By Norm Tarowsky
I hate to admit it but my initial feeling that Trump was just a con man (a P.T. Barnum showman, a charlatan, a snake oil salesman) fighting mental demons (malignant narcissistic disorder and a sociopathic personality) was only partially right. Since taking over as President we have been able to see him in action, and as his ex-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen told us in his testimony he is also operating as a crime boss running his family syndicate.
What is the crime Boss M.O. (modus operandi) or operating style? It has the following characteristics:
1) The Boss demands absolute loyalty and fealty; it is above all else, including family, country, religious beliefs, and self. Anything else makes one a traitor and the enemy, someone who must be denounced and destroyed.
2) The only thing important to the boss is himself and his immediate family and, of course, the satisfaction of his ego and accumulation of more wealth and power.
3) The Boss is to be treated as royalty and publicly praised and fawned over, with pure sycophantic groveling and obedience. This chain of command is rigid and must be followed.
4) The Boss makes all the decisions. and the organization exists to carry them out. To freelance is very dangerous and seen as insubordination and will be dealt with.
5) The Boss must be protected at all costs; like the secret service, underlings are expected to take a bullet to save him.
6) The Boss never gives traceable direct orders (as that may implicate him in a crime) but hints, implies, indicates, and suggests that certain events would be viewed or considered favorably.
7) These characteristics also fit most political autocrats and dictators.
I didn’t realize that Trump had developed these skills in the years he was in the real estate business, and now with the help and guidance of people like Putin he has become masterful at corrupting all those around him and dismantling organizations and agencies that may limit his power.
He has weakened, hollowed out, and put his lieutenants in charge of the Justice Department and the Departments of State, Energy, Education, and Homeland Security and is now working on the last agency that can prevent his takeover: the Defense Department. He owns the Republican Party (lock, stock, and barrel), and Republican Senators are nothing more than a bunch of feckless and spineless cowards.
This evil and corrupt abomination must be removed from power either through impeachment, the 2020 election, or the 25th Amendment (he certainly qualifies as being unqualified and incapable of rational decision making)!
Norm Tarowsky is a former resident of Happy Valley and served as a Clackamas County Precinct Committee Person and House District Leader. A lifelong Democrat and activist, he now resides in Roseville, CA