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David Lovejoy, Echo co-founder

This is one last head-scratch about Donald Trump and the American political paroxysm before the forty-fifth president drags himself, or is dragged, away.

Nobody needs any reminders about what a corrupt and vicious administration has been in power for the last four years.

When a plutocrat’s spawn, whose only success has been in creating a television persona, lucks into the almost unlimited power of the US presidency, corruption and vice are inevitable. And given Trump’s business record incompetence was also ensured.

That incompetence, assuming it was not something darker, has led to a US covid death toll of 350,000 as the New Year turned.

Apparently it was not enough death. Lame-duck presidents do not normally approve federal executions, but Trump has allowed three since the election, and nine more are scheduled before he leaves office. Perhaps he thinks that if enough blood is spilled he magically won’t have to leave after all?

Of course law-and-order politicians believe fervently, against all evidence, in the deterrent power of the death penalty, but what are we to make of the fact that Trump pardoned the Blackwater war criminals who murdered innocent civilians in Baghdad in 2007?

There was no suggestion that the conviction of the four mercenaries was unsafe, or their sentences too severe.

The lives of 14 Iraqis, including two children, simply do not matter. They count even less than the lives of unarmed black people shot by American police.

In a way, there is some solace in Trump’s incompetence and bloodthirsty stupidity.

If he had been more calculating he could have done even more damage to the American social fabric.

Instead his term was a rehearsal for the fascism that could arrive, if someone smarter than him takes over the White House and destroys all the mechanisms for removing a president.

Julius Caesar, who was much more talented than Trump, made the first draft of permanent dictatorship when it became clear that Rome’s old political system was inadequate to administer the city’s vastly expanded territories.

He was removed with extreme prejudice, but his sister’s grandson Octavian was the smarter man who successfully turned the republic into an empire, a less democratic system, but arguably a more stable one.

American democracy has been shaken by the antics of a television flimflam man, but the republic has survived.

The institutions it relies on had better be stronger than those of ancient Rome.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. For ages I had brain-drain trying to work out why the US public voted Trump in.
    I’m still short on the answer & I guess the best I can come up with is that it could,
    & probably was, Hilary Clinton. I’m not about to list her many off-putting lies or
    her treatment of Tulsi Gabbard & the Clintons’ company packages – very large
    earnings for the 2 people [hubby & wife] who were supposedly almost broke once
    they left The White House. It’s said that ‘the people’ just “don’t trust Hilary.” I keep
    on hearing that. And yes – Decaying Republic does say it all, David. As for Trump,
    his game-playing will continue from behind bars? The nutter may still walk away
    & try anew. In any case he’s taught world governments an unforgettable lesson NB
    ‘life & country is cheap if we let it happen.’

  2. “If he had been more calculating he could have done even more damage to the American social fabric.”

    Don’t hold your breath, David. He’s got two weeks left!!!!

  3. Pre-election psychiatric testing should be mandatory for all politicians.
    And for all voters too!
    Millions still support Trump, even though he is obviously crackers. That’s a worry.

  4. Happy new year David !!
    Trump would have one the election if covid
    Had not been born in China.. 100%
    Do i like Trump !! Well he has done some stupid
    Things .. and social media is at the top of the pile .
    However his diplomacy in North Korea, what he
    Achieved recently in the Middle East is unequalled.
    Not one world conflict under Trumps reign..
    Unlike Obarma Marching Americans in to Syria..
    As for Trumps attacks on democracy as the aunty
    Puts it .. well the worlds leftest media including
    The ABC , the Guardian, CNN , and the Echo
    All could not come to terms that Trump had one the Presidency why ? Well his not a Democrat of course !! Not different here if Labor are not in power, the pile on is relentless regardless how
    Well the coalition are traveling.. ..

    And so it begins!! Biden – Harris administration
    The most socialist pairing in American history
    War will break out , the country will go deep into recession, taxes will double . The Great Reset
    Let the judgement begin David !!,

  5. Biden & Harris are not Clinton or ‘tin trumpets’. Trump’s doings have now re-armed
    more weapons of destruction. Think on that. Obama ‘bought them off’ & idiot Trump
    took the cash back, Barrow. Go check out what’s really happened. Politics are in
    a stinking state & the every-day people must wake up.

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