Sinking Into Trumpistan

PARIS – I am just back from two polar opposite nations. One, a model democracy, is rich in resource and spirit; the other, benighted and self-obsessed, is an oligarchic quasi police state. Both share a misnomer: United States of America.

Disunited, the world’s lone superpower risks rendering Earth uninhabitable, sparking uncontained war, and ceding global leadership to authoritarian China. At least a third of Americans seem neither to know nor to care.

The president’s jihad on news coverage allows government and business to plunder in plain sight. “Tax reform” is Robin Hood in reverse, stealing from the poor to give yet more to the rich. Dumbed down public schools entrench complacence.


Photo copyright 2017 Elvert Barnes Protest Photography. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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