The Romulan Republic wrote:
Simon_Jester wrote:The superconducting power line is the sort of thing that gets funded by governments that actually want to spend money on infrastructure. This does not include either the Trump Administration or the Republican-dominated 115th Congress.
I mean, I get the idea of "use Trump to do useful things." The problem is, Trump isn't useful to anyone except himself, and he's not even all that useful to himself now that he's doing a job where most of his core skill set is irrelevant.
His ability to undermine himself is really quite impressive at times
He's a sociopath who's not even very good at being a sociopath.
Psychopath/sociopaths (in popular usage we tend to use the terms interchangeably, so I'm not going to pretend they're different things since I don't have a copy of the DSM-V in my lap)...
Well, basically, if you're born without a conscience, all you have
are learned social defense mechanisms. You learn to defend against the specific problems that actually have the power to burn you, using the resources at your disposal. Trump's main resources are money and bullshitting, and he's good
at hiring skilled people to use as attack dogs (e.g. lawyers), and bullshitting other powerful people (and weak people) to give him money. When he successfully bullshits powerful people, and his high-paid attack dogs do the rest for him, he calls it "deal-making."
Those are the defenses Trump has built up over his lifetime, to avoid the consequences he would otherwise suffer from being chronically irresponsible, vicious, short-sighted, and generally lacking a conscience.
That worked okay for him during the election, in particular because elections can come pretty close to being pure bullshitting contests.
But it's useless
now that he's president. He can't hire a better secretary of state or national security adviser by offering to pay more than the competition, so one of his key defenses is useless. He can't bullshit the other powerful authority figures he has to deal with because that doesn't work in his new arena, so his "deal-making" prowess is useless.
The skills that allowed him to be a successful man for fifty years despite being such an utterly shitty excuse for a human being? They're pointless now.
It's as if he'd spent his whole life learning judo, a martial art designed to allow you to defend yourself against unarmed attackers, or maybe
attackers with knives or something. And now he's been thrown into a gunfight. All his unarmed moves are useless, the defenses he knows are useless against the kind of attack he's facing, and his counterattacks are useless in that they can't even reach his enemies.
Naturally, he spends a lot of time cowering behind the biggest rock he can find, and his ability to 'punch' and actually accomplish anything is basically limited to sticking his gun up in the air and squeezing off rounds in hopes of blindly hitting something.