I have read Umair’s work. His articles are very sensationalist, repetitive, often not accurate, and bereft of any long term solution. But rumor has it that he is making a living off his articles, something many Medium people aspire to. Readers like “hair-on-fire” stories. Sad.
My take on Mr. Trump is that he got into the R primaries as a publicity stunt. He did not expect to win. But somehow he resonated with enough voters to get the job. But that resonance is more of a coincidence than a plan. He would have been laughed off the stage 10 years ago. In other words, the USA changed to fit his style, not him figuring out what style he should adopt.
A couple of years back, The Atlantic had a great article that described the new American aristocracy.
Too many people cannot see an American dream anymore. That “aristocracy” is keeping them away. When people cannot see opportunity, they will gravitate towards something that promises something for them.
The staff turnaround at the White House is a good sign that Mr. Trump is working off the cuff rather than enacting some kind of master plan. If nothing else, the turnaround shows his ineptness at finding competent people — even competent minions to do his bidding. But his bidding changes from day-to-day, so no one really knows what the boss wants.
Consider the post office debacle. We all know it is an attempt to disparage mail-in ballots. But there are a lot of people hurt by USPO’s slowdown. Many of them are Trump supporters. I suspect a million or two are no longer going to make the trip to the voting station.
If Mr. Trump were indeed a true fascist, he would have had an informal militia to systematically beat up people like Umair. Trump tried a version of the Reichstag Fire, but he couldn’t find the right pieces to make it stick. One obstacle is that American democracy still has lots of resiliency to it. The next populist leader will try to break that resiliency — with a well conceived plan.
And we should expect a lot of drama between November 3 and January 20.
So what are you going to do about it?
I wrote an article calling for political writers and readers on Medium to go canvass for Mr. Biden instead of writing/reading more anti-Trump articles.
I wager you will prefer to read more Umair articles, somehow believing his ideas are somehow getting into the psyche of the conservative side of America. Pah! Another and smarter populist leader will come soon after Mr. Trump.
Twenty-three years ago, I invented another system of democratic governance.
The TDG only needs 1% of Americans to start building it.
When it is implemented, people of the likes of Mr. Trump won’t rise too high. And Umair won’t be able to make a living writing hair-on-fire stories about government because government is being run, let’s say, a lot more organically.