(ed: i have long argued that the/a silver-lining in this trump dark-cloud is how it is/will be a test of the american political system – a test of those in-built guards against tyranny/tyrants..
and as such will end up reinforcing/confirming the soundness of those protections..
and that is/can only be a good thing..
but in the meantime – america has this ass/arse-hole issue/person to deal with..)
Assuming he goes down in flames before he causes us to – assuming that what’s left of our democracy ends him before he ends what’s left of our democracy – Trump will have been the best thing that ever happened to America – indeed among the best for our global survival imperative – figuring out how to spot and thwart the asshole impulse in human nature.
You can’t thwart what you can’t spot.
Even with all our experience with the asshole impulse – we’re still lousy at spotting it.
Trump is the absolute best – the greatest – the most tremendous negative role model we could ask for.
He is the e-z reader of sleazy leaders – the large print edition – the 1st grader’s Where’s Waldo or word finder puzzle for spotting assholes.
Sure we’ve had other asshole leaders before.
But even the worst – the ones who killed the most people and lasted the longest could be mistaken for their ideology.
Stalin could be mistaken for a Communist.
Hitler for a Nationalist.
Assholes wear camouflage.
They dress up their tyranny in poser principles.
Trump is different.
He has no ideology to distract us.
He’s essence of asshole authoritarian distillate.
He’s pure – uncut – unalloyed – unadulterated by any tinge of cover-story ideology.
Eau de asshole.