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The American Demagogue
Donald Trump is tough, "cheap steak tough" as Gil Scott Heron said of Ronald Reagan, and The Donald wants to be President in 2016. This is his sixth time, over the course of 3 decades. That's staying power, the persistence of endless self-promotion. Trump is a formidable foe and relentless showman, His Taurus Sun and Leo Mars acting in concert with a volatile Ophiuchus Moon; a King Cobra waiting to strike.
He's been able to capture the growing demographic of pissed-off white men, the Klansmen of the 21st century, the last vestiges of apartheid. For the time being, Trump is more dangerous to the Republicans than the Democrats. He has to trash his own party to even get the chance to face his real opposition. Trump has dispatched every one of his contenders, sinking them, but not himself, in the arcane swamp of Republican theory. His 35-40% of the Republican base has vaulted him into the polls, but can a non-existent Trump organization supply them with transportation to the polls on election day? This would be a test to Uber!
A bull in the Republican china shop
So far, the bull has shrugged off his banderillasis, the pikes meant by his detractors to maim him for the final kill. Trump strikes back with a surprising violence, destroying them completely in one attack. Trump is actually very thin-skinned for a bull, but he can gore anyone who waves a red flag at him.
The Republicans count on inertia, but this year Bush just won't be acceptable. Trump is a usurper, a fast talking city-slicker with no ground game. Trump-the-demagogue makes up for the lack of boots on the ground. His people know what to do; they know what he means. The media is addicted to him, he doesn't need his own commercials. He's mesmerizing, somewhere between John Kennedy and Charlie Sheen. He looks like the Daddy Warbucks billionaire that Orphan Anne was looking for; a gruff but compassionate capitalist.
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As long as he stays defiant and reactionary, he can lead his white brethren and their clans into the strange territory of having a billionaire take over the U.S. government. It wouldn't be the first time!
At the very least, Trump can win 25% of the vote in a national election, even on the back of a third party, matching or bettering Ross Perot, another billionaire who ran for the presidency back in 1992. But Trump also resembles another super-rich president in a lot of ways: John F. Kennedy.
Karl Marx famously said of the French counter-revolution, "History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, and the second time as comedy". This is also true of our history of presidents. Donald Trump and John Kennedy have a lot in common (see table below); both billionaires, but as opposites in their world view. Kennedy presided over a rising tide, Trump's America is on the decline. Kennedy is the tragedy of America, while Trump is the farce.
Like the Kennedy Magic, which connected with the baby-boomer's rise to power, Trump also has tapped into a vein of lost power among the otherwise privileged white population that has been the main beneficiary of American hegemony. The message of "Ask not what your country can do for you" and "Make America great again" is not that different, except Kennedy was drawing from the idealistic heart of youth, while Trump represents the fallen hopes of a distressed middle-class, as they cascade into poverty. Today this white population is older, infirm, no longer relevant, and angry that immigrants have swooped in to take advantage of their complacency, arrogance and political confusion. White people hardly identify with their working class origins, preferring to aspire to a parasite existence of cutting coupons, living off home equity and collecting rent, like their wealthier brethren, who are, like them, white, but hardly working class.
Build a Casino
and They Will Come.
Trump is like a Jesse James for the masses. He's a mafia boss, John Gotti, a gambler and the front guy. Trump is smart because he always underestimates his audience, and never gives a sucker an even break. He rakes in the profits like a casino croupier, counting on the weakness of man, his inability to resist the fantasy of easy money.
He really connects with the basic truth of our innate and animal desires. As a gambler he knows our shame. As a Taurus he can rut like a beast or mug like a drag queen; all his followers ask of him is a dream of winning, even a scratchoff win, anything to change their luck. Gambling and luck is a form of truth, or, as Steven Colbert calls it, "truthiness", where something you want to be true is not true, but that won't stop you from believing it. We want to believe someone like Trump exists, a Peter the Great of New York.
Voltaire's Candide might have said: "Virtue and gold are their own reward". For Taurus, and most others, too, money is virtue backed by gold. It's the rule of money that makes the Taurus, and Trump, feel so confident in its power.
Trump may be the Colonel Sanders figurehead for his own hotels and casinos, but isn't that the perfect politician? Despite his money coming from the stolen wages of desperate wage slaves, Trump is still the dream of capitalism's populist virility, without any sense of its irony.
The Donald never got the joke. Trump has the tastes and appetites of an American card shark, he personifies greed, this odds-maker makes no secret of his carnal privileges. Trump gambled his father's money and made himself a world wide brand in the capitalist world in spite of his essential ignorance. Who needs brains if you have luck?
Now that he's learned the game, he's coming after the stiffs that laughed at him. Trump is a star of the world where billionaires and bumpkins meet. Politicians can't compete with him, only better ideas can defeat him. It the new world, it's the smart people against the dumb ones, a natural consequence of capitalism's unnatural selection.
If the pundits really wanted to vet Trump they would have been better off to check out his 13-sign astrology horoscope, where The Donald is a snorting, stamping Taurus bull. He's also got the grace and agility of a big Taurus, and using his Ophiuchus magic, he can vaporize any problem or critic as if he's has green fire at his command.
Sun in Taurus, Moon in Ophiuchus, in opposition:
Donald Trump is a Warlock with the carnal appetites of the Bull.
Ophiuchus-types control other people with their minds. Trump has cast a spell over the American media and they put on spell on us. He is bypassing the pathetic politicians who must beg for money and votes, and hasn't had to invest in a large media campaign or a national apparatus to push the polls ever higher in his favor.
Yet, he's really a hollow man, strutting like a tin-pot dictator. His Sun and Moon and other major planets and asteroids are polarized, at odds with each other. He has no identity, which is why he can skate back and forth across party lines at will. He has no party loyalty, no real organization, no grand strategy. In his love and personal affairs, he's a two-faced Gemini, who can hardly form true friendships.
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Posted Aug 2, 2015
updated Dec 28
Comparison of the Zodiac systems
|Aries||Mar 21 - April 20||April 15 - May 15||April 19 - May 13|
|Taurus||April 21 - May 20||May 16 - June 15||May 14 - June 19|
|Gemini||May 21 - June 20||June 16 - July 15||June 20 - July 20|
|Cancer||June 21 - July 21||July 16 - Aug 15||July 21 - Aug 9|
|Leo||July 22 Aug 22||Aug 16 - Sep 15||Aug 10 – Sep 15|
|Virgo||Aug 23 - Sep 22||Sep 16 - Oct 15||Sept 16 – Oct 30|
|Libra||Sep 23 - Oct 22||Oct 16 - Nov 15||Oct 31– Nov 22|
|Scorpio||Oct 23 - Nov 21||Nov 16 - Dec 15||Nov 23 – Nov 29|
|Ophiuchus||NA||NA||Nov 30 – Dec 17|
|Sagittarius||Nov 22 - Dec 21||Dec 16 - Jan 14||Dec 18– Jan 18|
|Capricorn||Dec 22 - Jan 20||Jan 15 - Feb 14||Jan 19 – Feb 15|
|Aquarius||Jan 21 - Feb 19||Feb 15 - Mar 14||Feb 16– Mar 11|
|Pisces||Feb 20 - Mar 20||Mar 15 - April 14||Mar 12 – April 18|