Before the Republican Convention, I made the joke that Donald Trump would choose Charlie Manson as his vice presidential candidate. Little did I know how close I came to the truth.
The future is never what you think it will be. Take Donald Trump, for example. After Election Day I had visions of the Nazis rolling over Washington, DC like German tanks rolling through the Ukraine in summer. Instead, Adolf Hitler has been switched out for Moe, Larry, and Curly.
I'm overjoyed by the mistakes this administration has made. By focusing on really important things like crowd size, dead illegal voters, and so-called judges, the Trump administration appears to have already spent most of its political capital. Every Trump action appears to generate an equal (and more powerfully growing) reaction from enraged citizens, all of the federal bureaucracy, and world leaders. The Trump administration is roughly where the Obama administration was after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and the opposition's historical anodyne -- the antiwar movement of the 1960s-- took almost five years to get to the same position the left is in one month.
I'll admit it. I smell Trump blood, and I want more Trump blood. But even while sugarplum fairies dance in my head about that happy day when President Shelia Pence will take office, I have to admit to that trepidation:
That name should strike fear into the whole world. Ignore the fact that the man is a self-described Leninist who wants nothing more than the destruction of the entire system. And so, in an extremely curious way, Bannon makes common cause with the anti-American left.
A very obvious indicator of the power that this Svengali has over The Boy King was evident at T-Rex's half time interview with Bill O'Reilly.When Trump was asked about Putin being a murderer, he replied, "Well, America has plenty of killers, too." Perhaps in an alternative world, Noam Chomsky or I might be sitting in the White House. But there would be a difference!
That difference is -- that no matter how radical someone like Noam or me would be,we would still have an appreciation for the complexities and ecology of government. Neither one of us would use language like this, even though we would think it. But no -- not The Orange Wonder or his Rasputin Steve Bannon. Certainly a whole lot of people continue to have fear and dread about this presidency, and rightly so. I, for one though, have pondered the mystery of all of this Why do we have a babboon sitting in the Oval Office? And what are we to make of its monkey handler? Why is the truth so damn much stranger than any fiction?
One gets a queasy feeling of deja vu, and then the solution arrives. We think about the cinema. Mind you, if some screenwriter had actually written this, the writer would be immediately fired and the script would have been burned. But this is reality, and I get up every morning in anticipation. What will Donald Trump do today? Yes, it's a sick perversion, but the whole thing is absolutely gripping and attention-grabbing. President #45 was a reality show host, but he never had a presentation like what he has now.
In order to put this into context, go back to your favorite action film. In every case there is a super-villian who appears to be unstoppable. Doesn't Steve Bannon fit this role to a tee? Even scarier are this week's revelations about Bannon's fixation on a cyclical political theory that appears to call for World War III.
Here is Bannon, sitting in the premier position. In many respects he could be more powerful than the POTUS. He certainly appears to be more focused. And I imagine that Bannon is going through a learning process to figure out how the national security machinery works. For someone with no experience, it takes time to master. The really worrying thing would be when he feels he has full mastery of the situation. When that happens, there will be two high probability scenarios in my opinion:
A. In the face of massive civil disobediance, Bannon creates a Reichstag fire, suspends all civil liberties, and starts the FEMA camps, or
B. In the face of continuing popularity decline, Bannon-Trump jigger together some phony war to rally the gullible around a wartime dictatorship.
Of the two scenarios, B is by far, the scariest. If we are to believe the rumors, the Michael Flynn and Bannon are most interested in fomenting war with Iran. Unfortunately in geopolitics, the same thing holds true today with Iran as it did for Jimmy Carter in 1980. Then as now, a war with Iran not only promises a potential collapse of the world economy, but it could very easily be a flashpoint for an atomic war that would end all civilization.
Bannon was a movie producer, you know. So perhaps he sees himself cast in the role of the super-villian of your choice. But in the movies,the super-villian eventuallly meets his nemesis. Everyone lives happily ever after! The end.
I hope someone already exists in Washington, DC who is The Hero. Donald Trump & Company cannot last long. I am guessing that he and his GOP friends know the game plan. There may even be the exact date to remove the President that all the insiders know. The rest of us will have to sit like gomers with our mouths open, amazed at the daily wonders we see by TV or internet until that happy moment is revealed.
Sooner or later, the day can be saved. And President Pence can take his place as #46. I am hopeful that this scenario plays out this way, because if The Hero does not arrive -- the end results are too horrible to contemplate.