President Trump & the Establishment (Part 3)

Terry Melanson

Webmaster/editor of Conspiracy Archive; author of Perfectibilists: the 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati.

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  1. scaffold says:

    I’m still curious who Trump really is. I’ve read your texts and i don’t know.
    Now he looks basically like kind of puppet. Like an actor. Frontman.
    Does he has his own thoughts at all or everything is staged?
    Now I think that his whole career was filled by desire find some really powerfull guys who help him to became the President. The ultimate dream, he could have.

    • Will B. says:

      He just wanted to win, to prove he could win the presidency, and then undo some of Obama’s policies. But Trump did not going into the presidency with a clear idea of what the job entailed, how it worked, or even how the US Government worked. He thought he could duplicate his management style at the Trump Organization of issuing orders through supplicants who knew less than he did. But this management style is not carrying over very well into the White House. His ignorance about the how government works and of the policies he is trying to blow up is causing problems. As I aim to explain the long overdue Part 4, Trump’s focus on personal loyalty and thin commitment to his anti-globalist and anti-elite rhetoric has resulted in an administration largely purged of the economic populists/nationalists, but still beholding to his ignorance and unstable temperament.

      The Mercers thought they could control Trump via Bannon et al, but didn’t work out. Likewise, the various Establishment heavyweights and ex-military people he’s installed also aspire to control him, but there are limits. So I think Trump stands for himself and mainly acts in accordance, not with any deep commitment to an America First/MAGA agenda but with a narrower self-aggrandizing agenda of:
      (1) fulfilling his belief he can make better deals than anyone else (hence the attack on NAFTA);
      (2) undoing any of Obama’s achievements – ACA, JCPOA, TPP, & Paris Accord – because he hates Obama;
      (3) looking decisive; and
      (4) throwing bones to his base.

      The problem is that he makes these dramatic announcements and signs executive orders, but the effect is always limited as even when he really does have authority, he prefers to pass it off to Congress. Part of what he does is attributable to intervention from the “adults” in the White House, but it also reflects Trump’s salesman/Apprentice persona of making dramatic reveals, that the audience later forgets about especially as he leaves caveats in his actions so they can be quietly walked back.

      I think the problem in the long-term is that this style of political theater, of dramatic announcements to cover for tepid actions (bait-and-switch) is not sustainable. Sooner or later the Establishment will find a way to move him on.

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