Ovi -
we cover every issue
newsletterNewsletter
subscribeSubscribe
contactContact
searchSearch
Apopseis magazine  
Ovi Bookshop - Free Ebook
Ovi Greece
Ovi Language
Murray Hunter: Essential Oils: Art, Agriculture, Science, Industry and Entrepreneurship
The Breast Cancer Site
Tony Zuvela - Cartoons, Illustrations
Stop human trafficking
 
BBC News :   - 
iBite :   - 
GermanGreekEnglishSpanishFinnishFrenchItalianPortugueseSwedish
The Personality of Donald Trump: Explaining the Unexplainable? The Personality of Donald Trump: Explaining the Unexplainable?
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2017-03-05 10:38:29
Print - Comment - Send to a Friend - More from this Author
DeliciousRedditFacebookDigg! StumbleUpon

 kid01_400

Lately there have appeared in the media a plethora of columns and cartoons attempting a daunting task: to explain rationally what is almost by definition unexplainable: i.e., the irrational psychotic behavior of someone who lives in an alternate reality punctuated by inveterate lying. I am referring to President Donald Trump, of course. He is by now rated as one of the greatest menaces to world stability. There is an air of apprehension and fear hanging over the world since his election.

There is one such daily column in the on-line publication Modern Diplomacy dubbed “The Caligula Presidency.” That title ought to suggest its scope to the reader.

Those columns are usually satirical, a sure sign that rationality and reasoned discourse have been tried and abandoned in desperation. At that point, what is left to do, at least in the world of literature or journalism, is satire which is the kind of pungent critique that attempts to portray the hopelessness of a particularly critical situation, to restore a semblance of rationality to it, to defend reason in the observer when it can no longer be defended in the observed.

One of the best I have come across lately, is a column by renowned journalist and scholar Thomas Friedman of The New York Times which appeared in the same newspaper on February 25 with the revealing title “Meet the 5 Trump administrations.” I heartily recommend it. It is both amusing and enlightening. Let me summarize it briefly here and then offer a few comments of my own.

Friedman claims that there are five different Trump Administrations which appear before our eyes at different times. They are the following: 1) Trump Entertainment, 2) Trump Cleanup, 3) Trump Crazy, 4) Trump GOP, and 5) the Essential Trump.

He then explains that Trump entertainment shows up daily in the form of an alternative fact, a tweet, a pugnacious conference against the media or a pep rally. He says that this is becoming addictive since it is hard to avert one’s gaze from a flying elephant who will say anything about anything.

Trump Cleanup, something I have reflected upon myself in the above mentioned column,  consists of adults, whom I call “pooper scooper” in my column in “The Caligula Presidency,” who follow in the wake of Trump entertainment to clarify what the President might have said. Friedman offers various example of this second Trump accompanied by his pooper scooping sycophants.  

Then there is Trump Crazy thus portrayed by Friedman: “The undisputed boss of Trump Crazy is chief strategist Steve Bannon, who rushed the president’s initial mess of an executive order on immigration. Bannon is dedicated to shrinking the global clout of China, the European Union and Iran, and to making America a country less open to immigration and trade, a country that is whiter and more nationalistic and a country that is as free of Muslim influence and immigrants as possible. He surely encouraged Trump’s attacks on the intelligence community and the media as a way to undermine all independent sources of truth, so that Trump can inject his own reality.”

The fourth Trump description is also worth quoting verbatim: “Trump GOP is led by Reince Priebus and represents the old Republican agenda. It knows that Trump is an invasive species who took over the GOP garden, and Trump GOP is just trying to get the best out of him while curbing his worst ideas.”

The fifth Essential Trump is thus described: “…a man who values loyalty above all else and who thinks his followers are so stupidly loyal that they wouldn’t convict him for a murder they saw him commit; a man who thinks only he can get the little people more jobs by single-handedly putting the arm on big companies; and a man who has shown no interest in earning the trust of Americans who did not vote for him. He appointed no Democrats to his Cabinet and, as his Florida rally underscored, he is only interested in being president of the Trump fan club.”

Friedman concludes the analysis by mentioning, among  other things, that “When I add up all these Trumps I do not get a good team feeling; I get the feeling of a pickup basketball team. It doesn’t start with a shared vision of what world we’re living in and what are the biggest forces shaping this world. It starts with the conclusions on which Trump bases his facts.”

What conclusions can we draw from the above considerations? Well, journalists, philosophers and geo-political analysts are not psychiatrist and cannot analyze pathologies, even less prescribe cures, but they can help us recover a modicum of rationality when we find ourselves in a crisis situation wherein reason and order seems lost and irretrievable. This is especially true in a democracy where the people are usually responsible for the election of a deranged mind to a position of great power.

That may explain why I keep referring back to the era of emperor Caligula in Roman times. Closer at home, we have Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin. Now we have Trump and Putin who seem to admire each other.

And then of course, as nemesis of sorts, we have Jefferson, who told us at the outset of the Republic that “eternal vigilance is the price of freedom,” not to speak of Lincoln who reminded us that “one can fool all the people some of the times, and some of the people all of the times, but one cannot fool all the people all the times.”

Of course Donald Trump, does not know that yet. He will eventually learn it, the easy or the hard way. Time is running out.

 *************************************************************************

Check Dr Emanuel Paparella's EBOOKS
Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers
& Europe Beyond the Euro
You can download them for FREE HERE!
 
 life_46_400
 


    
Print - Comment - Send to a Friend - More from this Author

Comments(0)
Get it off your chest
Name:
Comment:
 (comments policy)

© Copyright CHAMELEON PROJECT Tmi 2005-2008  -  Sitemap  -  Add to favourites  -  Link to Ovi
Privacy Policy  -  Contact  -  RSS Feeds  -  Search  -  Submissions  -  Subscribe  -  About Ovi