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The Old Man In The Buggy [Jun. 3rd, 2017|10:04 am]
Tony Grist
The image I keep coming back to is the G7 leaders in a posse strolling through Taormina while Trump putters along behind in a golf buggy.

My imagination adds further spurious details. The leader of the free world has a rug over his knees. The buggy morphs into a 19th century bath chair.

Authority leaks away from the Presidency. Trump announces he's leaving the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and a chorus of mayors and governors from around the nation pipes up with, "Well, we're not." Mayor Bloomberg adds that if Trump withholds funding he'll personally make up the shortfall. When Trump says he was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh not Paris the mayor of Pittsburgh tells him to get lost.

It's become a meme- bouncing round the media and internet- that 2017 marks the end of the American century.

Trump has played his part; he has stirred things up and united the world in opposition. He has made his enemies strong. The French president- a vigorous young man with whom Trump instituted a handshake contest only to lose- has turned his election slogan against him. "Make our planet great again," he says.

[User Picture]From: sylvanwitch
2017-06-06 12:15 pm (UTC)
I've often read your posts with interest but not commented. This morning, as it happens, I listened to a radio report on our local NPR station from a man who had had the opportunity to be in Robert F. Kennedy's motorcade when RFK visited Notre Dame University two months before his assassination. Even after all these years, the man still choked up as he recalled the hope and promise of RFK, his "social conscience" and personal integrity, and what he represented. He pondered what the US would be like had RFK not been murdered and had he won the presidency in '68 or at any other time. The report ended with the man saying, "Now we'll never know."

Your reflections on what's happening to the US as a result of the monumental incompetence and ignorance represented by its (I refuse to say "our") elected leader puts this morning's radio story into an even more painful light. For me, the world's response against Trump promises hope that even if my nation doesn't survive in its historic incarnation, at least some of the people of the world--many of them right here in the US--will band together to represent the values that RFK so admirably signaled. I just wanted to thank you for reminding me of the greater context. We're not alone in our abhorrence for the orange menace. We're not alone even if some of us perpetrated this revulsive creature's sway.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-06-06 12:38 pm (UTC)
You're certainly not alone. Trump has demonstrated a singular gift for alienating his allies. In the wake of the latest London terror attack he gratuitously and pointlessly took a swipe at London's mayor- the sane and widely admired Sadiq Khan- an act which could cost him his State Visit to Britain- and almost certainly will if we elect a Labour government.

I like to think that Trump is doing a grand job of discrediting everything he stands for and thereby preparing the ground for the election- next time round- of someone who shares the values of the Kennedy Brothers.
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