I spent the entire day today watching the Trump inauguration, I don't know why, because his win sent me spiralling into a depression that I'm struggling to get out of.
I've tried to treat this past few months like an episode of Black Mirror, maybe I will wake up with doctors leaning over me, saying, it's OK, she's back. But that hasn't happened, the USA actually have elected their biggest loon to be President and Commander in Chief. In a land brimming with talent and genius, they have somehow chosen an oversized Oompa Loompa with a bad hairdo as the leader of the free world.
To be honest, I wanted the whole inauguration to go badly, mean I know, but my hatred of Trump goes beyond reasoned or rational. And I wasn't disappointed. As much as Kay Burley tried to give the impression of cheering crowds, apart from clusters here and there, Washington looked like a ghost town. She did manage to find a couple of chilled out bad ass Bikers for Trump, the 'meat' who were welcomed into town by the President himself with a tweet, just in case law and order broke down. Going by their peace and love message, I suspect they were partaking of the free weed being handed out, rather than their own stash of crystal meth. Perhaps they are keeping that for a punch up tomorrow.
Up on the podium, it was a sombre crowd, missing was the excitement, hope and good cheer that a new era should hold. There were few smiles, more funeral than celebration. And it's got to be said, the music, if you can call it that, was Goddam awful, the words 'make it stop' sprung to mind. Even Jackie Evancho was terrible, her heart wasn't in it, and sitting in the rain for 2 hours probably didn't help. I could see from the pained expressions on the senators' faces, that I was not alone. That Mr. 'I want to do everything' probably chose it himself scares the bejesus out of me. If his advisors won't tell him his choice in music is shit, what will they say, when he insists on nuking Syria?
Hilary, bless her, smiled through gritted teeth, not just because of fear for the world, but because the job that should have been hers had been stolen from her, not just by an orange clown, but assisted by a hostile foreign power. To be honest I don't know which explanation I prefer. The American people, who I have always loved, voted for a fascist monster with the potential to out Hitler the Fuhrer. Ie. Day 1, Build up US weapons, Close Borders, Round up Aliens, or that a hostile super power can fix a US election.
But let's get personal. In the case of Donald Trump, ethics go out the window. The Donald is as fascinating a subject as any of my others, his behaviour is almost textbook, narcissist sociopath, the traits so extreme, they are almost caricature.
Narcissists are riddled with paranoia, they rarely smile because their heads are buzzing with suspicion, everyone is out to get them. They can't brush jokes off, because those jokes expose the fears they try so hard to keep hidden. Trump doesn't forgive and forget, he seeks vengeance. Some might see his trophy wives and dalliances with beauty contestants and hookers as a form of revenge. Payback to all the bullies who laughed at him in the showers. Look at me now.
I would like to say as a feminist, that I have sympathy for Melania. But I don't. I have little time for women who make their appearance their life's work. Watching the old presidents, Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Bill Clinton walking down the podium stairs with equally old wives, separates the men from the misogynists. They have chosen as their partners, and stayed with, women of the same intellectual level and maturity. Trump, like most men, or women, who choose much younger or less educated partners than themselves, want control, someone easy to impress, who will believe pretty much anything they are told. Grown ups know this. Trump believes having a super model on his arm makes him look macho and virile, and he can't understand why the lads in the locker room are still laughing.
Most of the Trump family look and act like automatons. Born into a life of opulence and privilege, Trump is raising an army of 'mini me's' and already he is placing them in positions of power. The two sons with their slicked back hair, look like prototypes for American Psycho, and the proud way in which the cowardly beasts with their guns, display the corpses of the beautiful and often endangered animals that they kill, makes them just like daddy. As for the golden child Ivanka, her beauty doesn't come from within. She must be aware of her father's shady business practices that have made other companies go bust and workers without pay.
I applaud all those democrats who stayed away yesterday, and all those protesters who showed dissent. In treating madness as normal, it becomes normal. In studying WWII, I couldn't fathom why the German people were able to adapt to such evil ideology. I don't want to be unfair on the German people, the chances are, they were probably no different to electorates all over the world - that is, the majority are too apathetic to challenge the system. The most shocking part for me was how easy it became to look away from the atrocities carried out by the Third Reich.
On his first day in office Trump addressed the world. He has already given the go ahead to invest in more arms, he wants the borders closed and work to begin on that wall. Another first week promise was the rounding up of illegal aliens, and so it begins. Will they be holed up in internment camps or set adrift in leaky boats? What will he have to do before the sane among those leading senators, churchmen and holders of high office, to realise that their new emperor is not only naked, he has the power to take out entire nations at a whim, especially if they take the piss out of his hair. No pun intended.
Those treating Trump and his fucked up white supremacist policies as 'normal' will be complicit in the atrocities to come, and sure as eggs is eggs they will. When Hitler put it to his cabinet that they should round up all the Jews and undesirables, no-one cared. Why because they had been indoctrinated with negative spin and rabble rousing rhetoric. It was easier not to rock the boat or make waves, because given his temperament, Adolf was likely to mellow and give up on his dream of wiping out entire races and taking over the world.
For Donald Trump, Muslims are this century's Jews. He has declared war on ISIS. Not a good move, even George W. Bush raised his eyebrows at that one. Really Donald? Is taunting the best way to keep terrorism away from American soil? The problem is Donald is so ill informed on, well everything, that ISIS and ISLAM are the same thing. He doesn't seem to understand that you can get extreme hate filled Muslims, just as you can get extreme hate filled Christians. Religion does that to some people. Those extreme activists are not representative of our Muslim friends and neighbours who live and work alongside us.
Trump is trying to cause disharmony where there isn't any, and like every rich, man before him, he is blaming poverty, injustice and hunger on a minority group, so that nobody will notice he is actually stashing everything away for himself. It's not me hoarding all gold and riches and food, it's the greedy stranger asking for a crust of bread.
Greed isn't good. It doesn't work. It invariably brings misery and hardship, the only way to turn a healthy profit is to exploit others, and that I fear is Mr. Trump's only area of expertise. Only this time he won't just be exploiting the native Americans of Atlantic City, or all the builders and labourers working on his bankrupt projects, he will be exploiting an entire nation.
I have to say, I was troubled by the amount of religion packed into yesterday's service. Has the Donald been known as a bible basher? Methinks he is trying to win over the evangelical Republicans, who didn't get the candidate they wanted. He is also giving a middle finger to the celebrities and liberals, by pretending he prefers church choirs to sassy rock stars.
I'm glad Donald Trump and his family didn't get the huge crowds and the huge welcome that was given to Barack Obama. They aren't loved by the people because they have never done anything for the people, and probably never will. They see only further enrichment for themselves. Their patriarch, the most spoilt kid in the world has got his greedy little hands on the biggest prize. He is a PROPERTY DEVELOPER who has just torn up every climate change agreement entered into by his predecessor. How long before there is a Trump tower selling Trump beer and Trump burgers on every street corner all over the globe? When a megalomaniac says he wants to be US President and then actually becomes US President, anything is possible.
Those who say Tump's speech was generic, the same grandiose promises from the election trail weren't listening. He has found an audience for his madcap ideas and he will give them what they want, no matter how cruel or inhumane their demands are. Happily, that audience is shrinking, it wasn't only the stars who stayed away, it was the people. All those sane leaders and thinkers on that podium yesterday really need to get together as quickly as possible before the hiccup in their democratic process turns into a global disaster.