Odd to suggest when we’re 18 months past that inauguration day that so many won’t forget (for many reasons), but there was something bothering me about Dump and his whole approach to becoming president (and now that he is president).
A year and a half has convinced me that he doesn’t want to be president and never did.
He wants to be king.
And that’s what he always wanted.
Again–this is a theory. But the way he holds himself and approaches the job smacks of the Divine Right of Kings coming back out of centuries-old Europe.
He has the “blessing” of many religious figureheads and congregants, some of whom have stated repeatedly that the man was sent by God to save the country.
He’s demanded loyalty to himself, not the nation and what it stands for, on several occasions in the early days (and probably still does). This reminds me of European kings who would invade and trade territories every couple of decades, so the people would have to swear allegiance to this new king, even if he’d never stepped foot on the territory and couldn’t speak the language.
He has a rotating cabinet (council of advisers) that he rarely listens to, unless they pander to his ego or whims first. And if they don’t do what he wants for long, he either gets them to resign or they do so out of frustration. Which leaves them on the outs, and he with more control.
He tweets and rallies (makes direct addresses and appeals to the people) to keep himself noticed and in their favor, bypassing and lessening the influence of the representatives (lords) that are supposed to be closer to the people. He hopes to break this hold entirely and establish a cult of personal devotion to himself, and inspire rebellion against those representatives who don’t or won’t devote themselves to him alone.
If you support him, you are a good, loyal American. If you don’t, you’re “the other” and should be gotten rid of…somehow.
He does not try to guide policy, but actively create it: laws, established structures, and the judiciary be damned. If it’s not his idea, it’s not worth discussing.
He’s put family and close friends in positions of power, whether deserving, experienced, or otherwise. When that doesn’t quite work, he invents places to put them so he has a “loyalty bubble” around him.
He has a firm belief that only he can get things done, that that’s why he’s the head of government…never mind the thousands of people in various levels and the cabinet (council) itself that actively write and discuss policy (or try to pretty up speeches). This is most noticed in Dump’s continuous use of the word “I” regarding what happens daily in government.
I can’t recall the last time the word “we” escaped his lips during his presidency, except perhaps a few slips when he was at a rally with his hard-core supporters.
He tests the established order to get what he wants.
He alienates leaders of other nations (kingdoms) who will not agree with him or do what he wants them to, and threatens them when they don’t give him what he wants.
He flatters national leaders who have more power in their hands than he does, admiring their ruthlessness and force of personality.
I can’t help but feel that D.T. is a throwback to a lord who became king in the Feudal ages, one who helped establish Divine Right. A person corrupted by absolute power who would only get worse.
This makes me worry about us, the American People. It hit me this morning that I had to throw this theory out there, because this thought came to me: does D.T. consider the American People citizens, or serfs?
Floor’s yours if you want it…