Wednesday, July 20, 2016

King Donald I

Carlo Brogi portrait of Victor Emmanuel III. 1895, via Wikimedia Commons.
First of all, let's dispel with this fiction that this candidate wants to be the fascist dictator of America. This candidate does not want to be the fascist dictator of America. He wants somebody else to be the fascist dictator, as we learn from the details of his attempt to recruit Governor Kasich for the post:

according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?
When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.
Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?
“Making America great again” was the casual reply.
What does making America great again consist of, if it's not covered in domestic and/or foreign policy? Uniforms!

Trump wants to be the constitutional monarch, as I've suggested, but in a fascist regime, like Victor Emmanuel III in Mussolini's time, who shows up to dedicate things, urge people to be charitable, model his baseball cap, and receive bouquets from the hands of properly dressed young persons of all races and conditions, while Governor Pence (apparently the fifth choice or so after Kasich, Condoleezza Rice, Joni Ernst, and Bob Corker turned him down) does all the unconstitutional stuff of banning persons from "terrorist territories" from entering the US, outlawing all abortions, tearing down civil rights protections for workers in favor of "religious freedom" for employers, making the Patriot Act permanent, prohibiting same-sex marriage, and "deny[ing] jurisdiction to any Federal court, and appellate jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance or its validity under the Constitution" (Mike Pence on Civil Rights). Or whatever, you know, why should Trump immerse himself in the unpleasant details?

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