Focusing on Trump’s lies or his personal flaws won’t get it done.
We must change the American consciousness.
Ongoing opposition to Donald J. Trump’s presidency continues a trend that began during the election campaign: a singular focus on the man and his foibles as if those who supported him did not get enough of the hashing and rehashing of those same weaknesses before Election Day.
Many of us in the opposition are still acting surprised that he is such a consummate con artist – liar – bloviator – narcissist and so on – in office as he was on the campaign trail.What were we supposed to expect?That Trump was only lying to get into office and would stop doing so out of respect for the majesty of the presidency?That his narcissism would be attenuated somehow by the demands of the office?That he would suddenly become a ratiocinative person just because he is now president?That his racism would evaporate because somehow the presidency is a cure for that disorder?
Trump’s triumph has little to do with the man himself – whatever his strengths and weaknesses or even the genius of his campaign strategies.
It has more to do with where the nation is – where we its people or at least a salient segment of us are and the state of our public life and discourse and the institutions that provide the vessels in which they unfold.
Our vituperations against Trump will not deny him a second term if those fundamentals do not change significantly.
Of course if we are lucky the man will self-destruct.
Don’t count on it.
Ours is a degraded country epitomized in a degraded electorate – degraded media and degraded institutions — political – educational and bureaucratic.
We still have a two-party system but in name only.