IMBECILE IN CHIEF
©Wendell Griffen, 2018
Justice Is a Verb!
July 17, 2018
We’ve had vicious kings and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t know if we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king. Tyrion Lannister (from Game of Thrones spoken regarding King Joffrey Lannister, his nephew)
People familiar with the Home Box Office blockbuster Game of Thrones television series will recall that line spoken by Tyrion Lannister (the character portrayed by Peter Benchley) to describe King Joffrey Lannister (his nephew portrayed by Jack Gleeson). Now the world knows the current President of the United States is a vicious idiot.
It has been widely known for years that Donald Trump is vain, untruthful, and a rich fool. Yet, President Trump’s behavior during his recent European trip shocked longstanding observers. The poor fellow scolded U.S. NATO allies about not paying enough for their own defense, then praised Russian president Vladimir Putin for being strong. Mr. Trump engaged in the feckless act of publicly extolling the veracity of Putin, a former KGB intelligence officer, over the unanimous findings of the entire U.S. intelligence community.
Add “Imbecile-in-Chief” to Mr. Trump’s title. Central casting could not have found a better person to portray the role of a fool. However, Trump is not playing a theatrical role.
In the last few days the world has seen what other people have known for decades. Donald John Trump is an intellectual dullard, narcissist, pathological liar, and a fool. His main competence (if not his only competence) is self-adulation and shameless showmanship. Trump’s Fox News white supremacist and religious nationalist base can crow all they please about “let Trump be Trump.” Donald Trump is not a comedy show or practical joker. He is President of the United States. His feckless behavior affects our lives and livelihood.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was correct during the 2015-16 campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination when he called Candidate Trump a “kook.” President Trump is intellectually, emotionally, politically, mentally, and morally unhinged. The issue is how we will deal with that reality.
The United States House of Representatives could begin hearings on whether there is ground to impeach Donald Trump. It won’t do so. Most Members of Congress love their own political standing more than they love protecting the nation from the threats presented by our demented chief executive.
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizes Vice President Pence and a majority of the Cabinet Secretaries to report to Senator Mitch McConnell (President pro tempore of the Senate) and Speaker Paul Ryan of the House of Representatives “that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” They won’t do so. Like Congress, they love their political standing more than they love protecting the nation from the disabled fellow occupying the Oval Office.
Our situation reminds me of the Biblical account about King Saul, the first king of Israel. Like Mr. Trump, Saul was a megalomaniac, emotionally unstable, and a threat to his allies and his nation. Eventually, Saul was denounced by Samuel, the judge and prophet who anointed him to be king.
Don’t expect Mr. Trump’s white religious nationalist cheerleaders to follow Samuel’s example regarding Saul, nor that of Tyrion Lannister regarding Joffrey Lannister in the HBO Game of Thrones dramatic television show. White religious nationalists are Trump’s most faithful supporters.
The unpleasant truth is that Donald Trump’s presidency is both a curse on the United States and a curse from the United States on the wider world. Thanks to the election of 2016, the security of our nation, sanity of our world, strength of U.S. armed forces and our NATO allies, stability of our economy, tranquility of our society, and health and welfare of our population are threatened by one reality: the President of the United States is a vicious idiot.
We are cursed. Welcome to the “new normal.”