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9 May 2019 | Draft

Who to Blame: "Donald Trump" or the "American People"?

Let's get real clear on any responsibility for imminent global disaster

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Produced in a period of imminent war and global disaster. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars... (Matthew 24:6)


Clarification

Donald Trump is the duly elected President of the USA -- elected by the American People according to well-defined electoral procedures. It is currently irrelevant whether those procedures are in any way in question. They have yet to be revised -- if that is feasible and desired by the American People. Trump is therefore the legitimate representative of the American People. He is variously acclamed and recognized as the leader of the world's greatest superpower.

It follows that the unprecedented media coverage of "Donald Trump" is fundamentally misleading, if not deliberately so. Why is it that? Who is rendered innocent thereby? Appropriately so? Who is weaseling out of any responsibility? Plausible deniability? Culpable deniability? Scapegoating?

In the following exercise in clarification, mention of "Donald Trump" in titles of a selection of articles in the media is replaced by "American People" -- for whom Trump is merely the current mouthpiece in political, legal, executive, and public relations terms.

Clarification of the meaning of "Donald Trump"
Source Misleading indications Vital clarifications
The Nation, 8 May 2019 Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger American People and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger
Vox, 8 May 2019 Trump's Iran policy is making war more likely American Peoples' Iran policy is making war more likely
The New York Times, 4 May 2019 Trump Dials Up the Pressure on Iran American People Dial Up the Pressure on Iran
Foreign Policy, 7 May 2019 Trump's Iran Policy Is Becoming Dangerous American Peoples' Iran Policy Is Becoming Dangerous
The New York Times, 29 April 2019 Asylum Seekers Face New Restraints Under Latest Trump Orders Asylum Seekers Face New Restraints Under Latest Orders of the American People
The New York Times, 19 December 2018 Trump's Decision to Withdraw From Syria Is Alarming Decision of American People to Withdraw From Syria Is Alarming
The New York Times, 27 January 2017 Donald Trump's Un-American Refugee Policy Un-American Refugee Policy of the American People
The Conversation, 18 October 2018 Trump sees opportunity in Venezuela's humanitarian crisis as midterms approach American People see opportunity in Venezuela's humanitarian crisis as midterms approach
Paste Magazine, 19 March 2019 Trump Is Putting Refugee Children In Black Sites American People Are Putting Refugee Children In Black Sites
The Guardian, 22 April 2019 Trump issues Earth Day message without mentioning climate change American People issue Earth Day message without mentioning climate change
BBC News, 26 November 2018 Trump on climate change report: 'I don't believe it' American People on climate change report: 'We don't believe it'
Forbes, 23 February 2019 Trump's Climate Denial Is A National Security Threat American Peoples' Climate Denial Is A National Security Threat
The Guardian, 8 May 2019 Trump's antics over Iran have endangered us all. American Peoples' antics over Iran have endangered us all.
NBC News, 8 May 2019 Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has been vindicated American Peoples' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has been vindicated
Arms Control Association, October 2018, Trump Challenges Europeans Over Iran Deal American People Challenge Europeans Over Iran Deal
BBC News, 4 October 2017 What's Donald Trump said about guns and gun control? What have the American People said about guns and gun control?
DW, 26 April 2019 Donald Trump announces withdrawal from UN arms treaty during NRA speech American People announce withdrawal from UN arms treaty during NRA speech
Global News, 11 May 2017 Donald Trump's climate stance casts shadow over Arctic Council meeting American Peoples' climate stance casts shadow over Arctic Council meeting
Bloomberg, 20 December 2018 Trump Outlines Plans for Oil Drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge American People Outline Plans for Oil Drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge
The Wall Street Journal, 30 March 2019 Court Blocks Trump Effort to Open Arctic Waters to Oil Drilling Court Blocks Effort of American People to Open Arctic Waters to Oil Drilling
Reuters, 6 May 2019 Wall Street futures plunge after Trump threatens China with further tariffs Wall Street futures plunge after American People threaten China with further tariffs
POLITICO, 8 March 2018 Why isn't Wall Street freaking out about Trump? Why isn't Wall Street freaking out about the American People?
The Telegraph, 8 May 2019 Trump has changed the rules of diplomacy, and America's allies better get used to it The American People have changed the rules of diplomacy, and America's allies better get used to it
Daily Telegraph, 25 December 2018 Donald Trump questions child's belief in Santa American People question child's belief in Santa
CNN, 29 April 2019 Washington Post says Trump has topped 10,000 false or misleading statements Washington Post says American People have topped 10,000 false or misleading statements
POLITICO, 18 March 2019 Trump Says ISIS Is Defeated. Reality Says Otherwise. American People Say ISIS Is Defeated. Reality Says Otherwise.
The Guardian, 18 December 2018 Blind creature that buries head in sand named after Donald Trump Blind creature that buries head in sand named after the American People
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 21 January 2019 Trump's Space Force is a strategic mistake American Peoples' Space Force is a strategic mistake
The Spectator, 20 April 2019 The comedy and tragedy of Trump The comedy and tragedy of the American People
     

Blame-game: Collective Mea Culpa? You Must be Joking ! Them is to blame, Not us !

Personification: Should personification of "Donald Trump" be more fruitfully recognized as a metaphor for something more subtle and insidious? This is implied in the argument of the eminent economist Kenneth Boulding, also an American:

Our consciousness of the unity of self in the middle of a vast complexity of images or material structures is at least a suitable metaphor for the unity of group, organization, department, discipline or science. If personification is a metaphor, let us not despise metaphors -- we might be one ourselves (Image: knowledge in life and society, 1956)

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