Warren (Jim) Jones, an American religious cult leader, who founded
the primarily African American People’s Temple in Indiana in
the 1950s, died on November 18, 1978 in a jungle commune in
Jonestown, Guyana in a murder-suicide he had arranged with his
it is ironic that our current President, Donald John Trump, is on the
precipice of a political death that he is orchestrating for November
3, 2020, nearly 42 years after his predecessor perished in the
abandoned, swampy South American village. It borders Venezuela and is
now a thick forest where a few rusted buildings and vehicles remain.
Jones used religion to solidify a largely low-income and sparsely
educated base of Blacks, Trump has pulled together a similar group of
mostly White Americans around a cult of politics and nationalism that
gives them a sense of identity and addresses their personal
cult is augmented by evangelicals, better educated, and wealthy White
supporters who have gravitated toward him for his support of their
religious values, tax cuts, and preferred right-wing federal judicial
appointees. He has the second most appointments during a four-year
term: three U.S. Supreme Court justices (33 percent of the total),
fifty-three Appeals Court judges (30 percent of the total), and 162
District Court judges (24 percent of the total).
has completely reshaped the federal judiciary, giving it a decidedly
conservative tilt. Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has
spearheaded this legal transformation.
federal judicial selections will prove to be Trump’s most
and other liberal and progressive Supreme Court decisions are likely
to be overturned. In that regard, Trump has delivered for his cult
has become clear that he has no guiding political philosophy or
principles other than to turn the presidency into an autocracy where
he is free to rule as dictator-in-chief. He has surrounded himself
with a group of yes men and women whose primary responsibility is to
cater to his personal and political whims, no matter how peculiar or
a result, Trump has transitioned through a number of high-profile
positions: Secretaries of State, Homeland Security, the Director of
National Intelligence, and several Chiefs of Staff. He has also
removed National Security Advisors and an FBI Director, and has
indicated that he will fire the CIA Director, Defense Secretary, and
FBI Director if voters reelect him. The aforementioned individuals
were all fired due to their refusal to bow to all of his wishes.
Trump demands loyalty of the kind accorded to his autocratic heroes -
Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan, North
Korea’s Kim Jong-il, and the Philippine’s Rodrigo
Duterte. These men do anything to their people to satisfy their
narcissism and their thirst for power.
President’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is an example of
his callous view of U.S. lives. He knowingly hid the severity of the
health crisis from the public and took limited actions to control the
coronavirus. Moreover, he infected his wife and son and turned the
White House into a hotspot.
these actions have become known, Trump continues to insist that the
nation is turning the corner on this health crisis even as the
infection rates and deaths continue to spike in most states. He has
held numerous super spreader events at the White House and campaign
rallies against the advice of medical and public health experts.
persists in discouraging the use of masks and social distancing,
although they have been found to decrease the COVID-19 contagion and
could have decreased the nearly 228,000 pandemic deaths thus far by
more than half. As a result, the low-income, lesser educated members
of the Trump cult have begun to dissipate as the fear for their lives
has increased. The better educated and wealthy cohort is looking for
another politician to ride, and those on Wall Street have moved
missteps are imploding the Trump coalition, and he appears oblivious
to this reality. Unlike Jim Jones, he is unlikely to commit suicide
and will have to be dealt a political death to be removed from
office. Meanwhile, he and his wingman, Attorney General Barr, are
pulling out all stops to achieve a victory, even as his political
acolytes are putting distance between themselves and Trump.
two are on a rampage of cheating in the battleground states as they
know this is the only way they can win. As noted repeatedly in
previous columns, the Biden-Harris campaign must be alert to this
chicanery. Stacy Abrams, who lost her 2018 Georgia gubernatorial bid
due to political skullduggery, has Georgia on lockdown, but other
competitive states need to be watched carefully.
will defeat him on November 3rd in a landslide or by a narrow margin.
If the latter occurs, Trump will file numerous lawsuits challenging
the election results and will have to be physically removed from the
White House. We had better get ready because the Proud Boys, Boogloo
Boys, and other White extremist groups are still on standby at
President Trump’s request!