Rod has the right to a dual Canadian/American citizenship, but has never claimed it or lived south of the border, where many of his emigrant relatives live, love and worry. When the Americans were tardy entering World War II on the demand of the Canadian government, he formally renounced claims on U.S.  citizenship. His dad was born the son of Canadians working without documentation at Hartford, Connecticut, where they lived for several years. The family hero was F.D.R., a Democrat, in spite of the fact that they all had decided patriarchal Republican leanings. Following a childhood, served under duress between the years 1939 and 1945, he emerged stripped of his initial admiration for the "American Way of Life."  Above: The omega sign signifies an empty vessel as well as "the end." Trump is a Gemini, which has no significance, unless you think otherwise. The colour: gold: Probably means a lot in his world.

Wee Donnie Trump-MacLeod has been a boon for present-day cartoonists, but the English pen-master Ronald Searle (1920 - 2011) created this fat cat well before the current king of the U.S. castle became president. Many of his works have currency with or without addenda to the image. Being "higher than the highest hills" Trump is unlikely to have looked at these caricatures, some for but most agin'.

A high rise city as seen by Searle and his first wife when they visited in 1957. His growing reputation was forwarded when he illustrated for the New Yorker and Life magazines. Like trump he loved this city but hated the social inequalities he saw. In 1992 he caricatured homeless people living in boxes within sight of high rise penthouses. This print issued in 1968 actually pictured Westminster, London, England and probably had reference to continued Conservative stranglehold on the the civic council of that time.  Still works for me,  considering the disruption Trump has caused his home town.

The problem is the fact that  Trump has said he does not consult the Deity as the ultimate authority on the forgiveness of sin, since he was in charge of balancing the books. In the past he diverted the question about his belief in God by talking about the amazing deal he had made in purchasing a golf course.

So who does he consult? A prime source seems to be Fox TV News. On line it is Breibart. "While Trump’s second most shared site was The Washington Post, he seems to prefer right-leaning, hyper partisan sites and opinion blogs such as the Daily Caller, Newsmax, the Gateway Pundit, and the Conservative Treehouse."

And who does Trump depend upon? A little more than 12 minutes into his inauguration speech, President Trump said, “The Bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we will be protected by God."

"Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all."
" Who says I am not under the special protection of God?"
                                                                           Adolf Hitler

Be afraid! Be very afraid! Trump has the power to go beyond being bombastic and he does have more potential to bomb everything into total grief.

The bad boy who missed the real greaser movement by a couple of decades is nevertheless a true "rebel without a cause."
Peter Wehner, who has watched candidates and presidents up close as an aide in the last three Republican administrations has said "The Trump campaign is not about any cause, it is all about Trump. His campaign is all about him. How he treats other people is all about him -- whether one is praised and patted on the head or cruelly mocked depends on what you have said about him." Comedian Bill Maher added that "Trump is the perfect candidate for the country that scores low in math and science, but off the charts in self-esteem." His presidency has shown that he intends to maintain that elevated sense of self-worth no matter what some folks say.

If you don't get even you're just a schmuck!

I used to say, 'Go out and get the best people, and trust them.' Over the years I have seen too many shenanigans, and now I say, 'Get the best people and don't trust them.'

When somebody screws you, screw them back in spades" and "Go for the jugular so that people watching will not want to mess with you."

I believe in an eye for an eye — like the Old Testament says.

The New Testament takes a more humanistic view.

More about that later.  In the past, most of Trumps writing and comments were aimed at explaining his personal approach to doing business and making money. When he did begin to test political waters, his themes were the need to firm up American nationalism and  restore the nation's image as the prime world power. Following the Chinese student revolt in 1989, this was his reaction:  "When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious. They were horrible, but they put it down with strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak ... as being spit on by the rest of the world." Poor Donald Atlas! Bring in the troops; bomb them remains his best solution against dissent.

Don't know the significance of this number? Google it! In the current connection, let's just say that Trump will probably not be given the "42-Lettered Name of God ... entrusted only to him who is pious, meek, middle-aged, free from bad temper, sober, and not insistent on his rights". [Source: Talmud Kidduschin 71a, Translated by Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein]. That weird Trumpidj old crow is probably hatching a matric cube to enclose and protect the US public and make America isolationist, yet again.

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, would approve. The question is, do you? Seems that the American Dream was always just that! In Searle's day here were very few females aspiring to struggle to the top in any endeavour.

The Game Master has to be amused?
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower. Their leaders are much smarter than our leaders, and we can’t sustain ourselves with that. It’s like, take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That’s the difference between China’s leaders and our leaders." -DJ

The American dream is a Utopian situation in which every US citizen will have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. Trump has said,"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again." He has not explicitly promised to make it easier for all working class stiffs, and certainly not the poor, to achieve their more modest dreams.

Whose dream will be brought back and from which era in time? Mark published a profile of Trump for The New Yorker in the 1990s. After getting no sense responses to interview questions he decided that he had met a remarkable creature, leading "an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul.” The Atlantic's senior editor David Frum has warned Americans (Feb 4, 2017) that " He's setting out to steal. That's his big goal is to become the richest man in the world abusing the powers of the president."

Frum, a former George W. Bush speech writer and conservative political commentator says the conditions exist for Trump to create an autocracy in the United States. According to him, we're in a period of democratic loss around the world and liberty is threatened by corruption and deceit. He doesn't think Trump is smart enough to create an autocratic state on purpose. But he argues that that democracy could be collaterally damaged by his need to provoke unrest. "Civil unrest, civil turmoil, is not a challenge to President Trump, it's a resource for him. He needs to create an image of a polarized country in which people who are against him are somehow alien or anti-system."

So what's real as opposed to virtual news? One reality is that he is not a lonely outsider struggling to benefit all Americans. His is not the little guy dragging himself up from the bottom through enterprise and skill. Republican reporter George Monbiot says "He’s right that the little guy is being screwed by the system. The problem is, he’s the embodiment of it."

"Trump personifies the traits promoted by the media and corporate worlds he affects to revile; the worlds that created him. He is the fetishisation of wealth, power and image in a nation where extrinsic values are championed throughout public discourse. His conspicuous consumption, self-amplification and towering (if fragile) ego are in tune with the dominant narratives of our age." The question is, can he continue to bear the weight of that inverted personal and social pyramid?

While the American political system rests on checks and balances, Frum says the U.S. Congress won't stand in the way of Trump. "Congress could but it won't. We have seen the Republicans who hold a majority in both houses of Congress again and again accept things that weeks before they would say are unacceptable.They don't insist he release his tax return, they don't insist on divestment of his investments, they do not insist on things that every president since Gerald Ford has had to do." And the reason they won't is that they hope to trade his goodwill for things they want from the system. there is also the matter of friends and relations and millionaire/billionaire colleagues.

Let's all hope that's not a nuclear winter! Frum says a scenario like this is not impossible in Canada, despite systemic differences. "No one should be smug about this. Democracy takes work. That's the thing we're really finding out."

Meanwhile Americans are having to endure a daily dose of Trump offenses."One of the things that made Trump possible was that many people have a view of politics as something dramatic and exciting and thrilling and emotional." Frum adds, "Democracy is not about protest, democracy is about meetings. The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) not the protest is the incubator of democracy." Further he fears that protest meetings can spin off left wing anarchists, creating and excuse for trump to use force against that political movement.

"The oldest man that e're there was is dead this day.'" -Scottish Parable. So why lust after wealth and power? "I'm not sure it's role models. Maybe its more related to the pace of change in recent years.Centuries old ways of looking at the world, centuries old rules, are jettisoned seemingly overnight. Traditions are mocked and banished. A man, or woman with an unstable mind sees things falling apart. 'The centre cannot hold/ mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.' To a psychopath, anarchy is exciting, the chaotic life, confirms his convictions that anything should be allowed, and that he can rightly do whatever he wants." - Ozzie Boone(not of Ozzie & Harriet fame).

The Oxford English Dictionary says that if you “turn the tables” on someone, it is generally understood that you have reversed the fortunes in your favor to some capacity, so as to “reverse one's position relative to someone else, especially by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage.” This seems to be a law of nature. In the current situation, time is of the essence and Mighty Mouse was probably a Republican, and most TV action heroes have aligned themselves with the fat cat.

In the ancient Scottish realm, the ruler was considered a magical god-king whose powers protected and ensured the prosperity of subjects. If  things went badly it was seen as as a time when his power needed to be reincarnated in a more able body and he was "accidentally" killed in battle. Luckily,  we now live on a Christian continent  where this is a remote possibility. Nevertheless, all politicians invariably disappoint the electorate by growing inept or infirm or both. Then, the tables do turn, because no human can stand against unravelling chromosomes. In the end, no one wins the gene pool.

This cartoon requires a minimal understanding of pop culture and Roman  mythology. Most cartoons are a puzzle intended to divert and entertain a sub-culture.

Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels (April 4, 1908 – March 26, 1993) played for the University of California, Berkeley football team from 1927 to 1929. His wrong-way run in the 1929 Rose Bowl is often cited as the worst blunder in the history of college football. That one play overshadowed Riegels' football talents, since he earned first team All-America honors and served as team captain for the Bears in 1929. Riegels' notability has been shared by motivational speakers who use his life as an example of overcoming setbacks.- Wikipedia. He went on to become a motion picture actor much appreciated in Rod's youth.

NEXT: Wee Donnie. A Brief Illustrated History