More than ‘moron,’ more like plague

Would that Trump were only or simply “a moron.” The problem is worse, but the solution is getting clearer.


No genius needed, no chiefdom from Exxon,
To ratify Trumpster as “f—king moron.”
What worldly henchman, wise to swagger,
Wouldn’t spot a brazen knuckle-dragger?

On point, English is especially rich
When pinpointing the stupid, half-wit ditz.
A palette wide: fool, idiot, cretinous twit,
Or dimwit, dingbat, dunce absent of wit.

Doesn’t sleazy Trump provoke animus,
The poster child — epic ignoramus?
Yet here’s no lummox, nor common klutz
No careless loudmouth, nor low-class putz.

How long before millions come face to face,
As evidence mounts, here’s a mental case?
The Liar-in-Chief is no mere schlemiel —
Outdoing the garden-variety imbecile.

Were President Phony only a dunce,
A mirror to Dubya in ignorance,
He’d be slammed as “useful” nincompoop,
A pathetic mark we’d write off as dupe.

But “moron” doesn’t equate with malice,
Numbskulls need not be so callous;
You can be stupid and have empathy —
Unlike Trump’s vicious, raging enmity.

For months ago we surpassed “moronic,”
Trump’s calamity smacks of plague bubonic.
Divisive, cruel, the whining, wounded victim,
Well beyond LeBron’s J’s restrained “U bum.”

Malevolence makes the willful fool worse,
And Trumpery glories in being perverse;
That empowers an unfit, deranged thug:
Now the real puzzle: how to pull the plug.


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For over a decade, Robert S. Becker's independent, rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, history, implications, messaging and frameworks. He has been published widely, aside from Nation of Change and RSN, with extensive credits from OpEdNews (as senior editor), Alternet, Salon, Truthdig, Smirking Chimp, Dandelion Salad, Beyond Chron, and the SF Chronicle. Educated at Rutgers College, N.J. (B.A. English) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D. English), Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, then U. Chicago) for business, founding SOTA Industries, a top American high end audio company he ran from '80 to '92. From '92-02, he was an anti-gravel mining activist while doing marketing, business and writing consulting. Since then, he seeks out insight, even wit in the shadows, without ideology or righteousness across the current mayhem of American politics.