It’s January 20, 2017, and newly elected President Donald Trump enters the Oval Office in the White House for the first time. He is eager to show the American public that he’s a dynamic man of action by quickly implementing the agenda he ran on during the campaign. There has recently been a spate of terrorist bombings in Europe committed by ISIS and other Islamic-Jihadist barbarians. So, as the first order of business, Trump commands the military to start bombing ISIS barracks and employing torture methods to any captured Jihadists. The barracks have never been attacked before because they are primarily populated by the wives and kids of ISIS fighters. Some Generals and Admirals balk at these commands, pointing out that they would be in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions, and that they could thus be prosecuted for committing war crimes. Trump calls them “pansies” and fires them immediately for failing to comply with direct orders from their Commander-in-Chief. New officers are appointed who are far more amenable to carrying out Trumps orders.
The bombing of ISIS barracks by U.S. forces begins for the first time with the resultant deaths of hundreds if not thousands of casualties, comprised mainly of women and children. Not only the Arab world, but most of Europe is outraged including our closest allies. Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, among others, threaten to pull out of NATO but, in the end, are pretty much impotent to stop these bombings. ISIS, however, seizes on these actions as the gift of an invaluable recruiting tool. ISIS goes on-line and states that such bombings demonstrate that America really is The Great Satan the world has been warned about. Thousands of new recruits join ISIS in the following months. We are now locked in competition with the Jihadists in a race to the bottom of the mud pit. American credibility sinks to an all-time low.
Next up is building that gigantic wall on the Mexican border, nearly 2000 miles long, that Trump promised during his campaign. The Mexican Government is nearly doubled over in stitches when Trump asks them to pay for the construction. But Trump can always rely on the U.S. Treasury for funding so construction begins. At a cost of multi-billions in new deficits added to the $20 trillion of debt the U.S. owed when Obama left office. The Trump Wall, with all its grotesqueness, as it becomes referred to, now replaces Lady Liberty in New York harbor as the symbol of America. At the same time, Trump orders the process of rounding up nearly 11 million undocumented Hispanics for deportation to Latin America. These include children (of illegal-alien parents) that were born in the U.S., and who are thus supposedly American citizens according to the Constitution. But Trump calls them “anchor babies” and insists that lawyers (whom he’s paid for) have advised him that deportation of such children is perfectly legal. Although denounced by such media outlets as the New York Times, the Los Angles Times, and the Washington Post, Trumps favorability ratings skyrocket, especially among the Republican base.
Next, Trump begins a trade war with Mexico, China and other countries. Trump slaps a 33%-45% tariff on most imported goods as he promised. This hits the lower middle class especially hard, since much of the clothing they buy at Wal-Mart or K-Mart or other such low end stores is imported from Asia. The person who is considering buying a $30,000 dollar Ford, which is the most he can afford, now finds that same car costs $45,000 because it’s manufactured in Mexico. China, which owns over a trillion dollars of U.S. debt, is outraged over these new tariffs on its exported products and begins retaliation. First it dumps a good portion of the U.S. bonds it owns, on the open market causing panic among U.S. stock and bond investors. Interest rates skyrocket which results in massive investment sell-offs on Wall Street. The stock and bond markets plunge. Next, retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports are established primarily by Asian countries and Mexico. The export industry in this country, which accounts for a large chunk of the U.S. economy, takes a huge hit. Export factories begin to shutter, laying off tens of thousands of mostly blue-collar workers who were the backbone of Trump’s supporters in the previous November election. One might call it ironic justice. The unemployment rate begins to significantly increase, causing the first dip in Trump’s poll numbers.
Through all the turmoil, David Duke, the former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, reiterates his undiminished support for President Trump. Although Trump has supposedly dis-avowed him, Duke still insists that Trump is doing right by the white race, and continues to have the full support of the KKK. I could go on with more examples but I think you get the picture. It’s the same thing that happened in Venezuela which was a functioning democracy until an ego-driven, blustering bully named Hugo Chavez took the reigns of power. Venezuela had a reasonable economy fueled by its very large oil reserves until Chavez drove that economy into the ground. He refused to relinquish the presidency when his term was up until cancer finally killed him. But his thuggish cronies are still running the country and ruining its economy.
Sometimes, the utter hollowness and hypocrisy of the Trump campaign is tripped up by the tiniest but most meaningful of circumstances. Not long ago, Trump, the great biblical scholar, gave a speech at Liberty University which is a Christian school run by Jerry Falwell Jr. During his talk he quoted from a passage out of the New Testament called “Second Corinthians.” Only Trump referred to it as “Two Corinthians.” Twitter and Facebook lit up like a Roman candle. One person wrote on Twitter that-“Two Corinthians go into a bar…..” I think that simple posting says it all.