Donald Trump is not only Vladimir Putin’s and Russia’s useful idiot; he’s the Darker Nation’s useful idiot as well.
That the man who embraced White supremists as “fine people” and proclaimed himself a “nationalist,” could be useful to Black people is admittedly a peculiar notion. But as the saying goes, “A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
Black people didn’t need Donald Trump to shake them out of a state of political stasis. The police executions of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown brought Black Lives Matter and the millennial resistance into the streets in the proceeding Obama years.
Rather, Trump is the blunt instrument who reaffirmed that racism is far more than an sordid inconvenience whose last vestiges will be eradicated with the passage of time. In a single election he reverse engineered what people perceived as momentum building toward a post-racial egalitarian society.
Since the inception of his presidential campaign in 2015, Trump has argued that Blacks are a beleaguered race, plagued by ignorance, violence and self-destructive behavior. "You have no jobs, you have no schools, you can't walk down your streets without getting shot," he repeatedly said. It was a Social-Darwinist argument for the survival of the fittest. Suggesting that Blacks were not genetically disposed to compete in an advanced capitalist society, "natural selection" would eliminate us from the nation's gene pool over time. Until then, the Sun King would put us back in our place. Trump conjured racism in the lexicon of White Nationalism, and it burst forward in full bloom from Charlottesville to NFL football fields to internment camps on America’s Southern border.
The Sun King demonstrated in irrefutable splendor that racism is firmly embedded in the soul of a significant section of White Americans. Extracted from the roots of the Cathedral’s (America’s) original sin of slavery, racism remains their enduring moral defect.
For the Darker Nation, the continuum of America’s racial divide in all its manifestations is hardly a revelation. But even in the worst days of slavery and Jim Crow, Black people never turned to a morally reprehensible charlatan, crook, and procurer of women of easy virtue as their maximum leader.
Trump reminds us that whether we are radicals or revolutionaries, we cannot succumb to the base instincts of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and narcissism. As it was in the sixties, moral suasion will be a powerful factor that attracts and legitimizes the Darker Nation’s leadership in the years to come. The peculiarities of America’s social evolution have made us the best vision holders to make the moral argument.
The Sun King has also kept his promise to blow up Washington’s establishment. In doing so he has dramatically accelerated the moral, institutional, and political decay of American Empire.
Trump probed the boundaries of the Constitution, the rule of law, checks and balances, and the separation of powers. Finding them wanting he enlisted the complicity of both legislative houses to shred Washington’s governing institutions and norms.
Unable to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall to his own vanity, he shut down the government and threw workers on the streets and into bread lines. If Trump is both the symbol and the substance of America’s precipitous decline, the shutdown is a living monument to the disfunction of American Empire.
Trump’s transgressions to eviscerate Washington’s establishment: targeting and firing FBI and intelligence officials; threatening and intimidating witnesses in legal proceedings; changing military missions in Syria without consulting U.S. military leaders or its NATO allies; designating enemies of the state; imposing religious bans; paying hush money to prostitutes, and providing aid and comfort to America’s strategic adversaries are acts that normally would have led to a presidents’ impeachment long ago.
Then again, these aren’t normal times.
Donald Trump's authoritarian reign of chaos has given America another opportunity to look in the mirror before the reckoning day arrives. But the country is in denial. The nation is losing faith that “American values” have real meaning, and there is a palpable sense of bewilderment about where the country is headed.
When Trump is finally removed from office by impeachment or is voted out in 2020, those hoping for a return to normalcy will be in for a rude awakening. He has inflicted irreparable damage on America’s “democratic experiment,” and there can be no return to the status quo ante.
Donald Trump has set the foundation to usher in a new age of American populism that will expand the countries' political bandwidth on the far left and the far right. As more and more people question the ability of Democrats and Republicans to govern independent of special interests, they will form their own parties to insure their agendas are represented.
Indeed, Alt-Black.com anticipates that by the 2022 mid-terms, the Congress will begin to look like a European multi-party parliamentary system, replete with White Nationalists parties, Social-Democrats, ethnic, gender, and single issue based micro-parties. In this instance, governance will become more complex, not less, as the due dates on the national debt, and entitlement spending can no longer be deferred. If history has taught us anything, it is that every empire in human history has crumbled and perished. When the history of American Empires’ collapse is written, it will likely reflect that Donald Trump’s administration marked the decisive turning point in its fall from grace.
As Black Nationalists preparing for the existential crisis that will inevitably beset American Empire, and create the conditions to win self-determination, Donald Trump has been a very useful idiot. And he's not done yet.