Alt-history or future reality?
President thinks that financing a nuclear arsenal is more important than funding universal medicare
The stench of fascism is upon the land. As the Trump administration in the U.S. implodes and lurches from crisis-to-crisis, domestically and internationally, and is increasingly consumed by chaos, it is time to assess what’s really happening.
In the first instance we must face the grim truth that the very foundations of American democracy are being challenged, if not undermined. This is not a fantasy, rant, or aberration.
The U.S. now has a president who rules by presidential decree - that is, Executive Orders, who probably colluded with a foreign power to get elected, doesn’t believe in the Constitutional system of checks and balances or the separation of church and state, who threatens the judiciary, doesn’t believe in climate change, who is openly anti-education and anti-university, and who thinks that financing a nuclear arsenal is more important than funding universal medicare.
We have a president who has access to the nuclear trigger whose foreign policy is in tatters, who is a racist and a sexist, who is often incoherent and borders on being unhinged from reality, and is probably suffering from various mental disorders.
We now have an American president who wants to make “America Great Again” by returning to the allegedly idyllic 1950s, where everyone knew their place, but in reality really wants to return to the 1860s by disenfranchising blacks and the poor, as well as gutting affirmative action programs in employment and university admissions.
This is not democracy in action; this is a country in terminal decline. Pax Americana is coming to an end as did the Roman and British Empires. And Donald Trump is the undertaker. But rigor mortis will be messy.
It is probably fair to say that no U.S. president has been as reviled as Donald Trump. By comparison Republican presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush almost look respectable and sane. And in terms of outright corruption, cronyism, and nepotism the earlier administrations of U.S. General Grant, the commander of the Union forces during the Civil War, or the TeaPot Dome scandal of President Warren Harding in the early 1920s, look amateurish when compared to Trump.
What is to be done? Let me suggest some unpleasant, but in my opinion, very real possible scenarios. In the first instance, in the name of democracy, the newly created Presidential Commission on Electoral Fraud will amend the existing federal legislation so the states will be able to eliminate millions of voters, especially blacks, immigrants, and the poor. This will effectively stack the electoral system by eliminating its opponents, especially in the south.
Second, the U.S., like Germany in 1933, will have a Reichstag incident, where there is some sort of manufactured domestic terrorist incident, like a bombing or second 9/11, that is used as an excuse to invoke martial law and limit civil liberties in the U.S. Political opponents may possibly be incarcerated, as was provided for under the Cold War, Smith-McCarran Act, Title II.
Third, at the risk of be either sounding foolish or hysterical, I am prepared to say that there will be no presidential election in the U.S in 2020. It will be cancelled by Presidential Executive Order, in the interest of national security (of course), possibly as a result of a staged Reichstag incident. This is effectively a coup, whether carried out by Trump, and his survivalist and Christian-right wing supporters, in order to cling to power, or by the U.S. military to stabilize the deteriorating political situation.
Such an idea is hardly new in American political culture. Some may remember the film, “Seven Days in May” (with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas), or another film, “A Very British Coup.” More recently, respected Yale historian Timothy Snyder, in his book “On Tyranny (2016),” has also raised the spectre of a Trump-inspired coup. I am in good company. These political scenarios are no longer fantasy or fiction. Fiction is becoming reality. To deny or ignore this unfolding reality is dangerous. And what happens in the U.S. will affect Canada.
But, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” And we must, “Stand on Guard for thee.”
U.S. President Donald Trump