Trump vs. Mussolini
The Academy Award winning movie Parasite has a well-conceived plot about conflict between the upper 1% and the lower-middle class in South Korea. Most Korean Americans know this reality but will also say that it’s a thing of the recent past. History can show us a lot about ourselves, and why we must study what has come before to understand what is happening now. As many people have said, Trump is not the problem but just one of the many symptoms of an accelerating mistrust and alienation of Americans.
Let’s talk Benito Mussolini. He was the fascist leader of Italy from 1922 to 1943 and, after the Allies defeated his weak army, he shifted to a resort on the Italian border with Switzerland. He and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, were captured by local partisans near the village of Dongo on Lake Como. Mussolini and Petacci were shot the following afternoon, two days before Adolf Hitler’s suicide. To add humiliation to the death of Benito, he and his mistress were shipped to Milan where they were hung upside down in the parking lot of a gas station. Strange Italian justice.
After two decades of fear and terror, most Italians found Mussolini’s ending to be quite fitting. After all, this was the man who murdered anyone who openly disagreed with him. He believed it was his duty to keep his country from the iron fist of Bolsheviks and what he thought were the unsuitable desires of Socialists. He rewrote the laws to give him total control of everything. He created a Council of Corporations which decided everything from prices to products to profits. His black shirted thugs moved among the population to intimidate and kill anyone who tried to protest his reign. To placate the Catholic Church, Mussolini basically gave the Vatican sovereign status (Lateran Pacts) and bought them off with a get-out-of-jail card and $1 billion.
Just look at this general description of Mussolini’s strategy before his tyrannical rule surfaced, “Recruiting landowners, industrialists, and the middle class, the PNF (Mussolini’s party) adopted a new, more conservative program that emphasized a pro-business, nationalist agenda, cutting taxes and diminishing the role of government, while boosting military spending and supporting the monarchy and the Catholic Church.” This is from the well-written book The History of Italy by Charles L. Killinger that was published in 2002.
Obviously, this is exactly what Donald Trump has done. It’s not too farfetched to believe that Trump’s military school background made him more interested in people like Hitler and Mussolini than Churchill and Truman. It has been written that his first wife, Ivana Trump, claimed that Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed. She didn’t say he read them, but there we can see a glimmer of his early obsession with dictators, demigods and despots.
But what were Mussolini’s weaknesses? He made decisions based on his narcissistic-personality disorder, not on logic or what was good for the Italian people. He invaded Ethiopia for the second time in 1935 and got into a war to dominate a country where victory brought little strategic, political or monetary value. In fact, it weakened his army so that when Hitler hoodwinked him into joining forces in 1940, the country of Italy was ill-prepared for the conflict against Allied Forces in Europe.
In short, Mussolini wanted to be like Hitler. Italy, after years of being dominated by Austria, wanted to make sure they allied with the right side. Unfortunately for Italy, Mussolini’s thirst for power triggered terrible choices. The good news for Italy, Mussolini was exposed as a bad leader and his demise cleared most of the political mess he created. Massive rebuilding after WWII was helped by Truman’s Marshall Plan and aid from the US. Happy ending.
The parasite that lives inside of Donald Trump’s body and brain is a driven desire to be loved and feared. He cannot believe people don’t like him, and he has only one way of dealing with people who speak out against him. He must destroy them. His vindictive, vitriolic and toxic modus operandi only make things worse. He appears out-of-control when he’s frantically trying to appear strong and dominate. His emotional desperation makes logical people think of him as less statesman and more wannabe dictator. Trump’s constant lying is his way of not dealing with any reality that is too challenging for his 4th grade mentality. Trump’s not killing dissenters, at least not yet, but wait, the head of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee said they couldn’t protect Mitt Romney if he attended their event in Maryland. Protect him from what? Violent retribution? Bodily harm? What country do we live in?
Trump, like Mussolini, has figure out how to placate the religious evangelicals by lying to them with a few Supreme Court picks, with no guarantee his actions will lead to an overturn of Roe vs. Wade. He has managed to massage the over-zealous oligarchies and titans of business by providing a no-tax lubrication for their game. As the Trump Organization profit-takes from the people, farmers get a bail out for Trump’s lack of understanding of global markets. Hope those markets come back after Trump is gone.
It would be helpful if more people understood Trump and the history of the world. While this parasite feeds on the belly of the American dream, we need to find the poison to kill the worm before it takes us all down. All the money spent on that stupid wall should be going to scientists and the CDC, because viruses are not stopped by walls. Violent crime is a medical crisis which should be dealt with more money, not less. There is some strong research that suggests that if we had more mental health professionals on the middle and high school level, we could find the problems and start to address them. Trump fails to understand the need for better education for more people. He’s an ostrich on most issues facing America. How long can he keep his head in the warm sand?
Trump just proposed a budget that forecasts the deficit hitting $1 trillion this fiscal year and suggests tax cuts for individuals through 2035 at a cost of $1.4 trillion. He’s a madman spending money like a drunken sailor in a Norfolk whore house. If you are one of those people who think that Democrats would spend us into bankruptcy, then you are a fool. Trump’s reckless ways will be exposed and his vindictive attitudes toward those Americans who don’t want to vote for him will bring him down, like a parasite facing powerful penicillin. The medicine is on the way, if only we can get the antidote to middle America fast enough.
New Book About America
The book that tells it like it is…
Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.