My wife and I did a hard hike Saturday up in the Pisgah National Forest. It was the last of four hikes in one corner of the Ranger District that I wanted to check off my bucket list.
Prior to venturing into the woods I pick-up a one sheet map that provides some details about the hike and a very rudimentary map to follow. In the case of this hike, we would be using two trails to make a loop and although the second trail was on the “map” it appeared to be almost an afterthought rather than any real guidance.
My wife walks ahead of me when we hike together. She is long-legged, skinny and in a hell of a lot better shape than I am. I adhere to the mantra of “Hike your own hike” when I am out in the woods. I have a pace and an objective and racing through the forest isn’t one of them. I describe her method of hiking as “bat out of hell”. When she comes to a fork in the road rather than asking me to pull out the map and check which way we should go I assume she just flips a mental coin in her head and heads in that direction. Saturday she was wrong three times. And Saturday I was dumb enough to follow her “recommendations” twice both times leading us deeper into the forest adding miles and stress to the journey.
When we were done a five-mile hike had turned into seven with 900 feet of climbing instead of 700. I came out of the woods, hot, tired and hungry all conditions easily remedied with a change of clothes, AC in the car, a sandwich and a cold beer.
“There is No Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam! Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend. Also, why is Mueller only appointing Angry Dems, some of whom have worked for Crooked Hillary, others, including himself, have worked for Obama….And why isn’t Mueller looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion on the Democrats side-Podesta, Dossier?” – Trump tweet 7-29-18
It occurred to me yesterday that what Trump is doing to his Deplorable base is what my wife did to me Saturday, leading them deeper and deeper into the woods without a map. The narrative that he tweeted out Sunday is the exact same narrative that he tweets every single week; No Collusion, Rigged Witch Hunt, Angry Democrats, fraudulent Dossier, Crooked Hillary, Comey and Obama. This is the “map” that Trump and Hannity have created for their base and like me when they finally find their way out of the woods they too will be hot, tired, hungry and the added bonus, angry.
The Paul Manafort trial begins this week, the first Ex-Trumper to go on trail because the other five to date in this Rigged Witch Hunt have all pled guilty. Manafort is a big one. Yes, he was Trumps campaign manager for a very short time as Trump likes to exclaim, but during that “very short time” there were a number of Russian interactions that caught the attention of everyone. Everyone except our stable genius.
When this is all said and done who Trump will have left in the woods hot, tired, hungry and angry will be the most vile, most racist and the most delusional of his base. People that would be more inclined to vote for Vladimir Putin for President than a Democrat. Yes, believe it or not, those people exist within Trumps base.
Trump never created a map, a plan on how he would lead this country. If anyone has a plan it is Vladimir Putin and I suspect over the coming weeks the Paul Manafort trial (if he doesn’t flip) will provide many of us with some of those salacious details. Will Trumps base buy it? Some will. Some, like the soybean farmers are beginning to question the stability of this self-described stable genius. But others won’t. They are happy to have an angry white man in Washington. They are satisfied being led deeper and deeper into the woods of isolation. Sadly, we have seen this type of regime play out before and though it typically ends badly for the country most, if not all, survive and come back stronger.