There’s an expression in the English language trumped up meaning false or unsubstantiated. A trumped up person is a jackass, a person who foregoes no opportunity to broadcast the image of superiority they hold of themselves. A loud-mouthed twit with notions of their own competence way above their capabilities.
The moniker “Trumped up” seems to sit easily with this Donald Trump character we read so much about here in the UK at the moment. If you didn’t know, he’s one of the Republican prospective Candidates for the Presidential elections in America (sigh!).
Despite thousands of words written about the man we still know precious little about him. What we do know is that he claims to be a billionaire, whatever that is, and a property billionaire no less which is surely a contradiction by any sensible measure. We also know he’s been bankrupt three or four times which usually means other people have been forced to pay up for his stupidity with either their hard earned cash, their jobs and/or their family homes. I haven’t heard whether he plans to repay those people if elected which, I suppose, calls into question his moral fortitude.
He also comes across as being a bit of a racist and misogynist, and not too bright either.
We’re told he epitomises the American Dream which, frankly, scares the hell out of me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, American Culture is born of greed, subjugation and violence which may well drive Donald Trump but is he, therefore, really a model people should aspire to emulate? Secondly, the Dream the word is supposed to represent, in its context, is just that, a dream. It is not real. For the vast majority of people, hard work is not rewarded, security is not guaranteed by the State and justice is the preserve of the rich and white middle classes.
America is rich, quite probably the richest nation on the planet. But the wealth is skewed. Just thirty-five of the richest Americans “own” more assets than half of the rest of humanity. America funds bloodshed and wars (over $1 trillion Dollars of high-tech arms to Israel since 1970). And yet, child poverty increases, in work poverty increases, job insecurity increases, homelessness increases. If there was ever any prospect of the American Dream materialising as a realistic ambition, for most Americans it is absolutely unattainable, it will forever remain a Dream. Those who are giving their all to an ungrateful nation in futile pursuit of the American Dream, they are easy prey to the rhetoric of dodgy, trumped up, snake oil salesmen such as Donald Trump. It would all be a bit of a joke wouldn’t it, if real people weren’t involved.
The thing is, and here’s the rub, during these elections, unless the people of America are willing to get radical, not the brand of radicalism preached by Trump and his Trumpeteers, but a more benign radicalism based upon a real world view rather than what the Federal Union wishes it to be. If Americans would begin to believe in the value of the rest of the world as partners rather than subjects to suppress, cajole, blackmail or torture. If America took a step back from interfering in sovereign politics, refused to supply the weapons to enforce illegal foreign wars, illegal occupations and genocide and took responsibility for their actions perhaps then the tomfool antics of a “trumped up” erstwhile Mr. President and his followers would not be regarded by the rest of the world with a mixture of amusement, bemusement and horror. Perhaps then the majority of Americans would be proud of their country. Perhaps then America would again be great.
Picture credit: I had a mind to use a picture of Donald Trump in all wild-eyed and evil mouthed glory, but then I thought, “No, a tomato is more apt”. Wait a week or two for it to rot some more then throw it at the idiot.