in a day.

    The Internet is a blunt weapon, so a few things: I do not support Trump in any way, and I am writing to understand his rise, not to agree with it. Any references to Hitler are not to create a direct Trump = Hitler meme, but to illustrate how processes of history work. Now relax, and enjoy the show.

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  • Recent Comments

    • john Poole said...


      I do not believe this nation was founded to be a experiment in democracy. The founders were all aristocrat wanna bes.
      They knew they’d have to be very clever to insure a ruling elite and still have the uneducated masses feel their voices would be heard.

      06/9/16 8:51 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “Trump Exists Because We (White Men) Wanted Him”

      Tonto had it right when he said, Who do you mean “WE”, paleface?

      The numbers don’t lie. The days of the white majority are dwindling. There are 10.7 million more eligible voters today than there were in 2012. More than two-thirds of net growth in the U.S. electorate during this time has come from racial and ethnic minorities. Hispanics, blacks, Asians and other minorities had a net increase of 7.5 million eligible voters, compared with a net increase of 3.2 million among non-Hispanic white eligible voters.

      While the U.S. electorate is growing more diverse, there is low voter turnout rates among Hispanics and Asians. In the 2012 presidential election, 64% of non-Hispanic white eligible voters cast ballots, as did 67% of black eligible voters. By comparison, the voter turnout rate was 48% among Hispanics and 47% among Asians.

      People vote with their emotions. Let Donald and his fellow bigots antagonize the minorities with their racist rants. That will get more to the voting booth.

      Custer’s (and Donald’s) Last Words: Damn, look at all those angry Indians!

      06/9/16 8:54 AM | Comment Link

    • john Poole said...


      I have to assume that some FBI guys know the DOJ will not indict so they’ll leak as much damning findings about Hillary as possible. But it might be people will ignore the “unsavory” stuff. Look at the OJ trial. The jury most likely believed that OJ was guilty but that it was time for a black guy to get a break after lots of unfair convictions. Had his wife been black there might have been a different outcome but a white wife fit perfectly into the jury’s agenda.

      06/9/16 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...



      “That (LOS ANGELES) jury…”

      OJ would have gotten the death penalty in most of the country that didn’t give a crap how famous a black guy he was. I think a poor black guy in LA would have fared just as badly.

      06/9/16 9:16 AM | Comment Link

    • john Poole said...


      Bauer- OJ had the funds to hire a pretty savvy defense team. I still say the timing was right for an acquittal by a jury with an agenda to have a black guy finally beat the odds. With Hillary her supporters have an agenda- she must become POTUS which means they must block damning facts about her character. We need some rogue FBI guys to start leaking their findings. DOJ knows Obama is tethered to Hillary and don’t want to see two people brought down- not that they like either one.

      06/9/16 9:49 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      Hellary’s a halfascist with Willy as the Donald’s Segretti! Moll RAT卐, ALL!!

      06/9/16 12:24 PM | Comment Link

    • john Poole said...


      Watch out what you wish for-a democracy. Why shouldn’t Trump be POTUS is the majority wants him as their POTUS?
      Sanders and Clinton say Americans would never vote for such a candidate- If so then why even bring up the subject? What’s the worry?

      06/9/16 1:37 PM | Comment Link

    • traven said...


      I wonder what Obama said to Sanders today? I wonder more about how Sanders handled what Obama said? Did they cut a deal?
      I also find it interesting that O. waited until Clinton was officially blessed by the press to announce his support for her. What would he have done if Sanders had won California?
      All we know at this point is that Peter’s analysis above likening our present national situation to the Weimar Republics in Germany prior to the rise of Fascism is right on target.
      Time to get your ticket for Costa Rica and a shot for the Zika virus.

      06/9/16 3:56 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “Time to get your ticket for Costa Rica and a shot for the Zika virus.”

      Didn’t know there was a shot for the Zika virus. Zika will be as big a problem for most of the southern US. I left Amerika for Colombia. The Zika- carrying mosquito can’t deal with the 8600 ft. altitude here in Bogota.

      06/9/16 4:36 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Trump exists because the United States “leaders” have lost their minds:


      06/9/16 7:53 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...


      Trump AND Clinton both exist due to an apathetic, non-voting, couldn’t care less American electorate.

      We are really, really screwed when the choice teeters between a clown and a crook.

      And one more thing–If Bernie Sanders has simply rolled over, I’m guessing that he really didn’t want to be President.

      So many missed opportunities!

      06/9/16 8:27 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      The most honest New York Times headline you’ll ever read:


      06/11/16 8:41 AM | Comment Link

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