Trump-Musk in ’24

A lot of my friends, wife included, are outraged by the purge trials against Donald Trump. I certainly agree with them that the American legal system is making a flashy display of its contempt for law, confirming the global expression that the US has joined the ranks of the banana republics. On the other hand, if Donald had not bragged so often about his dubious wheeling and dealing, if he had made any attempt to be a faithful husband, if he had only kept his mouth shut just occasionally, these farcical exercises in judicial tyranny would be much more controversial. He is his own worst enemy. I do think that there is only one man in America who could rival him for his foolishness and arrogance, and that he should make that man--Elon Musk--his VP. Who cares if he is, as he puts it, an African American? The Constitution of the United States is only observed when some provision can be twisted and turned to benefit the regime.

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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

11 Responses

  1. Allen Wilson says:

    It would make perfect sense. Everything you say about both is true. They may as well run together. Maybe it’s the massive egos of both men that cause them to take on the establishment?

    I remember being critical of Musk for not seeming to care about what is happening to white South Africans but recently he has called out Malemba for talking about exterminating them, so I guess he’s not all bad. We may as well have two massive egos who will take on the world rather than be obedient front men for the oligarchy. Hopefully that wouldn’t be more destructive than what we already have.

  2. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    As one of my favorite bad actors says in one of my favorite trash movies, “Come on you sons-of-b, you don’t want to live forever.” Better with a bang than a whimper. Back in the 90’s some people used the criterion of which candidate would you allow to babysit your teenage daughter. (Hint: It wasn’t Bill Cinton). I wouldn’t let Trump or Musk cross the threshold of my house, but that hardly makes them different from most politicians.

  3. Robert Reavis says:

    Tom, I always associate the quote with Marine Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly at BelleauWoods along with “Retreat hell, we just got here.”
    But the quote I remember is “ come on you sons of, do you want to live forever?”
    I like cheap movies too and would probably like the one you are referring to if I knew which one it was. ?

  4. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Robert, it is Starship Troopers, which I found vastly more entertaining than the Heinlein novel. The propaganda insertions are wonderful–school children doing their part in the war against the alien “Bugs” by stomping on ants. The film is directed by a mean–spirited Dutchman who did not find American imperial rhetoric inspiring, and the teacher in the cadet training school who leads them into battle is portrayed by the wonderful trash actor Michael Ironside.

  5. Michael Strenk says:

    I can’t decide whether Trump, like many, is the worst enemy of any cause that he espouses or if the whole circus surrounding him proceeds with his own cooperation in order to destroy the last vestiges of the rule of law in this country freeing all of the oligarchs, Trump and his odious in-laws, and Musk included from any restraint in their rapacious desire to own everything, including us, and to do with it all what they will. Musk is doing much the same for “freedom of speech” with his grand defense. They say by their actions, “Grab a beer and a bag of chips and watch us big-boy, super-heroes do it for you. Go back to sleep. All will be well.” They will be defeated because it is in the script and then they’ll shrug saying,”We did our best. Best to just get used to your new life,” before hitting the streets to loot assets and ruin lives, making the best of their new-found freedoms. Did I say that I can’t decide? Trump is no dope, nor is Musk. They are greedy immoral criminals like those in the Psalms who envy the poor man his crust of bread.

    “And man, being in honour, did not understand; he is compared to the mindless cattle, and is become like unto them.
    This way of theirs is a stumbling-block for them, yet afterwards they will please with their mouth.
    Like sheep they are laid in hades, death shall be their shepherd.”

    Most people admire Trump and Musk and Soros, et al and envy what they are and what they have, cheering them on from the sidelines as if at gladiatorial contest. We have got the leaders that we deserve.

  6. Harry Colin says:

    An excellent point, Mr. Strenk; we get what we’ve reaped.

    Where to begin? I am continually disgusted by folks who lament that our towns have more storefronts closing, fewer donations to community causes and fewer volunteers for charitable and fraternal organizations, yet these same people don’t understand that by patronizing the global behemoths to save a few pennies it drives the small businesses into oblivion. These were the owners and proprietors who served on the boards, made the donations and got to know their customers in person, yet now have disappeared.

    Because we as a nation of non-readers now get our “news” from sound bites and instant messaging clips the purveyors of propaganda have it much easier to herd the sheep into the desired pastures and cast the ballots into the boxes that delude the populace into thinking we are making the selections. while donors continue to call the shots.

  7. Robert Reavis says:

    Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Joe Biden,
    Gerald Ford, Bush Sr., Bob Dole, Bush jr, mitt Romney and Donald Trump.
    Walter Mondale and Dukakis .
    Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were probably representative of something of our country but not much. Carter was from the South so I wanted to like him. Reagan allegedly swam in conservative waters but evidently only in the shallow end.
    So yes, I think it’s pretty evident where we are and how we arrived.

  8. Dom says:

    I’d buy that for a dollar

  9. Robert Reavis says:

    Dear Dom,
    Because there’s hardly a dimes difference and with the inflated dollar , I’d go a $1.05 but not a penny more. And that only to fight against my totally worthless cynicism.

  10. Raymond Olson says:

    Tom, Judge Reavis–Thanks for clarifying for me that I do not like cheap movies, though most of the movies I do like were relatively, sometimes genuinely inexpensive. Anything straight out of Hollywood is horrendously expensive because straight Hollywood movies have one common and dominant subject, theme, raison d’être–money.

  11. Andrew G Van Sant says:

    We got to this point as a result of billions of decisions made over a very long time. Most of those decisions were self serving to make things easier for the person making the decision. Of course the decision was made among options provided by existing conditions. Like me you can all trace back the decisions you made that got you here. If you had made different devisions I would wager that it would have made a difference only to you and not the point we are at now. We are not able to make a significant difference even if we start to make better decisions. That is life living in a fallen world.