Friday, February 26, 2016

On Familiarity: President Donald Trump

Despite the fact that I find the idea deeply offensive, I predict the inevitable success of Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States of America.

Here I record my reasoning and in doing so highlight the failure of the current system of government, evolved since The Founders, the impotence of “The Vote,” and its complete failure as a tool of effective democracy.

In the end, I suggest that the Union is in such a state of disrepair that a USA Military coup is the only resolution. So here, a man of peace, with deep respect, I address the Generals.

Let me immediately note that what I mean by an “effective democracy” is a system that allows the right of dissent and a fair hearing.

By denouncing the effectiveness of “The Vote” and advocating the universal right of dissent and a fair hearing, I support the freedoms of the Founders and strengthen the role of the courts.

The issue here has to do with the power of indiscriminate familiarity to impart trust.

Donald Trump will be elected to President, nominally “the most powerful man in the world,” not because he is the best man to lead this great nation, nor because he defeated a collection of lesser competing mortals in a fair political competition, but quite simply because since 2004, and now entering the fifteenth season, he has developed a Reality TV Game Show host personality.

Through his TV coverage the general public is familiar with Donald Trump and this gives him an undue political advantage.

It does not matter how much of a rogue he is, nor how faulty what he says may be. The facts of his private life and personal finance are incidental. If his tax returns reveal that he has been a crook all of these years, no matter.

Nor does it matter how many of us of reason and good sense, as President Barack Obama has, say that a man with Trump’s characteristics surely cannot become the president.

Barack Obama’s power of familiarity, incidentally, came only from his name association during a period of time where it proved impossible for many native English speakers to distinguish between the arch-enemy of America, Osama Bin Laden, from Barack Obama. It is perhaps sad to record that Barack Obama was elected only because of a broad familiarity with the name of our worst enemy.

It turns out, of course, that President Obama is an educated and smart man. By fortune, he was a good representative in the world just when we needed it. We could have done a lot worse. But this is an instructive example that illustrates that it does not matter how the familiarity is formed and whether the object of that familiarity is good or bad, right or wrong.

Familiarity is power. It is, ultimately, a physical force that moves populations.

This is not new, of course, every elected official since the 1970s has played in these changing circumstances. This familiarity is the consequence of changing social, information, and media technology.

We need to pause to reconsider its impact.

The public is especially familiar with Donald Trump and this alone gives him power that by the current system is exploitive. Now, I am confident that Donald Trump thinks he alone is responsible for his success. It is a dangerous fact that he no doubt believes that the public supports him.

But the fact is that the public is playful and truly indifferent.

It is painful to admit that the public are sheep in this case and that they will follow wherever Donald Trump leads. It is even more painful to acknowledge that the electorate are readily maneuvered and manipulated by the physical dynamics of familiarity in this case.

The world has seen these dynamics before, at the birth of the modern era.

I believe we need to reconsider. I ask the Generals of the USA Military to consider what action to take in the interest of protecting the Union and, ultimately, the people.

1 comment:

  1. Super-Tuesday proceeded as expected.

    My point undermines the very idea of democracy, whereas a common explanation simply says that Trump’s rise is business as usual.

    I understand that we can argue that if (and when) Trump is elected that “the people have spoken.” But this ignores the factors I have pointed out.

    You have to first accept that Trump is an unqualified candidate that under normal circumstances would and should never be elected. And this is hard in a system like ours that allows the masses to vote. None-the-less, numerous people are making it, including the incumbent president, Larry Summers, House Republicans etc…

    And second that under rational circumstances that no one would actually vote for Trump.
    Then you need an explanation as to why he won, why people actually did vote for him, and this is what I have tried to provide here.

    Now this effect happens all the time today because of our new media and information technologies and mostly, in the cases of Reagan and Schwarzenegger, for example, it is benign.

    But it is not a democracy, it is the tyranny of majority and the rule of the mob.