Forget The Hunger Games, 1984, and It Can’t Happen Here. Trump is the ultimate Dystopian novel.
In this Dystopian world, if you’re a fetus, they love you and protect you until you’re born. Then, hey, you’re on your own. If you, like Jimmy Kimmel’s son, are born with heart disease and your parents don’t have the money to pay for multiple heart surgeries, then sorry, too bad. You die.
And as of May 4, when the repubs passed their alternative to the Affordable Care Act by a narrow margin, you are screwed if you have a pre-existing condition, are on Medicaid, are old or on disability. The people who benefit from this bill are the rich, who are getting billions in tax cuts while Medicaid is being gutted. The old, the sick, and the poor are the ones targeted in this bill. This is, as one health policy expert said, one of the largest redistributions of wealth ever.
If that fetus the republicans love and protect until it’s born grows up poor, oh well, too bad. No Medicaid or food stamps for you. If you manage to work your way through life so that you finally get to college, well, too bad. You’re going to incur a staggering debt that in many instances amounts to the cost of a home.
If you’re born black or Latino or into some other minority, the deck in the land of the free is already stacked against you. The repubs only see white male faces.
If you are gay or transgender, the republicans want you to disappear, vanish, to have zero rights ever.
If you’re a woman, they want to control your body by stacking their administration with anti-abortion white men who despise Roe v Wade. They want to deny you contraception and just to prove how serious they are about this, the current administration has nominated a woman to lead family services who believes that contraception doesn’t work and that abortion leads to breast cancer. Meet Teresa Manning, a former lobbyist for the National Right to Life Committee who is expected to be appointed to oversee the nation’s family planning program at HHS.
They would love to overturn public education and privatize Medicare and Social Security. They want corporations to rule the world, as though government is a business. Sounds a bit like Blade Runner, doesn’t it?
The head of this disaster, trumpie himself, thinks putin is a strong leader and that the little madman running North Korea is a guy he might like to sit down with for a friendly chat. Some in the media see trumpie’s bombing of a Syrian airstrip as a sign that he’s presidential. Really?
And oh, about that wall. Sorry, folks. Mexico isn’t going to pay for it. You taxpayers are – not you rich folks, not the corporations, but you poor and middle class folks. And yeah, he’s been trying to bar immigrants since his first 10 days in office and has been blocked by the federal courts.
The truth is ugly. The dude in charge of the U.S. has come through his first 100 days, is working on the second 100 days, and has already proven himself to be a clueless narcissist and egomaniac, who is constantly crying out, Notice me, see how great I am, just watch how I will make America great again. Uh-huh. By wrecking the country, destroying democracy, enriching his family, and installing extremists.
Welcome to Trump World, the ultimate Dystopian novel.
But in the sequel, my hope is that the people fight back and reclaim their country.