I don’t believe it, the stupid shit just did it again! It seems like only yesterday, but was actually a whopping 3-4 days ago that I wrote about Trump trying to elevate his position in history by comparing himself to past presidents like FDR, George W Bush and Abraham Lincoln. And in doing so, he invited a serious comparison, which showed him to be the totally pathetic loser that he actually is. Well, he’s baaaaack. In taking a rather premature victory lap over the dropping of charges against the traitor Michael Flynn, premature because it is quite possible that Judge Emmett Sullivan will give the Trump Department of Selective Justice a whole ration of shit over this, Trump went on the Trump Propaganda Network to toot his own horn. Trump threatened that there was likely a lot more to come when it came to attempting to rewrite history, Nazi style, and then he went off the deep end; I learned a lot from history. I’ve studied history, quite a lot. And I learned a lot from Richard Nixon. And NiXon was right, never back down, and never fire people. Sweet Jesus, where do I even start with this one? Well, for starters, I was totally unaware that there was a Fox News History Channel out there, this must be where Trump did his historical research. And of course the curator of the FUX history archives is none other than Bill O’Reilly. Because if he had actually looked at serious American history, he’d realize that the moniker “Tricky Dick: was not an affectionate one, but he would have also learned that up until January 20th, 2017 Richard Nixon was reviled as the most corrupt, immorlal, unethical president in American history. But it turns out that this one is actually a twofer. And if I’m Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, or Roger Stone, hearing El Pendejo Presidente compare himself to Nixon has already sent shivers up my spine, and an icy pit in my stomach. Especially Roger Stone, who actually cut his political chops with Nixon, and reveres him. Cuz like, history and stuff. Like Trump, Nixon had a faithful cadre of true believers around him, men who, like Michael Cohen, would take a bullet for the president. Men like John Dean, Herb Kalmbach, John Mitchell, HR Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and G Gordon Liddy. All of them got caught up in Watergate in one form or another, and all were prosecuted, pleaded guilty or went to trial, and were convicted. And what happened after that? They all went off to fucking prison! That’s right, Nixon, feeling the political heat from Watergate cut them loose. He made no attempt to either pardon nor commute the sentences of any of them. So here’s a little helpful hint for the history hack in the Oval Office. If you’re trying to engender loyalty and support from your troops, maybe best not to align yourself to a former president who threw an enthusiastic thumbs down when the hangman had his hand on the lever. Just sayin’. To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on […]
You, my dear readers, know that one of my personal perks in writing these columns is that I live in the comments section. And while I answer as many as I can, I endeavor to read every one, and find them all entertaining and worthwhile. And with that in mind, I owe a shout out and debt of gratitude to one of my readers, DitchGator, on our affiliate site, Daily Sound and Fury, whose magnificent observation is the inspiration for this article. Certainly no former President, living or dead, and few other people of note, living or dead, have invited comparison the way that Donald Trump does. And while he is a truly unique individual, in more ways than one, his various characteristics tend to beg to be compared to past historical figures, both living and dead. Trump has been compared more than once to Il Duce, Benito Musselini, mostly for the facial similarity, as well as his habit of holding his head back and sticking out his jaw, as if daring you to knock that chip off of his shoulder. He has been often compared to Adolf Hitler, not only for his blatant racism and nationalistic oratory, but also for his ability to hold, control, and influence his audience with his words. And most frequently, he has been compared to Richard Nixon, not only for his own delusional belief in his own presidential omnipotence, but also for his base criminal mentality and actions. I believe all of those comparisons to be valid, in their own ways, and for their own reasons. But there is one comparison I have yet to see made, and it is the most striking and disturbing, not only for its accuracy regarding Trump himself, but also for its accuracy in describing his base followers. And that comparison is between Donald Trump and Charles Manson. And despite any obvious similarities, the more you know about Manson the man, the more striking the comparison becomes. I am old enough that I was alive and aware of the terror unleashed upon Los Angeles by Manson and his “family.” Not only the crimes, but Manson himself fascinated me as a study in flawed character. I have read the iconic chronicle of Manson and his crimes, Helter Skelter, by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who knew Manson well enough to be able to untangle his twisted mentality and put him away, so many times that the pages eventually separated from the bindings. And the comparisons are downright eerie. Manson did not grow up affluent, but like Trump, Manson grew up around a criminal influence. Trump’s father was not of sterling business repute, and Manson started a life of crime early, with a burglar uncle who used to hoist him through small windows that the child could fit through, so he could come to the front door and unlock it. Manson and Trump are both inveterate con men, whose belief in the infallibility of their own bullshit was utter and complete. Both men were racists, who only occasionally bothered to try to cover up that fact. And both men found themselves to be morally and intellectually superior to others, especially their followers. Both men were masters of manipulating their public persona. Trump used to call tabloid reporters pretending to be his own PR man, both […]
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