Trump and The American Dream
Publicado: 31 de octubre de 2020
Donald Trump is the realization of the American Dream. However, needless to say, that the presidency of a Big Business magnate, with all the appropriate dotes of a workaholic, has become an authentic nightmare. He manages government tools as if they were his own private enterprise and family business. Too much power in unwise hands, indeed. The President is a caricature of himself, a pedestal makeup of his own petulance and robust ignorance. He incarnates the reality show of a political ordinance whose empowerment depends on the systematic banalization of all actions and the deep rooted racial and social inequalities. The vitality of thought, the sensuality of language and the playfulness of the body are the core of human culture. When they become no more than a data base and a statistical maneuver of a technological design of culture and marketing’s ingenuity, the outcome is an unprecedent standardized, thoughtless and uniform society that has served a paradigmatic reference to our unprecedent worldwide civilization. Everything is exposed in order to become a commodity and increase the benefits of plus value and the profitability of capital greed. Such are the characteristics not only of the individual called Trump, but of all the dominant aspects of a very complex and convulse society that has made possible his election as a president. The problem is not only Trump, the problem is the devoted admiration of his followers. Being a stubborn believer of his own lies, which are the official storehouse of his mandate, his followers are the unrestful believers of a new Holy Trinity born out of the globalized American Way of Life: Power, Money and Success. Maybe it is not casual that the verb lie, lies precisely in the word believer. Language may be, indeed, a fortune teller. This congregation of believers has nothing to do with ideological principles as were preeminent in Mussolini’s and Hitler’s magnetic discourse and deliriant masses. The delirium of Trump and its fanatic environment is of another kind: it is the delirium of stupor and imbecility. Trump has nothing to say, nothing to think. Only one thing to do: manufacture and sell
s his image as a prodigious and providential self-made man. Another prone lie, another trumpet’s triumph of Trump almost ineffable mediocracy and media outcry. Even if he is not reelected for a second term, what is at stake is the early decadence and accelerated internal decomposition of a young Empire State. In the aftermath of World War II and the destruction of Europe, the United States of America has successfully sold until nowadays its enchantment, its ferocious democratic capitalism, magical optimism and pop culture dominance. Nevertheless, the solidity of its prepotency is vanishing in the air with the very absence of a crucial sign of greatness: the fore learning knowledge of its own history and the sagacity to ponder the world it dominates. These are the words of a visionary great American writer (and they are many!), good to remember in the midst of the ongoing Sars-CoV-2 pandemic and the USA imperial decay: «Nothing will avail to offset this virus which is poisoning the whole world. America is the very incarnation of doom. She will drag the whole world down the bottomless pit.» (Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, 1934). Ah, Mr. Miller! but the USA is not America, just a part of it, a very important one, indeed, but only a part. The History of America is the story of a whole continent, from the Eskimo in the Artic to the vast Patagonian territories, that began centuries ago. It is not a dream but a profound experience of the awakening of people, thought and poetry.