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No More Sparkles [Jan. 7th, 2018|09:15 am]
Tony Grist
Once upon a time - actually not so long ago- there were people called spin-doctors who interposed themselves between the powerful and the powerless and farted clouds of lovely pink mist with sparkles in it. Then along came Trump and said, "Sod you, I can do my own farting," and proceeded to do so- only what he produced was rather less pink and sparkly 

It's not that Trump is wickeder or grosser or less competent than other presidents (that's up for debate) but that he's more clearly visible. It's something to do with him being a reality TV star and something to do with his access to Twitter and something to do with not his understanding the game he's in (and allowing Michael Woolf to sit on a couch in the West Wing for months) but there's never been a president who was less of a mystery. And by demystifying himself he has demystified government.

I had a look at Jarry's Ubu Roi yesterday because I thought it might be helpful to compare and contrast. And it is. Ubu is everything that is ghastly in humanity rolled up into a ball of grease that pinballs around the stage doing appalling things- and there's a scene where he has invited a bunch of power-brokers to dinner and they're all troughing away and he comes in and throws a filthy toilet brush onto the table. And, yes, that's government as we've always known it to be but have never seen so clearly- on a day to day basis- as we do now with the Trump administration.

I find it hard to imagine what politics will be like in the post-Trump era. But I don't see how we can revert to the pink mist and sparkles and pretend we never glimpsed the void. If Trump prompts a rethink and reform of the way we do politics he'll have served his turn. 

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-01-07 02:11 pm (UTC)
When regarding all that fuzz about Trump now, it makes you think back of G. W. Bush and how unpopular and parodied he was throughout his both terms. Never seen such a bad president and such incompetent actions? Ha, just take out some media reports from back then about 15 years ago and look at how the media acted about him after the beginning of the Iraq war. Pretty, pretty similar...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-07 04:27 pm (UTC)
I wonder whether the system as it exists is capable of producing a "good" president. Obama brought a measure of personal dignity to the role- but it was only window dressing; his actual policies were much the same as Bush's. The wars continued, the wealthy prospered, the poor got poorer.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-01-07 04:45 pm (UTC)
As it exists, the system is controlled and administered by other people, which just only get themselves a legal dummy that does the acting before the curtain on the stage. Whatever figure you try to push to the top, in the end he'll be overwhelmed by the claims those make which sit behind the curtain. If he doesn't obey them, he can be sure either to be hit by a bullet in his head or there'll be something else, some sort of civil-looking way, to get rid of him and to make sure, in the future he won't get to influence ANY opinion anymore, not even that of a child.
So to say... Wanting to change the general way and quality of the overall administration, you'll need to find a completely new way of administration and what's underneath them in the pyramid of the system / society.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2018-01-07 06:36 pm (UTC)
... but he is wickeder and grosser and less competent. You only have to look at his rallies to surmise that. I've seen powerful figures in candid unscripted moments before, but I've hitherto never seen anything like him (at least not in the West), and I'm thankful for that.

If you mean a rethink, as in, never do it Trump's way again, then sure?
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