Donald Trump’s presidency is an indicator of deep disorder and fear. One of the most shocking aspects of living in America these days is that roughly four out of ten Americans tolerate or actively support him. The man is an illiterate malignant narcissist with dangerous fascistic and racist traits. He infuriates more than half the country, including me. For the past few years, I have wondered why there aren’t more powerful countervailing powers against abusive and criminally-inept leadership. I think those forces exist (witness the testimony of Fiona Hill), but they are diminished in the face of dark tides.
In my opinion, Trump’s power indicates a few problems:
- The rise of shameless media celebrities who have eclipsed accountable community-based figures (Paris Hilton goes to Washington)
- The unshackling of sinister forces in politics through dark money and the tools of cyberwar
- An unsustainable rise in income and wealth inequality which further undermines community and stokes fear-based thinking among all social groups
- A sense of profound loss and alienation among those with the most to lose–older Americans with property and savings
If America is going to survive, these forces need to recede. Perhaps this will happen when we are fully confronted by a great common foe such as climate change when its impacts become undeniable. I think that day is coming. Although we are a phenomenally wasteful nation, we are also an ingenious one.
Trump to me is an unfortunate indicator. Though I support his impeachment, I think his removal won’t remove the dark forces I’ve listed above. In a future blog post, I hope to write about some positive ways that each person can make their own small to large push against this tide that will drown us all if we do not use our creative intelligence.