It’s Not Even Short Term Thinking– it’s Self Immolation

As August wound down, the populist troika of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and Jair Bolsonaro proved once again that the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil would be better off with no leaders rather than the dubious characters that currently pretend to govern these countries.”

“In all three cases, these leaders escalated their nationally destructive policies this summer in ways that have alienated even their erstwhile supporters. Once again, they have demonstrated that they have no interest in making America, Great Britain, or Brazil great again. They are only interested in doing as much damage as they can before they are ultimately dragged out of office.”

Medicynical note: in the case of Trump it’s being the anti guy. Anti Obama, anti regulations. But, of course he slavishly genuflects to the Russians, his big business supporters and the monied class in our country. “Donald Trump is a moth that can’t stop itself from flying directly at the flame of fame (or, more accurately, the inferno of infamy). He could stay off Twitter, but instead his tweets piss off one group of voters after another. He could stay away from the press, but his lies, gaffes, and personal attacks are amplified throughout the media universe. Arguably, this is a strategy to solidify the base and reinforce Trump’s reputation as an anti-establishment gadfly.

Bolsonaro is about being anti environment (like his model Trump) and opposing “intrusive” NGO’s. “Oh, and more profits into the pockets of Bolsonaro’s friends in the industries that are paving the paradise of the Amazon and putting up a parking lot.

Johnson’s motivation is a little about being the anti guy, supporting a hairbrained policy without knowing the consequences and just hoping for the best.

Truth and scientific knowledge is not in the skill set of any of the three.

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