Let’s think about this…
With another Biden/Trump rematch looming, I decided to have a look back at the blogs I wrote in the run-up to the 2020 election. And I found they had plenty to say about the current political mess. So if you want to have a look, click the above image to go to the page where they can be found in chronological order.
January 6th didn’t happen over night. And it didn’t happen in a vacuum. As multiple investigations now show, there was plenty of evidence for what was to come. The question then becomes, why did no one in authority do anything to stop it, when it was so clear what was happening? To see how clear it was, click on the above image to see my blogs from that period. You might want to take special note of my pre-election blogs about “The Coming Civil War.”
Christie has the one talent anyone who wants to beat Trump must have – an innate, Rickles-like ability to use one-liners to shoot him down. It’s only because of Trumps hapless former opponents that that strategy came to seem unworkable. So why is he lagging in the polls? And why is he ultimately likely to fail to win the nomination?
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And the media will be there making a meal of it all … Donald Trump is not the retiring kind. Sure, he’s hunkered down licking his wounds for now. When he comes out of his cave, he’s going to be hungry – for revenge, for validation, for the chance to prove the country wrong.
PART ONE: Biden’s Tangled Road Ahead
The victory achieved by Biden and Harris and the Democrats on Nov. 3rd may turn out to be painfully hollow. By just about every measure the results were a disappointment for Democrats and represent something of a rout for the party.
PART TWO: That Cursed Divide
Rather than healing the political divide, Joe Biden seems to have enough on his plate just keeping that divide from becoming even wider. And he’s doing that mainly by being careful not to confront or otherwise irritate those on the other side.
We saw a lot of celebrating on Saturday after the declaration of Biden’s win. But as I watched those celebrations, it occurred to me that a strange kind of victory was being cheered. Because those celebrations seemed strangely incongruous, and in a couple of important ways.
It’s true that Trump will soon be leaving the White House, however reluctantly. But he will be far from gone. He may become more vigorous than ever. Because he will now feel no responsibility for anything. He can lob bombs with impunity at anyone he feels the urge to attack.
PART ONE – O Ye, of Little Faith
Donald Trump is not going to just go away. Which means we are not yet off the hook, and are going to have to continue to find ways of getting to the bottom of the Trump phenomenon. And that means accepting the fact that it is not just about Trump.
PART TWO – How did we create this mess?
One of the things that makes it seems we have become too smart for our own good, is that even as we live in a world overflowing with vast quantities of accumulated knowledge, we are not necessarily left with the wisdom to navigate that world.
PART THREE – And how do we get out of it?
One of the reasons we are forced to narrow our view of the world, is that our minds and bodies have not kept up with the massive changes we have exposed them to. As a result, our fight/flight reaction is making many of us sick.
Three things I learned while writing a novel about Trump and his politics, Part 1 of 3:
A comedic attack might be the only way to effectively neutralize Trump’s attack mode barbs – his one rhetorical tool and his one real advantage over the politicians he’s faced.
Three things I learned while writing a novel about Trump and his politics, Part 2 of 3:
The Trump phenomenon is not about Trump – not really. It’s much bigger than that. Because Trump is more a symptom than a cause.
Three things I learned while writing a novel about Trump and his politics, Part 3 of 3:
Trump is not the genius he was once believed to be. The more savvy and connected an individual was, the more they were inclined toward seeing Trump’s genius.
The original title of my book was President Trumped. I don’t care what people think of the title as long as they remember it, and there’s something interesting and intriguing about the book. President Trumped says the book is about someone who uses Trump’s own tactics to defeat him.