Monday, December 12, 2016

The Evolution of the United States : As A Business Empire

"[Wait for it, coming to you on December 15, the announcement about] leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country."
"[For doing so is] visually important. To in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses."
U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump
Donald Trump's family, daughters, sons, grandchildren, pictures, photos, who is, wife

The nation that salivates over celebrity, the nation for whom wealth and power is utterly captivating, has managed to combine all three in an extended election campaign that featured the most coarse, egotistical, brash, racially divisive, verbally violent, threatening, demeaning and frightening theatrics that nation has ever witnessed. In so doing, America has demonstrated yet again its capacity for and relish of, beyond-the-pale degradation of a once-noble pursuit; the search for an intelligent, moral, dependable citizen prepared to devote him/herself to public duty at the most elevated level.

It seemed the more outrageous this man's spontaneous outbursts, the louder the adoring crowd cheered. Spurring him on to ever greater bursts of outrageous pronouncements and hubristic excesses. A parody, surely of a vitally important process, meant for public amusement, and not to be taken seriously, for how could it in all conscience be taken for the real thing? It was, and it is, to the utter dismay and astonishment of the international community and the disbelief of half of the population of the United States.

Who, in all honesty, betrayed themselves by the very real and unfortunate fact that in lieu of two candidates of impeccable repute and background, they were faced with the need to make a choice that went well beyond unpalatable into well-nigh impossible. They were led to believe they could save themselves and their nation by selecting which of two hugely inappropriate candidates each of whom made a mockery of the very process they besmirched, would somehow manage to reform themselves into a credible and respected choice for president to lead and guide the nation.

What they have now is a man who states with complete confidence that "I alone can fix it". This is a man whose intellect and sense of morality has problems imagining that his personal business must be separate from the public business of administering the affairs of a great nation. He foresees no possible conflicts of interest emerging from his presidency. His business partners are his offspring, and they will continue to operate the many and inter-related elements of the Trump empire that sits like a real estate octopus in the U.S. and abroad, touting that irreproachable name: !!Trump!!.

"The brand", he has gloated, now that he has secured the presidency of the United States of America, "is certainly a hotter brand than it was before".

It is with mouth-gaping incredulity that the world took the truly incredible news that the incoming president of the United States is a blowhard, impatient, insulting, ferociously self-confident man who has more in common with the Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte whose own contempt for equality and women appears to match Mr. Trump's. And nor is Mr. Trump's character all that far removed from two others who spring to mind of an autocratic -- to put it politely -- temperament, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On the international stage, Mr. Trump should get on famously with the world leaders whom his predecessor preferred not to be seen in public with. China may present as an exception. Cupidity appears to run in the family, since all the Trump offspring appear to be as self-promoting and eager to press their celebrity advantage in the interests of selling their products to an enviously, admiring public as an indication of what they imagine to be social priorities and cultural values.

Not standing in judgement, of course, merely observing.

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