This Only Works If Trump Becomes King

Trump has always come across to me as the ultimate live in the moment kind of decision maker.

Throughout the campaign and into his presidency, his constant calls to investigate and persecute opponents, demonization of those who don’t publicly support his every whim, and on and on.

It’s overwhelming how many examples we have of the President’s complete lack of understanding of what makes America, America.

His admiration for authoritarians, the musings to stay in power for as long as he wants, the complete lack of interest in political compromise even with members of his own party.

That’s just a few of the topics worth discussion.

But they all come back to one thing for me, Trump sees the world like its him on top of everyone and everything else.

His world view, is like that of a supreme leader. Unchecked by government, unconstrainted by alliances, one man in charge of everything.

A king.

We keep thinking every day about how this can’t keep going. That at some point the checks and balances in our democracy, in our history, in our culture will check this rush to autocracy.

It still seems so far-fetched, almost laughable.

But if he can talk his way out of what by all logic seems to have been clear collusion with Russians to influence the 2016 election. Now by collusion, I don’t define it as Trump himself directed wrong doing, I define it much broader which includes the indictments and guilty pleas we have seen so far.

Bungling from one hush payment cover up to another. Messing up simple tabloid fodder and turning it into possible obstruction of justice.

Daily lies from first Spicer, now Sanders about all issues that might make the president mad if the truth is told.

Now he is pushing the Department of Justice to investigate (and this does not really mean investigate, it means smear) its own practice of counter intelligence operations that might show wrongdoing done during (not necessarily by) the Trump campaign.

All this makes me go back to the start.

This is all about short term decision making, hopping from crisis to crisis without strategy, using pressure and intimidation to bully opponents into submission.

Isn’t it funny?

Isn’t this how we all started.

English Kings.

The power of the monarchy over the people.

If Trump new his history, he’d admire the monarchs of the 18th Century who ruled much like hs is trying to.

Image from solon.com

I’m not the first to compare the last king of the American Colonies and the first king of the Trump Era, I find that both amusing and scary.

SO what where does that leave us?

Well, this Trump Presidency only lasts if he becomes king.

Because all the things he has done, is doing and is done in his name, he and his ilk will not escape history.

Unless he get’s his wish.

If can hold on to power for life.

If the Blue Wave is mitigated and the power in Congress stays in Republican hands.

If the Muller probe doesn’t lead us towards impeachment.

If 2020 comes by and we are still where we are now.

And he wins again.

Can you imagine it?

All this stuff we know to be wrong goes unpunished.

He gets away with it.

That’s the only way this works.

For Trump to escape ultimate accountability and get away with all he has done, he has to keep pushing us from democracy to autocracy.

Republicans have to keep letting it go on, just as short-sighted and power at any cost mentality of the nobles of the past.

We have to go with the flow and let American die.

In its place will be a new America. Not like the one we founded in 1776, but like the one we had in the decades before the Revolution.

The only hope President Trump has for escaping history is to destroy our history and taking us back to the beginning.

King George III =King Donald I

Dan Meyer heads Sonic Analytics, an analytics advocacy with offices in Manila and the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 20 years in Big Data, Dan is one of the most sought after public speakers in Asia and has recently begun offering public training seminars in the United States.

Sonic Analytics(www.sonicanalytics.com) brings big data analytics solutions like business intelligence, business dashboards and data storytelling to small and medium sized organizations looking to enhance their data-driven decision-making capabilities. We also advocate the use of analytics for civic responsibility through training, consulting and education.

As citizens of this great democracy, we need to look at the data (analytics), plan a course of action (strategy) and share our data-driven viewpoints (presentation). This approach to a data savvy work force starts in school. So, we started an internship program to empower our youth to use Analytics, plan Strategy and Present their insights… ASP!

When not training current and future analysts, you can find Dan championing the use of analytics to empower data-driven citizenship. His latest cause is supporting a 3rd Party initiative called the Service America Movement — SAM (joinsam.org).