Class Warfare Blog

July 17, 2018

The White House Reality Show

Quite a while ago, my partner and I became foster parents of a girl who was born with seven illegal drugs in her body. It is not nice to be born, which has to be traumatic, as none of us can remember it, and then to immediately go through detox. In any case, the young lady in question had neither sympathy or empathy for any other person as a psychological byproduct of her deplorable treatment by her parents. They just weren’t there in her psyche to be called upon. (She is all grown now and on her own and doing spectacularly well, a testament to a vast army of people who stepped up the plate for her … and her own determination to make a life for herself.)

One night over a quiet dinner, she blurted out “Hey, I’m not getting enough attention.” This is something someone who is very self-absorbed might say (I’d never heard it uttered before or since).

I believe this is the situation for Donald Trump, the FPOTUS. It seems that he isn’t bright enough to have his own ideas or even to significantly process the ideas of other people. Some say he used to be bright but has slipped significantly as he aged. That remains to be seen, but right now, he is as bright as a bag of rocks.

He also seems to be quite narcissistic and he seems to be governed personally by a drive to get attention to he, himself, and him. So, he goes into a NATO meeting (NATO, not Nato) and instead of playing along with the show for the rubes as everyone else does, he throws a rock while in a glass house. From this, he gets a great deal of attention.

And for people craving attention, there is no such thing as “bad attention.” Ordinary people do not aspire to becoming the “baddest dude in town.”

The same can be said for his meeting with Putin in Finland (which our FPOTUS mistook for a NATO ally). He pokes the bear (US politicians, the FBI, our intelligence “communities,” and public opinion) and doesn’t poke the bear (Russia) and gets a huge amount of attention.

And, what does this all mean?

Well, this is the frightening thing. As far as I can tell, to Mr. Trump it doesn’t mean anything. He made some personal appearances. He got “yuge crowds” in Great Britain and his picture on the front page of every newspaper in Europe and most of the rest of the world. The Russian press is asking about how the new U.S-Russia agreement will work (WTF?) and we are all pulling our hair out. And, for Mr. Trump, it was “did a few things, got a lot of attention, all in all a good week.”

The amazing thing is how many Republicans line up to suck the FPOTUS’s dick. Apparently Trump is giving them enough cover so they do all of their dastardly deeds almost unnoticed, like passing a bill in the House that withholds federal funds for adoptions in states where gay couples are allowed to adopt, you know, important work like that. Oh, and stacking the federal judiciary with knuckle dragging reactionaries and neoliberals and there are so many positions to fill since they blocked so many of them while Obama was President, then they changed the rules so the Dems couldn’t block their nominees. (Fair play is for suckers, don’t you know.)


  1. I agree with your idea that fair play is for suckers. Every time a Democrat is in office the Republicans pull ever dirty trick they can. Then when the situation is reversed the Republicans demand we must be nice, kind, and accommodating to their office holder. I say to heck with that. I do not like the Democrats being pushovers. When we win the midterms, I want the same intense push for the progressive ideas as the Republicans did for their regressive ones. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Hugs

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    Comment by Scottie — July 17, 2018 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  2. I totally blame his vacant minded knuckle dragging cult base for this and also a small percent of a few smart conservative and unethical thugs who agree with his craziness and are “all in” for the spoils they will get short term.

    There’s always the potential for a crazed narcissistic leader, but the 40% who support him and the large numbers of people who don’t care and don’t vote are to blame. Ignorance and apathy…a disaster in the making.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — July 17, 2018 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

    • I don’t blame his base for voting him in; I was against “more of the same” and “more politics as usual” as the next person. I am, however, disgusted that they continue to support him after their delusions have been stripped away by the man himself. I just can’t believe that Fox (sic) News is that good at the propaganda game.

      On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 4:22 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 17, 2018 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

      • Yes you are correct…it is more the fact they still support him after all that’s happened in two years.
        But I still think his propensity for egocentrism, lies and negativity were there from the get go. And if people looked hard enough, this could have easily been seen in spite of the desire for change from the SOS in politics. He represented danger, if for nothing more than who he’d chose for Supreme Court judges. Conservative judges who will set back and undo progress for a generation.

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        Comment by maryplumbago — July 17, 2018 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

        • I agree with you in the most part, and I remember the feeling of wanting to throw the biggest monkey wrench into the gears of government I could find, so I am just saying that I understand their initial votes. The man won on a fluke (I don’t credit Republican machinators with enough talent to have completely engineered his victory.) and Democrats didn’t turn out a large vote, so….

          On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 9:43 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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          Comment by Steve Ruis — July 18, 2018 @ 8:02 am | Reply

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