Re: A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Allan Poe - a discussion
I refer above to your idea that Trump's weird incoherence will somehow deliver us to a better place, that he has a method to his madness. There is no method beyond the narcissist's priority of self. Narcissism, by the way, is a quality Trump has proudly embraced in his "writings." Are we frogs in a pot with regard to Trump steadily eroding norms and institutions? I don't think so, because we can clearly see it happening. We might not care enough to stop it, though. My bet is nevertheless on impeachment down the road, perhaps in 2018 after the midterm elections.
If you want this war against government fought, you need a suitable warrior. You don't have one in Donald Trump. You've always projected onto him whatever qualities you think the moment calls for, creating someone with an ideological firmness that DJT simply does not have and has never demonstrated. Would this person of your imagining have touted Australia's government-backed healthcare system, for example? That is merely one example of Trump's complete nonaquaintance with consistent thought. The man can't talk for three minutes without blithely committing non-sequiturs. He's totally unperturbed by that, as well.
Despite the Ronald Reagan imitation, Trump is no Reagan. Reagan switched parties once and was done. Trump switched parties six times. Nonsense about Trump as John Galt. Would Rand's hero have availed himself of government bankruptcy regs so many times to save his personal fortune while screwing many others?
Look at Trump's proposed tax reform plan. It provides tax favors for the already wealthy. I would add that libertarians such as you have never had an answer for paying for the shared amenities, protections, and services that are central to modern civilized states.
So, it's rather that you persist in wanting to see
Trump as John Galt, even though you concede that he's a phony Galt. It's not only that, though. Trump doesn't even have significant rhetoric
about small government. In fact, with his proclamation "Only I can fix it!" he's right up there with Louis XIV's famous cry. See the conservative National Review's take on Trump's small-governmentalism. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/4 ... atism-dead
To the contrary, the brother is simply too terrified to think, whereas the narrator has possession of his reason and uses it. The narrator conceives a technical solution to a problem, which is much different from the act of "letting go," as I see it.
Rule of law concerns are exactly what are animating some of the resistance to Trump, with regard to his conflicts of interest, his desire to bypass Congress, and most recently with his firing of the FBI director in order to try to scuttle an investigation that he must find threatening to himself. Looking at Trump's campaign themes, rule of law seems implicated only in his immigration policies.