December 28th, 2018
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of this may reflect personal values: Putin, bin Salman and other strongmen are just Trump’s kind of people. But it’s hard to escape the suspicion that Moola — financial payoffs to Trump personally via the Trump Organization — plays an important role. After all, unlike leaders of democracies, dictators and absolute monarchs can direct lots of cash to Trump properties and offer the Trump family investment opportunities without having to explain their actions to pesky elected representatives.
So where does Manhood come in? The wall is an obvious example. The giveaway is the administration’s focus on how the “big, beautiful wall” will look, as opposed to what it will do. When Customs and Border Protection solicited bids from contractors, it specified that the wall be “physically imposing,” and further that “The north side of wall (i.e. U.S. facing side) shall be aesthetically pleasing.” It didn’t say that the structure should bear huge signs reading TRUMP WALL, but that may have been an oversight.
…So major affairs of state are being decided not by the national interest, nor even by the interests of major groups within the nation, but by the financial interests and/or ego of the man in the White House. Is America amazing, or what?