We can thank President Trump for exaggerating the behaviors of our wealthiest representatives leading us to looking at and blaming other people. For example, instead of the U.S. unemployed and underemployed seeking new jobs by moving to where the jobs are for retraining, they have bought into blaming minorities like Muslims.
As the height of personal irresponsibility, those displaced by automation (more than outsourcing overseas) have avoided improving their income and lives, and have chosen to blame others. In earlier centuries, royalty encouraged the clergy to blame members of other religions leading to the European Catholic and Protestant wars of the 16th to 17th centuries.
Now we have a pathological ex-television huckster to do it for us. Whether a flamboyant storyteller or an entire political party, our 21st century royalty does not want the rest of us to see how well off they have it.
So they engage in various forms of blaming or scapegoating, but it boils down to, “Hey, look over there.” Then it is, “No, now look over there.” Anything to stop us from looking at their ridiculous accumulation of wealth while we fight amongst ourselves. Are we suckers?
Mike Starry, Fresno