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AdLib On June - 1 - 2017

Trump High Castle

The consequences of having a mentally unbalanced narcissist in the White House whose penchant for betraying even his own voters and nation causes one explosive outrage after another…is that the latest or largest outrage can distract from the many others that are also severe.

Not only does it challenge our ability to keep a focus on the wide variety of assaults on Americans but it can keep us from seeing the big picture of what all these devastating efforts add up to.

There is a series on Amazon based on a Phillip K. Dick story called, “The Man in the High Castle” (the graphic above is a parody of their show’s artwork) which portrays an alternate reality where the Nazis and Japanese won World War II and took over America. With that in mind, imagine an alternate reality, if Trump could be the dictator-type president he yearns to be, having his way on everything. What if Trump was able to reshape America without Congress or the courts being able to check his power, what would this country look like?

Let’s call it Trumptopia, a regime that would resemble Russia in many ways but with a Trumpian twist.

WELCOME TO TRUMPTOPIA!

The primary feature of Trumptopia would be a dictatorial President who would revamp elections to allow for him and supportive Republicans to retain their offices despite opposition by a majority of Americans. Democrats and independents would see their right to vote either disqualified by aggressive new policies “protecting our elections from voter fraud” or thwarted due to actual election fraud in altered vote counts. Powerful entities, both wealthy/corporate types and foreign adversaries such as Russia would have unfettered freedom to manipulate and deceive voters in elections, receiving economic and political payoffs from the Trump Admin in exchange for their help in re-electing him and other Republicans.

Safety net programs would be chopped down to reduce the taxes that the wealthy pay. Social Security and Medicare would be slashed and privatized and Welfare and Medicaid would be hugely cut. The resulting indigent, starving, ill, elderly, neglected Americans will be demagogued as lazy and “takers” who are themselves the true cause of their own suffering. The ranks of the poor would soar, starvation and outbreaks of disease will follow. The minimum wage would be ended, income and health and safety protections for Americans would decline along with the economy.

The disintegrating Middle Class would end up shouldering the burden of financing government while their wages declined. Air, water and land would become increasingly polluted, healthcare would become too expensive for any but the young and healthy or wealthy to afford, unwanted pregnancies would rise and safe abortions would only be available to the few who could afford to travel out of the country while dangerous back alley abortions would make a big comeback.

Civil rights would be harshly scaled back, government policies would affirm the open practice of bigotry both in government services and in daily society. Muslims in particular would be the target of oppression and harassment, possibly including national registration of Muslims, blocking Muslims from entering or re-entering the country and even picking up and locking up Muslim Americans in internment camps in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Latinos would be demonized and painted as the Jews were in Nazi Germany, as the cause for all the ills of poor, white Americans (even though Trump would be the cause of much of their suffering).

International alliances between the U.S. and western democracies will be damaged while dictators like Putin, Sisi, Erdogan and Duterte would be presented as America’s most valued allies. Without America standing up for human rights around the world, greater oppression and suffering would grow especially in countries with dictatorial leaders.

Inflation would rise greatly as trade wars and import taxes multiplied. The U.S. economy would stagnate as its driving force, consumer activity, would plummet due to inflation, the decline of income and the growing tax burden on the Middle Class, becoming a vicious circle that sends the economy into a massive recession.

The press would be under constant attack and excluded from covering presidential and governmental actions. Violence against and the imprisoning of journalists would become more frequent as they are further demonized as “the enemy”.  Americans would lose having any transparency in their government, only propaganda provided through Fox News would be provided, purporting to share that only wonderful things were going on in Trump’s admin while secretly, the wealth of the nation and other nations would be plundered.

Fortunately for Americans and unfortunately for Trump, in the real world, the ongoing Russian-collusion investigation into Trump and his cronies will hobble his ability to fight successfully to have much of this come to fruition…though bits and pieces are. Also, since checks and balances remain in place as do stalwart journalists, Trump can’t realize as much of this maniacal agenda.

It has only been four months since he was inaugurated and it seems like four years. Even so, he is his own worst enemy and the apparently traitorous actions of his campaign to get him into this position are ironically what are preventing him from having the authority and legitimacy to use the power he craved.

There will be a long trail of destruction left behind Trump’s term that will need to be cleaned up by the Democrat who beats him in 2020 but it would seem to be a fraction of what could have happened if Trump wasn’t also destroying himself among the majority of Americans in the process.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. jjgravitas says:

    Trumptopia in a nutshell:

    Only the 1% can afford anything and they get most of it for free.
    The rest of is live either in chicken shacks or on the street, with zero access to health care, education, or anything else.

  2. funksands says:

    “Burnt steak and ketchup in every pot, a fracking rig in every yard… Trump 2020”

  3. kesmarn says:

    I watched the first season of “Man In The High Castle,” AdLib,(would love to find the time to be able to see more episodes…but that’s another story!) and it’s a chilling “What If?” drama that rings very true these days. So it’s a great template for this discussion. Your graphic is perfect, as always.

    I think many of us find ourselves in line with Angela Merkel’s take on things regarding the Trump administration. Some in the press have described her reaction to Trump as “strained” or “hostile.” I don’t think it’s that so much as — “aghast.” (The only word that comes to mind.”

    I think she (and most of us) are so stunned by the crudity, venality and crassness of the man that it’s all she can do to be in the same room with him. Her conclusion? Here is a man who absolutely cannot — under any circumstances — be relied upon. Only a fool would trust him.

    Everything you described in your article would indeed become reality if this man were given unfettered control of the government. Of course we all have to vote out every supporter of Trump next year, but in the mean time, the GOP is going to have to finally grow a pair and stand up to him. Because at the moment, the SNL parody of Steve Bannon as the real president (as the Grim Reaper) is the truth of the matter.

    And — as we all know — Steve Bannon is one nihilistic, anarchist, smelly, steaming pile of covfefe.

    • AdLib says:

      Kes, I’ve been watching the second season of The Man in the High Castle and as with the first season, I found myself rooting for the Americans to somehow find their way to the true reality so they can escape the awful nightmare they’re trapped in.

      I wonder if someone in another alternate reality is looking at us and rooting for us to escape Trumptopia.

      It was a perfect storm that allowed for Trump to be in the WH, a man unfit to run a lemonade stand now running a nation…at least, trying and failing to. The Hateful Know Nothings got the opportunity to slip their candidate into the office and no matter how obviously his failures mount up, they remain blindly devoted to their ID come to life.

      But to the majority of America and the world, it is repugnant to have this man child with such a fragile ego throwing his tantrums and displaying his ignorance and crassness daily.

      He may be trying to be an isolationist but it’s like the bully nobody invites to parties declaring he won’t go to parties.

      As the Russia probe and subsequent indictments drag Trump down into frantic impotence, Trump will become the most reviled president in US history. And think about how crushing a re-election loss will be to someone who lives for his ego to be validated…not to mention how toxic the name “Trump” will be in business circles, including that fraud Ivanka and her corrupt husband, Kushner.

      The Man in the White House is a cautionary tale that should be considered when we vote in 2018. Dems had better be motivated to turnout in big numbers to take back one or both houses of Congress to put a check on Trump’s power and in 2020 to send him down to his bunker with his Ivanka Braun to await the troops of prosecutors coming for them.

  4. Nirek says:

    trump is a lunatic!


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