We know that it is very wrong for a person in power to be involved sexually, even in what otherwise seems consenual, with a person of less power. But in this very thread we have an equivalence of that with a man who physically overpowers a woman to force himself on her. In a monochromatic world these are both the same colour but we ought to be able to see the difference between these acts. The problem on this site is due to exaggeration, this place becomes monochromatic and people lose site of significant differences between degrees of wrongdoing.
I know the problem is that we want to rush to say how much we agree that the first thing is wrong (given that some think it is okay) but by bluring the difference between something wrong and a distant extreme we lose site of proportion. this is a constant debate here in all the political arguments. People here feel the need to say the Liberals and Conservatives are exactly the same in order to be assured that others know how much they hate the Liberals. They might even believe it, even if objectively it is false.
Moving back to Trump: all these years of right wing Presidents, a unionized public service survived in the US. News is this week that Trump is taking away the bargaining rights of 750,000 workers -- civilians who work for the Department of defence. Many here may not know that. The reason is that it is not news even though it would have been a front page story in any previous Presidency. The grasps for power that Trump is taking almost daily go beyond ideology and beyond what anyone before has done. Don't bother telling me about the shit that has been done before. This stuff is still full of what is new and unheard of.
In rhetoric, Trump is openly laughing about being President for 26 more years. No he did not say 25. Why would he say 26? It is not a multiple of 4. But Trump will be 74 in June. 26 takes him to 100. The joke is something he has thought about. This is how this man thinks -- even in humour which is what this was.
Trumps's excesses are without precident. His lies of a scale and frequency that is unknown. Sure government has lied for big stakes before -- but Trump's lies are about absolutely everything -- worst of all, these are not even lies designed to decieve. These are lies designed to obliterate truth before your eyes: he does not care that you know he is lying becuase this is about power. Trump lies to remind you that with his power he can make your truth secondary to his lie. He wants to get caught: this is what owning the Libes means. It is about being naked in all the ways that previously used to be hidden. Trump lies for the sake of lying to prove that he has the power to do so.
The US has an ignorant society and twisted political system. However, Trump is a new version of Pyschopath in charge who has coldly analysed that deception is no longer required and there are no boundaries. There is no longer any need to pretend to be a normal human being: he can shoot someone on 5th avenue.
The US has had bad Presidents and has done some bad things but this is the point where pretence is no longer necessary before an adoring army of red hats who will openly muse about gunning down a Democrat if they happened to win despite the cheating Trump will no doubt attempt.
I have said before that the making of Trump was Al Gore. When Al Gore decided to protect the American fantasy of a democracy instead of standing up for a real democracy demanding that the ballots be counted in Florida, he told the American people that their democracy was worth less than stability. Trump was listening. The opportunity was there. Now will the Democrat push the issue if the election is close and Trump calls a few thousand ballots fake news and refuses to leave? We were not actually there before in the way we are now. It would nto be a joke to say that Trump might think of over-reacting to the cronavirus and canceling the election if he thought he could not cheat his way back the the White House. Trump does not ever seek to restrain his supporters who publicly scream that he cannot lose a democratic election and if he lost it would be a coup and they should take up arms to keep him in power. When jokes come about staying in power, do you really doubt that he actually wants the ability to do so if at the end of his second term he does not want to go? We are less than a year away from his cult calling for the end of term limits. Many do not think he has the halth to keep going so they may not push the issue now -- but they will later if he makes it that far.
As for the GOP, Trump owns it. After he is gone this party may replace him in every sense of the word. The next will be like Trump in many ways except perhaps young enough to be able to claim the mantle of President for life and have that mean a generation. There is enough support in the US for this to be a possibility.
As for the US: I have traced this to a theory many of this are aware of. Marx did not believe that Communism could replace Capitalism before Capitalism had destroyed itself. I am not a Communist but I believe this. I believe that businesses are great at making money but must be restrained by active regulation by governments that enter into the economy and tkae ownership in the people's interest when this is needed. I believe that the well-being of people is found in tensions between business and government; individuals and groups. When you have one side unchecked that side will not just destroy the other but it will destroy itself. The US is presently in the "end times" of this. Capitalism in extremes educates people to do the bidding of others. No the US is not full of stupid people, but they are increasingly ignorant as the over specialization has led to even PhDs in their fields otherwise not well educated enough to think for themselves lacking in the needed critical skills. There is value in general education, critical thinking, and the lack of these in the US is proving that value. Canada is half a metre behind risking much of the same thing. The internet by itself and social media would not have been a bad thing in an educated population (general education) with critical thinking. It is devastating in a population of ignorants with money, social standing and good jobs. All this is relevant becuase Trump is a product of all this context.
Sorry for the length but many interconnected issues. Let me know what you think of some of these ideas please -- perhaps this is not the place to present this sort of longer analysis.