Trump’s Problematic Hero Worship

It’s no secret that our President fawns over Putin and appreciates the Russian’s haughty brand of governing-and-giving-zero-f’s  with regards to human rights and democracy.  And there was the praise of the Philippine president who is mass incarcerating his own citizens.

Adding to his list of “people to keep on a pedestal if your a power hungry megalomaniac”, our President  called Recep Tayyip  Erdogan to applaud his success at throwing away democracy in Turkey.   I don’t know about you, but I’m noticing a trend here.

It’s troubling, this sort of maligned hero worship emanating from our elected leader. Mostly because I’ve come to learn that there is in the works a constitutional amendment, employed by a governor’s convention . The Koch brothers and their ilk have been systematic in their funneling of nearly two billion dollars in local elections to have gained enough governors under their control to call a convention and successfully amend our founding document. Such an amendment strips down the government roles and spending, so ‘state’s rights’ presumably gets priority and the federal government is just a shell.

To many, the idea might seem like a good one.

The truth is that as much as the government has grown, so has our standing in the world and our growth as a population and we need a decent level of government in order to thrive.  One of the lessons we learned (or not) from the Great Depression is that private business cannot fulfill the fundamental gaps that a vibrant society requires to operate: interstate roads, railroads, bridges, national defense, and social services.  Today we still see that when private businesses do provide a service, the tendency to overcharge and price out the middle class becomes an issue (pharmaceutical industry anyone?).   Government is absolutely required so that proper legislative actions bring a balance to corporate greed. Not to mention that with a hallowed out government where everything is privatized, the shots are wholly called by the corporations and there’s nothing to stand in their way of pillaging for whatever they can get.

It’s important to the citizenship of the US that its leader acknowledges and even demonstrates a star struck admiration for his cohorts who are dissolving democracy and replacing it with tyranny. A US president who idolizes brute force and centralized power over checks and balances is just the right ingredient needed for the Koch brothers to realize their vision of a shell government and corporate domination with a constitutional amendment, at which time the financialization of our nation will be complete.

Get involved and hold your government accountable.

Thanks for tuning in,

Frankie

 

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About Frankie Wallace

Frankie earned her BA in History from CSU Chico. She lives in northern California with one husband, two dogs, and three boys. Frankie is an avid cooker, reader, hiker, and napper.
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