Letter: Much more to come from Trump circus
Circus elephants may be history, but the elephants in the White House are putting on quite a show! The first act employs smoke and mirrors with hints of treason. Next, a difficult balancing act, where some things go up, and other things go down.
What goes down? The tax burden on the fat cats, travel to the U.S., funds for the State Department, the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, medical and scientific research, health care, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other non-essential services like Meals on Wheels which serves "useless eaters," to borrow a term from the Third Reich.
What goes up? A big boost for the military, since our NATO partners and other allies are not paying their fair share. The biggest eye-catcher will be the Trump Wall, which promises to be even more amazing than the Berlin Wall.
In the third act, the dashing young ringmaster solves the Israeli/Palestinian enigma, shakes down Mexico, tames the Chinese dragon, stymies North Korea and transforms the federal government into a profitable business. ("Can Kushner save the world? Not likely," Eugene Robinson, Eagle oped, April 4.)
Before the final act, there will be a brief interlude, with an assortment of clowns setting the stage for something that will really blow your mind! Just visualize a giant spaceship designed to take humans to Mars. It will cost about $35 billion and the round trip will take 2 1/2 to 3 years, since the average distance to the red planet (of symbolic importance to Republicans) is 140 million miles.
This will be a lot more dramatic than shooting a guy out of a cannon, but some skeptics say we will first need to send robots to set up a field hospital on Mars before the arrival of the astronauts. Why? Because the human body is not designed for zero gravity and cosmic rays (think muscle atrophy, bone density loss, brain and eye damage, etc.). To this, I reply: Where there's a will, there's a way, especially in show business.
As you can see, this is going to be a fantastic show, much bigger than anything in the Roman Coliseum. It's going to be huge! Hail, POTUS!
Michel Paul Richard,
The writer is associate professor of sociology, emeritus, State University of New York (Geneseo campus).
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