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The Restless Knight Re-Awakens – Really

It’s been far too long since the Restless Knight has been heard from. The late-night comedians and speakers at the White House Correspondents Dinner have been commenting aplenty.

Those messages have not diminished support for the tweeter-in-chief by his staunch followers. To the contrary, his fan club continues to grow, and this includes his religious base.

And knowing what I do about those righteous souls, and how important it is to teach “Christian values” to their children, no amount of wanton sexual behavior on the part of this human-resembling monster seems to be able to halt that support.

Are they delivering a message to their children that it is perfectly okay to have sex outside of marriage, even when their mothers are delivering one of their siblings? Or it’s fine to grab a woman by her privates, as long as one is rich or famous enough?

Now we can accuse Trump of many things (and many of us already have), but stupid is not one of them. Selfish, vain, self-aggrandizing, narcissistic, tax-avoider, promoter of toxic fossil fuels, remover of water safety (I could go on) – yes, but stupid, hardly.

Hitler could also be accused of having a “few” faults, but like the modern-day version, he saw the plight of citizens who suffered from poverty, and looked for a convenient scapegoat to blame for that condition. Of course there were very different reasons for German poverty after the “war to end all wars” – but the Jews were not one of those (just like the Mexicans are not responsible for our woes). It was the impossible sanctions imposed by the Versailles Treaty, that couldn’t fail to give the likes of the Fuhrer a reason for being.  But in modern-day America (and other nations, too), automation has been the primary cause.  And Hillary was as effective in spreading her message to the disenchanted as Von Hindenburg was in his 1930s attempts to prevent Hitler’s ascension to the chancellorship.

Populism is happening in many countries throughout the world. It is engendered by a fear of “the other.” Leaders who recognize this have capitalized on it. Examples include the last German election, where Merkel lost an important majority in the Bundestag, Brexit, the Philippines and the monster Rodrigo Duterte’ who controls it, Turkey’s Erdogan and others.

Forced migration is the major cause of populism as people are forced to flee their native countries for places that might increase the chances of their survival and that of their children.  People in countries on the receiving end of this migration fear the loss of their customs, religion and traditions. This is happening in many of the world’s places, including a large part of Latin America, where gang violence does not create an atmosphere where the living is easy.

I don’t have too many answers. So why am I writing this? Maybe it’s because I don’t want to suffer alone.

One thing we can do is to stop putting Trump down. It hasn’t worked despite his evil ways, and won’t moving forward. But we can and we must address the very things that drive these disenchanted people into the Trump camp. This, by the way, does not include calling them a “basket of deplorables (ya think?).”

They need to see ways for them to thrive in this new automated world which could include, among other things, a guaranteed income. A Marshall Plan to bring these people out of poverty would help immensely.  I don’t know how many of you know the difference between the John Maynard Keynes approach vs. that of Friedrich August Von Hayek. Both of these economists were born in the later part of the 19th century, but the disagreements they had fit today’s issues to a T. The former believed that you sweeten the economy by spending money to create infrastructure and the jobs that follow. Hayek, took the opposite approach.

You can see examples of this following the Depression of the 1930’s. After the Wall Street collapse, FDR in his new role as leader of the American people, spent money America didn’t have. By late 1935, we had mostly recovered from the Depression, so Roosevelt pulled back and basically adopted the Hayek approach. Guess what? The days of the Depression were beginning to return. It was only the build up to WWII that brought us out.

Is this what we want? A war to help us re-establish our economy and address the legitimate fears of the disenchanted (many of whom are armed, by the way)?

As the wealth gap continues to grow in the U.S., so, too will the disenchantment.  The rich need to pay their fair share in taxes for what they derive from our economy. Allowing unfettered access to politicians to promote their special-interest agenda only adds to the problem.

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