In dinner discussions on the Haute Route, people who learned we are Americans gingerly approached the topic of Donald Trump. The most in-depth conversations were with a young and very intelligent German man, and two people from Wales.
What I learned, and to my mild surprise, is that these folks, just like most Americans, take him at face value. They assume he really is the president, that he really was elected, and that all of his antics intended only for effect are quite real. When I suggested to Allan, the man from Wales, that Melania Trump is just a beard, his wife had to explain the meaning of the term to him. It was a delightful exchange. He is an accomplished man with a great sense of humor, educated in one of the best universities. But I find that virtually all people, no matter the baseline intellect and education, are encased in a hard shell of propaganda. The psyops from Trump to Obama the intellectual juris doctor all work on them. They do not question reality as presented by news.
Something else is going on as well, like a memory wipe or a similar psyop. Because Trump’s handlers portray him as a childlike dufus, Obama looks very good in retrospect. Take, for instance, this planted news story that is making the rounds on Facebook:
It is accompanied by this photo:
We see the nice man, a great man really, leaving us, closing the door. How sad.
I have seen it written that the job of presidents given the label “Democrat” as to act as a ratchet and prevent backsliding after a Republican administration moves us deeper into fascism. Obama indeed did that. He affected no change on any “Bush” policy from the wars to PATRIOT even mildly attempting to undo Citizens United.
But there was an economic straightjacket put on us while Obama was the titular head of state: Obamacare. It is a heavy anvil around the necks of taxpayers and those who can afford excessive insurance premiums for crap policies. It is perhaps the single greatest economic burden slapped on the American public since imposition if the income tax in 1913.
It is interesting to note that under Trump they have used the Kabuki Dance routine twice now to affect the impression that they wanted to change Obamacare. They wanted no such thing. What they really did is ratchet it in place, just like Democrats do for Republicans.
Our Welsh dinner/hiking companions were sympathetic once they learned that we were not supporters of Trump or Clinton or the American state. We told them we would move to Europe if any country would have us, but as retired people we have nothing to offer. They sympathized, and said being British citizens carried a load of angst as well. We parted company agreeing that if anyone asked, we are Canadians.