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Trump Dynasty

The Madness of King Donald – Foreign Policy

As the Game of Thrones franchise keeps reminding us, the problem with hereditary monarchy generally comes down to succession.

Once Trump (may squirrels eat his face) manages to pull off his second and (this time) successful coup—with full so-called Republican support, of course—and declares himself Autocrat of the Americas and US King-for-Life, we're still left with the usual problem: who inherits?

Diehard supporters of both the Simple Primogeniture and the Male Primogeniture theories of monarchy will, of course, back Don Junior.

There are other models of succession, though. Among the ancient Germanic-speaking peoples of Europe, the new king (the ancient Germanic-speaking peoples mostly didn't have ruling queens) was the one chosen by the Council of Elders from among the Royal Kindred. In theory, the elders elect the most capable among the eligible candidates, and so you get a good king. Downside: we're back to Game of Thrones. This system pretty much guarantees wars of succession.

Proponents of this theory of inheritance will, of course, back Ivanka, arguably the most capable of King Donald's offspring.

(Image: a Jewish Prince Consort. Only in America.)

Realistically, though, we can also look for “Republican” backing of the younger, and presumably more readily manipulable, members of the family. Expect Mitch McConnell to support (and plan to rule through) either Eric or (my own bet) Barron—with, of course, full support from Queen Dowager Melania.

Trump Dynasty: coming soon to a country near you.

If you don't vote Blue this fall, you probably deserve it.






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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Jamie
    Jamie Monday, 05 September 2022

    Mr. Posch,

    It's like I've said before: Trump is the archetypal tyrant who overthrows democracy, from Book 9 of Plato's Republic.

    His corrupt soul is an abject slave to lust, greed, hatred, and vengeance. He always sides with brutal dictators over his own people.

    He is the choice of the Christian "Values Voters", the "Chosen One" of the MAGA cultists.

    I sometimes think that 45 is a latter-day Trojan horse, sent by the Goddesses and Gods. Perhaps he was put here to weaken American Christianity and destroy the Republican Party, all from the inside. King Priam and grateful residents of, I mean the GOP...thought that he was a gift from the Heavens. They welcomed him within the walls of their own 'City On A Hill', after silencing the Cassandras in their midst.

    We'll see if most of them still think that he was worth the trouble, in the fullness of time.

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