ONE HUNDRED DAYS OF DISASTER!
Well, it’s The Orange Don’s (ToD) 100th-day as…well, you know…don’t make me say it. I don’t have much to add to what has already been said, so I figured I would make this post a Featured Voice. Ezra Klein does a fine job summing up the obvious.
That being said, there are a couple things that I’ve noticed going conspicuously unsaid. Much of the media is focusing on this arbitrary standard of his first hundred days by focusing on his accomplishment, or lack thereof. In other words, they are treating this as they would any normal administration. Of course, this isn’t any normal administration. This is a particularly awful administration.
Instead of lamenting Trump’s amazing incompetence as revealed by his administration’s stunning lack of accomplishment, we should be giving thanks. Yes, it may seem pathetic to celebrate our executive’s incompetence, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that his platform is terrible. He ran on the promise that he was going to immiserate millions of people. So far, he has fallen short of his stated goals. And for that, we should give thanks.
At the same time, we have to be careful. One unfortunate consequence of ToD’s torrent of corruption, nepotism, and deceit is that the public is becoming inured to it. The Administration’s endless state of scandal is becoming old news and normalized. We’ve just accepted, for instance, that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump appear to be the driving force behind a veritable Trump Triumvirate in the White House while at the same time running the family business. We can’t allow ourselves to become so calloused to the corruption that we turn a blind eye. That leads to the very cynicism and inaction that got us in this mess in the first place.
Another little-reported tidbit that I find rather important is ToD’s status among his followers (yes, I do mean followers–they are so much more than supporters at this point). They continue to support him. They FREAKING continue to support him!
Now anyone with any discernment at all should be appalled by this fact. Appalled, but not surprised. ToD’s followers are immune to reality. A couple of weeks ago I was listening in on a couple of ToD followers (ToDites?) commending the President for the great job he was doing. “Of course,” one woman announced, “you’ll never hear this in the mainstream media. The media is out to get him.”
Any bad news about The Don is nothing more than a grand conspiracy among the mainstream media. Don’t expect this to change anytime soon.
Also, don’t expect the Democrats to step up and become a People’s Party. They are still beholden to the corporate class and hesitate to embrace any policy that might be popular among working Americans. So there’s little hope that the Democrats might make a significant comeback in 2018 or 2020 if they keep going on this track. Trump may be unpopular, but so are the Democrats. If the 2016 election taught us anything it was that Trump doesn’t have to be popular. He just has to be more popular than the Democrats.