Trump’s Big Boy Rolls Into CPAC

As I watched CPAC convention workers roll in a life-sized golden statue of Donald J. Trump, I once again questioned how so many sane and sensible people could have closed their eyes to the events of the last four years and so eagerly swallowed the Trump Kool Aid? 

What is it they see that I cannot see? Why would a majority of those in attendance favor Trump for Republican presidential candidate in 2024? How can they so easily forget a Covid-19 death toll that saw hundreds of thousands of unnecessary American deaths? Or a foreign policy that embraced Vladimir Putin and Kim Jung Un at the expense of our best and most important allies? 

How can they forget the bottomless fount of lies with which the man drowned out the truth, and those voices that would speak the truth? 

And, more than anything, how can they forget—or forgive—Donald J Trump’s refusal to accept his election loss, and his ensuing attempt at the first coup d’etat in American history?

There is much Donald J. Trump has done for our country, I will admit that. I look upon our 45th president as a test pilot of sorts, the man we called upon to test our nation’s most important institutions to help identify its cracks, stress points and unmanifest weaknesses. Flaws that, if left undiscovered, could easily lead to system failure or total implosion under the rule of someone just like Donald J. Trump. 

Or someone worse. If that’s possible.

Now, thanks to Donald J. Trump, we know our democracy is more fragile than we ever thought. Its treasured institutions more subject to abuse and desecration than we ever believed possible. 

Yes, the founders’ vision remains intact, but at what cost? Their much-debated safeguards and power balancing act have proven a poor defense to an autocrat who holds a majority in the Senate. An autocrat with the political power of a demagogue and the non-existent conscience of a snake oil salesman. Yes, the Constitution still stands, even after Trump, but how close did we come to its collapse? 

How close did we come to a successful coup d’etat on January 6, 2021? How many more Republican lawmakers would the coup have required to successfully reject the certified and court-tested results of the 2020 election? How many more armed rioters would Trump’s coup have needed to more quickly breach the capital and thus more successfully catch or kill the leaders of our government? 

How much more vulnerable would our armed forces have been to being commandeered for a coup had Trump not signaled his malign intentions by installing lackeys in place of the civilian leadership of the Defense Department within days of his November defeat?

Yes, Donald J. Trump left much behind as he ended his muddy boot rampage across our nation’s capital and its 245 years of peaceful transitions and civil polity. In addition to testing the strength of our constitution, he dismantled or destabilized many functions of our Federal government. He left behind a $3.1 trillion deficit unparalleled in modern times. And he left behind a nation polarized and schism-cized like never before.

And, oh yes, now there’s a golden statue.


  1. Rachel p Cann

    I think Trump’s affinity for gold is a bit ostentatious but maybe he deserves the statue just for all the abuse he has been taking since he supports Pro-Life. This is the bottom line for me and the others who do not understand how much this man has accomplished in 4 years only to be denigrated. 74 million? Does this not mean anything to you?

  2. Paul Steven Stone Post author

    I do not believe Trump’s pro-life accomplishments barely scratch the surface in undoing or compensating for the damage he has done in the last four years. The man left office after dividing the country into two factions and having the audacity to attempt America’s first-ever coup d’etat just to preserve his hold on power. If he deserves a statue it will be for exhibiting the traits—pettiness, selfishness, meanness, laziness and a total absence of work ethic, compassion, humility or humanity—that will mark him for eternity as the worst president in America’s history. God grant we never see his like again.

  3. Norm Dauria

    Paul, if I was a professor grading your above essay it would be impossible to grade it anything less than an A+ because of its detailed accuracy. Also I apologize for always adding my comments to your written articles but my dislike for the self serving, egotistical fraud, who practically brought this country to its knees, along with alienating our allies, disgracing our nation with blatant corruption similar to other corrupt leaders of third world countries, and ballooning a deficit like no other president in recent history just to mention a few of his poor decisions.
    His insincere stance on pro-life, dislike towards most minorities, and the condemnation of government subsidies to the needy was music to the ears of his ignorant, hypocritical Evangelical Christian base.
    But as you correctly stated he must be credited for some of the good that he did by exposing the amount of ignorance, hatred towards minorities, greed, hypocrisy, imbalance between the ultra-rich and the lower classes, a staid malfunctioning congress, to name a few. He did indirectly create a check list of things that desperately need to be addressed sooner than later if this country wants to continue with the respect that it once had along with its reputation of a world leader.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      Norm: Thanks for the high marks. And thanks for adding richly deserved scorn to my modest Trump pile. Modest only because it isn’t easy keeping up with the elephant sized roughage of outrages he discharges in the course of an hour or day. Pray God we never see his like again.


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