retrofuturist wrote: ↑Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:39 am
It's simply incongruous with actual events, IMO.
But if you wish to attribute such motives, I am not going to stop you, and I'm certainly not going to bother arguing with you about it.
First of all I am not attributing motives...I am looking for motives...and having looked at trumps life and questioning what could be motivating him what seems to be notable is that he seems to do everything to benefit himself first, his family second, and his rich friends third.....with damn little be done to benefit anyone else. If you or anyone else can bring something which might be interpreted otherwise I would be glad to see it.....but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting. Just one example is the trump run foundation....if I remember it never had a very large amount of money and most if not all of did not come from trump or his family but other people and the money was often spent for thing that benefitted trump himself....a large portrait comes to mind...I would be glad if people brought references to how his foundation functioned....I'd be glad to be shown that I am wrong.
I could add a paragraph on his litigious past and how this is exactly how he is running his administration but perhaps I will present this another time....anyone else feel free to jump right in on this issue.
Anyway, the idea is that if someone goes through life using pretty much the same value system for many decades then it seems a bit suspect if it seems that they have drastically changed in a short period of time....and it seems natural that one might look closely to see if the change is real or feigned.....one might look for a motive to make a real change and one might look for a motive to feign change.
I think that your idea that it is incongruous with current events means that you have already determined what you think his motives really are....I say this because I can imagine a motive which is completely consistent with his actions now and his previous actions.....and, heck, let me not equiviocate, I think I know what his motivations are....so I will share it with you but I want you to unederstand that this is conjecture....how could I really know his motivations....and how could you:
Trump doesn't want to be president.....he never wanted to be president. Trump wants to be a "king maker". Perhaps the term should be modified to that he wants to be a "president maker"....or more simply he wants to be a high power "power broker". Trumps plan is to create a population of voters who will not question his stance on things but will back him no matter what. The first hint of this was in the repub primary election when he said something like "I could stand in the middle of the street and kill someone and they would still vote for me". This is what he wants to cultivate. He didn't want to be president but he is taking full advantage of the opportunity to "harden" his "troops". He says outlandish things, he lies obvious lies, he lies subtle lies, he says politically incorrect things which resonate in the hearts of his troops, he plays a race card, he insults, he plays to people's baser impulses and ignorance. All of this makes his troops love him more, they know he can't be bought. What they don't see is that they are the ones who are being bought....and bought very cheaply.
Anyway the presidency is being managed so that if he wins he wins and if he looses he wins. If he can effect changes in the tax codes which benefits him, his family, and his rich friends then he wins. If congress didn't pass the tax changes then it was congress who wouldn't do it and he would bash congress for not doing this and his troops just eat it up. Let's talk about the ultimate coup....removal from office. If trump does things which would allow his removal from office and he is not removed then he wins; if he does things and he is removed from office then he will be a victim, a martyr, crucified by the "deep state"...and his troops will love it.
Trump is creating a hard core of followers that will mindlessly vote whatever way he says. It is looking like there is about 20% (perhaps more) of the voters who fit into this category I think. With a die hard dedicated 20% of the electorate answereing to his beck and call he will be a formidable political power in american politics as long as he can hold it together.....and also just think about vast chain of trump motels and think about where that 20% of the voters will be staying whenever they travel...on vacation...or to trump rallies....think about steak houses....think about fashion. It is going to be good times for the trump brand.