Clearly I am not a political insider and there are lots of people who think they know what is going on in the world, but it takes years of hindsight to hash together a version of history that becomes acceptable or the construction most advantageous to the story of the regime in control. Something I want people to consider however is that we are witnessing a battle between intelligence communities and the controllers of the planet based out of the US and none of the players appear to be virtuous in the least.
It has been a struggle to explain to people my view of Donald Trump, which I am not alone in holding as there are millions of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein voting or supporting progressives that seem to be remarkably ambivalent toward him while holding Hillary Clinton’s feet to the fire. We are all still dissecting 2016’s election and not really getting any wiser or flexible in our views, which is really wasted energy in a way but I think everyone who voted did so with fairly valid logic no matter how they voted. If you can empathize with people who voted for each of the four main candidates, you possess the power to persuade in future ventures, and that is what is more important and effective than blasting your already closely held belief and fury over and over in the same way, which is what I see people doing from my perch in Europe, but also grew weary of on the ground in the US.
I very much believe that Trump can be duplicitous and an embarrassment to the US in the way he delivers information or spin, but at the same time there are many things to consider if you really want a brighter, more balanced future for the US and subsequently the world and you only have to look to the fairly recent past to see that Russia is a fabricated bogeyman to grease the wheels of military spending and destabilize the planet in a way that only further energizes and funds the ultra wealthy destructive class that we hardly see. Trump is very much the unwitting yet willing moving target in this landscape.
I liked Barack Obama for his abilities as an orator and general optics he provided to other western countries, but it is important to recognize shortcomings and faults rather than have a totally partisan view that paints one side as good and the other as bad. There is mainly gray in politics and governance since there are so many historic, systemic faults that cannot be overcome easily and enormously powerful, threatening, silent forces that have the final say of what happens. This is why the language and tone of an administration can change and there are some concessions allowed but generally, the bombs will keep dropping and new war fronts will be opening as the quest for fresh victims and markets can never be fully sated. We are complicit in this by needing returns on our investments and by continuing to consume non-renewables and products coming from dubious sources and origins. Therefore, we cannot get our ideals in place until we truly, meaningfully accept responsibility for what happens. A better reality has to be earned.
I have worked with personalities very similar to Trump before and I can safely say a number of things as to how to manage them even from below. As with almost everything else in life, you must not take them on directly and call them on their bullshit, however just or accurate you may be. Such people have strengths as well and appreciate attributes in the soft skills areas. You must not hit their ego but instead use it from an emotional appeal standpoint. Trump would be receptive to a well-reasoned and heartfelt appeal from the legitimate progressive left if coming from an appearance of respect and true need. What he wants is admiration and to be the hero that does make things better. However, anyone who humiliates or criticizes him he will be consumed with thoughts of destroying them. This drive of proving naysayers wrong is what gave him the drive to get everything he has achieved and also accounts for a pile of lawsuits from breached contracts and Twitter wars. If he feels the nation or groups are against him, he will be very spiteful toward these groups. I understand that it seems immoral to stroke his ego but when someone holds this office, it is the only way, and one very important piece of this process is that someone with this temperament will give extreme liberties and autonomy to trusted people because essentially he would like ot take the credit for good results from teams. If you attack the administration and him, what will happen and has happened is that you give the opportunity for really radicalized neoconservative people who will say what he wants them to say and manipulate him for more aggressive posturing to be the only people with access to him.
Even prior to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, I have been sensing that Trump may suddenly resign under great pressure coming from the neocons, the neoliberals beside them, and public opinion. In spite of what many people may think, this is probably the worst thing that could happen and I feel very confident in saying that Mike Pence and Paul Ryan would bring on a dismantling of freedoms in the US that has been unprecedented. These two figures are not as easily manipulated and do have very specific visions that they would have near universal support to expedite in a lightning round of events and legislation.
The last thing I want everyone to consider is that we are in the midst of a very nasty conspiracy or series of conspiracies that we will probably not hear the truth about ever. I do not know what or who is at the heart of it for sure any more than the next person, but I do know that the villainization of Russia is formulaic from the pages of how Iraq and Afghanistan went in 2001-2003, but the target audience is the old school left majority rather than the center right majority that existed 15 years ago. This is not to say that the leadership of Russia is good or right, but it is more fragmented and layered than we are probably acknowledging or able to comprehend at this time, and just because something comes from Russia, it does not mean that it is coming from Putin, who is upsetting the oligarchs at some times and appeasing them at others, depending on how that affects his ability to maintain power and also fend off western interference in the management of their country, influence, and orbit of power.
Last, it is helpful for all of us to finally abandon our Democrat-Republic paradigm at times because neither seems to be offering a full package of what anyone wants. The US does not have a true labor party, nor a moderate party of reasonable enterprise and security. No amount of protesting is going to have any measurable effect but boycotts and changes in personal behavior and accountability will. If you do write any political figure or organization, write to the Democrats or left-leaning figures and ask for fair, concise engagement with the White House and ask them to present what is reasonable and good for all people rather than to undermine the presidency and pave way for a much more radicalized brand of right-wing policy to gain traction.