Hail to the Chief: Now It’s Show Me Time
by Stephen Lendman
The best post-election news was freeing humanity from the scourge of Bill and Hillary Clinton, America’s most notorious crime family.
They’re politically dead, never again to compete for public office - despite one-sided media scoundrel support, a vast fundraising and surrogate apparatus dwarfing Trump’s, Wall Street-led corporate interests backing them, and most pollsters getting it wrong.
Trump thanked supporters, saying “I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us. It’s about us. On our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.”
“I mean, she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
“I mean that very sincerely. Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
“It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me.”
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
“…Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or fullest potential. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
Promises are one thing, fulfilling them another. Like all politicians, especially presidents, Trump has lots of proving to do.
Accept nothing he pledged at face value. The proof of the pudding is in how he governs. If past is prologue, disappointment awaits.
Politicians, especially in America and other fantasy democracies, notoriously say one thing and do another. Though new to rough-and-tumble politicking, Trump’s ascension to power likely made him captive to the nation’s deep state, dark forces running things behind the scenes.
Will he serve “every single American” or just its privileged few like his predecessors? Will he be a rare politician who says what he means and means what he says?
He tapped into a deep vein of public anger, angst, and dissolution over a system consistently betraying them. Will he diverge from deplorable governance preceding him for so long?
He has no public record on which to judge him. For the first time, a celebrity businessman is America’s president-elect.
His career up to now focused on profit-making. Running a nation is another matter entirely. Will he adjust to a new lifestyle, assuming the trappings of political leadership, beholden to powerful interests able to take him down if he fails them?
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. According to TS Eliot, “(m)ost of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.” Aldous Huxley said “(h)ell isn’t merely paved with good intentions. It’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.”
Post-inauguration in January, we’ll know if Trump is cut from a different mold from his predecessors, or just another self-serving politician, representing America’s privileged class at the expense of most others.
I’ll withhold judgment until he shows what’ll he’ll do for good or ill. I’m not optimistic but eager to be proved wrong.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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