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The Single Biggest Mistake Trump Has Made Since His Inauguration

Regular readers of this blog might remember that, almost a year ago, I had written a short series about the likelihood of Trump completing his term as President. Some might also remember an even older series about my thoughts on the likely trajectory of a Trump presidency. To make a long story short, I predicted that the Trump presidency would become a giant shit-show because of his excessive and continued dependence on establishment republicans and an obsession with portrayal by corporate media. As some of you might have noticed, many of these predictions came true. Trump, so far, has “governed” like a moderately retarded establishment republican.

The inability of democratic party to translate the general lack of enthusiasm about Trump and Republicans into anything beyond a few electoral successes says volumes about their incompetence and general lack of vision. Then again, they are a bunch of intellectually bankrupt wankers, who cannot talk about anything beyond “Russia”, “Putin” and “Collusion”. These idiots seem to believe that the majority of people in USA who today live in a constantly precarious financial situation actually give a shit about their amateurish theatrical productions.. I mean “investigations”. Ironically, their stupid “investigations” have done more to make Trump look sympathetic to his support base and many others than was otherwise possible.

Having said that, it is now obvious to even his main support base that Trump has screwed up royally. For starters, he been unable to keep any of his major campaign promises (reasonable or ludicrous) to any worthwhile extent. Then there is the whole other issue of how everything he has “achieved” till now is restricted to pro-corporate establishment republican bullshit that many of his strongest supporters hate with a passion. Some of you might say that this turn of events was to be expected since Trump was always a scam artist- and that is partially correct. However, that does not address a far bigger issue- namely, his future.

His single biggest mistake and failure, so far, has been his inability to govern as a successful usurper.

Let me explain that in a bit more detail. Trump, you see, fits into a category of leaders known as Usurpers. While that term is often used to de-legitimize the person targeted with that label, the reality is that usurpers are typically people who start as outsiders or peripheral members of the ruling elite. They then go on attain political power through some combination of dumb luck, political intrigue and general dissatisfaction with status quo. Well known examples of such people through history include Julius Caesar, Augustus, Genghis Khan, Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon, Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler and Mao.

Less well-known examples of usurpers include Caligula, Cesare Borgia, Catherine the Great, Hong Xiuquan and Chiang Kai-shek. So why do some usurpers end up as successful and famous, while others as examples of failure and mockery. The short answer is that it comes down to two things. Firstly, their ability to increase their support base among general population and secondly, their handling of leftover elites and power structures of the previous regime. Every successful, or almost successful, usurper in history was able to extend his or her support base beyond the one which brought them to power. Even people such as Hitler and Stalin had high levels of genuine public support when they were in power.

So how did these successful usurpers increase their levels of public support once they assumed power? The short answer is, by presiding over populist reforms and redistribution of wealth. Perhaps you have heard how Julius Cesar was able to extend his power and increase his popularity by promulgating and implementing a host of populist economic reforms after he first became dictator. Or how Augustus spend a lot of money on construction of public buildings and other stuff that was useful to the non-elites in population as well as creating jobs. Even less savory characters such as Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin and Mao made considerable effort to employ more people and redistribute wealth away from the previous group of elites.

And this brings us the second defining characteristic of all successful usurpers- they destroyed the previous elite class and replaced them with a new one. Of course, not everybody pulled a Stalin and summarily jailed, exiled or killed the previous elites or anybody associated with them. Some like Caesar, Augustus and Hitler gradually pushed all previous elites who did not agree with them out of positions where they could cause problems. Others like Napoleon had the advantage of starting with a clean slate because of preceding events. But make no mistake, every single usurper who succeeded and lived to tell the tale spent a lot of their energies destroying every member of the previous elite class who they did not trust.

Which brings us to Trump or, more precisely, how he has failed so far. To make a long story short, Trump has been unable to do the two most important things any usurper must do in order to succeed in the long-term. As many of you know, Trump has been unable or unwilling to implement genuine populist reforms which would extend this support base. To that end, everything he has done so far has enriched the already wealthy previous group of elites (who hate him anyway) while increasing the impoverishment of his supporters. But it gets worse.. Successful usurpers end up as successful because they do manage to change the status quo in a manner which makes them more popular.

So far, Trump has rubber-stamped every establishment policy and idea- however boneheaded it might have been. I would go so far as to say that most decisions made by him in office are almost identical to those made by Bush43 and Obama44. His most fatal mistake, however, has been his reluctance or inability to get rid of the previous elite class from positions of power. In spite of a higher than usual turnover in senior posts, he has been unable to replace enough rank-and-file type junior elites to actually consolidate his grip on power. It does not help that he has filled his administration with establishment republican types who hate him or people who are so unpopular and out of touch with reality that their unpopularity rubs onto him.

In conclusion, I think that there is very high chance that Trump will be remembered as an unsuccessful and incompetent usurper. The next one, might however, be far more competent.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. MikeCA
    April 10, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Trump was never populist. Trump is a grifter. He did the Trump University scam to cheat struggling people out of their money. He has refused to pay working people the money he owes them because he can get away with it.

    Trump is a confidence man. The populism was just part of his latest con.

    Perhaps partisan hackery has diminished your ability to comprehend what was written in that post..

    “In conclusion, I think that there is very high chance that Trump will be remembered as an unsuccessful and incompetent usurper. The next one, might however, be far more competent.”

    • MikeCA
      April 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      “Perhaps partisan hackery has diminished your ability to comprehend what was written in that post..”

      As I said Trump is a grifter. He has made himself rich conning people in business deals.

      Since the 1970s the Republican party has been conning the white working class with this wink wink nudge nudge, we’re the ‘r’ word we can’t use anymore. They gave huge tax cuts to the rich and corporations while cutting away at the government programs that help working people. That is why the working class has been shafted the last 50 years while the elites have partied on. The white working class has been voting against its own economic interests for 50 years.

      Trump is not a usurper. That was just part of his con. Trump ran the standard Republican con better and more explicitly than any of the elite Republicans could.

      He is a usurper because he managed to capture the seat of power by beating establishment favorites such as Jeb “please clap” Bush, Marco “thirsty” Rubio, Ted “slimy” Cruz and Hillary “corrupt as fuck” Clinton.

      • April 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

        Dude, did you write this article???

        https://jezebel.com/5987888/if-you-want-a-more-thoughtful-boyfriend-try-pegging-him

        Seems like you are playing similar mental gymnastics….

        We wouldn’t be any better off if crooked Hillary won….

        BTW, I’m a halfbreed before you accuse me of being an entitled white guy….

        LOL.. that guy is either a true believer or a paid shill. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between those two types.

      • MikeCA
        April 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

        “He is a usurper because he managed to capture the seat of power by beating establishment favorites…”

        Trump is really one of the elites. Most of the other elites don’t want to be associated with him, because of the obvious “r word” in the way he talks. The Republican elites are mostly just as “r word” as Trump, but they talk about it with dog whistles. Trump just blurts it out.

        Today Trump suggested USA should rejoin TPP. Trump ran against TPP and pulled the USA out of it in his first weeks in office. I guess Trump just realized that the whole point of TPP was to created a Pacific trade pack that excluded China. Now that he is trying to start a trade war with China he realized pulling the USA out of TPP strengthens China’s trade position. Duh.

        When you base your vote on hate, this is what you get. You hate Hillary so you vote for a clown like Trump. You’ve been conned again.

  2. Wilson
    April 11, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Trump is just too old to start making changes, the Democrat accusation of senility is nonsense to distract from “hiking” Hillary’s condition, but he of course had more energy and ambition in middle age

  3. Shiningtime
    April 11, 2018 at 7:48 am

    The con played on the people is believing the President makes all decisions that drive the nation. Trump’s first meeting with Obama was the tell. Trump seemed completely rattled and subdued. He’d gotten a brief glimpse of what is known as the ‘deep state’. The shadow entities are the ones setting policy.

    So much of US foreign policy seems dumb until you account for the goals of the deep state. Unfortunately for Trump, his biggest blunder may have been attacking the enforcement arm of the deep state, namely the FBI. Shadowy law enforcement entities are the worse kind of enemy to have.

  4. April 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    As a low status man who is looked down upon by both trashy feminists and the alt-reich, this is especially delicious…

    I got to watch those shithead liberals like Bill Maher cry that crooked Hillary didn’t win (and of course it must be my fault that I couldn’t suck it up an vote for her.)

    Now I get to watch those pieces of shit Dickenhorst Spencer and that unpassable tranny Anne “the man” Coulti-eh cry that god-emporor has betwayed them…

    Seriously, hope we don’t go to war with Syria though…

    Same here.. I have no love for Trump, but wanted to see HRC crash and burn- which she did.

    A war in Syria might prove a bit too much for USA, given Russian involvement on the other side.

  5. April 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    the only chance the democrats have is running someone like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren is a long shot. But the democrats are done if they run Joseph “Bite Me” Bidden…

    Personally, I don’t think they will even win back the house in 2018. And this will be in spite of the monumental opportunity that Trump’s presidential screwups has created for them.

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