President Trump: A Scapegoat for the Sins of America

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A guest blog from my fictional reporter Sam Keene.

October 25, 2017

Those of you who read my column know that I have expressed extreme dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump and everyone around him. I was profoundly disappointed when Hillary Clinton lost her opportunity to become the first woman President of the United States. Since that fateful evening last November, my mindset has mirrored that of millions of Americans. However, I have had an epiphany. Of course, all epiphanies are personal, and as I write my opinion here, I am not attempting to change your behavior or beliefs. I am only telling my story.

What is a scapegoat? With regard to American politics in the year 2017, a scapegoat is a person who serves as a vehicle of repentance, a sacrificial offering to the gods, a metaphoric goat who could be said to represent all the sins of America. The goat must be publicly slaughtered by the all-knowing high priests of the news media, the entertainment industry, and of the government. To save us from our painful recognition of America’s failure, deceit, and corruption, we needed a scapegoat to transfer our guilt. We needed a national sacrificial ritual to free us from our sins. Mockingly, we planted the thorny presidential crown on the head of this marginalized but well-known person and then subjected him to total public humiliation. His physical qualities and his character, history, family, thoughts, and deeds were assassinated for the entire world to see. Our scapegoat was Donald J. Trump.

The virtual blood-letting worked for a time. We attempted to demonize him by connecting him to our former Cold War enemy, the Russians. We accused him of working with the enemy to rig our most important election. This was treason. We listened to every word he uttered and condemned him for not conforming to our high level of ideas and compassion. We called him a buffoon, incompetent, and dangerous. He was the perfect scapegoat. All of our sins could be transferred to him and then washed clean.

He and his people were called “deplorables” by Hillary Clinton. We thought less of the citizens living between the coasts and the people in rural areas who appeared less-sophisticated, uninformed and simple. These sections of America were breeding grounds for the non-elite: the non-thinking, rude and crude people. President Trump represented the leader of these stereotypical racists, homophobes, misogynists, and low-brows who populated the land like mindless, diseased rats. The recognition that we participated and supported the obvious crimes of America was buried deep in our subconscious. Somehow other “deplorable” people were to blame—not us. The blame, shame, and guilt associated with America’s massive thievery and corruption, the perma-wars, the overthrow of governments, the drone attacks, the shootings, and the torture of other humans were suppressed into our collective unconscious. That was not us. We were righteous. We were good, politically-correct, logical-thinking Americans.

We attempted to use the sacrificial goat, Donald Trump, to cleanse our sins, but now that effort is failing. It’s obvious. The entire “Russian collusion” illusion has melted away. Now, we can only call him names. Legal procedures we created are now being used to attack our precious sanctimonious symbols. The Special Prosecutor we created has turned his attention away from Trump, and he is focusing on the alleged crimes of our heroes. The politicians and leaders we believed in are now under scrutiny. The corruption of previous administrations and government representatives that we supported is now being exposed.

I can no longer live in denial. The naiveté of my previous opinions is something I now recognize.  I may never approve of President Trump’s personal behavior, his demeanor, or his self-righteous attitude. But I will now admit he is the duly elected head of the Executive Branch of the United States government. I will view any attempt to remove him from office with caution. This country is navigating extremely treacherous waters. The captain of our ship may be unlikable, but the seas of politics and government bureaucracy are filled with dangerous sharks and pirates. Those who steer the ship of state should not be burdened by a misguided mutiny fomented by elitist subversives and supported by fearful, guilt-ridden and malleable citizens.  I, for one, will no longer support the personal, exaggerated, unfounded, organized self-serving attacks on our president. I intend to use this space to vigilantly report on any people in power who are corrupt, selfish, devious and evil. I will also strive to accurately report on those people who support America in an honest and constructive manner.

The novel Saving Trump is available at Amazon.

 

Why is Kitty Frightened?

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According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a psychiatrist and a pioneer in near-death studies, when one suffers a serious loss, as in the death of a friend or spouse, one passes through a series of predictable stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Depending on the scale of the loss and the make-up of the person suffering the loss, these stages may vary in time or might be experienced so quickly they are not easily detected, or they may extend for months or years.

There is a mental condition which has been labeled, somewhat capriciously, as “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”  The label is intended to explain the bizarre behavioral response of Democrats to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. While every election has its winner and loser, the result of this particular election has been to pit those who voted for Hillary Clinton as enemies of the Trump voters and vice versa. The country is now approaching the two-year anniversary of the election, and this strained and contentious relationship continues. The Never-Trumpers remain firm in their conviction that President Trump has no redeeming qualities, and the MAGA Trump supporters at times appear to worship him as a savior. Moving away from these emotional responses, there is a small portion of the population who maintain some level of equilibrium. But every American citizen is in the same historical lifeboat. The boat is being dangerously rocked back and forth by the warring factions, ballasted somewhat by a small number of neutral thinkers who suggest, with wary caution, that we allow the American government to sail into the future guided by the principles of the Constitution, the strength of its system of checks and balances, and the common sense of the American people.

Are the Never-Trumpers really deranged in their quest to defeat Donald Trump? Are the Trump supporters oblivious to reality, blinded by their love of their savior?  What is happening here? Will Trump be impeached? If not, will the Never-Trumpers seek vengeance in violence? Will President Trump institute martial law to maintain order under threat of an impending civil war?

Let’s return to the concept of great loss leading to anger, denial, bargaining, depression and ultimately acceptance. First, what was the loss experienced by the Never-Trumpers? On the surface, it would appear to be the elimination of Hillary Clinton as the first female American President. That certainly could be an emotional loss for many voters who embraced this concept and Donald Trump would be the likely target for the anger of many of the Hillary voters. But every election has a winner and a loser. Historically, Americans get over their loss (passing through the stages of grief) and move on to the business of daily life. Americans are pragmatic. They recognize that the country has survived many presidents and that no single election can destroy the continuity of the American way of life.

The last time such raw emotion over an election bubbled to the surface was in 1932 when Franklin Roosevelt won the office. Roosevelt lovers and haters marched, schemed, and blasted each other in newspapers, magazines, and over the new medium of radio, much like the media battle waged today on the internet. FDR had his “fireside chats” just a Trump has his “Tweets.” Like Trump, Roosevelt was worshipped by some and detested by others. The intensity of people’s emotion was fueled by the Great Depression which gripped the country in national suffering. There was great economic and personal loss. People were angry at Roosevelt and the American system. They looked to other countries for solutions. The economic/political systems of Communist Russia and Nazi Germany appeared to be working better than the American way. Citizens argued violently over extreme solutions to their problems: socialism, communism, and fascism were offered up.  People sought a savior. In time, FDR became that man…a benevolent dictator who concocted a confusing bureaucratic stew of social programs which smelled tasty but did not always satisfy Americans hunger for stability, progress, and individualism.

After Roosevelt’s first two terms in office, many problems remained unresolved. Brewing in the background was global political instability. The Great War was fresh in the memory of many Americans. The Great Depression continued. FDR deceptively promised to avoid foreign entanglements and war. He promised economic growth. He puffed up his accomplishments. He won the 1940 election.

Great Depression Americans had moved through the stages of grief and loss: denial of their economic loss in the early 1930s, acting in angry divisiveness in the following years, bargaining away “rugged individualism” for the stability of FDR’s semi-socialistic policies, and finally accepting America’s transition into today’s post-war modern globalist state.  This was a fifteen-year process.

Seventy-three years later, intuitively, Americans anticipate losses greater than the economic deprivation of the Great Depression, the loss of individualism with the American transition toward collectivism, and the loss of innocence in the slaughter that was World War II.

Today, without conscious recognition, Americans face the total annihilation of all remaining innocence, the destruction of ancient traditional societal crutches, and the lifting of their blinders exposing their own massive denial, stupidity, and slave-like mentality. For most Americans it will be the greatest loss they will ever confront. This disturbing sub-conscious view into the future has made Never-Trumpers angry and has made many Trump supporters view him as a savior. Trump is the messenger, the harbinger of change, and possibly the anointed person to move America into a new and more virtuous but tumultuous future.

These are some of the mind-bending losses facing Americans in the coming months.

  • They may lose all or part of their life savings in an economic reset,
  • They may lose any justification for wars and killing done in the name of patriotism,
  • Institutions like the Catholic Church, the Red Cross, and some parts of government may crumble under the weight of pedophilia and corruption revelations,
  • Disturbing revelations will depict many public figures and politicians as pedophiles and Satanists,
  • Arrests, convictions, executions and disappearances of deviate politicians will frighten and anger people,
  • False flags like 9-11, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and many others will come to light,
  • The actual world power brokers and puppeteers will be exposed,
  • New World Order plans promoted by previous presidents calling for total domination of humanity for will come to light.

Sub-conscious awareness of these impending events reinforced by propaganda and mind control from the Deep State may be the root cause of what is called Trump Derangement Syndrome creating massive, intense and otherwise inexplicable denial and anger for about half the population. Can President Trump, the “evil Messenger”, become the Great Healer? We shall see.

Saving Trump, the novel available at Amazon

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