Charles D. Hayes: The Arrogance of Power

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Watching snippets of Trump on his Thank You Tour, I keep wondering why someone doesn’t tell the con man he won. He is still in campaign mode. He is like a dog who has finally caught the car he was chasing and doesn’t know what the hell to do now. He is about to get slammed into the pavement by a job he is unfit and totally unprepared for, although, it is the country that will suffer the impact.

People keep attributing Trump with having a high IQ and this is total bullshit. They are projecting their hopes on Trump with the assumption that if he’s rich he must be smart. Trump speaks at a third to fifth grade level at best and his biographer claims his vocabulary is around 200 words, but it appears that 75 of them are taken up by “great.”

The troubling thing though, is that medical professionals have pointed out that Trump clearly shows he has all nine symptoms of NPD, Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

NPD must be why Trump is engaged in serial gloating and trolling for adoration instead of trying to bring the country together, which any sane President-elect would be doing now.

But then, getting attention is what makes him tick. The only thing I can come up with that might be positive providing we survive Trump’s presidency is that we are in for one hell of a civics lesson.

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The great irony that I can never get my mind around is that the GOP’s policies undermine the very things in life they claim to value most. That conservatism is unconcerned about clean air and water and global warming makes no sense.

An ethos that glorifies obedience, and yet, is not adamant that people who work hard should be afforded a living wage and that this should takes precedence over an entrepreneur’s right to exploit people, undermines itself. Hard work as a virtue is the bedrock of conservatism, at least it used to be.

A political ideology built around reifying families, and yet, whose policies are overtly oppressive to families, is an anathema to the notion of being a “family values party.”

Both of our political parties need to reexamine their reasons for being. Liberals need to cut to the bone of what liberalism stands for and conservatives need to rethink what’s worth conserving.

I’m old enough to recall a time when Democrats were all about being for the working class and Republicans used to do the right things for the right reasons.

But, continuously cutting taxes while our deficit soars, our infrastructure crumbles, and digital app technology threatens employment, is not conservativism, it is instead, an expression of contempt, arrogance, political immaturity and greed.

The strangest thing of all, however, is the decision of working class America to reward the political party that is most responsible for today’s growing inequality with the expectation that these people, led by Donald Trump will fix the problem.

This is neither liberal, or conservative, this is naiveté bordering on lunacy. The sad reality, though, that I keep pointing out is that every time people start getting close to figuring out that they have been conned, someone is going to burn a flag.

 

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One response to “Charles D. Hayes: The Arrogance of Power

  1. “I’m old enough to recall a time when Democrats were all about being for the working class and Republicans used to do the right things for the right reasons.”

    I got my GED after I left an Okc, OK high school in 1972. It was so Democratic any unfortunate candidate with a “Republican” sign on their car could get their ass dusted with buckshot in the houses down by the river. I watched in ’71 as the parents, good Democrats all, surrounded the black kids being bused to the school and incited their kids to beat them, harassed them with hate speech, even threw feces. Half of those assholes, children and adults, became Republicans when Reagan came along, making sure both parties were poisoned.

    Frankly, I can’t think of a time when either party was all that “democratic”, if your skin wasn’t the right color, or you weren’t the right sex to use the men’s room.

    The only difference between the two major parties is which set of bank$ter/jihadists they suck from.

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